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Pike Place is for everyone, including those in cars

Maybe I just hang out with the wrong kind of riffraff, but it seems every couple of months I find myself in a conversation about whether or not automobiles should be allowed on Pike Place. Once and (likely not) for all I’ll respond. Cars belong on Pike Place. Yes, I said it. I don’t think we […]

CA: S.F. Supervisor Jane Kim Wants Muni Security Guards to Lose Guns

The armed security guards who walk alongside the Muni workers collecting cash from buses, transit-sales desks and fare machines will be giving up their handguns if San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim has her way. Kim wants to revise the...Show More Summary

IL: Boy, 15, Charged with Sexually Assaulting Woman on Blue Line Train

A 15-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the sexual assault and robbery of a woman on a Blue Line train earlier this week, police said. Deshawn Isabelle, of Chicago, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of aggravatedShow More Summary

OR: Park & Ride Thefts Fuel 9% Increase in TriMet Crime

In case somehow you forgot, leaving valuables visible in your car is a bad idea. TriMet's trying to remind folks of that now that fresh crime data show a whopping 48 percent increase of thefts of and from cars in Park & Rides from 2013...Show More Summary

Airquick to attend Railtex 2015

Airquick will be attending Railtex 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham 12 -14 May.

SmartWater extends support to Network Rail in crime prevention strategy

Crime fighting forensic specialist SmartWater has received a five-year contract from the UK's Network Rail to support the organisation's crime prevention strategy.

The Rapid Introduces Propane-Fueled Vehicles into its GO!Bus Fleet

The Rapid's paratransit service, GO!Bus, recently welcomed four new vehicles fueled by clean-burning, domestically-produced, affordable propane autogas.

MI: MDOT's Idle Railcars Won't Be In Service Until '19

April 23--LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is negotiating a lower lease rate for 23 passenger railcars now costing taxpayers $3,000 a day to sit idle. But the length of time the state could have to lease the carsShow More Summary

MA: Gov. Charlie Baker's MBTA Plan Faces Union Clout

April 23--The Boston Carmen's Union -- the powerful labor group for MBTA bus drivers and subway operators fighting Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to fix the troubled transit agency -- wields huge clout to derail reforms through politicalShow More Summary

MN: Duluth Mayor Praises Heroic Man Who Died Aiding Bus Driver

April 22--The passenger who died in a collision of city buses in Duluth last week was rushing from the back of the bus in an attempt to assist the driver who was suffering from a medical emergency, authorities said. Mayor Don Ness said Wednesday that what Michael J. Show More Summary

MA: Absenteeism Higher Than Thought

April 23--MBTA bosses have known for years that rampant absenteeism was a problem at the T, and new documents obtained by the Herald show Gov. Charlie Baker's panel may have low-balled the number of missed days. -- Read: An Act for a...Show More Summary

Airline Sampler- Part 2: Flying in 1st Class on United’s 787-8 Dreamliner

N27908, United’s 8th 787. Photo Courtesy of BriBri (CC BY-SA 2.0) In part one of this series I provided an overview of my airline sampler trip (5 airlines over 4 days) and offered my thoughts on my very first flight with Virgin America, from Dallas to San Francisco. Here we pick back up at [...]Show More Summary

MA: Taxpayers Foot Bill for Special Health Care Fund After Union Dodges Reform

April 23--Taxpayers and transit riders are on the hook for tens of millions a year after the Boston Carmen's Union dodged a 2009 reform meant to rein in MBTA health insurance costs by convincing lawmakers and an arbitrator to set upShow More Summary

CT: CTfastrak Will Start Fining People Who Don't Pay Fares

April 23--NEW BRITAIN -- Riders who are caught trying to beat CTfastrak out of its fare may start facing $75 fines as early as next week. Four fare inspectors and a supervisor are riding central Connecticut's new bus rapid transit system,...Show More Summary

News Roundup: 9.5 Blocks

As part of a broader “9 1/2 block strategy” to crack down on low-level crime, the city and Metro will temporarily relocate the bus stops at 3rd/Pike in early May. The stops will be moved a block south, between Union and Pike. ($) In a unrelated closure due to construction on Virginia St, Route 36 […]

PA: BeST Transit/EMTA Administrators Meet

April 23--TOWANDA -- After agreeing to put a hold on a fare increase for shared-ride riders, the BeST Transit/EMTA administrators met Wednesday to discuss the fare increase which is proposed to be implemented July 1. The shared-rideShow More Summary

MD: Frederick Officials Discuss City's Transportation Priorities

April 23--The city of Frederick will give the state a wish list of transportation priorities for the coming years. At a workshop Wednesday, the mayor and aldermen heard a staff report on road and transit priorities that recommended sending...Show More Summary

Thailand: Siemens on Track to Build Up Rail System

April 23--German engineering conglomerate Siemens AG foresees continuous demand for rail systems in Thailand despite investment delays. Tomasz Mazur, head of the mobility division at Siemens (Thailand), said even though Thailand hadShow More Summary

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