Bus woes escalate on Hawaii's Big Island
The county bus system on Hawaii's big island is struggling to provide service with 25 of its fleet of 55 buses out of commission because they need major repairs. In the meantime, the system is running on a patchwork of county buses and rental vehicles from Polynesian Adventure Tours, with which the county also has a contract for drivers. West Hawaii Today, April 23
The Tyler (Texas) City Council approved a contract with McDonald Transit to provide a general manager for the department for $156,864 per a year. The contract is expected to be finalized by the end of April. Read more...
Customer experience is focus of new L.A. Metro committee The Los Angeles County MTA has 7 committees of elected officials that debate issues as high-profile as rail construction budgets, and as obscure as the amount of water needed to wash 2,248 buses. What doesn’t exist is a panel that focuses on what it’s like to take transit in Los Angeles County. That will change this summer.
Los Angeles Times, April 21
Veteran pol tapped to lead S.F. Muni board San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has tapped Art Torres, a former state legislator and ex-member of the city Public Utilities Commission, to replace Tom Nolan on the powerful San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
Word is, Lee picked Torres partly because of criticism that the agency has not been responsive to the public on such issues as bus lanes, parking and traffic congestion. San Francisco Chronicle, April 24