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  • 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...
  • Commuters Walloped by Strikes in France, London

    09/07/2010 6:15:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    AP via CNBC ^ | September 7, 2010
    Public transit ground to a halt across France and on the London Tube on Tuesday, with tourists and commuters bearing the brunt of a wave of discontent over government austerity measures. French unions challenged unpopular President Nicolas Sarkozy with a major nationwide strike over plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, shutting down trains, planes, buses, subways, post offices and schools.
  • Friday Interview: Fighting Traffic Gridlock in North Carolina

    08/06/2010 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | August 6, 2010 | CJ Staff
    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s traffic congestion could double in the next couple of decades, with Charlotte drivers facing the same types of delays Chicago drivers face now. That was the conclusion of a 2007 John Locke Foundation report. It recommended $12 billion of spending to clear North Carolina’s congested urban roads and prepare for future traffic growth. Many traffic problems outlined three years ago continue to cause concerns today. Randal O’Toole, senior fellow with the Cato Institute, recently tackled the issue from a national perspective in the book Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It....
  • Travel into the Transbay Terminal's past

    07/30/2010 11:52:28 PM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Friday, July 30, 2010 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    To bus riders who trek daily through the dingy, dusty and drafty Transbay Terminal, the place is something to be hurried through or, at best, endured. But it wasn't always that way, and today, a week before demolition of the old terminal begins, the public will get a last chance to peek at the past. They'll see a sampling of the places that have been covered by plywood, hidden behind painted-over windows or walled off over the decades as the terminal declined from a bustling commuter hub to a mostly neglected bus station. The terminal, built as part of the...
  • Another Transit Fight Posted on YouTube

    02/16/2010 8:29:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 66 replies · 2,259+ views
    NBC 11 ^ | 2/16/10
    Another verbal fight that turned violent was posted on YouTube Tuesday. A man who announces himself as a 67 year old gets into it with a fellow much younger passenger. It started as an argument that seemed to be a simple misunderstanding over a comment made while taking a seat. The two separated with one moving to the front of the bus for a time. But that time out did not last long. More words are exchanged. Then the younger man walks up front for some more yelling followed by fists flying. Note: the older gentlemen is wearing a light...
  • In the war between passengers and TTC drivers, the masses will win

    02/09/2010 8:13:56 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 11 replies · 530+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | Mary Vallis
    Drivers have also started a Facebook group called Toronto Transit Operators against public harassment, mainly in response to a video recorded by a passenger last week showing a bus driver taking an unscheduled 7-minute stop outside a doughnut shop to get his nightly coffee. The driver was subsequently suspended. Another member of the group advises operators that if they see someone filming their actions, they should pull over and request police assistance: "You don't know why these people are recording your vehicle, you just know that they are not supposed to do it." The TTC's general manager, Gary Webster, then...
  • After all the promises, will taxpayers be stuck with the monorail’s bills?

    01/22/2010 4:20:48 PM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies · 439+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 22 jan 10 | Steve Kanigher
    Since the inception of the Las Vegas Monorail, Nevadans have been repeatedly reassured that they will not wind up on the hook for its bills. Nevermind the high salaries monorail executives and board members are getting, that won’t ever wind up coming out of the public’s pockets. The Nevada Business and Industry Department’s issuance of $650 million in tax-exempt bonds to construct the transit system? Not to worry, no liability there. Granting state sales tax and county property tax exemptions to the monorail? Yes, it helped the monorail system avoid putting millions of dollars in the public coffers, but it...
  • Public-Transit Passengers Face Rough Ride

    01/02/2010 4:02:54 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 11 replies · 526+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-02-10 | SARA MURRAY
    Agencies Nationwide Raise Fares, Cut Service as Budget Pressures Mount; In Chicago, 'Less Frequent, More Crowded Service' Public transportation will be more crowded and more expensive this year as big-city transit systems across the country respond to severe budget pressures.Funding from state and local governments -- a key part of budgets for transit systems -- has been cut and ridership is down overall, prompting transit officials to trim service and raise fares at a time when many customers are pinched themselves.San Francisco is raising fares for commuters this month. Chicago will lay off workers and eliminate bus routes in February...
  • New York to Slash Transit Service, Student Passes

