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10/13/2020

 


  Massachusetts school bus company sues city for failing to pay


NRT Inc., a transportation company based in Lowell, located northwest of Boston, reportedly said that the city failed to compensate them after the pandemic forced a school shutdown in March, reported The Lowell Sun.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

NRT Inc., a transportation company based in Lowell, located northwest of Boston, reportedly said that the city failed to compensate them after the pandemic forced a school shutdown in March, reported The Lowell Sun.

NRT Inc. filed a complaint that reportedly states that the city stopped payments in March, "without justification", and owes the company nearly $2 million. The local bus company has been providing transportation to Lowell Public School district students since 2004.

CEO John McCarthy told The Lowell Sun that the city normally pays them 10 installments in a one-year period, but when Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker closed the schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the payments stopped.

McCarthy reportedly said that they were instructed by the city to be ready to start transportation services again if the schools reopened. This meant that employees and bus drivers were still being paid for performing maintenance duties and other operational procedures, McCarthy added. "There's a lot going on behind the scenes," said McCarthy.

These behind the scenes costs are reportedly what NRT Inc. states the city should be paying them for, under their existing contract, to be ready to transport students when schools reopen.

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 Cincinnati Metro Opens New Transit Center
 

Cincinnati Metro opened its new Northside Transit Center to improve service connections and rider amenities.

Ribbon cutters for Metro's Northside Transit Center Grand Opening (from L to R): Metro Transit Operator Jontay Love, Metro Vice President of Planning and Development Khaled Shammout, OKI Regional Council of Governments Executive Director Mark Policinski, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees Chair Kreg Keesee, Hamilton County Board of Commissioners President Denise Driehaus, Metro CEO & General Manager Darryl Haley, Ohio Department of Transportation District Deputy Director Tammy Campbell, Northside Business Association President Tim Jeckering, ATU Local 627 President Troy Miller, Metro Transit Operator Orlando King


    From Metro:

Cincinnati Metro opened its new Northside Transit Center to improve service connections and rider amenities.

The new center, located near the intersection of Spring Grove Avenue and Blue Rock Street, will include:

* Eight boarding bays, each with an architecturally designed shelter
* A sheltered stop on Spring Grove Ave.
* Designated Park & Ride spaces for commuters
* Wayfinding maps, real-time electronic signs, and ticket vending machines
* Enhanced streetscaping, lighting, and shelters

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) secured $3.7 million to fund the project, including 80% federal funds as well as local match funding.

The transit center was designed by MSA Architects, constructed by Graybach, and created in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration, Ohio Department of Transportation, OKI Regional Council of Governments, City of Cincinnati, and the Northside Business Association.

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  Zonar, Navistar Partner to Provide Fleet Telematics Solutions

 

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Smart fleet technology supplier Zonar has partnered with Navistar, the parent company of IC Bus and International, to bring fleet telematics solutions to customers in an effort to streamline fleet maintenance and operations.

The partnership allows Navistar customers to use its OnCommand Connection platform to access comprehensive fault and diagnostic data from Zonar Telematics Control Units (TCUs) across an entire fleet with one portal, regardless of vehicle make or model, according to a news release from Zonar. Mutual customers will have access to both smart fleet management capabilities from Zonar and Navistar's OnCommand Connection's Advanced Remote Diagnostics solutions.

Zonar also plans to integrate with Navistar's Gateway Integrations, using International's factory-installed telematics devices as a gateway to streamline software solutions without the need for additional hardware.

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Smart fleet technology supplier Zonar has partnered with Navistar, the parent company of IC Bus and International, to bring fleet telematics solutions to customers in an effort to streamline fleet maintenance and operations.

 

 

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