If not rail and infrastructure, where should the money go?

October 22, 2010
So far, it seems like the U.S. at least has a vision. Whether that idea can be successful, however, is unclear since there are so many hurdles, including funding, bipartisan politics and the upcoming elections.

What hath Christie wrought?

October 8, 2010
I know I’m not the only one upset about the news that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has killed the New Jersey-to-New York tunnel project — the ARC (Access to the Region’s Core) — as it is known. To me, this project represented a huge step forward in the rebuilding of America’s transportation infrastructure. The current tunnel beneath the Hudson was built 100 years ago; do we really need to wait any longer to build another?
September 16, 2010

Was firing a violation of the First Amendment?

As reported via several media outlets, including here, New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) fired Derek Fenton following his participation in a protest on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11 outside Park51, — the controversial mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero — during which he burned pages of the Koran.
August 19, 2010

Slap on wrist doesn't ensure safety

This week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) annual drug and alcohol strike force sweep, which ran from June 21 through July 2, resulted in the removal of 109 commercial bus and truck drivers.
August 13, 2010

Making driver protection a priority

Tom Bregg was a bus operator for the Edmonton Transit System (ETS) in Alberta for 33 years when he was savagely beaten on Dec. 3, 2009 by a passenger, who argued with him over a fare dispute. Bregg is now permanently blind in his left eye and may never drive again, the Edmonton Journal reported.
July 15, 2010

What is your 'Decision'... Car or Transit?

Unless you were under a rock last week, you no doubt were assaulted by the ridiculous media onslaught that accompanied the NBA's LeBron James and his "Decision" on where he would play next season. Well, a far less-publicized but quite meaningful decision was made in my household that very same week.
June 24, 2010

Is public transportation losing its momentum?

One question rarely asked when discussing whether a new federal surface transportation authorization bill will be passed soon is if the momentum the industry has will grind to a halt. The truth of the matter is that we are a fickle nation. Quick to embrace something one minute and, just as quickly, turn completely against it the next. Meaning, yes, today public transportation's role in the U.S. is crystal clear, but how will that vision look a year from now with a bill still not in place?
May 28, 2010

What are you doing to forge partnerships?

This week, I got a chance to drop in on the Community Transportation Association of America's Expo 2010 in Long Beach, Calif. There were many topics discussed throughout the show, including how the 2010 Census will impact transportation providers, increasing senior mobility, and identifying the causes and solutions of bus fires.
May 14, 2010

Time to think outside the box

China's current 4,000-mile network consists of upgraded conventional lines, high-speed passenger designated lines and the world's first high-speed commercial magnetic levitation (maglev) line. The country also has an additional 11,000 miles of high-speed lines currently under construction and has plans to have a complete network of approximately 31,000 miles in place by 2020.
April 15, 2010

Forgetting Customer Service?

Above and beyond, customer service is the backbone of the public transportation industry as it strives to lure riders from their own vehicles. With budget cuts spreading transit agencies even thinner, one side-effect that may be getting overlooked is the industry's dedication to customer service.

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