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July 21, 2016
Self-driving electric buses part of Tesla's future, CEO says

Elon Musk says that the electric buses of the future should be smaller than the current ones, to decrease traffic congestion, with the interior of the buses redesigned to increase passenger areal density.



APTA opposes GOP plan to cut mass transit funding

The Republican platform, which stated that public transportation is "an inherently local affair that serves only a small portion of the population," also opposes increasing the federal gas tax.



PSTA, Uber partner to offer disadvantaged residents free, on-demand rides

The $300,000 grant-funded pilot demonstration, awarded by the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, is aimed at helping low-income, unemployed residents overcome transportation barriers to employment.



Secretary Foxx urges more rigorous review of autonomous vehicle tech

His remarks at a self-driving convention comes a few weeks after government regulators revealed a 40-year-old man died in May after his Tesla car crashed into a truck while using a semi-autonomous feature called "Autopilot."



DC Metro moves ahead with plan to use Uber, Lyft for paratransit services

Metro plans to issue an RFP to take over the service in September, with the intent to have the system in place by spring 2017. The pilot program will be for users in the Maryland suburbs, where two-thirds of MetroAccess customers live.


NYC Transit program urges safety when playing Pokémon Go

The digital screen campaign consists of a brief animation warning customers to stay safe as they play the game that seems to have taken the country, and the world, by storm.


Key Takeaways on Mass Transit Safety, Risk Management

The RMS occurred last month in Albany, N.Y. and it was a truly remarkable learning experience for those in attendance. The RMS serves as a one-of-a-kind event that brings together transit risk management professionals from all across the country to focus on key topics related to safety, risk management, planning and prevention.


First Transit Wins First Rail Contract in North America

Company to operate and maintain the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train 21-mile commuter rail line.


2 Amtrak employees charged in overtime fraud scheme

Altogether, the two supervisors allegedly billed the rail agency for 900 overtime hours they didn't work, totaling about $91,000.


FRA approves blueprint to connect Boston, New Haven to Montreal via rail

The Initiative proposes to restore service between Boston and New Haven, Conn., through Springfield, Mass. and Hartford, Conn., and add new service between Boston and Montreal.


Transit expert, Mendes, joins HNTB as national transit/rail practice leader

Diana Mendes is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, industry representation, business development, service delivery and client satisfaction.


APTA: Mass transit users save $9,686 annually

The savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers.

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