Slap on wrist doesn't ensure safety

August 19, 2010
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.

Making driver protection a priority

August 13, 2010
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.
March 12, 2010

How are you addressing paratransit?

With fare hikes and service cuts becoming close to inevitable for mass transportation systems, senior citizens and the disabled seem to be taking the brunt of the blow.
February 5, 2010

Where will high-speed rail funds come from?

Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced $8 billion in awards for 13 high-speed rail projects that will impact 31 states around the nation, as well as a reassurance for the continued pledge of more funds in the future.
January 21, 2010

Motorcoach community helps with disaster relief

Both this week and last week, the American Bus Association (ABA), United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and ABC Companies all announced that they are contributing to relief efforts for the victims of the Haiti earthquake

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