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PVTA gets $680K federal grant to plan bus improvements

SRPINGFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will receive $680,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce travel times and create greater access to jobs for rural residents in Western Massachusetts.

The money will fund a transit review and improvement planning study, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday. That would include recommendations for improved transit services and facilities, new routes, modern fare collection systems and integrating low or no-emission buses.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the PVTA was transporting more than 10 million passengers a year on a 2019 budget of $39 million. For several months this year it provided essential trips only, and has slowly returned to running portions of its former service.

PVTA operates in Hampden and Hampshire counties, with major hubs in Springfield’s Union Station, in Holyoke and in and around the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced Wednesday

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Feedback Being Sought On Proposed Northwest Bus Improvements

Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
are asking for feedback on a proposal to significantly
improve public transport connections to and from
Auckland’s northwest.

The plan to make bus journeys
quicker, easier and better connected involves upgrading and
extending the existing bus shoulder lanes along the
Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and building interim bus stops
at Westgate and the Lincoln Road and Te Atatū motorway
interchanges.

This would enable a northwestern express
bus service using the motorway which connects with local
feeder services operating to each station. The bus network
will also be reviewed to make better use of the proposed new
bus stops and adjustments are planned at motorway
interchanges to increase priority for buses.

Transport
Minister Phil Twyford says this joint AT and Waka Kotahi
project will allow faster and more frequent bus
services.

“Bus passengers going

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Howard County school system, bus contractors agree on modified driver pay during virtual learning

Despite county schools being virtual through at least January because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Howard County Board of Education recently approved an amendment to the school system’s contract with bus companies to continue to pay bus drivers — at a reduced rate — during the first semester.

The amendment means at least $11 million will be paid to school bus companies that are not driving kids to school through January, school system officials said during a virtual school board meeting Sept. 10. The vote passed 5-1, with member Christian Delmont-Small as the lone member to vote against the amendment. Member Jen Mallo was marked not present for the vote, and student member Zach Koung couldn’t vote because student members cannot vote on issues pertaining to budget, personnel or other restricted matters.

The goal is to keep the bus companies viable while also not spending too much for bus

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