covid pandemic – Commuter Connection http://commuter-connection.org/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 01:46:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://commuter-connection.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/commuter.png covid pandemic – Commuter Connection http://commuter-connection.org/ 32 32 The Women In Trucking Association announces the top women to watch in transportation in 2022 https://commuter-connection.org/the-women-in-trucking-association-announces-the-top-women-to-watch-in-transportation-in-2022/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 10:40:24 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/the-women-in-trucking-association-announces-the-top-women-to-watch-in-transportation-in-2022/ “This exceptional group of women has persevered through the uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, setting a true example of leadership,” said Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT. PLOVER, Wis. (PRWEB) March 14, 2022 The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) today announced its fifth annual list of top women to watch […]]]>

“This exceptional group of women has persevered through the uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, setting a true example of leadership,” said Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT.

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) today announced its fifth annual list of top women to watch in transportation. The editorial team of Redefining the Road at WIT, the official magazine of WIT, selected these individuals for their significant professional achievements over the past 12-18 months, as well as for their efforts to promote gender diversity.

“This year, we were impressed by the number of nominations we received for highly skilled and exceptional women who have excelled in a male-dominated industry,” said Brian Everett, group editorial director and publisher of Redefining the magazine. Road. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of 84 incredibly talented and valuable women.”

“This exceptional group of women has persevered through the uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, setting a true example of leadership,” said Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT. “The resilience shown by these women supports and reinforces the mission of the Women In Trucking Association to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, to promote their achievements and to minimize the barriers faced by women working in the trucking industry. industry.

Individuals recognized on the 2022 list of Top Women to Watch in Transportation work for a wide range of business types, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies, equipment manufacturers, retail truck dealers, professional services companies, technology innovators and private fleets. Their roles include business management (32%), operations/security (27%), human resources/talent management (19%), sales/marketing (11%) and engineering/ product development (6%). Another 5% are professional drivers.

The people recognized as “Top Women to Watch in Transportation” in 2022 are:

Jennifer Albers, Engineering Manager, Yellow

Peggy Arnold, truck driver, Yellow

Georgy Barlow, Business Development Manager, Strategic Accounts, Yellow

Sanya Beard, Owner/Principal, Melrose Trucking and Transportation

Jill Bezner-Ray, Program Manager, Peterbilt Motors

Lisa Black, Chief Operations Compliance Officer, Aurora

Elaine Bodnar, professional driver, CFI

Kasey Brough, Safety Advisor, NAPA Transportation, Inc.

Ingrid Brown, CEO/Owner/Independent Operator/HOST FreightWaves/FMCSA Voice of Safety, Rollin’ B LLC

Naomi Brutscher, CDL Reviewer, Prime, Inc.

Navolia Bryant, Director of Human Resources, Premier Trailer Leasing

Susan Cagley, Transportation Manager, Toyota Operations, Carter Logistics, Inc.

Cynthia Chiari, Operations Center Manager, May Trucking Company

Sadie Church, Director of Recruitment and Marketing, Artur Express, Inc.

Maria Coley, HRD, CFI

Traci Crane, Sr Manager Fleet Maintenance, CFI

Paige Creo, Director of Marketing, Maven Machines

Bronagh Curley, Director of Corporate Services, New West Truck Centers (Freightliner, Inc.)

Melissa Davis, Regional Sales Manager, Old Dominion Freight Line

Lina DeJongh, Terminal Manager, Trimac Transportation

Hayley Dobson, Group Vice President, Trinity Logistics

Alexa Ekberg, Product Manager, Maven Machines

Betty Elrod, Director of Marketing, Inflection Poynt

Julia Epperly, Account Staff Manager, Venture Connect

Sondra Freeman, North America Credit and Collections Manager, Trimac Transportation

Molly Gibson, Senior Digital Media Strategist, CDLLife

Nicole Glenn, Founder and CEO, Candor Expedite

Lindsay Goodman, Vice President of National Accounts, JB Hunt

Kami Green, Payroll/Accounts Payable Manager, John Christner Trucking

Elizabeth Halko, Vice President of Operations, Proficient Auto Transport, Inc.

