What is best for motorcoach safety: Science or politics?

March 25, 2011
In the wake of the bus crash earlier this month in New York, there is a wave of support growing to pass legislation reintroduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) on the fourth anniversary of the Bluffton (Ohio) University baseball team bus crash that killed seven in Atlanta.

Would growing ridership hurt or hinder transit agencies?

March 16, 2011
In a study released earlier this week, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicted that public transportation ridership would grow to record numbers as gasoline prices continue to spike.
March 9, 2011

Are public tweetings in your future?

What if you set up a meeting to get public comments on your transit system’s proposed fare increase or service changes and nobody came? I’m sure that’s the case for many transit systems. What if there was a way to reach out to your customers directly without all the hassle that goes into a public meeting?
February 23, 2011

Public transportation to the rescue

With me and my wife expecting a child soon, we are reading and equipping ourselves for everything you could possibly expect.
February 16, 2011

The cost of not funding public transportation

Last week, Proposition 1 in Lakewood, Wash., which would have raised a sales tax by three-tenths of 1 percentage point to help pay for bus service, was defeated 56 percent to 44 percent. As a result, Pierce Transit is set to recommend a reduction of services by 20 percent in October and another 15 percent early next year, to help shore up its budget issues, according to a News Tribune report.
February 9, 2011

Can the U.S. remain a competitive world power without high-speed rail?

High-speed rail projects and the money needed to pay for them have been eliciting strong reactions from all sides. Tuesday's announcement of the Obama Administration’s plan to spend $53 billion over the next six years on rail infrastructure projects produced a flurry of responses, some praising the plan — others deriding it.
January 28, 2011

Motorcoach industry on the upswing

Last week I had the opportunity to get out to Tampa, Fla., for UMA Expo 2011, and, I've got to say, things are looking encouraging.
January 11, 2011

Is reauthorization on backburner again?

Working on a story for the magazine regarding federal legislation and reauthorization and let's just say I am not filled with optimism. It seems that at this time last year, all the experts expected reauthorization to be somewhere behind health care and climate legislation on the federal government's list of priorities. The long, slow process of getting both of those bills completed has now led to a reconstituted Congress...
January 6, 2011

Quiet, the audience is listening!

I love going to the movies! Despite the high cost for tickets, and the ridiculous amount they charge you for concession stand items (I always bring a stash of Red Vines in my purse), I still love the whole experience of it — sitting in the dark watching the story unfold on the screen. From time to time, other things fill the theater — like unwanted noise.
December 9, 2010

The tide turns quickly for public transportation

It was just less than two years ago that the cry for more public transportation funding or, at least, an understanding that more funding was necessary, had been heard by the federal government, in particular by President Barack Obama. Now, a half-term of bi-partisan incompetence has yielded a swift change in congressional leadership that is nearly unprecedented.

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