METRO Magazine - November/December 2012

COVER STORY:

Health Care's Fraying Safety Net Impacting Paratransit, NEMT Transportation

By Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

Paratransit and NEMT are being overwhelmed with an uptick in Medicaid-eligible riders. If implemented, the Affordable Care Act will make the influx even higher. Operators are facing changes in how they are funded and deliver transportation. They say they need to work more closely with partners to cope.

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Health Care's Fraying Safety Net Impacting Paratransit, NEMT Transportation
Paratransit and NEMT are being overwhelmed with an uptick in Medicaid-eligible riders. If implemented, the Affordable Care Act will make the influx even higher. Operators are facing changes in how they are funded and deliver transportation. They say they need to work more closely with partners to cope.

Combating Driver Fatigue An Uphill Battle
While accidents continue to occur because a driver was tired or fell asleep, many in the industry believe revamping federal hours of service regulations is not the answer. An operator’s best course of action is to properly train drivers and manage risks when scheduling trips. Even then, however, the onus remains on the driver to rest.

Preparing Rail Service for Special Events
Crowd control, ticketing and providing timely service can become challenging in the midst of large events. Establishing a command center, deploying volunteers and conducting outreach through the media can help.

Valley Metro Strives for Balanced Ad Policy
Less than a year after the system’s debut, talks of an ad policy emerged after vendors showed interest in displaying full wrap or panel advertisements on the new light rail vehicles.

What You Need to Know About Vehicle Graphics
As custom graphics is a growing trend in the transit industry, including anything from full vehicle wraps to digital signs, two companies reveal the creation process from A to Z and share their take on trends and benefits.

Get On the Road Now With Equipment Financing
Even as transit agencies, municipalities, and tour and motorcoach operators meet new challenges in taking their operations to the next level, so must their managers consider all the available tools for optimal acquisition of equipment.

CCW introduces remanufactured all-electric bus
The ZEPS bus is expected to reach a range of between 120 miles to 150 miles, which will meet the route profile of a vast majority of transit systems around the nation.

Pub Perspective: Greater Opportunities for TOD
Upon first glance, it might seem as if the new federal transportation law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, was a setback for transit oriented development.

Calif. association shapes new ‘party bus’ law
If there will be alcohol served on motorcoaches or party buses as well as riders under the legal drinking age, a designee over the age of 25 from the group of passengers must be appointed who will be responsible for any “reasonably forseeable” injuries or property damage.

Revised ad policies helping transit agencies
Within the past year, several U.S. transit agencies have revamped their advertising policies in an attempt to generate more non-farebox revenue.

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