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Long Beach Transit to buy BYD all-electric buses

Bus| March 25, 2013
Board of directors voted to award a $12.1 million contract to purchase 10 all-electric buses and charging equipment to BYD Motors Inc. a U.S. subsidiary of BYD Co. Ltd., a Chinese firm. The contract is funded mainly with a federal TIGGER grant.

Montana operator declared an imminent hazard

Motorcoach| March 25, 2013
During inspections of eight Rimrock Stages vehicles, FMCSA discovered 79 violations of federal safety requirements, including 33 violations that individually required the vehicles to be placed out of service. Each of the eight vehicles inspected was ordered out of service.
Accessibility| March 25, 2013

Fund launched to cover N. Kentucky paratransit fees

TANK board members provided personal gifts to launch the PROJECT RAMP Fund. Shortly after its creation, employees also contributed to the fund and are continuing to do so by payroll deductions.
Accessibility| March 25, 2013

Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee advocates for disabled transit access

Jean-Marie Lawrence made it her mission to make others, especially politicians, aware of transportation problems for Chattanooga residents with disabilities. She said that for people with disabilities, sidewalk access is the city's biggest flaw and that some bus stops are not accessible.
Accessibility| March 25, 2013

Chicago RTA: No debit option on fare cards for seniors, disabled

Those who qualify for lower transit fares or are in the free-rides program won't be able to open a prepaid debit account when the agency's versions of the new Ventra fare card are available. The restriction was set to protect seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income residents from potential problems.
Bus| March 25, 2013

S.F. MTA adds Rotary lifts

Over the next 18 months, Peterson Hydraulics will install the MOD30 lifts in the maintenance garage and the parallelogram lift in the wash bay. The MOD30s will replace the facility’s original lifts from 1974.
Motorcoach| March 25, 2013

FMCSA orders Okla. operator to cease operations

Ordered Heartland Charters & Tours to shut down for failing to adhere to operating conditions the company agreed to follow in July 2012 in order to return to passenger service following an imminent hazard out-of-service order issued in April 2012.
Accessibility| March 25, 2013

Everett Transit to donate 3 paratransit vans

Criteria in the competitive application process include showing a demonstrated need, explaining how rides are currently handled, and estimating the number of annual trips a van would provide.
Accessibility| March 25, 2013

Milwaukee calls for 2nd paratransit contract audit

Supervisors are seeking a more in-depth review than an audit earlier this year, according to a board member.
Accessibility| March 25, 2013

Transit ridership down among Pa. town seniors

The County of Lackawanna Transit System agency provided 399,383 free rides to senior citizens in 2012 — 188,722 fewer than the preceding year, despite a statewide increase in the elderly population.

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