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Did You Know You Could Order Regular, Senior, and Youth ORCA By Mail?

It has come to my attention that even some STB staffers and commenters with kids and some who qualify for the senior-citizen ORCA were unaware they could order regular, youth, and senior ORCA cards via postal mail. Given that reality, it is unreasonable to expect that the general public knows this option exists. And so, […]

Airbus A380 turns 10, loved by flyers, unloved by airlines

In the 10 years since the A380 prototype first flew at Toulouse (on 27 April 2005) the giant Airbus has become the airliner loved by passengers yet shunned by airlines. That is, with the exception of Emirates, which has at least 59 of them in service as of today, has a further 81 to come, [...]

Qantas recalls Santiago flight as Chilean volcanic ash spreads

Fears of widespread flight disruptions arising from this week’s eruptions from Chile’s Calbuco volcano are growing, with many delays or cancellations of services yesterday and today to Chilean and Argentinean airports including from the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. If you intend flying to South America today or in the near future, check the [...]

10 Questions for Michael Parker

Railroad magazine used to have a regular feature highlighting an "Interesting Railfan". I thought I would run a similar series with some railfans who have agreed to participate. I'm asking each railfan 10 questions, some standard and some customized for the particular person. Show More Summary

Spokane Moving Forward: Division, Sprague and Core Urban Service

[This is the third in a series covering Spokane Moving Forward, the Spokane Transit Authority’s proposed ten-year plan to improve transit in the Spokane region, which will go to an areawide ballot on Tuesday. Previously I discussed the proposed Central City Line, and improvements for Cheney and the West Plains.] Spokane’s two biggest transit corridors, Sprague […]

WA: C-Tran 2030 Plan on Table

April 24--Five years ago, C-Tran leaders approved a long-range plan that for the first time detailed what the transit agency could look like in 2030. The vision included new bus routes, new transit centers and a bus rapid transit line. Show More Summary

MN: Run Commuting On the Rise in the Twin Cities

April 24--Most people grab their keys, lunch or maybe a travel mug of coffee before dashing off to work each morning. Jeff Metzdorff simply dashes off. Whenever he can, Metzdorff runs 9 miles to work. He's one of the nascent but fervent few who run-commute in the Twin Cities and beyond. Show More Summary

NC: CATS Forsees Slight Increase in Bus Service

April 23--Due to an increase in sales tax revenues and low fuel prices, the Charlotte Area Transit System isn't under the same budget pressures as the city of Charlotte, and plans to increase bus service slightly for the upcoming fiscal year. CATS plans to increase bus service from 832,000 hours to 837,000 hours. Show More Summary

Sound Transit’s Conceptual Study: Should You be Worried?

At yesterday’s ST board meeting the most interesting presentation was a staff discussion of an imminent conceptual study that will help inform board decisions in an ST3 package. It’s the first document that scopes projects based on overall package sizes. The stated purpose is not to create a project list, but instead to evaluate certain package […]

MA: Carmen Want MBTA Bosses to Shape Up

April 24--The powerful Boston Carmen's Union, which has derailed past MBTA reforms, might go along with Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to fix the troubled agency if transit managers clean up their act first, according to one union-backed lawmaker on the state Transportation Committee. "Are they going to give in on everything? I doubt it. Show More Summary

MI: SMART Bus Launches Mobile App to Track Buses

April 24--SMART bus riders have a new mobile tool to make catching the bus easier. The regional bus service has launched an app Thursday that makes bus tracker, service alerts, trip planner and other features available on smartphones. Show More Summary

OH: Port Board Member Questions Hub Plans

April 24--A member of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority board of directors said Thursday that the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority should consider moving its planned centralized bus station farther west of downtown to be closer...Show More Summary

NY: Rail Extension Eyed at Redeveloped Terminal Near Arena

April 24--It's possible that someday in the not-too-distant future, Buffalo Sabres fans bound for First Niagara Center could get off Metro Rail trains at a redeveloped Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Terminal just across theShow More Summary

MD: New MTA Head Named, State Highway Chief Resigns

April 24--State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn is expected to name Paul Comfort as the new head of the Maryland Transit Administration on Friday, a day after the resignation of the head of the State Highway Administration. The resignation Thursday of SHA Administrator Melinda B. Show More Summary

OH: Port Authority Member Proposes TARTA Station West of Downtown Toledo

April 23--A member of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority board of directors said today that the city's new centralized bus station should be placed farther west of downtown to be closer to what he said are the legal and social services...Show More Summary

NV: Bus Driver to be Extradited to Las Vegas for Alleged Sex Crimes

April 23--A 42-year-old city bus driver will be extradited to Las Vegas to face 15 counts of alleged child sex crimes. Circuit Court Judge Dexter Del Rosario Thursday approved the extradition order for Rodney Hosino, a bus operator for Oahu Transit Services for the past 15 years. Show More Summary

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