Latest Mass transit systems News

Jet boat operator encounters obstacles but continues forward

Aug. 07, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Bobby Bower bought New River Jet Boats at a time that would turn out to be what he termed “the perfect storm of a bad time to start a business.” “It was early 2020, just before COVID hit,” he recalled as he sat in the shade at the shoreline passenger...

Transit woes mount for Boston's beleaguered subway riders

Aug. 07, 2022 07:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For Boston subway riders, it seems every week brings a new tale of transit woe. Runaway trains. Subway cars belching smoke and fire. Fatal accidents. Malfunctioning station escalators. Rush hour trains running on weekend schedules. Brand-new subway cars pulled from...

Light rail train strikes barrier in Oregon, 2 hurt

Aug. 05, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two people were hurt when a MAX light rail train plowed into a barricade in Milwaukie, Oregon, driving over a paved sidewalk and kicking up chunks of concrete, officials said. Clackamas Fire said in a statement that shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, the Orange...

Boston subway line to be shut down for 30 days for repairs

Aug. 03, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Transit officials are taking what they are describing as the "unprecedented" step of shuttering one of Boston's four major subway lines for 30 days to allow for track and signal work — the latest in a string of frustrating developments for Boston-area commuters who have suffered...

Ride-sharing apps rise in Venezuela as public transit decays

Jul. 30, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ride-sharing apps like Uber, DiDi and Lyft may have driven across much of the globe, but they haven't yet rolled into Venezuela, where U.S. sanctions and years of hyperinflation and other woes made it difficult to operate. So a handful of local...

Cellphone, Wi-Fi service expanding across NYC subway system

Jul. 29, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's sprawling subway system will be fully wired for cellphone and Wi-Fi service within about 10 years under a plan approved by transit officials this week. Riders will be able to use their phones throughout the 418 miles of subway tunnels under the plan...

Bay Area transit agency again requires masking

Jul. 29, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The commuter train system servicing the San Francisco Bay Area is again requiring masks for travelers and employees, the agency said. The Bay Area Rapid Transit's board of directors voted Thursday to immediately reinstate the mask mandate on all trains and in...

Washington's most populous county OKs free transit for youth

Jul. 26, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — People age 18 and under will ride buses, water taxis and streetcars for free in Washington state’s most populous county starting Sept. 1. The King County Council on Thursday unanimously approved the plan, The Seattle Times reported. Introduced by...

Congressman calls for change at MBTA after Boston train fire

Jul. 23, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congressman is calling for changes in the way the Boston-area public transit system operates after a fire on a train prompted one passenger to jump into a river and others to scramble out of windows. No one was hurt Thursday morning when the...

Investigation: Boston train fire caused by loose metal panel

Jul. 22, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — A fire on a Boston-area public transit train that prompted one passenger to jump into a river and others to scramble out of windows appears to have been caused by a metal panel on the train's base that came loose and touched the electrified third rail, the system's...