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Minn.'s Metro, SouthWest win APTA's top safety award

Accessibility| May 6, 2013
Other transit systems honored at the 2013 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards include Albany, N.Y.’s Capital District Transportation Authority; Transit Authority of River City of Louisville, Ky.; Portland, Ore.-based TriMet; Societe de Transport de Montreal; MTA’s New York City Transit; and National Express Transit.

MBTA security enhancements aided in Boston bombing response

Security and Safety | May 6, 2013
Staff was prepared, primarily due to the new equipment and training acquired in recent years with federal grant money. Transit operators were able to view real-time footage from system’s several thousand security cameras and live feeds from hundreds of other city- and state-owned cameras, for the first time ever.
Bus| May 6, 2013

Houston launches trip planning app

Features include locations of bus routes and rail lines close to riders’ locations, information on scheduled and real time bus and rail arrivals, and suggestions for convenient trip routes based on arrival time, transfers and/or walking distance.
Motorcoach| May 6, 2013

FMCSA orders Utah coach carrier to cease operations

Investigators found that Salt Lake Shuttles failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations. Drivers frequently made round-trip journeys from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas, a distance of approximately 840 miles, without rest, in violation of hours-of-service rules.
University| May 6, 2013

Chicago’s Loyola U. enhances shuttle service

Unveiled the Rambler Route, a pilot van service to provide students with transportation to a number of popular drop-off locations determined by student phone calls received by the university’s 8-Ride transportation service.
University| May 6, 2013

U. of N.M. looks into safety changes after bus crash

A campus shuttle ran over a student who was crossing the street against a “Don’t Walk” sign. The bus driver claimed to not to have seen the student. A campus spokesperson said that the university should focus on adding crosswalks and signage along streets with heavy foot traffic.
University| May 6, 2013

Central Ohio transit removing campus stops

Will remove 71 bus stops, including three close to Ohio State University. The move is part of the agency’s Bus Stop Service Improvement Project. The project evaluated COTA bus stops and the spacing between them to improve efficiency.
University| May 6, 2013

U. of Wis., Madison to charge for employee bus passes

Due to budgetary concerns and to make the program sustainable, the employee bus pass will no longer be free starting next academic year. The pass will cost $24 annually.
University| May 6, 2013

Calif. State Long Beach may sign new shuttle contract

Service could be significantly cut or rates could increase, depending on the new contract. The university’s current contract with Silverado Stages Inc. will expire in a few months.
Bus| May 6, 2013

Question of the Day: What if you weren't in transit?

Transit agency executives tell us what they would be doing If they didn’t have a career in transit.

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