Angela Hargesheimer, Group Manager, National Accounts Maintenance Operations, Ryder System, Inc.

Amber Henson, Account Manager – Operations, CFI

Jackie Jacobs, Senior Fleet Transaction Analyst and Project Manager, Fleet Advantage

Joëlle Jantzen, HR Compliance Manager, Yellow

Tamar Jimenez, Service Center Manager, XPO Logistics, Inc.

Katerina Jones, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Fleet Advantage

Foster Kaman, Sales Planning and Support Manager, Yellow

Jennifer Karpus-Romain, Executive Director, Transportation Marketing & Sales Association

Samka Keranovic, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, US Truck Driver Training School

Frédérique Klein, Chief Financial Officer, Navistar

Alyssa Lamport, Operations Manager, Yellow

Nona Larson, Director of Customer Service, PACCAR Parts

Rachel Lovell, Vice President of People Operations, Ascend

Caroline Lyle, President, Virago Marketing

Kelsey Mahay, Dealer Communications Manager, Navistar

Michelle Mahoney, Assistant Director of Operations, Carter Express, Inc.

Ann Marie Manos, Associate Director, Service Engineering & Serviceability, Navistar

Yvonne Mauriello, Senior Rental Manager, Ryder System

Ashley McClain, Self-Driving Truck Operations Specialist, Aurora

Jennifer Meyer, Group Logistics Manager, Ryder Transportation Solutions, LLC

Britta Miano, Director, Customer Excellence, Red Classic

Veronica Millares, Group Director – Sales Strategy and Operations, Ryder System

Beth Paholke, Fleet Manager, Veriha Trucking, Inc.

Emily Phillips, Vice President, Advanced Solutions, XPO Logistics, Inc.

Jennifer Piatt, Elite Support and Diversity Manager, Stoops Freightliner

Ginny Polach, Director, Human Resources, Sunset Transportation

Kristi Randall, Vice President, Artur Express

Melissia Reeves, General Manager – Field Operations, FedEx Freight

Lorraine Reynoso, Customer Service and Maintenance Manager, Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance

Becca Ridge, Vice President of Client Services, CDLLife

Su Schmerheim, Independent Owner/Operator, Class Act Horse Transport, LLC

Michelle Siebert, Chief Financial Officer, Artur Express, Inc.

Heather Smith, Operations Management Lead, Aurora

Robyn Smith, Operations Center Manager, May Trucking Company

Carrie Snider, Controller, Certified Express

Jennifer Snyder, Co-Founder and General Counsel, Fluid Truck

Jin Stedge, Co-Founder and CEO, TruNorth Transportation

Susan Stencel, Director, Customer Logistics, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Kim Stewart, Regional Vice President, Hogan Transports

Lisa Strader, Vice President of Accelerated Operations, Covenant

Roberta Tamburrino, President, Freight Audit and Payment, AFS Logistics

Angela Tracy, Business Sales Manager, Penske Truck Leasing

Kendra Tucker, COO, Truckstop.com

Amisha Vadalia, Senior Director of Operations, More

Raquel Valle, Vice President of People and Culture, Venture Logistics

Ginnapher Velez, Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Clean Harbors

Kathryn Venis, Group Director of Customer Logistics, Ryder System

LouAnn Wagner, CEO, Texas Auto Carriers, Inc.

Tracy Walker, Director of Safety, Yellow

Amy Wettstein, Regional Vice President of Van Truckload, Schneider

Michelle Wiggins, Director of Sales, ReedTMS Logistics

Pamela Wilday, Independent Contractor (Driver), Prime, Inc.

Shelly Willingham, Engineering Manager, Yellow

Stacey Woods, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Operations, XPO Logistics, Inc.

This year’s recognition program is sponsored by PACCAR. The women will be featured in the next edition of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine and online at https://www.womenintrucking.org/top-women-to-watch.

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About the Association of Women in Trucking, Inc.

Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a non-profit association created to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their achievements, and minimize barriers faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, JB Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart and Waste Management. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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Washington Legislature adjourns for a year, passing $64 billion budget and $17 billion transportation package https://commuter-connection.org/washington-legislature-adjourns-for-a-year-passing-64-billion-budget-and-17-billion-transportation-package/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 16:09:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/washington-legislature-adjourns-for-a-year-passing-64-billion-budget-and-17-billion-transportation-package/ Laurel Demkovich / The Spokesperson Review OLYMPIA — State lawmakers wrapped up their work Thursday, passing the state budget along party lines and completing other important legislation. The Legislative Assembly adjourned for the year on Thursday just before the midnight deadline with more than half of its members – masked and mostly socially distant – […]]]>

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OLYMPIA — State lawmakers wrapped up their work Thursday, passing the state budget along party lines and completing other important legislation.

The Legislative Assembly adjourned for the year on Thursday just before the midnight deadline with more than half of its members – masked and mostly socially distant – in person on the floor after starting the almost entirely virtual January session. .

Both houses spent the last day of their 60-day session passing a $64 billion supplementary budget, a new transport package, a bill allowing legislative staff to enter collective bargaining in 2024 and a program government student loans.

“We are coming out of a very difficult time with this pandemic and the recovery has not been positive for everyone,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane. “But we have a lot of progress ahead of us.”

The operating budget was passed by both houses along party lines.

Lawmakers entered the session with $5 billion more in state revenue than expected and $1.2 billion more in federal COVID-19 relief funds that had not yet been spent. The $64 billion supplementary budget passed Thursday includes investments in K-12 education, behavioral health, COVID-19 pandemic recovery, housing and more.

The budget leaves $800 million in reserves for the next two years, plus an additional $2.75 billion in a set aside account to help Washington recover from the COVID-19 pandemic or similar emergency.

There are no tax increases or general tax reductions in the budget. Some Democratic tax proposals, including a three-day sales tax holiday around Labor Day weekend and free state fairs and parks, were not included in the final budget.

“People are generally aware that there was a ton of extra money and they got none of it,” House Minority Leader JT Wilcox, R-Yelm, told reporters on Thursday.

Gov. Jay Inslee praised lawmakers for their work this session.

“Sixty days ago, I asked lawmakers to take big, bold action, and they took big, bold action 60 days later,” Inslee said at a press conference after the end of the session.

Inslee’s budget he proposed in December focused on big investments in housing, salmon and climate. Although some of his major policy proposals fell through, his office said many of his priorities were reflected in the final budget.

On housing, lawmakers approved $50 million to stop people living in encampments on public roads, which Inslee had proposed in its budget.

On climate change and clean energy, Inslee’s office said it was disappointed the Legislature did not pass “critical elements of our path to net zero emissions,” including changing building codes and requiring new buildings to use materials that minimize emissions.

Lawmakers have also used their extra money to invest in the Transportation and Capital Budgets, which fund transportation, infrastructure and construction projects across the state.

The 16-year, $17 billion transportation program will fund maintenance, transit and other projects across the state, including a bus rapid transit line on Division Street in Spokane. The package uses funding from the cap and trade program passed last year, federal infrastructure funds and a one-time transfer of $2 billion plus $56 million a year from the operating budget.

Inslee’s office praised the transportation package passed by the Legislative Assembly, calling it a “transformational, once-in-a-generation feat.”

Republicans pushed against the package, criticizing the fee increases included in the proposal and saying they had no say in negotiating the final package. Republicans wanted to use some of the motor vehicle sales tax money to pay for part of the package. This proposal was not accepted by the Democrats.

The transportation committee’s senior Republican, Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, said he wouldn’t vote for the package because of the way it came together without Republican input.

While there are good things, Barkis said his party’s priorities are different.

House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, said the session was incredibly productive and that Democrats achieved their goals, including addressing climate change, racial inequality and recovering from COVID-19.

“We wanted to make sure everyone got out of that budget,” Jinkins said. “And that’s what you see.”

Much of the session was also dominated by amending bills passed in previous years, including the long-term care tax and a number of police reform bills.

