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    (CBS DETROIT) — Oakland County announced Thursday it is offering free transportation for all military veterans to the county’s Veterans’ Services offices in Troy and Pontiac. Through that Veteran’s Transportation Program All veterans who make an appointment with the Veterans’ Services team will get contact information for SMART to arrange a ride. ADA transportation is available and transportation arrangements should be made at least three days before the appointment. READ MORE: Ford Announces $3.7 Billion Investment To Build EVs, Trucks, New Mustang“The goal of the program is to eliminate any transportation barriers that may prevent our veterans from accessing the benefits they earned while serving our nation,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. READ MORE: SOS Benson Announced Opening Of New Office, Self-Service Station In DetroitThe veteran’s transportation program is a partnership between the county and SMART. The program is funded through grant from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “When the county reached out to us to help with transportation for this grant-funded project for veterans, we jumped at the chance to assist,” said Dwight Ferrell, general manager of SMART,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Metrolink offered free rides Friday for Transit Equity Day. Riders were invited to ride the train for free, any Metrolink train, on any line, no ticket required. READ MORE: Oxnard Police: Robbery Suspect Armed With Replica Gun Fatally Stabbed By Clerk He Was Holding Up“We are so very thankful and appreciative to the people who took the opportunity to ride Metrolink on Transit Equity Day,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “While we honor Rosa Parks and the efforts to make public transportation an equitable experience, we look forward to those first-time riders today becoming regular Metrolink customers.” READ MORE: LA County Sheriff Task Force Operation Turns Up Dozens Of Catalytic Converters In Antelope ValleyMetrolink said it experienced a 43 percent ridership increase on Friday morning and projects to have nearly 13,000 total boardings throughout the day. Over the past four Fridays, Metrolink has averaged just over 8,600 passengers. In addition to Metrolink, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority is offering free transportation throughout the county Friday, which includes transfers to and from Metrolink. MORE NEWS: Host...
    National Guard To Help Transport Students To School In Mass. www.youtube.com School superintendents are reportedly responding with thankfulness to the governor's order. "We are grateful and thankful that somebody was definitely thinking out of the box," said Chelsea School Superintendent Almi Abeyta. "When I got the call, I was like 'Oh, that's an interesting solution, yes, OK!'" Baker noted that the cost of training the drivers will be reimbursed by the federal government since it is an issue spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic.Anything else?Similar bus driver shortages have been reported elsewhere in the country — including in Maryland, where Baltimore City Schools is offering to pay parents $250 to drive their own kids to school. In Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools is trying to fill driver openings by offering $3,000 sign-on bonuses in addition to competitive salaries. According to the Eagle Tribune, a joint survey recently conducted by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and the National School Transportation Association found that 51% of respondents described their driver shortage as "severe" or "desperate." Half said pay...
    (CNN)Trenton Dale, who has driven a school bus in Atlanta for 23 years, loves his job."To see the kids grow up and graduate, I mean, that's the most beautiful sight you will see," he told CNN affiliate WXIA earlier this month.But Dale, like other bus drivers across the country, will have to drive more miles and see more kids at the beginning of this school year because of a driver shortage,The nationwide need for school bus drivers is expected to remain at "critical levels" over the coming months, with impacts to the industry's ability to provide consistent service stretching well into the school year, according to the National School Transportation Association.Both contracted school bus transportation companies and district-run operations are struggling to find drivers, as a number of issues, including Covid-19-related health concerns and vaccine hesitancy, continue to escalate "despite the industry's best efforts," Curt Macysyn, executive director of the association, told CNN.Read More"It's real hard to find bus drivers right now," Robbin Marshall with Baltimore City Public Schools told CNN affiliate WJZ. "We know that there's going to be...
    The Scioto County Health Department is providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations for Scioto County residents who are unable to leave home due to age, disability, or medical impairment. If you qualify, a Health Department nurse can bring the vaccine to your home. To be eligible for this program you must live in Scioto County and meet the following conditions: •Be a senior (65+) or person with a disability who requires in-home assistance by a caregiver, or you have to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, etc.) and require special medical transport to leave home. •Leaving home is not an option for you, because doing so requires considerable and taxing effort. If you or someone you know is eligible and wants a COVID-19 vaccine in the home, call the Scioto County Health Department at 740-355-8358 (choose Option 2 for Nursing.) For those who are physical y able to leave their home but have but still have problems getting to a vaccine clinic site, we also offer the following services: •If you have transportation but cannot leave your...
