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  • New York's subway has always been a chamber of horrors. But when did it get this bad?

    07/08/2017 7:28:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 1, 2017 | Barbara Demwick
    “Die Kitties Die!” screamed the headline in the New York Daily News when, in 2013, former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joe Lhota criticized a decision to pause trains in a Brooklyn subway station to rescue a pair of kittens lost on the tracks. These days, New York so badly needs to get the trains to run on time that Lhota, whose unfortunate anti-cat comments caused a minor scandal, has been brought back as chairman of the transit agency.
  • Paris motorists to fund city's public transport system [France]

    10/01/2016 4:54:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:04 GMT+02:00
    Motorists in the Île-de-France will be hit by a tax rise in order to finance the region's public transport, the government has confirmed. France’s finance bill, presented on Wednesday, authorizes the region to increase the regional fuel tax (TICPE) to up to 1.65 cents per liter on diesel, and 1.77 cents per liter on gas. This will make fuel taxes in Île-de-France the highest in the country. […] “We have no choice,” said a spokesperson for Valérie Pécresse, president of the region. “We have to do it; the accounts of the regional transport authority cannot be unbalanced.” …
  • Money-saving consultants have cost SEPTA $2.8 million, invoices show

    04/23/2015 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:08 AM | Paul Nussbaum
    Looking for ways to save money, SEPTA has paid about $2.8 million to a Boston-based consulting firm, including payments of more than $500 an hour to some specialists. In the process, FTI Consulting Inc. has used 24 of its staffers, some of whom have collected more from SEPTA than the transit agency’s highest-paid official, general manager Joseph Casey, who makes $273,000 a year. The meter is still running, with additional payments expected to continue through the end of the year. SEPTA hired FTI in February 2013 through a no-bid contract to help the transit agency reduce legal costs arising from...
  • Beverly Scott Stepping Down As Head Of MBTA

    02/11/2015 7:26:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | February 11, 2015
    BOSTON (CBS) — Beverly Scott is resigning as MBTA general manager, the transportation agency said Wednesday afternoon. The MBTA had suspended rail service Monday night and Tuesday to clear snow from its tracks amid a record-setting period of snowfall in the Boston area. Gov. Charlie Baker and others had criticized the MBTA for its lackluster performance during the extreme snow and cold.
  • Labour MP: Beat gridlock with a ban on owning a car and force motorists to share vehicles (UK)

    09/13/2014 6:40:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:46 EST, 13 September 2014 | (MailOnline Reporter)
    Owning a car should be “outlawed” to force people on to public transport, a senior Labour MP has suggested. Motorists who want to drive should instead be forced to join communal “car clubs” where the cars are shared by drivers and used only when needed. Dr. Alan Whitehead, a Labour MP for Southampton Test and a member of the Energy and Climate Change select committee, said the increase in car ownership would lead to “something approaching a national traffic jam before 2040”. He claimed that radical action would be needed to avoid national gridlock. …
  • Maserati Drives Into Muni Bus Yard, Wrecks

    06/16/2014 9:06:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jun. 16 2014 | Joe Eskenazi
    Few onlookers would mistake a Maserati for a Muni -- and, for those experiencing difficulty making the distinction, here's a primer. When a hulking Muni bus parks itself over a mechanics' pit, much-needed maintenance ensues. When a minuscule Maserati attempts to do the same, it finds itself in need of maintenance of a different sort. SF Weekly obtained the above photo of the late May mishap. Bus operators on the scene at the Potrero Muni yard joke that the Maserati driver must have been hit with a sudden and overwhelming desire to work for Muni. That's one explanation for abruptly...
  • [San Fran] Muni Faces Major Delays With Two-Thirds Of Vehicles Not Running Due To Worker ‘Sickout’