Lawmakers worked quickly early in the session to push through a postponement of the implementation of a long-term care payroll tax that began in January. The 0.58% payroll tax is earmarked for a program called WA Cares, which provides a benefit of up to $36,500 to those who qualify for professional care at home or in a facility, safety assessments at home, equipment and transportation.

Collection of the tax is now postponed until July 2023, giving lawmakers time to fix the program that many have called insolvent.

Along with the delay, lawmakers made some changes, including allowing more tax exemptions for people who live outside of Washington but work in the state and some veterans with a service-related disability of 70% or more.

The Legislative Assembly also worked quickly to debate some adjustments to the police reform bills passed last session. Two proposals received broad support, including one to add more clarity to allow law enforcement officers to respond to mental health calls and one to allow agencies to purchase non-lethal weapons.

A bill to redefine the use of force has passed the Legislative Assembly, giving law enforcement the ability to use physical force to stop a person from actively fleeing a scene. Many Democrats wanted the definition to include the “intentional and active” leaking of a scene, but that was removed in the final version.

Another bill that dealt with vehicular pursuits failed to make it out of the legislature, failing to get it out of the Senate in time on the final day. It would have allowed officers to engage in car chases when there is a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that a person has committed or is committing a violent offence, non-violent sexual offence, escape or driving under the influence offense and that, when not prosecuted, there is a serious risk of harm to others.

The bill was a priority for Republicans who have made solving police reform bills a priority this session.

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Growing demand for transportation services in India is accelerating the growth of shared mobility market https://commuter-connection.org/growing-demand-for-transportation-services-in-india-is-accelerating-the-growth-of-shared-mobility-market/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 10:49:08 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/growing-demand-for-transportation-services-in-india-is-accelerating-the-growth-of-shared-mobility-market/ Copyright 2022 PR Newswire. All rights reserved2022-03-02 The dynamic sector is expected to grow almost fourfold with revenues of $42.85 billion by 2027 at a CAGR of 25.3%, according to Frost & Sullivan Mumbai, India, March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the Indian shared mobility industry notes that the growing […]]]>
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The dynamic sector is expected to grow almost fourfold with revenues of $42.85 billion by 2027 at a CAGR of 25.3%, according to Frost & Sullivan

Mumbai, India, March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the Indian shared mobility industry notes that the growing urbanization of the country offers an opportunity for an integrated multimodal transport system. Shared mobility presents promising solutions to meet india increased demand for transport services. With people relying on different modes of transportation since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, new business models for shared mobility solutions are gaining momentum. As a result, the Gross Market Value (GMV) of Indian shared mobility is expected to reach $42.85 billion by 2027 from $11.05 billion in 2021, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.3%.

For more information on this analysis, please see: https://frost.ly/708

“The pandemic has disrupted the traditional economic model of the shared mobility market by India. Multiple factors, including familiarity with shared services, a strong digital infrastructure and a vibrant entrepreneurial culture, will drive india to meet the growing demand for transportation services,” said Chanchal Jetha, Senior Research Analyst, Mobility Practice, Frost & Sullivan. “Among the different modes of shared mobility, we expect enterprise mobility and carpooling to drive growth in India. Companies like Yulu, Ola, etc., are considering new use cases, such as partnerships with e-commerce and food delivery services. This move will reduce reliance on traditional revenue generation models and accelerate the growth of the shared mobility market. »

Jetha added: “Factors such as the end of travel bans, the inclusion of electric vehicles in fleets and increased partnerships with OEMs will boost the sector. Rising traffic congestion and carbon emissions with increasing population size and density also creates the need for accessible, safe and reliable shared mobility fleets.”

Growing urbanization, uptake of electric vehicles (EV), and increasing disposable income signal growth opportunities in India’s shared mobility market, presenting lucrative market prospects. Key players should:

  • Prepare to service flexibility, including integrations with new business avenues.
  • Focus on inclusion VE in their fleets to control overall operating costs and boost electric mobility.
  • Integrate with modes of public transport to reduce traffic congestion and improve the driver experience.