    The Super Bowl is taking flight.  Private jet companies are catering to high-earning power players looking to watch the big game in style — and from a safe social distance.   Massachusetts-based Magellan Jets and superyacht firm IYC are teaming up to bring football fans the chance to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against the Kansas City Chiefs from their destination of choice as part of its latest VIP Package. Guests can fly private and enjoy a lavish spread of cocktails and canapes. Then, they’ll transfer to a superyacht when they touch down, to watch the game while sailing around. 5 SURPRISING SUPER BOWL FACTS TO DISCUSS DURING THE COMMERCIALS  The package features sample itineraries – like a Bahamas-bound trip headed from New York to Nassau. The roundtrip excursion, which holds between 8 and 13 passengers, ranges in price from $50,000 to $84,000. Another escape can take passengers from Chicago to Miami, with prices ranging between $58,000 and 90,000, depending on a headcount and the selected jets. "Once you’ve touched down in your destination, board a gorgeous yacht charter from IYC....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For people who didn't cast their ballot during early voting and plan to head to a polling place on Election Day, Los Angeles Metro will be offering free rides to help them get there.All rides will be free on Metro buses and trains throughout the day. Also, the Metro Bike Share program will offer the first 30 minutes for free, followed by a $1.75 rate for every subsequent 30 minutes.Free or reduced-fare rides will also be offered by the city of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Culver City Bus, Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority, Pasadena Transit and Montebello Bus Lines.Uber and Lyft are also offering ride deals on Tuesday. Find more information here.RELATED: Free food, other Election Day 2020 dealsUnion Station and El Monte Station are being used as official vote centers.Meanwhile, ballot drop boxes have been placed at 19 rail and bus stations:-- El Monte Station and Union Station; El Monte Station can be reachedvia the J Line (Silver) and Union Station by the B (Red), D (Purple), L(Gold) and J (Silver) lines;-- B and...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Need help getting to the polls today? Millions of voters did not cast a ballot during the last election due to the inability to reach the polls. Here are resources available, helping to make voting in the 2020 election more accessible: Chicago’s Divvy Bikes and Lyft are offering 50% off of rides to a polling place Tuesday. Riders can use the code 2020VOTE in the Divvy or Lyft apps.  We want everyone to have a reliable, affordable ride to the polls. On Election Day, we’ve got your wheels. Get 50% off (up to $10) on your ride to the polls on Nov. 3. Just use code 2020VOTE in the Divvy or Lyft app. *Terms apply: https://t.co/sTEeedfW9Y #RidetoVote — Divvy (@DivvyBikes) October 28, 2020 Uber is also helping voters on Election Day. A new app feature helps you locate nearby polling locations and with discounts because the company said “getting to a polling station should never be a barrier to voting.” Uber is offering 50% off roundtrip rides to and from the polls. The discount applies to up...
    CBS Detroit – Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) is partnering with MichiganVoting.org, the ACLU of Michigan, The Detroit Bus Company, All Voting Is Local, REAL Michigan, Warriors On Wheels (WOW), RISE, and several transportation companies across Michigan to get voters to the polls. In a press release, no-cost rides will be given in Detroit, Flint, Ypsilanti, Benton Harbor, Lansing, Southfield, Highland Park, Pontiac, Hamtramck, and Saginaw. According to Pete Vargas, the state organizing director at ROC Michigan said the campaign called #ROCMIVOTE is an initiative “to assist workers and communities of color, who often face disproportionate barriers to voting, in ensuring they have an equal say in this year’s pivotal election.” According to Vargas, at stake in this election are issues affecting fair wages and economic equality, as well as future voter suppression tactics, and systemic racism. According to Andy Didorosi, founder of the Detroit Bus Company said that providing transportation is a challenge they are up for. “We’re working to solve the transportation issue for those who want to vote. This election day we’re going to run routes with an...
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