Squeaky Wheels

  • 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.
  • TTC-themed board game Sean Benham got the idea for a board game after watching the debate over transit in Toronto unfold over the last year. So he designed Subways & Serpents, a new TTC expansion-themed board game that includes local characters and serpents.
  • Toronto transit debates devolves into carnival Transit planning in Canada's leading metropolis is in a truly staggering state of disarray. We have endured close to four years of false starts, madcap schemes and head-twisting reversals – and still we don’t really know where we are going or how we are going to pay for it.

Business Update

  • The New York MTA awarded two contracts worth $627.79 million as part of the East Side Access project bringing the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal. Read more...

Turning Points

  • 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
  • Minot, N.D., struggling to find bus operators
    For more than 20 years, the Minot Public Transit System has been operating five days a week, Monday through Friday. But, now they're being forced to be creative when it comes to staffing drivers. Eleven buses, but only seven drivers. KFYR, April 16
  • Amp supporters issue call to action
    A prominent supporter of The Amp, Nashville's proposed bus rapid transit project, issued a call to action Tuesday as Tennessee lawmakers continued to wrestle with legislation that would slow the project. The Tennessean, April 15

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