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November 18, 2014
Chicago targeting abuse of free, reduced fare cards

Regulations for free and reduced-fare programs — which include seniors, persons with disabilities, U-Pass, student fares and other categories — stipulate that those cards can only be used by the individual identified on the card and can’t be transferred.



Jacksonville breaks ground on BRT system

The First Coast Flyer BRT Downtown Project, nearly six miles long with 12 stations, is the initial segment of a five-phased BRT system planned for the Jacksonville region. The new service will operate in dedicated lanes during peak hours for a portion of the route.



Lextrans' GM Burke resigning

Has accepted a position as director of Sarasota County Area Transit in Sarasota, Fla. Lextran’s assistant GM, Jared Forte, resigned in October 2014 and is now acting assistant GM at Sun Tran in Tucson, Ariz.



Report: Parking subsidies leave taxpayers shouldering $7.3 billion burden annually

Report found that the federal parking subsidy puts 820,000 more cars on America’s most congested roads in its most congested cities.


Photos: ARTIC transportation hub construction

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) construction in progress.


2014 Women In Transportation: Petra Mollet

Chief of Staff APTA Washington, D.C.


Trailways CEO Ellsworth to retire

Gale C. Ellworth, at the helm for nearly 18 years, is credited with helping revitalize the iconic brand, which is comprised of 70-plus independently owned or operated motorcoach companies.


NJ Transit opens new Princeton U. train station

The station connects Princeton University's campus to the Northeast Corridor rail line via Princeton Junction station, with easy access to New York and Philadelphia.


2014 Women In Transportation: Veronique Hakim

Executive Director New Jersey Transit Newark, N.J.


First Transit's Phoenix location wins 2 awards

Company earns ISO 14001 recertification as well as the Maricopa County (AZ) Air Quality Excellence award, as part of their commitment to the county’s Clean Air Campaign.

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Safety Corner
Are your bus operators square?

If you are in transit, you know this question has nothing to do with lifestyle and everything to do with left hand turns. And in transit, we prefer squares. For the sake of clarity, we are talking about the difference between taking extra care to square off a left-hand turn as opposed to simply rounding the turn. A square turn involves setting up the pivot point of the bus and by its very nature requires the operator to conduct the turn at a much slower rate of speed.

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Alleyn Harned
Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities
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Va. transit fleet kicks off major CNG transition

GRTC is a member of the Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) coalition, which over the years has hosted a variety of workshops, webinars and other training opportunities for fleets interested in transitioning to CNG. Another coalition member — the City of Richmond — inaugurated its fleet of CNG refuse haulers in 2011, which set the stage for GRTC’s transition. View the YouTube video to see how VCC helped the city implement its CNG fleet.

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