    12/17/2009 7:13:57 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 21 replies · 722+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-18-09 | SUZANNE SATALINE
    The decision by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to sharply cut services to close a nearly $383 million deficit is the latest sign that the state will operate under harsh fiscal constraints in the coming year. The proposed cuts, which would include shutting down two subway lines and slashing night and weekend hours on a system that operates around the clock, will be aired at several public hearings this winter. A final vote is planned in the spring by the board of the MTA, which manages transit systems in New York City and surrounding areas, including Long Island. The measures...
  • U.S. Cities Consider Congestion Pricing

    07/14/2009 6:11:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 689+ views
    National League of Cities ^ | July 13, 2009 | Matt Bradley and Julia Pulidindi
    The social and economic costs of lost productivity and wasted fuel from traffic-choked streets are estimated to be $87 billion a year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2009 Urban Mobility Report. So far, federal, state and local efforts — focused mostly on expanding road capacity — have been largely unsuccessful at slowing the growing congestion on U.S. roads. Transportation experts now advocate a different approach, changing the emphasis from increasing supply to reducing demand. To reinforce smart growth policies, plug mounting transportation funding gaps and achieve immediate traffic relief, London, Stockholm, Singapore, Milan and three cities in Norway have...
  • T to drivers: Talk or text and you’re fired

    05/13/2009 9:39:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 19 replies · 680+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/13/09 | Edward Mason Dave Wedge and Laurel J. Sweet
    Any T (Boston: Mass Bay Transit Authority) driver caught using a cell phone on duty will be fired on the spot, MBTA officials announced this morning unveiling what could be the toughest such policy in the country. “We believe this is the strongest policy of its kind for any major transportation agency in the nation and I think it will help make us one of the safest,” said MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas this morning. Any subway or bus driver caught using a cell phone on the job will be fired and any driver caught even in possession of a...
  • Feds Warn Of Terror Plot Against NYC Subways...

    11/26/2008 3:29:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 28 replies · 1,121+ views
    WCBSTV.com - Breaking News ^ | November 26, 2008 | n/a
    Nov 26, 2008 5:00 pm US/Eastern "Feds Warn Of Terror Plot Against NYC Subways Homeland Security: Expect Larger Police Presence In NYC And In Major Cities Across U.S. During Holidays" ARTICLE SNIPPET: "NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― Federal authorities are warning police of a possible terror plot against the New York City subway and train systems during the holiday season, prompting local officials to beef up security at stations. An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press says the FBI has received a "plausible but unsubstantiated" report that al-Qaida terrorists in late September may have discussed attacking the subway system. A...
  • Transit agency to ask for tax hike

    07/06/2008 5:27:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 85+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, July 6, 2008. | JAMES RUFUS KOREN
    LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County's mass transit agency this month will likely ask county supervisors to put a half-cent sales tax increase measure on November's ballot, a move aimed at raising tens of billions of dollars to build a Los Angeles subway extension and other projects. While a recent poll shows general voter support for the transportation tax hike, the five county supervisors, who are members of the 13-member Metro board, are not advocating the increase. And the whole thing could go up in smoke if a related bill by Assemblyman Mark Feuer doesn't make it past state lawmakers....
  • Oh, rats! Metro 'insults' N.Y. riders with ad (DC)

    02/28/2008 11:13:44 AM PST · by JZelle · 17 replies · 101+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-28-08 | Tom Knott
    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has piqued the ire of sensitive New Yorkers with an ad that shows a menacing-looking rat and asks the following in bold letters: "You gonna eat that?" The text accompanying the ad attempts to explain Metro's draconian enforcement of its no-eating and no-drinking policy. It reads: "Unlike some subway systems (which will remain nameless), you don't see rats the size of house cats roaming the Metro. Why not? Because we are so strict about eating and drinking in the system. So help us keep the crittes away. Please don't eat or drink on the...
  • Mother Kicked Off Fort Worth Bus for Reading Bible to Her Children

