long term – 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 long term – Commuter Connection http://commuter-connection.org/ 32 32 Active Transportation Group considers its online presence | Local News https://commuter-connection.org/active-transportation-group-considers-its-online-presence-local-news/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 01:10:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/active-transportation-group-considers-its-online-presence-local-news/ Building a website and social media presence is next on the agenda of the Williams County Active Transportation Plan (WCATP) group, which met for an hour Tuesday in the East Annex County Conference. WCATP is not a mass transit system, but a partnership between county agencies and municipalities to develop and connect county recreational amenities […]]]>

Building a website and social media presence is next on the agenda of the Williams County Active Transportation Plan (WCATP) group, which met for an hour Tuesday in the East Annex County Conference.

WCATP is not a mass transit system, but a partnership between county agencies and municipalities to develop and connect county recreational amenities and use the amenities as a tool for economic development.

“Active transportation” means any type of non-motorized transportation, such as running, walking, biking, horseback riding, or even rollerblading.

The group, which has been around for about five years, has identified developing a master plan as a long-term goal and building a vibrant social media presence as a short-term goal. On Tuesday, WCATP organizer Todd Roth invited county chief information officer Jeremy Suffel to address the group on website development options.

Suffel explained that while the WCATP Group could pay setup fees plus annual hosting costs totaling thousands of dollars for specialized website services, a more cost-effective option is to create a page on the county’s website. . Suffel said the county uses the CivicPlus platform, which specializes in designing websites for municipalities.

In addition to cost savings, Suffel pointed to the ease-of-use benefits of creating a page on the county’s website, which gives group members more effective control over page design, timing and how it is updated and the links to which it is linked.

Group members noted that since the WCATP group does not yet have a dedicated budget, they preferred to develop a page on the county website.

Suffel suggested the group purchase a domain name and also seek pre-approval to add a page to the county website from the Williams County Commissioners. He also noted that the commissioners recently funded the county’s web hosting costs for the next five years with US bailout funds, and that additional funding through this or other sources may be available.

Roth, who is also a county engineer, said he would make a formal request to the commissioners as early as next week.

“It gives us a start, at very little cost,” he said.

He also asked for a few volunteers from the WCATP group to take over the website design process. The group agreed to meet again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the East Annex Conference Room, 1425 E. High St., Bryan.

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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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UK regulator hints at potential lending return for Amigo loans https://commuter-connection.org/uk-regulator-hints-at-potential-lending-return-for-amigo-loans/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 12:03:41 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/uk-regulator-hints-at-potential-lending-return-for-amigo-loans/ The Financial Conduct Authority has set the stage for Amigo Loans to potentially resume lending, saying it will not oppose the group’s new financial plan when it comes to court this week. The watchdog’s decision not to step in at this stage is an important step for the struggling payday loan company after rejecting a […]]]>

The Financial Conduct Authority has set the stage for Amigo Loans to potentially resume lending, saying it will not oppose the group’s new financial plan when it comes to court this week.

The watchdog’s decision not to step in at this stage is an important step for the struggling payday loan company after rejecting a previous proposal, although it is just one of many obstacles to a full-scale recovery.

Amigo, which lends to people with bad credit histories, will present a plan of arrangement to the High Court on Tuesday, making a broader offer to creditors and detailing terms for a new business model and a return to lending.

The FCA said it would not oppose the plan but did not rule out intervening in the new plan of arrangement in the future.

He added that if the program is sanctioned by the court and the loan conditions are met, the company could start lending again. “If the company were to return to lending, the FCA would continue to monitor it closely,” he said.

Amigo ceased lending in November 2020, citing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, and was unable to resume activity due to a fight for compensation for historic mis-selling.

The company has faced complaints from consumers who accused it of not checking whether their loans were affordable.

“There are still significant hurdles to overcome before Amigo can manage its insolvent balance sheet, but this information will help us take the next step to achieve the best possible outcome, given the circumstances,” said Chief Executive Gary. Jennifer.

