Updated 10:25 am PDT, Sunday, October 13, 2019 This Sept. 23, 2019 photo shows Dennis Jones, executive director of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center in Weirton, W.Va. Jones is chairman of an undertaking to restore Bus No. 99 that was part of the fleet of the P&W Bus Co., operating from 1931 to 1978. The story of how it made its return to Weirton after decades of being in Ohio and plans to restore it were presented to a group of interested supporters recently at the museum. (Janice Kiaski/Herald-Star via AP) less This Sept. 23, 2019 photo shows Dennis Jones, executive director of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center in Weirton, W.Va. Jones is chairman of an undertaking to restore Bus No. 99 that was part of the ... more Photo: Janice Kiaski, AP Photo: Janice Kiaski, AP … [Read more...] about All aboard: Movement afoot to restore historic bus
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An RTC bus turns onto North Las Vegas Blvd. from E. Carson Ave. in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, June 9, 2017, where a light rail line will be built connecting McCarran International Airport, the Strip, and downtown Las Vegas as soon as 2023. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotograph In a fit of common sense, the Regional Transportation Commission earlier this year voted to beef up the bus system along Maryland Parkway rather than to construct a fiscal black hole, otherwise known as “light rail.” Upgrading the bus line on the 8-mile route, from McCarran to downtown Las Vegas, will cost $345 million, while the rail option has a price tag of $1 billion — which, predictably, continues to climb steadily skyward. The decision was based in large part on the fact that the feds are no longer handing out “free” money for local governments to erect transportation monuments to fiscal foolishness — i.e., light rail. But RTC CEO Tina Quigley told … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: Neglecting bus lines for light rail empire building
On Saturday, Metro Transit will mark a milestone in its effort to expand bus rapid transit across the Twin Cities metro: The C Line will begin service between the Brooklyn Center Transit Center and Minneapolis, giving riders a light-rail-like experience with new stations, increased frequency and fewer stops. The C Line will be a sequel to the region’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) route, the A Line, which launched three years ago to shuttle passengers between south Minneapolis and the Rosedale Center. During state budget talks this year, supporters often touted that line’s success — ridership has increased about one third since its start — as a proof there’s an appetite for BRT in the region, and the state would share benefits if it invested more money in it. “We’ve got the success from the A line — it’s all win,” said Will Schroeer, who is executive director of East Metro Strong, a group of businesses and city and county … [Read more...] about What now for Metro Transit’s bus rapid transit plans?
James David Dickson The Detroit News Published 11:31 AM EDT Apr 17, 2019 On May 1, Detroit Department of Transportation and SMART bus riders can start to use a common payment system, called DART, on both bus systems. DART will offer four-hour, 24-hour, seven-day and 31-day passes, which will work interchangeably between the two systems, eliminating transfers, per a statement from the two bus lines. Reduced-fare options are available for youth, seniors, people who are disabled and people with Medicare cards. Pricing will be $2 for four-hour passes, allowing unlimited transfers between DDOT and SMART; 50 cents for qualified riders. Twenty-four hour passes are $5, with a reduced price of $2. Seven-day passes will cost $22, with a reduced price of $10. And 31-day passes will cost $70, with a reduced price of $29. Riders can buy four-hour and 24-hour passes on DDOT and SMART vehicles, while all of the passes will be available at transit centers and online, … [Read more...] about DART: Detroit-area bus lines announce unified payment system
Koby Levin Chalkbeat Detroit Published 6:01 AM EDT Apr 8, 2019 When Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan pitched the concept of a new bus line serving district and charter schools, he framed it as a strategy to help lure back the 30,000 Detroit students who travel outside the city for school — many of them riding buses provided by enterprising suburban districts. “If [the bus line] works, we’re going to replicate these routes in one area after another in the city so you never again have a kid riding an hour on the bus to go to another location,” he said last year, touting the unusual collaboration between district and charter schools. Six months into the program, the buses are up and running. Every morning and afternoon, they ferry children around an 11-mile loop in northwest Detroit, stopping at district and charter schools in the area. Kids can board the line at whichever stop is most convenient. Hundreds of families are using the service, but it is far … [Read more...] about Detroit parents use a new bus line to get kids to after-school program