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08/18/2020

 


  WMATA Ramping Up Services to Pre-Covid Levels

 

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is restoring most rail and bus service to pre-Covid levels across the region in the largest - and likely most complex - service change in the system's 44-year history.

From Metro:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is restoring most rail and bus service to pre-Covid levels across the region in the largest - and likely most complex - service change in the system's 44-year history. To support the effort, thousands of frontline WMATA employees will transition to new work schedules as the region continues its gradual recovery and more customers are expected.

Metrorail service changes took effect August 16, including the restoration of Silver Line service for the first time since Memorial Day. Six Fairfax County stations will reopen following planned summer work, resulting in 87 of 91 Metrorail stations open for customers. Wait times will be reduced dramatically, with trains running every eight minutes on each line during rush hours, and every 12 minutes on the Red Line and 15 minutes the Orange, Blue, Silver, Green, and Yellow Lines during off-peak times. Trains will arrive more frequently at stations served by more than one line.

"Thousands of Metro employees are getting ready to support the region as we restore most Metro service," said WMATA COO Joe Leader. "The pandemic has posed challenges never before faced by Metro, and I want to extend my thanks to our customers - especially essential workers - for their understanding as we took unprecedented action to protect our essential frontline workforce and the public health. We're grateful for the sacrifice of workers across the region, including the Metro employees on the front line every day."

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  FMCSA Acting Director stepping down after less than a year

 


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will have new leadership in September.

Acting Administrator Jim Mullen is leaving the department at the end of the month, a U.S. DOT spokesperson confirmed to Bus & Motorcoach News.

"We greatly appreciate Jim's service and the work he has done for our country. Wiley Deck, currently a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary and former FMCSA Director of Government Affairs, will assume the role of Deputy Administrator of FMCSA," the spokesperson wrote in the email.

It's unclear why Mullen is stepping down after less than a year in the position. He was the department's Chief Counsel when he took the helm of the agency after FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez left his position in October 2019 after 18 months.


Acting Administrator Jim Mullen is leaving the department at the end of the month, a U.S. DOT spokesperson confirmed to Bus & Motorcoach News.

Prior to joining the FMCSA, Mullen launched his own consulting firm in 2016, and before that, he served for more than a decade as the executive vice president and general counsel for Werner Enterprises, one of the five largest truckload carriers in the country.

Deck has been working directly with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao since October. Previously he was the Director of Government Affairs for the FMCSA, according to his bio. In that role, he served as the principal advisor to FMCSA leadership on all aspects of legislative affairs, Congressional relations, and policy matters affecting Federal, State and local government. Prior to joining FMCSA in 2017, he served as the Director of Oversight and Investigations for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.ommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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  Dean Transportation Applying Antimicrobial Treatment to All School Buses

 

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

As students begin returning to school this fall, Michigan-based Dean Transportation is augmenting its regular disinfectant use by treating its fleet of over 1,600 school buses with an antimicrobial in response to COVID-19.

Dean Transportation's application of MicrobeCare represents one of the first industry deployments of antimicrobial technology in school buses, according to a news release from the school bus company.

More broadly, Dean Transportation is working to create safety protocols for staff and passengers that aim to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

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As students begin returning to school this fall, Michigan-based Dean Transportation is augmenting its regular disinfectant use by treating its fleet of over 1,600 school buses with an antimicrobial in response to COVID-19.

 

 

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