    06/02/2014 8:56:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 2, 2014 6:13 AM
    Officials from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are warning riders to expect major delays on Muni Monday morning after a contract dispute prompted a “sickout” by a large portion of Muni workers. […] Muni operators voted on Friday on a proposed labor agreement, but that does not mean that the contract will be ratified. […] Under the proposal, Muni operator’s pay would be raised to about $32 an hour on July 1—making them the second-highest paid transit workers in the country, according to the SFMTA. …
  • Longtime Minnesota congressman Oberstar dies at 79

    05/03/2014 12:37:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2014 2:03 PM EDT | Amy Forliti
    Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years and brought millions of dollars to the state as chair of the powerful House Transportation Committee, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning. He was 79. A statement released by his family said Oberstar died in his sleep. A cause of death was not provided. His former chief of staff, Bill Richard, said Oberstar died at his home in Potomac, Maryland. […] Oberstar, a Democrat, was elected to Congress in 1974 and served 18 terms—the state’s longest-serving member of Congress. Oberstar became chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee...
  • Woman Dies After Hijab, Hair Get Tangled in Montreal Escalator

    01/30/2014 7:04:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 83 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Thursday, January 30, 2014 | QMI Agency
    Woman dies after hijab, hair get tangled in Montreal escalator MONTREAL — A woman in her 30s is dead after her headscarf and hair became caught in a subway-station escalator. A bystander found the woman lying at the base of the escalator at Fabre metro station in east-end Montreal around 9:15 a.m. He alerted transit workers, who called police. When first responders arrived, the woman was unresponsive. "We tried to perform resuscitation on site, but we weren't able to save her," paramedic Bob Lamle told QMI Agency. The exact circumstances of the woman's death weren't immediately clear, but Montreal police...
  • ANTI-WHITE RACISM FOUND IN CHICAGO TRANSIT HIRING

    03/24/2013 1:53:18 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 67 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 23 March 2013 | John Bennett
    The Chicago Transit Authority, one of the largest employers in Chicago, has a dramatic racial imbalance in its workforce, records show. Data obtained by WND through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that whites and Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in the Chicago Transit Authority workforce.
  • For Sandy Fix, MTA Could Borrow Billions (NYC)

    11/28/2012 6:11:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 28, 2012, 1:58 PM ET | Ted Mann
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing borrow up to $4.8 billion over the next three years to finance post-storm rebuilding, with the expectation that most loans will be repaid by insurance and the federal government. But the MTA’s top financial official warned Wednesday that the transit agency might ultimately be on the hook for as much as $950 million of the total cost of reconstruction—potentially adding tens of millions to its annual debt-service load. …
  • Passengers stranded on bus…driver refuses to board because of gay rights ad

    11/16/2012 1:03:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:41 EST, 16 November 2012 | Niamh O’Doherty
    Passengers spent 20 minutes stranded on a bus after its driver refused to board because of a gay rights message on the side. The unnamed driver would not get on the X78 from Rotherham to Sheffield because it bore a billboard for gay lobby group Stonewall, reading: “Some people are gay. Get over it!” Passengers sat and waited while the driver argued loudly with colleagues and customers. …
  • MBTA chief: Riders prefer fare hikes to service cuts

    02/01/2012 8:57:50 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 10 replies
    Lynn Item ^ | 1/27/12 | Kyle Cheney/SHNS
    BOSTON — As Transportation Secretary Richard Davey sees it, commuters faced with sharp increases in the cost of rail, bus and subway rides, as well as the elimination of bus routes, ferry service, weekend commuter rail and weekend E Line subway access, have settled on a theme. “The chorus I’m hearing is, 'I would rather pay more but not cut the service,’” Davey said Thursday at the State House. That message was echoed by lawmakers who said their constituents and colleagues had largely indicated that riders would rather be slapped with the first fare hike in five years than with...
  • FBI Wants Help Identifying Man Acting 'Suspiciously' Near Charlotte Light Rail

    06/22/2011 11:26:40 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies
    MyFox8.com ^ | 11:44 a.m. EDT, June 21, 2011 | Staff Writer
    SNIPPET: "CHARLOTTE, N.C.— The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who was seen near a restricted area along the light rail near uptown Charlotte. A worker monitoring security cameras said the man was spotted in the area in late April, according to investigators. The man was clearly in an area he wasn't supposed to be in and was acting suspiciously, the FBI said."
  • Rising gas prices give transit riders highest savings in two years, APTA says

