01/17/2017

 

 

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  Bus industry blocked from D.C. subway stations for inauguration
 

Bus industry blocked from D.C. subway stations for inauguration

From USA Today:

The bus industry complained Thursday that a prohibition against motorcoaches and charter buses at D.C. Metro stations for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is “extremely disappointing and unnecessary."

More than 100,000 people are expected to arrive in the capital on buses for the inauguration Jan. 20, according to the American Bus Association, which represents 800 companies, two-thirds of all motorcoaches on the road.

Peter Pantuso, the association’s CEO, said the prohibition would exacerbate congestion and security risks and frustrate travelers pouring into the city. The prohibition for Jan. 19 to 21 is a change from past policy, he said.

“The decision to prohibit motorcoach access to all Metrorail facilities, without any coordination with the industry or the traveling public, is extremely disappointing and unnecessary,” Pantuso wrote Thursday to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority CEO Paul Wiedefeld. “This also is yet another missed opportunity for WMATA to prioritize customer service.”

The D.C. inaugural planning committee announced its transportation plan with road closures Jan. 6. The plan anticipated that 1,500 private buses would bring 100,000 people to inaugural events during the three-day period.

The motorcoaches and charter buses were required to obtain a parking permit for $175 from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and to reserve parking in advance on a first-come, first-served basis.

The only charter-bus parking available is at RFK Stadium, which is adjacent to a subway station. Travelers could also walk or take shuttle buses from the lot, according to the city's plan. The stadium is about 2 miles from the U.S. Capitol, according to Google Maps.

"Charter buses will not be able to park and/or drop off passengers at any Metro station in Washington D.C., Virginia or Maryland," the plan said. "Parking is only available at RFK Stadium and must be reserved in advance."

WMATA referred questions about the inauguration to D.C. police. And police referred questions to the city Department of Transportation, which didn't immediately respond.....................  READ MORE >

 
  Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation
 

Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation.
 

From:  Trucking Info.Com:

Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation.

The advisory panel provides counsel regarding the use of technology to save lives and help eliminate preventable fatalities in all modes of transportation.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appointed Hersman to the committee. President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Elaine Chao to be Foxx’s successor.

Prior to joining the National Safety Council, Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2009 to 2014.She was first appointed as an NTSB board member by President George W. Bush in 2004 and was reappointed to two additional five-year terms by President Barack Obama in 2009 and 2013.

“Hersman’s dedication as a safety advocate and long-time multi-modal transportation expert is exactly the right fit for the Advisory Committee,” said Rose McMurray, a former senior executive with both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

In October, Hersman worked alongside NHTSA, FMCSA, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help kick off the “Road to Zero” coalition effort to end roadway fatalities in 30 years.

The coalition is focused on promoting lifesaving strategies and new technologies that can reduce fatalities on American roadways. Tens of thousands of preventable deaths occur on the roadways each year.

“With new technologies and innovative approaches to mobility, we hold the keys to reach a future without transportation fatalities,” Hersman said.  READ MORE >

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