October 31, 2020

RTA offering free transportation to voters during early voting

750 RTA passes will be handed out by City Councilwoman Kristin Palmer and two local groups

NEW ORLEANS — If you are in need of a ride to an early voting location in Orleans Parish, the RTA is offering free transit passes.

City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer on Tuesday announced a partnership with RIDE New Orleans and Roll to the Polls to giveaway 750 RTA day passes during early voting. 

The RTA transit passes will give voters the ability to access all public transportation modes, Palmer’s office said.

In June 2020, the RTA adopted a policy to waive transit fares on an election day, but it does not include early voting. 

During early voting, which runs October 16 thru October 27, volunteers with RIDE New Orleans and Roll to the Polls, will provide free day passes at transit hubs. 

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Family, Neighbors of Man Accused of Not Letting Cops Break Window to Free Daughter from Hot Car Speak Out

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The mother of a Las Vegas man who was charged in the death of his 1-year-old daughter — who died in a locked Nissan Altima on Monday night — has spoken out to say her son was not negligent.

Sidney Deal, 27, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with child abuse, neglect, or endangerment resulting in substantial bodily harm after accidentally locking his 21-month-old daughter, Sayah Deal, inside his hot car. He then allegedly refused to break the windows to free her, apparently not wanting to damage the car and believing she was in air-conditioning.

“He asked the officers to help him,” Sidney Deal’s mother Artavia Wilson told KLAS. “My son was not negligent. The way he handled it was not that he cared more about the car. He thought his daughter was in air [conditioning].”

He has yet to enter

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Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Michigan’s Thumb gets free car

CARO, MI — A Purple Heart recipient and U.S. Marine Corps veteran was gifted a payment-free car during a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 8, in Michigan’s Thumb region.

The Military Warriors Support Foundation and corporate sponsors honored retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Curtis Terry of Fostoria, Michigan, presenting him with the key to a silver Hyundai Thursday afternoon at Walmart Supercenter, located at 1121 E. Caro St. Walmart and Keurig Dr Pepper sponsored the vehicle through the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Transporation4Heroes program.

“I really don’t think I did a lot. I mean, I did my job, I went over, did what I was supposed to do, and I signed up for it,” Terry told reporters at the event. “But getting something like this, it means a lot. It means people do care.”

Terry, a Tulsa, Oklahoma native, served in the Marine Corps from November 2002 to July 2013. He

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Mobility Industry Unites to Provide Free or Reduced-Cost Transportation on Election Day

Shared micromobility providers will make their products, such as bikes, e-scooters, ride share, and other mobility options, free or discounted to riders to cast their ballot. Voters can go to RolltothePolls.com to find the nearest operator.

Many people who want to exercise their right to vote lack access to safe, reliable transportation. In 2016, 3% of Americans cited “transportation problems” as a barrier to voting1. 3% is representative of 4.6MM registered voters in 2020. NABSA, its members, and other partners want to ensure every voter has the ability to vote.

In the wake of COVID-19, NABSA and its partners are encouraging alternative methods of voting, like absentee ballots. However, many states do not accept the ongoing pandemic as a reason for mail-in ballots. In some areas, the deadline to register for an absentee ballot has passed. Roll to the Polls helps voters make a plan to get to

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UTA piloting transportation program that includes free rides, driverless cars


IMAGE: A driverless car like the one pictured will be on Arlington streets early in 2021.
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Credit: city of Arlington

A team led by Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi of The University of Texas at Arlington has received $606,457 to help launch a new public transportation pilot program in downtown Arlington and on UTA’s campus that features autonomous vehicles. During the technology deployment phase, this new service will offer free rides for UT Arlington students and other passengers.

Kermanshachi, an assistant professor of civil engineering, is leading UT Arlington’s research efforts. Other investigators include Jay Rosenberger, professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering and interim director of the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD); Greg Hladik, director of UTA Parking and Transportation Services; and Amir Shahmoradi, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics.

The project is part of a $1.7 million Federal Transportation

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QC LGU to provide free bicycle helmets to indigent riders

CALOOCAN CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) – The Quezon City government will provide free helmets to bicycle riders who cannot afford to buy the safety gear to help them comply with legislation meant to ensure their safety.

“The city government will help those who are too financially burdened to comply with the recently passed Ordinance,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

“Gagawin natin ito upang matulungan ang mga nagbibisikleta na hindi kayang bumili ng helmet upang hindi masakripisyo ang kanilang kaligtasan,” she added.

Belmonte recently approved Ordinance No. SP-2942 requiring bicycle riders to wear a helmet while traversing through Quezon City streets.

The Ordinance imposes fines of P1,000, P3,000 and P5,000 for the first, second and third offense, respectively, for those who will be caught not wearing a helmet. However, the city council agreed to lower the fines following appeals by advocacy groups to consider today’s difficult economic circumstances.

Belmonte allayed fears of

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QC LGU to give free bicycle helmets to those who can’t afford to buy

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The Quezon City local government unit on Saturday announced it will give away bicycle helmets to financially vulnerable riders, after a city ordinance was passed mandating helmet use.

“The city government will help those who are too financially vulnerable to comply with the recently passed Ordinance,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

“Gagawin natin ito upang matulungan ang mga nagbibisikleta na hindi kayang bumili ng helmet upang hindi masakripisyo ang kanilang kaligtasan,” she said.

A recent city ordinance required bicycle riders to wear helmets when traversing through the city’s roads.

Based on the ordinance, those who will be caught riding a bicycle without a helmet will fined 1,000 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 for the third offense.

However, the city council agreed to cut down the fines after advocacy groups made an appeal.

Belmonte said the

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A Guide to Riding Berlin Public Transportation For Free

Berlin public transit runs on the honor system. I’m on the U-8 line, on my way to work, when a group of controllers board the train. I don’t know what else to call them. The German word Kontrolleur is derived from French, and the passive verb, to be kontrolliert, has gone into colloquial English usage in a rough direct translation, i.e., to be “controlled” (as in: “God damn it, I got controlled on the train today”). The Kontrolleurs are the people assigned to ride the rails all day, randomly entering train-cars as if administering a pop quiz, to check that everyone on board has a valid ticket.  As it happens, today I do, but the guy standing next to me clearly does not. You can tell by the way he feigns inattention as the doors close and the two plain-clothes guys pull out their identification badges; he acts as

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