Amigo’s share price soared 117% in morning trading on Monday, although it is still down 80% since May when the FCA rejected an earlier proposal.

In its latest results, Amigo said the board concluded there was material uncertainty about its future as a going concern. The company reported a pre-tax loss in the three months to December 2021 of £500,000, compared to a loss of £18.7million a year earlier.

The new scheme would offer £97m to creditors. He is reportedly looking to raise a further £15m through a rights issue for the scheme and fund further loans.

This month, Amigo announced it had accepted a request from Jennison to rescind a long-term $9.5 million equity award following criticism raised at last year’s hearing.

Amigo’s struggles mirror problems across the industry in recent years as the regulator cracked down on so-called non-standard finance providers amid concerns of a cycle of debt addiction.

The number of active short-term high-cost lenders in the UK fell by almost a third between 2016 and the third quarter of 2020, according to FCA figures.

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FlexRide Milwaukee strives to break down barriers to transportation https://commuter-connection.org/flexride-milwaukee-strives-to-break-down-barriers-to-transportation/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/flexride-milwaukee-strives-to-break-down-barriers-to-transportation/ By Ana Martinez-Ortiz Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories about fifteen neighborhoods in the city of Milwaukee. To visit milwaukeenns.org. “Transport insecurity is a huge problem,” says Dave Steele. “If you don’t have a car in Milwaukee, that means the majority […]]]>

By Ana Martinez-Ortiz
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories about fifteen neighborhoods in the city of Milwaukee. To visit milwaukeenns.org.

“Transport insecurity is a huge problem,” says Dave Steele. “If you don’t have a car in Milwaukee, that means the majority of jobs, including the higher paying ones, are out of your reach.” (Photo courtesy of FlexRide Milwaukee)

To go from point A to point B, the simplest path is a straight line. But the straight line is not always possible, especially when the main mode of transport is the bus.

A new pilot program, FlexRide Milwaukee, hopes to bridge the transportation gap between employees and their workplaces. FlexRide Milwaukee is a transportation service that provides rides for people who work for employers located in Menomonee Falls and Butler. It was launched in early February.

“It’s like Uber or Lyft, but more efficient and less expensive,” Lingqian Hu said. “We want to fill the transportation gap in our region. FlexRide Milwaukee will serve people crossing borders from Milwaukee County to Waukesha County.

Hu is a faculty member in the Department of Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee. She is part of the research team that helped plan and implement FlexRide Milwaukee.

UW-Milwaukee and the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission received a $50,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation in January 2021. Through this grant, the research team conducted surveys on the transportation gap with potential users of the service and with employers.

In the fall of 2021, the team received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation through its Civic Innovation Challenge grant program.

“It’s totally driven by the potential users of our services,” Hu said. “I believe we got funding because we embraced a transformative planning process. »

FlexRide has five locations in Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls and Butler where users can request rides. Many of them are on the main bus lines. (Photo courtesy of FlexRide Milwaukee)

Closing the transportation gap

“Transport insecurity is a huge problem,” said Dave Steele, executive director of MobiliSE. “If you don’t have a car in Milwaukee, that means the majority of jobs, including the higher paying ones, are out of your reach.”

mobilize was formed in 2015 through the Regional Transit Leadership Council. He advocates for improved transportation options in southeastern Wisconsin.

Steele added: “The goal is to reduce the time spent moving around; increase the level of comfort; (and) the level of security. Because it’s basically at the front door of the business, it means the cyclist won’t have to travel long distances.

Safety is the No. 1 concern, he said.

Chytania Brown is President and CEO of Employment Milwaukee. The association is a partner in the project; he helped lead the investigation and now connects employees to the service.

Brown explained that the buses only go so far, but Jobs can be about a mile away. In the summer it’s not that bad, but in the winter it can be brutal, she said, especially when it’s dark outside and the neighborhood lacks sidewalks.

She noted that employees can be scared, especially people of color if they work in a predominantly white area.

