Squeaky Wheels

  • Transit agencies try to speed up their buses The lowly city bus may not get a lot of love, but it’s the workhorse of American transit. More than half of all mass transit trips in the U.S. are by bus. So with buses being the only transit option for most Americans, it’s worth looking into how to improve the experience.
  • Transit turns to alternative fuels Transit agencies around the country are increasing their use of alternative fuels. The American Public Transportation Association, in an Earth Day release, reports that last year more than 40 percent of transit buses used alternative fuels.
  • 49er fans not happy about BART's proposed color scheme San Francisco is soon getting new trains for the region’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system, but some 49ers fans are not pleased that the trains’ interiors are decked out in Seattle Seahawks colors.

Business Update

  • Herzog Transit Services Inc. has the inside track to be the operator of Kansas City’s planned 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line, the Kansas City Streetcar Authority Inc. board announced. Read more...
  • The Bay County Transportation Planning Organization in Panama, Fla., has approved First Transit to take over as operator of the public transit system. First Transit will be responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the Bay Town Trolley. Read more...
  • The Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority will contract with a local human resources consulting company on an as-needed basis. The Metro board on approved contracting with Topeka-based Creative Business Solutions, which was the lowest, most responsive bid of the five received. Read more...

Turning Points

  • TTC chair looks to reverse service cuts
    TTC chair Maria Augimeri wants to hit reverse on bus and streetcar service cuts. Augimeri will ask the TTC commission next week to approve three motions that will look at improving bus and streetcar service. Toronto Sun, April 24
  • CTA sues graffiti vandals to recover costs
    The CTA is hoping that a new deterrent will hit home with graffiti taggers. The agency is taking vandalism and graffiti defendants — or in the case of minors, their parents or legal guardians — to Cook County Circuit Court. Chicago Tribune, April 22
  • Turkish women protest rude bus behavior
    If you’re a woman who takes public transportation, chances are you’ve had this problem before: a man sitting next to you has his legs spread so wide that you barely have any room for your own legs. France24, April 22
  • sbX ready to roll
    After more than a year of construction and a decade of planning, Omnitrans in San Bernardino, Calif., is about ready to roll out its $197.1-million rapid transit bus line later this month. San Bernardino Sun, April 19

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