We're at a crossroads

October 1, 2009
Public transit is at an important crossroads. With the folks on Capitol Hill focusing on health care and climate change legislation, the authorization of a new transportation bill has been put on the backburner. Not too promising a signal, especially with so much importance being put on this reauthorization by many transportation providers who are being financially pushed to the limit.

Are you H1N1 ready?

September 15, 2009
Currently, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reviewing key indicators and has found that influenza activity increased in the U.S. compared to the prior weeks, with visits to doctors for influenza-like illness increasing nationally; total influenza hospitalization rates for adults and children were similar to or lower than seasonal influenza hospitalization rates depending on age group, but higher than expected in the summer months; and 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, Florida, G
August 20, 2009

Invest in mass transit now!

Transportation for America and the Transportation Equity Network recently released a report, Stranded at the Station: The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Public Transportation, which stated that citizens across the nation are being hurt by the fare increases and service cuts that public transportation agencies are forced to make.
July 30, 2009

Feds have it right about cell phones?

To further support the idea that cell phone use is dangerous, the New York Times recently posted a previously unreleased 2003 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that suggested that all cell phone use – whether it be talking on the phone, listening to someone, writing a text message or dialing – was equally as dangerous.
July 16, 2009

Invest in safety first

In the wake of two high-profile train accidents in Washington, D.C., and Boston, the National Transportation Safety Board, this week, made a recommendation to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to facilitate the development and implementation of positive train control for rail transit systems nationwide.
June 25, 2009

Time to pony up

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to push for the motorcoach industry to add seat belts to protect passengers. In Australia, seat belts have been required in motorcoaches since 1994, while the European Union has made them mandatory since 1997. Texas will be the first in the U.S. to require seat belts on all tour buses chartered for school trips starting in 2011.
June 11, 2009

Time to think ahead

With gas prices fluctuating so much over the last year and expected to only increase, it is no wonder that the auto industry has suffered. Add to that, the current recession, an increased focus on the environment and a newfound love for public transit, and you begin to wonder whether the auto industry will ever recover.
May 14, 2009

Is it going too far?

To me, there were so many reasons not to own a cell phone. The least of which is my frustration of being stuck behind somebody on the road who is paying more attention to their phone call than their driving. Yet finally, after much chastising from family and friends, who felt it important for me to have one “just in case,” I relented less than two years ago.
February 9, 2009

Famine or feast?

The transit industry is viewed as a part of the nation's infrastructure, so it is entitled to some of the stimulus money being spread around the country.
July 10, 2008

Cars vs. public transportation

Census data in 2006 revealed that no more than 5 percent of U. S. workers use public transportation. The price of gasoline is affecting all auto manufacturers and forcing them to take drastic action ...
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