“Some of the bullying and stuff you can go through sometimes isn’t even worth the work,” she said. “Work couldn’t pay enough to endure these challenges when you have the last mile.”

If people don’t live it, they might not understand it, she said. FlexRide provides a safer option as employees are driven directly to or near the door.

Milwaukee is going off the beaten path with FlexRide, Brown said. She sees the service as an additional resource for people looking for opportunities.

Most FlexRide vehicles are personal vehicles such as minivans, but a shuttle is currently in use, Steele said. The service is similar to Uber, but the biggest difference is that drivers are paid by the hour and on call during certain hours, he said.

Kevin Muhs, executive director of the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, said that in speaking with potential users of the app, the research team learned that travel time is more important than the service cost. Users wanted to make sure they got to work or home quickly and on time, he said. The commission helped UW-Milwaukee conduct investigations.

This information influenced the location of three pick-up points located around the city and caused the points to be located at bus stops on the Milwaukee County Transit System.

“Much of the job growth that has occurred in our region over the past 20 or so years has occurred in suburbs outside of Milwaukee,” Muhs said. “This service aims to extend the same kind of access that people get with the bus system to business parks.”

In the initial planning phase, potential users and employers helped design the service. (Photo courtesy of FlexRide Milwaukee

Continuous research

For the duration of the pilot program, Hu and his team will continue to conduct surveys. They will examine how this can improve the employment status and retention rate of businesses located in Menomonee Falls and Butler and assess environmental outcomes and social equity aspects.

“We want to see if our approach can solve the institutional barriers,” she said, explaining that while many counties have transit systems, they lack the capacity to provide transit services. at the regional level.

“The long-term goal is to provide equal access to opportunities for people who live in segregated neighborhoods,” Hu said. “I believe that equal access to these opportunities is essential for people to realize their potential.”

Ultimately, the organizers want to secure funding to sustain and grow the project, Hu said.

“Owning a car is a huge hurdle for people in Milwaukee,” Hu said. “More transportation options in the region are good for economic growth and community development. Reducing this barrier to participation in the economy is huge.

How it works?

FlexRide Milwaukee is a smartphone application. Those interested in FlexRide must register to use the app. Once approved, they will receive an access code.

The application is available for download on the App Store or Google Play Store. Individuals can download the app and create an account. To order a ride, the user must enter the pick-up and drop-off locations and the app will take care of the rest.

If a user does not have a smartphone, he can dial 414-667-7433 to request a ride.

Rides are available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals can request a ride from any of five stops: Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave.; Midtown Center, 5700 W. Capitol Drive; Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, 5460 N. 64th St.; and Silver Spring Drive/Lovers Lane and Woodman’s/Sam’s Club, Hwy 145.

Rides to and from the Woodman/Sam’s Club and Silver Spring/Lovers Lane stops are currently free. Other stops cost $1.50 one way. This price will eventually increase to $3.

Employers interested in joining the pilot can email Eric Lynde at elynde@sewrpc.org.

More information about FlexRide Milwaukee can be found online. Click here or visit www.flexridemke.com.

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What is a payday loan? https://commuter-connection.org/what-is-a-payday-loan/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 22:26:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/what-is-a-payday-loan/ What is a payday loan? payday loans are generally short-term unsecured loans characterized by high interest rates that generally do not require a credit check. Although there is no exact and universal definition of the term, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicates that this type of loan is usually $500 or less and is […]]]>

payday loans are generally short-term unsecured loans characterized by high interest rates that generally do not require a credit check.

Although there is no exact and universal definition of the term, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicates that this type of loan is usually $500 or less and is usually due on the borrower’s next payday. States have different laws governing these types of fast loans, but they may be available to Americans through in-store payday lenders or in line, depending on location. The due date on payday loans is generally two to four weeks from the date of issuance, and lenders generally do not consider borrowers’ credit scores or their ability to meet other financial obligations when approving the loan.

