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U. of Georgia officials consider going electric
U. of Georgia officials consider going electric

June 22, 2015
ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia (UGA) officials are considering replacing part of the university’s bus fleet with electric buses, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. UGA, which recently hosted a New Flyer electric bus, could purchase 16 electric buses and retire most of its pre-2007 buses if the U.S. Department of Transportation approves an $11.5 million grant. The buses could

FMCSA's military bus, truck driver program a huge success
FMCSA's military bus, truck driver program a huge success

June 25, 2015
, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The Military Skills Test Waiver Program, which began in 2011, grants state licensing agencies, including the District of Columbia, the authority to waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus

Rail agencies adopt FRA's system for reporting close calls
Rail agencies adopt FRA's system for reporting close calls

June 17, 2015
smoothly. “Unions have bought into this program and it’s a win-win for everyone,” Konczal said. “They are excited about it and are even assisting with the marketing and training.” FRA’s Office of Railroad Safety is primarily responsible for the implementation of C3RS. It receives support from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, which partners with public and private organizations

Fung Wah will not return to NYC until fall
Fung Wah will not return to NYC until fall

April 24, 2015
in the city again, the operation must first get a bus stop permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The process includes a visit to the local community board for public input. For the full story, click here.

San Antonio VIA second highest DBE participation in nation
San Antonio VIA second highest DBE participation in nation

May 29, 2015
diversity in hiring and contracting,” said VIA President/CEO Jeff Arndt. The DBE program is federally mandated for direct recipients of federal grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation and is regulated by the FTA’s Office of Civil Rights. VIA Metropolitan Transit provides public transportation services to 13 cities in the San Antonio area and the unincorporated areas of Bexar County

Report: Fares exceed operating expenses at only 2% of U.S. transit systems
Report: Fares exceed operating expenses at only 2% of U.S. transit systems

June 9, 2015
As part of a new report between the Hamilton Project and Brookings, of the more than 1,800 mass transit systems in the U.S. roughly 2% reported fare revenue exceeded operating expenses in 2013, according to U.S. Department of Transportation figures. In general, average losses per trip are smaller for larger metro systems, while metro rail systems — including heavy rail, such as subways

2015 Top Rail Project Cost Reaches $91B
2015 Top Rail Project Cost Reaches $91B

June 17, 2015
the Central Subway tunnel portal entrance, which was the final element to the overall tunneling contract, in May, on-time and on-budget. The Central Subway Project is the second phase of SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Transit Project and is slated to open in 2019. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced approval of the Full Funding Grant Agreement of $942.2 million to fund nearly half

WTS Transportation summit educates young women about industry
WTS Transportation summit educates young women about industry

July 2, 2015
Last week, in the midst of marriage equality and affordable healthcare wins for the U.S., senior U.S. Department of Transportation administrators, agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and high-profile leaders from transportation’s private sector, took the time to meet with select high-school girls who

Are Increased Roadside Motorcoach Inspections Missing the Point?
Are Increased Roadside Motorcoach Inspections Missing the Point?

June 17, 2015
wrong, and does, that appears in your score, which is just not fair.” Brian Scott, president of Largo, Fla.’s Escot Bus Lines explains that during one inspection, his operation was written up because the legal lettering on the coach had the correct U.S. Department of Transportation number, but was missing “LLC” in the name of the company. “Things like that have nothing to do with safety,” he

For Transit Operators: Facts About Epilepsy and Seizures
For Transit Operators: Facts About Epilepsy and Seizures

September 25, 2014
the vehicle or be denied a ride. If you are an operator, refer to U.S. Department of Transportation Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and your agency’s service policies for more information. There is no reason a person who has fully recovered from a seizure cannot stay on the bus until she arrives at her destination. If the person is traveling with a service animal, the service animal should

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