Squeaky Wheels

  • 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.
  • Iowa transit system discontinues bus route due to rowdy students A disciplinary situation on an Ottumwa, Iowa, bus has led to the abrupt halt of an entire route. A handful of middle school students used an Ottumwa Transit Express Bus for after-school transportation. However, a number of the students reportedly misbehaved in such a way that the school system thought it best to discontinue the route.

Business Update

  • 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

  • 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
  • SMART bus tax headed to voters
    A proposed property tax increase for metro Detroit’s suburban bus system appears to be headed to voters to decide on in the August primary election. Detroit Free Press, April 17

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