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To secure a payday loan, payday lenders often require a personal check from the borrower for the loan amount, plus interest and fees, for a future deposit. They often require direct access to the borrower’s bank account.

Payday lenders hold the personal check until the borrower receives their next paycheck, direct deposit or social Security Payment. Depending on the terms of the loan and the laws of the state in question, some payday lenders offer long-term repayment plans that allow them to make multiple electronic withdrawals from the borrower’s bank account.

The average term for payday loans is about two weeks, and loans typically range between $50 and $1,000. In exchange for quick loans that don’t require a credit check, payday borrowers typically pay exorbitant interest rates and fees on their loans. Payday lenders often charge annual percentage ratesor APR, of 400% or more on their loans, plus finance charges of between $10 and $30 for every $100 borrowed.

The only requirements to qualify for most payday loans are an opening Bank account relatively good standing, a regular income and a source of identification.

Because little consideration is given to the financial condition or creditworthiness of borrowers, the CFPB has found that payday loans have a high default rate of around 20%. Additionally, approximately 80% of payday borrowers renew or re-borrow their loans within 30 days of their initial loan.

Qualified state borrowers can apply for a payday loan online from companies such as MoneyMutual, CashUSA.com, and BillsHappen. Many payday lenders also have thousands of physical stores in the United States.

In times of financial emergency or life or death situation, payday loans may be one of the only places Americans have bad credit can turn to temporary financial assistance. However, due to widespread deception and predatory behavior in the payday loan industry, the CFPB, Federal Trade Commission, and other federal and state regulators have repeatedly warned Americans of the dangers of payday lending. payday and imposed restrictions on the activities of payday lenders.

A 2016 five-year study by Pew Charitable Trusts found that 12 million Americans take out payday loans each year, and those borrowers collectively pay $9 billion a year in loan fees alone.

  • Speed. Payday loans are fast, and lenders often approve the same or next day.
  • Ease of use. It’s usually easy to get approved for a payday loan as long as the applicant has a stable source of income, a bank account in good standing, and proper identification. Borrowers can even get payday loan approval online. While some critics say payday loans are inherently predatory, there are laws in place to protect the rights of borrowers.
  • Availablity. Depending on the situation, payday loans may be one of the only viable sources of emergency cash for borrowers with bad credit.

  • High cost. Payday loans can come with annual interest rates of 400% or more, and finance charges can be 15% to 30% of the loan amount. These high interest rates stand out even more compared to the national average of around 16.17% credit card interest rate or the average interest rate of 4.25% over 30 years mortgage end of February 2022.
  • Debt cycle. Due to interest and fees, a payday loan can easily force the borrower to put off the majority of their next paycheck, creating an opportunity for borrowers to fall into a cycle of repeat loans.
  • Harassment. Payday lenders have a reputation for exploiting financially vulnerable borrowers and using aggressive and harassing collection practices.

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HRMPO invites comments on long-term transportation plans https://commuter-connection.org/hrmpo-invites-comments-on-long-term-transportation-plans/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 00:34:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/hrmpo-invites-comments-on-long-term-transportation-plans/ HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The Harrisonburg Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization asks the public to complete an online survey highlighting their transportation needs. The goal is to gather input for the organization’s 2045 long-term transportation plan. “This is looking at a 25-year planning horizon for the Harrisonburg Rockingham area, so that’s the town of Harrisonburg, the […]]]>

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The Harrisonburg Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization asks the public to complete an online survey highlighting their transportation needs. The goal is to gather input for the organization’s 2045 long-term transportation plan.

“This is looking at a 25-year planning horizon for the Harrisonburg Rockingham area, so that’s the town of Harrisonburg, the county ring around the town, and the towns of Bridgewater, Dayton and Mt. Crawford,” said said Ann Cundy, director of transportation for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, which manages the HRMPO.

The survey asks residents what their transportation needs are, what transit issues they see, and what their priorities are.

