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Employer cell phone policy urged in wake of train crash

Rail| August 5, 2013

The human brain is incapable of simultaneously processing two cognitively demanding tasks, such as talking with someone on a cell phone while operating a vehicle.

MBTA seeks sponsors for rail Wi-Fi service

Rail| March 6, 2013
Offering includes a sponsorship program, which will provide partners with marketing rights and benefits, such as signage and advertising in commuter rail stations, railcars and ferry facilities; corporate presence on commuter rail system maps and schedules; control of a Wi-Fi landing page; links on the MBTA website; and intellectual property rights.
Rail| August 9, 2012

Free Wi-Fi on N.Y. subways catching on

The new service is part of a $200 million plan to provide cellphone and data connectivity services to all 277 underground stations in New York by 2017.
Bus| June 14, 2012

COTA driver accused of using phone on duty

COTA forbids drivers from texting or talking on cellphones while driving, even with hands-free devices.
Motorcoach| December 27, 2011

NTSB releases statements on Hours of Service, driver cell phone ban

Says FMCSA and states need to partner on HOS to ensure compliance, the industry needs to support the rule with comprehensive Fatigue Risk Management Systems, and that the U.S. DOT should have gone further in prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles.
Rail| December 1, 2011

BART set to prohibit cell phone blackouts in stations

The transit agency came under fire by free speech advocates after it interrupted cellphone service during an Aug. 11 blackout in an attempt to thwart a planned protest related to transit police shootings.
Motorcoach| November 23, 2011

Final Rule banning hand-held cell phone, texting released

The final rule prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses.
Bus| November 2, 2011

Theft of handheld electronics on public transit rising

NYCT reports subway crime has risen 17 percent so far in 2011, with about 1,000 riders the victims of larceny. The Apple iPhone is listed as the most popular item to be stolen.
Bus| October 12, 2011

NTSB issues safety recs

The FHWA; AASHTO; NHTSA and the GHSA, as well as all 50 states and the District of Columbia, received recommendations for median barrier installation, communication and prohibiting driver cell phone use.
Rail| October 11, 2011

Calif. makes cell phone ban for rail operators permanent

The decision, which was made during a Commission meeting last Thursday, also requires the installation of cameras to enforce the rule.

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