    01/05/2008 4:26:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 106+ views
    Standard Newswire ^ | January 3, 2008 | Nicole Hay
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan 3. -- Just before New Year's Eve, a Fort Worth mother was kicked off the public bus for reading the Bible aloud to her children on the way to church. "What kind of person pulls over public transportation and kicks out a mother and her children for reading their Bible on the way to church?" said Kelly Shackelford, Chief Counsel for Liberty Legal Institute, the legal organization representing Christine Lutz. "Freedom of religion exists on public transportation just like anywhere else." Christine Lutz was reading the Bible to her children while on the way to church...
  • Cell Phone Message Warns Train Gropers

    10/24/2007 9:50:16 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 38 replies · 168+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/24/2007 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    TOKYO (AP) - Did you just grope me? Shall we head to the police? That's the message women are flashing on their cell phones with a popular program designed to ward off wandering hands in Japan's congested commuter trains. "Anti-Groping Appli" by games developer Takahashi was released in late but has only recently climbed up popularity rankings, reaching No. 7 in this week's top-10 cell phone applications list compiled by Web-based publisher Spicy Soft Corp. The application flashes increasingly threatening messages in bold print on the phone's screen to show to the offender: "Excuse me, did you just grope me?"...
  • Riderships falls at Cap Metro (Austin Public Transportation failing)

    09/06/2007 6:42:13 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 11 replies · 376+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 9/6/07 | Ben Wear
    Agency cites weather, clamp down on disability rides for some of the loss but acknowledges that its 2007 estimates were a 'bit aggressive.' By Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, September 06, 2007 Capital Metro, even with persistently high gas prices providing an incentive for transit use and a steadily increasing metro population, is losing riders. Ridership, according to figures released by the agency in its 2008 budget, will be 6.2 percent lower in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 than in the previous fiscal year. Capital Metro expects to have just less than 33 million boardings in the current year...
  • Audit challenges $86 billion transportation funding gap

    04/30/2007 10:41:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 445+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 30, 2007 | Ben Wear
    Report says that more than $45 billion of the estimate is either in error or undocumented. The State Auditor's Office this morning released a report challenging the validity of almost half of a purported $86 billion shortfall in Texas transportation funding over the next generation, and cautioning that the gap estimate "may not be reliable for making policy or funding decisions." That $86 billion figure has been cited repeatedly by Texas Department of Transportation officials and some legislators as a major reason for the state's increasing need for new toll roads. The number is a compilation of estimates from local...
  • Carlos Guerra: Some lawmakers want to delay toll roads, examine alternatives

    03/10/2007 4:13:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 468+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 9, 2007 | Carlos Guerra
    Over the decades of watching the Legislature, no issue has so inflamed passions — and unified such disparate groups — as the current toll-road proposals winding through state government. Texas Department of Transportation officials have argued that the state's highway needs greatly exceed what fuel taxes will generate, and the only way to catch up with the traffic congestion is to sell some planned and existing roads to private operators and use the cash to build other roads. Clearly, the proposal that has most inflamed opponents has been the Trans-Texas Corridor, a massive 50-year project for which the state would...
  • Bleak congestion future

    09/01/2006 11:26:42 AM PDT · by JZelle · 4 replies · 207+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9-1-06 | David T. Hartgen
    Labor Day weekend is usually one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, but who can tell anymore? Our roads are so overcrowded that a hectic holiday weekend is indistinguishable from an average weekday. Washington, D.C. is already the fourth most congested city in the U.S., behind only San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. Commute times during peak traffic hours are 51 percent longer than during off-peak times, meaning a trip that is supposed to take you 30 minutes takes over 45.
  • BRIJOT WEAPONS DETECTION SYSTEM INSTALLED AT JERSEY STATION

    07/11/2006 9:36:32 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 390+ views
    Press Release ^ | July 11, 2006 | Brijot Imaging Systems
    ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2006-- Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. announces today that its BIS-WDS(TM) Prime has been installed for live, passenger screening operation at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's (PANYNJ) Exchange Place PATH transit system station in Jersey City, New Jersey as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rail Security Pilot Project's two week field demonstration of promising advanced technologies that detect explosives and other large weapons used to injure passengers or damage facilities and equipment, and that pose serious potential threats to the nation's rail systems. Brijot's product -- which provides full-motion,...
  • Semi-News: Phoenix Transit System Declared Safe by Officials