“We will use this information about people’s priorities and where they have identified needs and challenges both to develop the list of projects to consider and to develop the methodology for how we score them,” said said Cundy.

“If we hear that the main challenge for people is getting to where they want to walk or bike, as opposed to security issues somewhere in the region, we would potentially prefer these types of projects more than others. , but it all depends on what we hear in the poll.”

HRMPO will work with the Virginia Department of Transportation and local governments to develop future transportation projects.

The hope is that feedback from the survey will be used to develop projects that will improve the area’s transportation infrastructure over time to keep up with population growth and limit traffic.

“One of the ways any community can handle the challenges of population growth and traffic is to invest in a network that gives you the ability to travel two different ways,” Cundy said. “It could be reconfiguring an intersection that has a high accident rate on US 33 Market Street, which could add sidewalks, bus stops and bike lanes on South Main Street around Mosby Road or Erikson Avenue. “

The deadline to complete the survey is March 2. Click on here for more information.

Copyright 2022 WHSV. All rights reserved.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Global Website | MHIENG Receives Order for Sengkang-Punggol Light Rapid Transit System Capacity Improvement Project in Singapore – https://commuter-connection.org/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website-mhieng-receives-order-for-sengkang-punggol-light-rapid-transit-system-capacity-improvement-project-in-singapore/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 12:13:07 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website-mhieng-receives-order-for-sengkang-punggol-light-rapid-transit-system-capacity-improvement-project-in-singapore/ LRT Sengkang-Punggol Tokyo, February 17, 2022 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG), part of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) group, has received an order from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore to improve the transport capacity of the Automated Guideway Transit System (Note1) (AGT) used on Sengkang-Punggol Light Rapid Transit (LRT(Note2)) lines originally […]]]>

LRT Sengkang-Punggol

Tokyo, February 17, 2022 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG), part of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) group, has received an order from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore to improve the transport capacity of the Automated Guideway Transit System (Note1) (AGT) used on Sengkang-Punggol Light Rapid Transit (LRT(Note2)) lines originally supplied by MHI in 2003. The order for the project was received jointly with MHI’s regional subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia-Pacific Pte. ltd. (MHI-AP) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC).

The Sengkang-Punggol LRT system connects two Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Northeast Line stations (Sengkang Station and Punggol Station) to their residential areas. The transport capacity of the LRT system will be expanded to accommodate its increased use in the rapidly growing districts of Sengkang and Punggol. MHIENG and MHI-AP will supply 17 new double-car trainsets (34 cars), signaling system, guidance system and vehicle maintenance equipment for the extension of the existing rolling stock yard.

“Since delivering the vehicles and system to inaugurate Singapore’s Sengkang-Punggol LRT system in 2003, we have continued to support LTA by improving the system’s transport capacity and providing a wide range of after-sales services. These include the provision of additional vehicles to accommodate two-car operations and the upgrading of the rolling stock workshop,” said Kenji Terasawa, President and CEO of MHIENG. “We look forward to strengthening our long-standing relationship with LTA through this expansion project which will help meet growing demand while continuing to provide reliable transportation.”

MHIENG will coordinate with its Singapore-based Technical Service Center, which was established within MHI-AP in April 2021, to provide more localized services. Through close cooperation with the company, MHIENG aims to provide long-term technical support, spare parts supply and other types of localized high value-added services to better meet customer needs. A hub for MHI’s transportation service business in Asia Pacific, the Technical Service Center provides “one-stop service” to respond to customer inquiries and requests in a timely manner and strengthens operations, maintenance and the after-sales structure of MHI’s transport system products in the region.

MHI Group draws on its extensive experience in supplying AGT systems around the world, including Singapore’s Changi Airport Skytrain (APM (Note3)) and systems in Japan, USA, Dubai and Macau, as well as its high-quality operations, maintenance and after-sales service. – sales services to maintain a competitive position in the world market for new transport systems. MHI will continue to provide safe, low-carbon transportation solutions that will help support economic development and provide better convenience for people in Singapore and countries around the world.

