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FTA slams N.J. Transit, Academy Bus

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Transit Administration has handily rebuffed New Jersey Transit for violating charter service regulations by allowing its largest private contractor, Academy Bus, to use federally funded buses to shuttle spectators to and from a golf tournament.

The FTA, citing a "pattern of violations," fined New Jersey Transit $10,000 and ordered it to submit an oversight plan within 90 days, ensuring that all of its third-party contractors comply with the federal charter service rule, which prohibits public transit agencies and...

 
Motorcoach operators report that business continued to grow at a modest pace -- or hold steady -- during the first half of 2014, and they cautiously expect more of the same during the rest of the year.

"Business is good. It's consistent with the overall recovery," said Michael Watson, vice president of sales with Bauer's Intelligent Transportation in San Francisco.

"It's up; it's not phenomenal. The best description would be a steady upward trend."

The tone and substance of Watson's...

WASHINGTON - Beginning in late August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will implement changes to its data collection system to account for any legal processes that come after inspection citations are issued, which would result in removal of those violations from a driver or carrier's record.

In a final rule notice scheduled for publication last month, the FMCSA says the changes will allow its Motor Carrier Management Information System to remove violations from its system if...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United Motorcoach Association has partnered with J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. to offer its members quick and stress-free temporary trip permits.

The permits typically are issued in about an hour.

Available on UMA's members-only webpage under "State Permit Info," members have access to state permit requirements, days valid and fees.

The information also will...

KINGSTON, Pa. - Preliminary hearings will be conducted in two weeks for the executive director and the operations manager of the area public transit agency who have been accused of forcing drivers to inflate ridership numbers that ultimately resulted in the state being defrauded of $3.16 million.

For years, fear and intimidation were standard operating procedure for Luzerne County Transportation...

By Dave Millhouser

It was mean . . . but so much fun.

Our roommate Leon had purchased a new 1973 Dodge compact and was tweaking it for maximum fuel economy. He messed with ignition timing, carburation, tire inflation . . . all that stuff. Every time he gassed up he calculated his mileage.

We started sneaking into the garage and adding fuel. At first pints, then quarts,...

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and Louisiana Office of Tourism are hosting eight complimentary New Orleans sightseeing tours in conjunction with UMA Motorcoach Expo here in January.

Expo attendees can pick one of the tours that will take place on Sunday, Jan. 18, which is the first day of Expo activites. The Welcome Reception is that evening.

The tours...



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