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N.Y. MTA transit union tells motormen to slow train speed

Rail| January 15, 2013
In an effort to save riders' lives, and save motormen from the trauma of running someone over, Transport Workers Union Local 100 is telling motormen to slow down their trains when entering a station to about 10 miles per hour. Agency management, concerned that system slowdowns may be considered a job action, ordered union officials to stop posting notices.

Bus express service possible for U. of Miss.

Bus| January 15, 2013
The university is in preliminary negotiations with two companies that could offer daily express service from the campus to Memphis, Jackson and New Orleans.
Rail| January 15, 2013

Toronto campaign seeks to lessen commute time

Officials believe Metrolinx’s The Big Move can cut 32 minutes from the average commute.
Bus| January 15, 2013

Mass. considers taxes to support transit

Multiple options, including new taxes and fees, have been proposed to raise the $1 billion per year needed to maintain and update public transit as well as highways and bridges in Massachusetts.
Rail| January 15, 2013

Report: NJ Transit erred in use of storm-prep software

The agency incorrectly used software provided by the National Weather Service that could have warned against a decision to leave hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment in a low-lying rail yard before Superstorm Sandy struck and damaged nearly one-third of the transit system’s fleet.
Accessibility| January 15, 2013

APTA urges Congress to pass Sandy aid

This week the U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on emergency aid, which will include federal funds to restore affected public transportation systems. In the last Congress, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a $60 billion aid package, which would have included $10.8 billion for public transportation systems and mitigation activities that would prevent similar destruction from natural disasters in the future.
Motorcoach| January 15, 2013

ABA, NTSB hold crisis management seminar

This was the first time the NTSB’s training has ever been offered to the motorcoach industry. The seven-hour session was sponsored by National Interstate Insurance Co.
Bus| January 15, 2013

Former N.Y. MTA chief planning to run for mayor

Joseph Lhota’s potential run has been a popular topic since Hurricane Sandy, which brought him praise for the MTA's recovery from the worst flooding in the transit system's history.
Bus| January 15, 2013

WTS International adds keynote speaker for conference

Dr. Mae Jemison joins Gloria Steinem, the iconic leader of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, who will also be addressing conference attendees in the spring.
Bus| January 14, 2013

Chicago RTA accuses airlines of dodging millions in taxes

Agency alleged that United Airlines and American Airlines operate rarely-occupied offices in Sycamore, Ill. that they use to avoid paying higher taxes from their actual offices in Chicago, and that these operations have deprived Chicago and Cook County taxpayers, as well as public transportation agencies, of nearly $300 million over the last seven years.

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