Shared Mobility Growth Opportunities in India is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility research and analysis available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organizations identify a continuous stream of growth opportunities to succeed in the unpredictable future.

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Global Alternative Transportation Technologies Market Regional Forecast to 2029 https://commuter-connection.org/global-alternative-transportation-technologies-market-regional-forecast-to-2029/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 03:14:45 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/global-alternative-transportation-technologies-market-regional-forecast-to-2029/ Get a free sample PDFRequirement for a custom REPORT A market study on the global alternative transportation technologies market examines the performance of the alternative transportation technologies market in 2022. It includes an in-depth analysis of the state of the alternative transportation technologies market and the competitive landscape at scale world. Global Alternative Transportation Technologies […]]]>

A market study on the global alternative transportation technologies market examines the performance of the alternative transportation technologies market in 2022. It includes an in-depth analysis of the state of the alternative transportation technologies market and the competitive landscape at scale world. Global Alternative Transportation Technologies Market can be obtained through market details such as growth drivers, latest developments, Alternative Transportation Technologies Market business strategies, regional study and future status of the market. The report also covers insights including the latest opportunities and challenges in the Alternative Transportation Technologies industry, as well as historical and future future trends in the Alternative Transportation Technologies market. It focuses on the market dynamics which are constantly changing due to technological advancements and socio-economic status.

A recent market study on the Alternative Transportation Technologies market analyzes the crucial factors of the Alternative Transportation Technologies market based on the current industry situation, market demands, business strategies adopted by the market players, alternative transport technologies and their growth scenario. This report isolates the Alternative Transportation Technology market based on key players, type, application, and regions. First of all, the Alternative Transportation Technologies Market report will offer in-depth knowledge of the company profile, its core products and specifications, revenue generated, production cost, contact persons. The report covers forecast and analysis of the alternative transportation technologies market at global and regional level.

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Water and transportation remain major concerns for West Steamboat https://commuter-connection.org/water-and-transportation-remain-major-concerns-for-west-steamboat/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 00:30:15 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/water-and-transportation-remain-major-concerns-for-west-steamboat/ In this graphic from the Routt County Planning Department, the red outline denotes the West Steamboat planning area, where the county is seeking community input. The green plots are privately owned but could be part of future growth.Routt County/Courtesy Image Residents joined planners and consultants at West Steamboat’s virtual open house last week — part […]]]>

In this graphic from the Routt County Planning Department, the red outline denotes the West Steamboat planning area, where the county is seeking community input. The green plots are privately owned but could be part of future growth.
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Residents joined planners and consultants at West Steamboat’s virtual open house last week — part of Routt County’s master plan update process — to discuss their interests and concerns ranging from l supply to a new grocery store.

Routt County Planning Director Kristy Winser explained during the Feb. 2 Zoom meeting that topics for discussion would cover growth, services, land use, mobility and short-term rentals. .

Currently, county staff are working to update the West Steamboat Springs area plan which was completed in June 2006 and includes 540 acres in addition to Brown Ranch’s 536-acre parcel.



With up to 35 people on the call, including staff and consultants, organizers conducted Zoom polls and showed maps incorporating West Steamboat’s urban growth and planning boundaries, as well as some possible areas of growth. future.

Winser said the county held specific input meetings for the Stagecoach and West Steamboat areas because they were previously listed as capable of handling future growth because the surrounding infrastructure can support higher density.



“Water issues have been a top concern for all county residents,” Winser said of key issues as the community grows.

Meeting organizers said existing plans have served the county well, but need to be updated to address current issues and changing demographics. The master plan was last updated in 2003, but between 2000 and 2018 the county’s population grew by 30%.

Outreach efforts to update the plan began in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the process. The planning department is guiding the drafting of an updated plan with grant support from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and contract planning consultant Cushing Terrell of Denver.

A clear message from the West Steamboat meeting, based on options provided in Zoom polls, was that 90% of attendees expressed a desire for a new grocery store on the west side of town, which was discussed as an option at the Brown Ranch. Participants suggested a small grocery store of similar scope to Hayden Mercantile or perhaps a second satellite location of one of the existing grocery stores in Steamboat that could expand over time.