    02/17/2006 9:26:26 AM PST · by John Semmens · 113+ views
    azconservative ^ | 10 Feb 2006 | John Semmens
    Despite revelations of unlocked gates, unmonitored security cameras, lack of security manuals and untrained personnel, officials for Valley Metro (the government agency running the transit system for the Phoenix metropolitan region) said they felt the system is fundamentally secure. "Our 'ace-in-the-hole' is our extraordinarily low ridership," said Bryan Jungwirth, Valley Metro deputy executive director. "We figure that no terrorist in his right mind would bother to attack our nearly empty vehicles when more attractive targets like sports stadiums, movie theaters, and public restrooms offer many more potential victims." Critics of Valley Metro's blasé attitude suggest that the concept "terrorist in...
  • CA: Democrats say education, public transit should be bond priorities

    02/09/2006 6:00:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 262+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/9/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Democrats, critical to the success of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $222 billion public works program, on Thursday questioned how the proposal's bond money would be repaid and said their spending priorities differed somewhat from the governor's. The issues were raised in a news conference after Democrats returned from their annual retreat and marked the start of serious closed-door negotiations over Schwarzenegger's so-called strategic growth plan, the centerpiece of his legislative agenda for the year. Democrats said they agree on the concept of a plan to rebuild California's public works, but offered only a sketchy outline of alternatives...
  • Let Her Ride Without Papers

    11/30/2005 6:55:56 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies · 710+ views
    Let her ride without 'papers' We've never been keen on the idea of government officials demanding an ID from citizens going about their normal business. It reminds us of scenes from those old movies of World War II in which the hero, who has slipped onto a train in occupied Europe, finds himself confronted by some grim-faced official demanding to see his "papers
  • Semi-News: French Riots Not All Bad, Say Two Organizations

    11/11/2005 12:07:59 PM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 286+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 11 Nov 2005 | John Semmens
    Rioting by Muslim youths over the last two weeks that has spread to 300 communities and resulted in the burning of thousands of motor vehicles was hailed by Earth First! as a positive step toward environmental protection. "Privately owned and operated automobiles are a prime source of the greenhouse gases that are leading to catastrophic global warming," said Joshua Greenpants, spokesman for the environmental activist group Earth First!. "The destruction of these vehicles will reduce these dangerous emissions." Greenpants said his organization is exploring options for extending the riots. "Most disturbances like this peter out after a short while," said...
  • Houston Bus Riders Can Take Guns Aboard

    01/27/2005 3:28:02 PM PST · by NativeTexun · 63 replies · 1,606+ views
    Houston transit riders can carry guns 04:32 PM CST on Thursday, January 27, 2005 HOUSTON – Houston area residents licensed to carry concealed handguns can now take their weapons aboard buses and light rail trains. The board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County on Thursday repealed its long-standing ban of concealed weapons. The transit authority, also known as Metro, had banned such weapons on its buses and trains since 1995, when the Legislature voted to allow licensed owners to carry concealed handguns in most public places. In 2003, the state amended the concealed handgun law to prevent Texas...
  • 'Our trains are in lap of the god'

    07/03/2004 3:39:28 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 524+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 3, 2004 | Peter Foster
    India's railway minister has come up with a novel excuse for the appalling safety record of the world's largest railway network - he blames it on Vishwakarma, the Hindu god of machines. Passengers travel on a crowded train in Calcutta "Indian Railways are the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma," said Laloo Prasad Yadav. "So is the safety of passengers. It is his duty [to ensure safety], not mine." India's 67,000-mile rail network, on which 1.4 million people are employed, suffers from decades of chronic under-investment. Accidents - on average there are 300 every year - are a permanent hazard for the...
  • New York governor favors new rail tunnel [so does NYC mayor]

    05/07/2004 6:23:47 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 3 replies · 93+ views
    website of Trains Magazine (free registration required) ^ | 5/7/04 on trainsmag.com | Trains Magazine (repeating a story first reported in Newsday)
    [snip]Gov. George Pataki announced yesterday that he and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg favor a plan to build a new rail tunnel under the East River to provide direct access to lower Manhattan from Kennedy Airport and Long Island, according to a story in Newsday.[snip]
  • Oddball facts about Metro trains and their first 25 accidents

