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Changes from MAP-21 Keep DOT Busy in 2012 and 2013
For transportation folks, one of the biggest developments of 2012 was the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act --or MAP-21-- that President Obama signed into law last July. This two-year surface transportation law changed and streamlined many DOT programs as well as introducing a few new ones.
Putting those changes into action was a stiff challenge for DOT professionals, and I'm happy to say they have been up to that challenge. READ MORE >>>
Five bus lines in Queens that were trimmed or eliminated because of budgetary concerns in 2010 were reinstated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week. The routes were among 17 restored citywide on either Jan. 6 or 7.
“We are here to provide mass transit service, and that we were able to restore some earlier service cuts while at the same time extending service along several routes is great news for us to share,” said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast in a statement issued by the MTA. READ MORE >>>
How Could America Improve Mass Transit in Large Cities?
Today marks the 150th birthday of the London Underground, the city's primary form of mass transit. More than 3 million Brits use the Underground (also known as the Tube) to get around the city every day. That's almost one-third of the city's total population.
In America, many large cities lack the infrastructure for efficient public transportation. In Los Angeles, only about 1.6 million people use a form of mass transit on weekdays. The city has more than 15 million residents. READ MORE >>>
APTA President and CEO Releases State of the Public Transportation Industry
In the State of the Industry for Public Transportation, published in the January 14 edition of Passenger Transport, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Michael Melaniphy released new information about voters’ support for public transportation. A new nationwide survey conducted on November 6, 2012, which assessed the voter mindset and motivation as the American people voted for a new Congress and President, showed overwhelming support for public transportation. READ MORE >>>
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