Another strong message was continued support for the extension of the Central Yampa River Trail westward to meet recreation and transportation needs.

“We’ve heard such an outpouring of support for extending the Core Trail,” Winser said. “Transportation has been one of the highest priorities for the community as a whole.”

Several participants questioned whether the proposed extension path was the best physical route. The projected route shows the trail extending to Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park, then heading north through a tunnel under US Highway 40, through Brown Ranch, then to the northeast side of the Silver Spur district.

Residents have asked if the trail extension could stay closer to the highway and the Yampa River, though planners have cited higher costs and geographic concerns for doing so.

Another poll showed 83% of participants support continuing the county’s policy banning short-term rentals, while 17% said such rentals could be added in designated areas with stronger enforcement.

Other participants asked if future growth of the Brown Ranch project could extend directly north of Brown Ranch, as some of this land is within the boundaries of the West Steamboat Plan but is not included in the limits of urban growth.

Additional questions were raised by attendees who advocate for more comprehensive water conservation measures and limiting light pollution in new growth areas in the county.

“The city has strong design criteria for development plans, but the county doesn’t. So design criteria should be taken into account during this master plan update process,” Winser explained Monday.

The county conducted a community survey last fall of 925 Routt County residents.

Of these, 70% resided in Steamboat Springs, 14% in South Routt, 8% in West Routt, and 7% in North Routt.

The results are posted on the information site of the master plan, NavigateYourRoutt.com, which also includes an online form for continuous input. Recordings of the virtual Stagecoach and West Steamboat meetings are also posted online.

Key takeaways from community engagement efforts so far, as shown on NavigateYourRoutt.com, include residents’ concerns about open land preservation and water protection, a sense of community, and opportunities, such as jobs, entertainment, and recreation. The strongest concerns relate to overuse of recreation areas, traffic, housing, sprawl, water and resources.

Winser said the updated master plan is expected to be released in draft form this spring, with an opportunity for additional public comment. The plan should be completed this summer.

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Arlington Recognizes Transit Equity Day with ART Pilot Programs – Official Site of the Arlington County Government in Virginia https://commuter-connection.org/arlington-recognizes-transit-equity-day-with-art-pilot-programs-official-site-of-the-arlington-county-government-in-virginia/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 18:10:29 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/arlington-recognizes-transit-equity-day-with-art-pilot-programs-official-site-of-the-arlington-county-government-in-virginia/ Published on February 04, 2022 On February 4, 2022, Arlington County recognizes Transit Equity Day to celebrate the life and legacy of Rosa Parks on her birthday. Transportation is essential to ensure that all Arlington residents can live, work, learn and play in the community. This year, the county is launching two pilot programs — […]]]>

Published on February 04, 2022

On February 4, 2022, Arlington County recognizes Transit Equity Day to celebrate the life and legacy of Rosa Parks on her birthday. Transportation is essential to ensure that all Arlington residents can live, work, learn and play in the community.

This year, the county is launching two pilot programs — the Low-Income Fare Assistance Pilot and the APS Student Fare-Less Pilot — providing free bus access to thousands of students and low-income residents who have been financially and logistically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These two pilot programs help further the mission of Realizing Arlington’s Commitment to Equity (RACE), which includes promoting racial equity to reduce and prevent disparities in our service to the community,” said Samia Byrd, Deputy Director of the County, Director of Racing and Equity. . “Even though the law is no longer unequal, systemic barriers still exist. Our examination of transit through an equity lens is to look at access based on need (meeting people where they are) and to work to remove these barriers. Through this, we aim to honor Rosa Parks’ legacy – equal treatment and fair access to public transportation for all.”

With funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, Arlington provides 2,400 middle and high school students with iRide SmarTrip prepaid cards, good for use on Arlington Transit (ART) for the next 18 months. IRide cards were designed specifically for Arlington students, offering half-price ART travel while also working on Metrorail and Metrobus lines.