    03/30/2004 6:01:05 AM PST · by Flyer · 92 replies · 362+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 29, 2004 | LANA BERKOWITZ
    Police reports for the first 25 vehicle accidents involving the Metro light rail reveal only one fact for certain: Aries are the safest drivers. The collisions began Nov. 19 although the light-rail system didn't open to the public until Jan. 1. The list keeps growing -- it hit 31 Monday -- but this roundup focuses on the 25 pioneers, a diverse group. Officers don't ask for drivers' horoscope signs, but a check of birth dates reveals no Aries among the crashers. But it seems Geminis like to drive on the wild side. There are two Marys and a Maria in...
  • Judge could rule today on closure of Spur 527 lanes

    02/08/2004 10:58:31 PM PST · by weegee · 17 replies · 340+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 8, 2004, 10:37PM | By LUCAS WALL
    Unless a judge intervenes, the only exit ramp ferrying traffic from the Southwest Freeway into Midtown and downtown will close this week for a three-year reconstruction, leaving drivers across the Houston region scrambling to find alternate routes. U.S. District Judge David Hittner is expected to rule as early as today on a request by area residents to force the Texas Department of Transportation to delay tearing down the inbound lanes of Spur 527. The West Alabama Quality of Life Coalition argues that the neighborhoods surrounding the spur and freeway will suffer "irreparable harm" from the flood of traffic looking to...
  • State [of MD] to close [part of] light rail line to add track

    02/01/2004 8:20:37 PM PST · by foreverfree · 5 replies · 101+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 1/30/04 | Stephen Kiehl
    [beginning of article]The state will shut down the light rail line south of Camden Yards for about seven months, severing the city's rail link with Baltimore-Washington International Airport and forcing some Orioles and Ravens fans to find different routes to the stadiums. The shutdown from Feb. 28 until October will allow the Maryland Transit Administration to add a second track to portions of the line that have a single track. Single tracking has limited the frequency of trains and contributed to persistent low ridership.[snip]
  • Why the misleading coverage of public transit in Phoenix?

    07/16/2003 11:38:05 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 26 replies · 258+ views
    email | Craig J. Cantoni
    The Arizona Republic, like virtually every big-city newspaper across the country, covers public transit on its news pages in a highly misleading way. Why is this? Is it due to a pro-transit bias, an ignorance of the facts, an adherence to a tired journalism formula, a reliance on the opinions of special-interest groups that have something to gain from public transit, or a combination of all of these reasons? Let's look at a couple of examples that may help to answer the question. The July 14, 2003, Scottsdale edition of the Arizona Republic carried a full-page story titled, "Bus riders...
  • Payroll tax suggested as way to bail out VTA (Bay Area public transit)

    03/27/2003 10:30:55 AM PST · by craig_eddy · 7 replies · 249+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/27/03 | Gary Richards
    <p>Santa Clara County leaders are considering a proposal to place a 1 percent payroll tax on the ballot as a way to bail out the financially strapped Valley Transportation Authority.</p> <p>The tax -- which could be on the ballot late this year or in 2004 -- would raise an estimated $600 million a year, more than enough to keep the buses running, expand light rail and bring BART to San Jose.</p>
  • NY Transit Union OKs Possible Strike

    12/07/2002 8:16:45 PM PST · by foreverfree · 13 replies · 1,635+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/7/02 | unknown
    DECEMBER 07, 22:18 ET NY Transit Union OKs Possible Strike NEW YORK (AP) — New York City transit workers have authorized union leaders to call a strike if contract talks with the city fail, union officials said Saturday. The union's executive board could make the decision Dec. 15, when the current contract expires, said union president Roger Toussaint. ``Our members moved a resolution to authorize the executive board of Local 100 to call a strike if all else fails,'' he said. Thousands of the 34,000 union members attended a meeting to vote on the resolution. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a...
  • Tampa streetcars running again

    10/26/2002 1:37:55 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 28 replies · 422+ views
    Tampa streetcars running again A restored streetcar line opened Saturday, October 19 in Tampa, Fla., 50 years after the city scrapped its streetcar system. The yellow TECO streetcars link downtown with the Ybor City entertainment district. The $53 million project includes a 2.3-mile route with 10 stations. The line’s seven cars run every 7 to 15 minutes between the Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown Tampa and 8th Avenue/20th Street in Ybor City. The line is initially expected to carry 950 riders daily; a mile of track remains to be completed.