  • 1 An automated guideway transport system operates fully automatically on electricity. The use of rubber tires allows for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • 2Conventionally, LRT is used as an abbreviation of “Light Rail Transit”, but in the case of Singapore’s Sengkang-Punggol LRT, the “R” refers to “Rapid” in accordance with the high-speed operation of this network.
  • 3An APM is an AGT serving an airport. APMs connect terminals or link airports to their nearby ancillary facilities. They are adopted in airports around the world.
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February Board Meeting Recap – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Website https://commuter-connection.org/february-board-meeting-recap-official-arlington-county-virginia-government-website/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 15:07:41 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/february-board-meeting-recap-official-arlington-county-virginia-government-website/ Posted on February 16, 2022 County Council receives proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 Arlington County Council heard from County Executive Mark Schwartz at its regular meeting on Saturday, February 12, 2022, regarding its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The entire proposed budget can be viewed on the county’s webpage. The county manager […]]]>

Posted on February 16, 2022

County Council receives proposed budget for fiscal year 2023

Arlington County Council heard from County Executive Mark Schwartz at its regular meeting on Saturday, February 12, 2022, regarding its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The entire proposed budget can be viewed on the county’s webpage.

The county manager proposed a balanced budget within existing tax rates; however, he pointed out that some incomes are still recovering and not returning to pre-pandemic levels. The manager’s proposed budget includes several fee adjustments, which he asks the board to consider at tax and fee hearings scheduled for the end of March. The taxes and fees advertised will be the highest that the Board can consider adopting.

The proposal highlighted four key elements:

  • Support our workforce: The proposed budget provides additional salaries and employee benefits to address the challenges of recruitment, retention, inflation and declining salary adjustments over the past two years during the pandemic.
  • Climate change and our environment: More than $4.4 million in funding in the fight against climate change. Operating and capital budgets include several investments in electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, solar power and energy efficiency, and $1.0 million in a new Arlington Equity Fund CEP to advance the community energy plan.
  • Lodging: Through a variety of housing programs, additional investments are being made in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023. The proposed budget includes $16.9 million for the County Affordable Housing Investment Fund, 14, $3 million in housing subsidies in addition to nearly $23 million provided by the federal government in housing vouchers and increased support for permanent supportive housing and eviction prevention.
  • Schools: Arlington Public Schools will receive an additional $46 million in fiscal year 2023 for a total county revenue transfer of $576 million.

The proposed budget does not recommend any changes to the real estate, personal property, business, professional and professional licensing (BPOL), or business improvement district (BID) tax rates for the fiscal year.

The draft budget recommends a reduction in household solid waste charges and the elimination of in-transit transfer fees. There are recommendations for certain adjustments, including waste/sewer rates and user fees at the Lee Arts Center. A public hearing for the draft budget will take place on March 29, while the hearing for taxes and fees will take place on March 31.

County Council Meeting Recap

Several actions took place during the regular meeting of the Arlington County Council on Saturday, February 12, 2022, including:

  • Council approved the Pentagon City Sector Plan, a long-term vision document that balances investment certainty in livability and sustainability with flexibility for landowners in growing the neighborhood’s future. The sector plan aims to diversify housing options, prioritize multimodal transportation and embrace biophilic design. For more information, read the Council’s press release.
  • Funding has been approved for Neighborhood Conservation (NC) program projects. The program helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods by enabling residents to identify and plan improvements in their own neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, the county council held its recess meeting. Several measures have been taken, including the authorization to announce public hearings that will allow the community to share their comments on the proposed adjustments to taxes and fees during the next fiscal year. Further information is available on the Council’s webpage.

Council meetings can be viewed in their entirety on the county’s website and on YouTube. On Thursday, February 17, 2022, Council Chairman Cristol and Council Member Karantonis will record the Council’s new wrap-up podcast, where they will discuss the Pentagon City Sector Plan in more detail. Connect to the podcast on Anchor or Spotify.

