04/11/2017

 

 




  Senator calls on Congress to work on $1T infrastructure bill
 

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged Congress to “come together and compromise” on a $1 trillion infrastructure spending package that would include funding to repair the region’s aging rail system.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, speaking outside Penn Station in
Manhattan on Sunday, April 9, 2017, said he will push to prioritize investing in U.S. rail systems, saying it's needed to avert further derailments.   Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

From: Newsday

Senator Schumer calls on Congress to work on $1T infrastructure bill


Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged Congress to “come together and compromise” on a $1 trillion infrastructure spending package that would include funding to repair the region’s aging rail system.

Schumer’s push for lawmakers to act in a bipartisan fashion comes after two train derailments in the past two weeks.

The derailments caused massive delays for commuters, including Long Island Rail Road passengers.

Speaking at a news conference in front of Penn Station, Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, noted that last week’s derailment of an NJ Transit train at the station was caused by damaged wooden track ties that were long in need of repair.

Amtrak, which owns and maintains tracks used by the LIRR and NJ Transit at the station, said last week that inspectors had recently documented that the track ties were in need of repair, but did not act sooner on repair work because there did not appear to be an imminent safety threat. Amtrak officials have said they are grappling with a $28 billion repair backlog due to funding shortages.

“Maddening delays for rail commuters across the region from Long Island to New Jersey have exposed the repair backlog like never before,” Schumer said. “Even the smallest of maintenance issues, left unchecked, can become the reason for the next big delay, or worse, disaster.”   READ MORE >

 
  Public awareness campaign launched before Baltimore bus revamp
 

From:  Metro:

With Gov. Larry Hogan’s $135 million bus system overhaul, dubbed BaltimoreLink, starting service on Sunday, June 18, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is kicking off a public awareness campaign throughout the Baltimore region.

BaltimoreLink is designed to eliminate inefficiency and long waits in the bus system, and reduce a bottleneck of bus routes converging downtown by shortening and consolidating them into 12 shorter, high-frequency lines known as CityLink.

With Gov. Larry Hogan’s $135 million bus system overhaul, dubbed BaltimoreLink, starting service on Sunday, June 18, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is kicking off a public awareness campaign throughout the Baltimore region.

MTA is taking steps to ensure transit riders are fully aware of the upcoming changes by dispatching “transit teams” who will provide riders with the most up-to-date information.

“This transformative plan is another great example of our long-term commitment to the future of the Baltimore region by providing an innovative transit network to better connect Marylanders to jobs, education, and health care,” said Gov. Hogan.

“Starting this week, our MTA team will be on board buses and in communities throughout our service area to talk with our customers about BaltimoreLink and answer any questions they may have,” said MTA Administrator/CEO Paul Comfort. “We want to ensure that our riders know what to expect as a result of BaltimoreLink improvements.”

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  ARBOC releases Ford Spirit of Independence model
 

ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC recently released the first Ford Spirit of Independence (SOI), a 23-foot bus built on the Ford Transit T350 Cutaway chassis.

From Metro:

ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC recently released the first Ford Spirit of Independence (SOI), a 23-foot bus built on the Ford Transit T350 Cutaway chassis.

The Ford Spirit of Independence touts a 96-inch width and a flat floor design that allows stress-free maneuverability for up to fifteen ambulatory and five wheelchair passengers, according to the company.

“The ARBOC Spirit of Independence on the Ford Transit utilizes the same ‘semi-monocoque’ framing that is used on our Promaster chassis, which successfully passed Altoona in the four-year 100,000 mile category,” said Barry Hines, VP, engineering.

Use of this vehicle is ideal in the assisted living market, as non-emergency medical transport, for religious organizations, or as a hotel shuttle. The large passenger windows and superior headroom ensure a comfortable, spacious ride for all occupants.

“The design allows simple yet robust lightweight construction, maximizing capacity,” Hines added. “This bus features two-by-two seating with the ability to package a wide range of seating and ADA-compliant arrangements including up to five wheelchair positions, I/O Controls multiplexing, and a wide 35 inch clear opening entrance. The Spirit of Independence on the Ford Transit is available today to meet your small bus needs including both private and FTA funded contracts.”

ARBOC is always excited to unveil new transportation solutions, but is exceptionally pleased to now offer a product built on a Ford chassis. Because of its unique design, efficiency and dependability, the Ford Spirit of Independence will have an.............    READ MORE >


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