Collaboration with Arlington Public Schools

The new APS Student Fare-Less pilot expands the collaboration with Arlington Public Schools (APS) and focuses on students whose transportation issues often cannot be resolved by yellow bus service. Among the difficulties: living at the ends of a large walking area and taking immersion or other programs outside their home school zone.

Transportation staff will use data from the No-Charge Student Fare Pilot to study peak usage and other ridership patterns for future expansion and program modifications.

Improving transport access to employment

For some residents, the ART bus system is essential for getting to and from work sites. The second pilot project, Low-Income Fare Assistance, will provide free public transit to work for approximately 7,200 residents already enrolled in social service programs for families in the community.

Participants in this pilot project will receive SmarTrip cards preloaded with $150 to use over the next 18 months. In addition to riding on ART, the cards can be used to travel beyond Arlington on Metrobus and Metrorail.

APS will help coordinate the distribution of free student transit passes, while the county Department of Human Services (DHS) will coordinate outreach for adult transit passes.

ART Transit Service COVID Updates

ART, the county’s local bus transit system, suspended all fares in March 2020 and reinstated them in January 2021. ART resumed operation of all bus routes without seat capacity restrictions in September 2021, reinstating four peak-hour lines only suspended in March 2020. Face masks are still mandatory on the ART and all regional public transport.

About Transit Fairness Day

Every year, Transit Fairness Day is celebrated on February 4 to honor the life and legacy of Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks became a key figure in the civil rights era when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated transit bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and was arrested in 1955. Her actions sparked the boycott Montgomery buses and the United States Supreme Court decision declaring segregation. in unconstitutional buses. The actions and legacy of Rosa Parks are intrinsically linked to the concept of transit equity for all.

Learn more about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the Library of Congress.

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What to watch out for before taking out a private student loan https://commuter-connection.org/what-to-watch-out-for-before-taking-out-a-private-student-loan/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 15:38:59 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/what-to-watch-out-for-before-taking-out-a-private-student-loan/ peki | E+ | Getty Images Why do people take out private student loans? The cost of college education has been up sharplywith the annual price for a public college, including room and board, at over $18,000 and over $47,000 for a private one. There are limits to how much students can take out in […]]]>

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Why do people take out private student loans?

The cost of college education has been up sharplywith the annual price for a public college, including room and board, at over $18,000 and over $47,000 for a private one.

There are limits to how much students can take out in federal loans — the maximum an undergraduate student can borrow in a year is $12,500 — and so many people are turning to private financing to finish covering their bill.

As a result, the $130 billion private student loan market grew by more than 70% over the past decade, according to the Student Borrower Protection Center.

Americans owe more in private student loans than they do in overdue medical debt or payday loans.

Should students borrow through private lenders?

Here’s what else to watch out for…

Federal student loans offer a variety of protections, including remission programs and interest suspension forbearances, that most private student loans do not.

More recently, federal student loan borrowers were able to press the pause button on their payments for nearly two years during the Covid pandemic, without accrued interest. This relief has not been extended to private loans.

“There’s also the prospect of broad student loan forgiveness, which may be limited to federal loans,” Kantrowitz said.

“We almost always advise against private lending,” said Betsy Mayotte, president of The Institute of Student Loan Counselorsa non-profit organization.

“If you can’t make the payments, the lender can take legal action to gain access to wage garnishment, seizure of assets such as bank accounts, and that goes for both the borrower and the co-signer.”

As Mayotte pointed out, many private lenders require students to get a co-signer who is also responsible for the debt.

If payment problems arise, both people are responsible.

“I hear every week from borrowers and co-signers who can’t afford the payments and I just can’t offer them options,” Mayotte said.

Private student loans come with fixed and variable interest rates.

“Generally, borrowers should prefer a fixed rate in a rising rate environment, although variable rates may start lower,” Kantrowitz said. “Variable interest rates have no choice but to rise.”

Either way, rates on loans can be expensive.

“I’ve heard of interest rates as high as 18% on private student loans,” Kantrowitz said.

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