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Types of Loans You Need to Get Out of Your Financial Troubles Faster https://commuter-connection.org/types-of-loans-you-need-to-get-out-of-your-financial-troubles-faster/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 16:37:52 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/types-of-loans-you-need-to-get-out-of-your-financial-troubles-faster/ Posted on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 11:37 a.m. Join AFP’s more than 100,000 followers on Facebook Buy an AFP subscription Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple podcast, Spotify and pandora News, press releases, letters to the editor: augustafreepress2@gmail.com Advertising inquiries: freepress@ntelos.net (© Panumas – stock.adobe.com) At some point you went bankrupt and felt like […]]]>
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At some point you went bankrupt and felt like there was no way out of the mess you were in. You might have wanted to pay big bills such as electricity, rent or maybe your car broke down and needed a quick fix, but there seemed to be no light at the end of the day. tunnel.

So, if you are in a financial crisis, don’t panic. This article will share some of the instant loans you need to have a positive turnaround in your financial journey.

Types of Loans You Need to Get Out of Your Financial Troubles Faster

1. Payday Loans

Payday loans are a blessing as they offer short term loans that help you meet your financial challenge by securing instant loans. The best part is that it doesn’t require a good credit rating or a credit check. Likewise, you don’t have to offer anything as collateral to secure these loans. However, you must ensure that you benefit from your paycheck so that they can be sure that you are able to repay on time (to be paid the next payday).

However, getting payday loans is not all rosy as it comes with massive interest rates, often ridiculous for a short-term loan. But overall, it’s a useful loan that can come in handy when your financial weight is too much to handle.

2. Consolidation Loans

Consolidation loans are specially designed for people in crisis. They need to review their finances, reduce their periodic payments and consolidate their debts into one loan.

Similarly, consolidation loans can be used to pay off contemporary store credit cards, resulting in benefits such as interest-free intervals on the current balance and low rates that will increase over time.

3. Business Loans

Business loans are supposed to be a quick fix for all business people. However, depending on the financial institutions, guidelines and requirements may differ when it comes to loan options. This means that the demands of a financial institution will vary from time to time.

If you are interested in a business loan, you will need to contact them about your business situation and then be sure to provide adequate details and information regarding the agreement. Otherwise, whenever you hit a snag, this is an exceptional business loan that every entrepreneur should consider.

4. Personal loans

Personal loans are simply credit unions or bank loans that lure people in with low interest rates that are massively better than most loans acquired elsewhere. Personal loans allow you to obtain up to $30,000 repayable in 12 to 84 months, depending on the grantor’s loan policy.

And unlike other loans, personal loans don’t require you to provide collateral before you are offered the loan. Likewise, they have flexible repayment terms, which means you can talk to the settlor if you need more time to pay off your loan.

5. Pawnbrokers

Pawnshops are also great ways to get instant loans. You only need to provide an item of value, such as an electronic device or jewelry, to access a loan that is significantly less than the value of the item you provide.

However, each pawnshop has its loan policy and interest rates. So, depending on where you take your valuables, the interest rates can be favorable or ridiculous. Similarly, pawnshops won’t return your item to you until you’ve paid the full price and met the terms and conditions of the loan you’ve agreed to.

6. Unsecured Personal Lines of Credit

Unsecured personal loans are great ways to get cash and use it to buy anything you want. However, you cannot use this loan to acquire vehicles, real estate and properties. Also, getting this loan is easy because the qualifying criteria doesn’t pay much attention to your bad credit rating and doesn’t require any collateral before offering you a loan.

An unsecured loan can cover many family expenses and emergencies. Banks usually give out unsecured loans when people don’t meet the specific criteria they need, so it’s better than nothing. So, if you find it difficult to get a loan when you are in financial crisis, apply for unsecured loans.

7. Securities Lending

Securities lending come in handy when you own a motor vehicle and want a quick loan. The loan allows you to borrow 50% or 25% of the value of your vehicle. The loan amount depends on the lender. Typically, you’ll have to pay the loan back in 15-30 days, and if you default, they’ll take your car.