    03/07/2011 10:37:08 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    Progressive Railroading ^ | 7 Mar 2011 | unattributed
    Commuters are saving an average $9,904 annually and $825 per month, based on current gas prices, by riding public transit systems instead of driving their cars, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Gas prices increased 28 cents per gallon in the 10 days leading up to March 4. The current savings by using public transportation are the highest in the past two years, APTA officials said. "As gas prices rise, using public transportation is the quickest way people can beat high gasoline prices," said APTA President William Millar in a prepared statement. APTA releases a monthly "Transit Savings...
  • On BART Trains, the Seats Are Taken (by Bacteria)

    03/05/2011 10:48:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2011 | By ZUSHA ELINSON
    Carrie Nee prefers to stand during her half-hour commute on BART from San Leandro to downtown San Francisco. Although the trains’ blue fabric seats are plush and comfortable, Ms. Nee refuses to sit on them. As Bob Franklin, the BART board president, acknowledged, “People don’t know what’s in there.” Now they do. Fecal and skin-borne bacteria resistant to antibiotics were found in a seat on a train headed from Daly City to Dublin/Pleasanton. Further testing on the skin-borne bacteria showed characteristics of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the drug-resistant bacterium that causes potentially lethal infections, although Ms. Franklin cautioned that...
  • Whizzing by takes on new meaning at Metro

    01/05/2011 1:19:55 AM PST · by thecodont · 7 replies
    WTOP.com via The Drudge Report / drudgereport.com ^ | January 4, 2011 - 7:38am | Adam Tuss, wtop.com
    WASHINGTON - When you have to go, you have to go, but exactly where some Metro train operators have been going is disturbing. Train operators have routinely been using "pocket tracks" as restrooms, according to a recent employee safety report by Metro's inspector general. Pocket tracks are sections of track just beyond certain stations where trains can be stopped and parked. According to the report, which looked at safety in Metro's office of track and structure systems maintenance: "This safety and health hazard is the result of inadequate time being allowed at the end of the line for train operators...
  • New Jersey Scraps Tunnel Project

    10/07/2010 12:11:15 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-07-10 | LISA FLEISHER
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie killed construction of an $8.7 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River on Thursday, ending what had been the largest transportation project in the U.S. He also urged lawmakers to repurpose the $3 billion in federal money for other transit projects in the state. Mr. Christie had ordered a 30-day halt on construction work until he could get a reliable cost estimate and determine whether New Jersey could afford its share of the project. At a press conference Thursday, Mr. Christie said the project was estimated to cost at least $11 billion and as much...
  • Metro loses more than a million riders on bus, rail ( DC )

    10/05/2010 3:17:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 1, 2010 | Markham Heid
    Metrobus ridership plummeted and the number of rail passengers fell well below staff projections during the first month of the agency's new fiscal year -- and the first month of higher fares. Metrobuses transported 11.66 million passengers in July, nearly 1.3 million fewer than during the same month last year. Metro officials had anticipated a much smaller drop, projecting about 200,000 fewer trips. Rail ridership was also down... Beginning in late June, Metro officials raised the cost of all trips for bus and rail passengers. The fare increases included a 25- to 35-cent increase for bus riders, depending on payment...
  • Commuters hit by Tube strike in the UK

    10/04/2010 7:33:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | October 05, 2010
    MILLIONS of commuters in London endured a grim journey to work today after staff on the Underground train network walked out for the second time in a month, sparking calls for tougher strike laws. People were forced to walk or cycle in heavy rain, squeeze on to packed buses or brave heavy traffic by driving as only 30 per cent of the Tube trains were running in the morning rush hour, according to operator London Underground. The strike follows a walkout in early September as part of a dispute between trade unions and London Underground managers over the planned axing...