The truth is, title loans still have alarmingly huge annual interest rates, and you don’t get your vehicle back, at least not until you finish paying the full amount and interest rates. agreed interest.

Conclusion

The truth is that the world has grown, the mentality of the 90s is over and now more than ever there are many ways to get loans. Be it long-term or short-term loans, they are easy to obtain after in-person visits to the bank or online.

However, every loan deal has a catch, whether it’s fees, interest rates, or ridiculous collateral that goes unpaid unless you pay your loan fees. We recommend using Viva Payday Loans as they have low interest rates and are issued without a thorough credit check.

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Arlington County Board Approves Pentagon City Area Plan – Official Site of the Arlington County Government in Virginia https://commuter-connection.org/arlington-county-board-approves-pentagon-city-area-plan-official-site-of-the-arlington-county-government-in-virginia/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 00:42:31 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/arlington-county-board-approves-pentagon-city-area-plan-official-site-of-the-arlington-county-government-in-virginia/ Posted on February 12, 2022 Arlington County, Virginia – Saturday February 12, 2022. Arlington County Council has adopted a new vision for a vibrant and livable Pentagon City, following an 18-month planning process. The Board of Directors voted 5-0 to approve the Pentagon City Area Plan (PCSP) and its associated changes to the Comprehensive Plan […]]]>

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Arlington County, Virginia – Saturday February 12, 2022. Arlington County Council has adopted a new vision for a vibrant and livable Pentagon City, following an 18-month planning process. The Board of Directors voted 5-0 to approve the Pentagon City Area Plan (PCSP) and its associated changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

The adopted plan creates certainty for the community going forward while providing flexibility for landowners that will help diversify housing options, prioritize multi-modal transportation and embrace biophilic design. In addition to setting clear performance standards for the development, the plan includes three linear miles of a Green Ribbon pedestrian network to connect existing and future public spaces, five acres of new public parks and plazas, an expansion of a acre of Virginia Highlands Park, strategies for the location of public facilities, and minimum standards for on-site affordable housing.

County Board Chairwoman Katie Cristol highlighted the plan’s forward-looking look, noting that Pentagon City, with its rich public transit network and access to economic opportunity, is a great place to accommodate more homes for Arlingtonians. “The sector plan envisions the transformation of private spaces into public parks, new multi-modal connections and streets, and more ways for residents to connect with each other and with nature,” she said. .

The Pentagon City Area Plan replaces land use policies that have governed the area since the 1970s and builds on the work of Livability 22202, which is a collaborative effort between three area civic associations. It was adopted after an extensive period of public engagement that included a diverse focus group, online engagement, virtual town hall meetings and open houses, a walking tour of the site, as well as one-on-one meetings with residents. and other stakeholders.

During Saturday’s meeting, stakeholders and community members continued to provide insight into the plan, further emphasizing the balance between the many local and regional priorities facing Arlington. Over the past year and a half, community feedback has influenced the sector plan, leading to changes in its recommendations for transportation, public spaces, affordable housing and public facilities.

The community will have the opportunity to remain engaged during the implementation of the sector plan, by reviewing specific site plan requests and initiating subsequent short-term analysis. The county council, along with county staff, remains engaged in efforts to educate and engage residents of nearby rental properties and condominium/multi-family properties as the plan evolves.

The County Council was also pleased to note that the PPCP is the first long-term plan that specifically addresses equity as it evolves. The Planning Commission asked the council to “ensure that the county learns the true lived experience and perspective of a wide range of people and cultural practices”. In recognizing Black History Month, board member Christian Dorsey backed the sentiment, saying “our job to achieve racial equity in our government processes, investments and actions is to honor resilience and to reward excellence”.

In the coming weeks, county staff will finalize the plan documents as adopted by the county council. The final version will be posted on the project webpage, where the public can also learn more about the overall study process.

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