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Enterprise buying Toronto's AutoShare car-sharing group; price not disclosed

TORONTO - Car rental operator Enterprise Holdings is buying Toronto's AutoShare CarSharing Network Inc. The purchase price for AutoShare, Toronto's first car-sharing organization established in 1998, was not disclosed in Wednesday's announcement. It reportedly has 12,000 members in the Toronto area. Enterprise, through its regional subsidiaries, is best known for its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand as well as the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

Seattle-area taxi operators sue app-based ridesharing service; Uber responds

SEATTLE - A Seattle-area taxi drivers organization has sued an app-based ridesharing service, alleging that Uber violates multiple laws and regulations, thus harming taxi drivers and the public.

1St battery-powered bus transports 135,000 passengers in 10 days

Sao Paulo, Mar 17 (EFE).- The first battery-powered bus in the world has been working its route for 10 days in the Sao Paulo suburb of Diadema, where the more than 135,000 passengers it has transported up to now are getting to like this Brazilian project to reduce both noise and greenhouse-gas emissions. The bus has been carrying passengers since March 5 as part of the conventional urban fleet, which includes buses fueled with diesel, ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, and, in some parts of the metropolis, the traditional electric trolleybuses.

1St battery-powered bus transports 135,000 passengers in 10 days

Sao Paulo, Mar 17 (EFE).- The first battery-powered bus in the world has been working its route for 10 days in the Sao Paulo suburb of Diadema, where the more than 135,000 passengers it has transported up to now are getting to like this Brazilian project to reduce both noise and greenhouse-gas emissions. The bus has been carrying passengers since March 5 as part of the conventional urban fleet, which includes buses fueled with diesel, ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, and, in some parts of the metropolis, the traditional electric trolleybuses.

Uber expands insurance coverage for ridesharing drivers

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - UberX on Friday expanded the insurance coverage it offers to ridesharing drivers, a step toward easing U.S. regulators' and lawmakers' concerns and creating broader acceptance of the services. Ridesharing companies such as UberX, part of black-car service Uber, allow members of the public to hail rides at the touch of a smartphone app. Mom-and-pop drivers rather than professionals typically answer their requests, in regular cars rather than commercial vehicles.

Tories warn of traffic chaos during 2015 Pan Am Games in southern Ontario

TORONTO - Temporary HOV lanes will be set up in southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe to shuttle athletes, coaches and the media during the 2015 Pan Am Games, officials announced Friday, but the Opposition warned the plan will create "traffic chaos." The Toronto Pan Am transportation plan calls for a 150-kilometre-long continuous network of high occupancy vehicle lanes from Hamilton to Oshawa, incorporating existing HOV lanes on the Queen Elizabeth Way and Highway 404.

More choices, more rides: Americans take greater advantage of renaissance in public transit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With more trains and buses to take, and the appeal of using travel time for pursuits other than dodging traffic, Americans are taking greater advantage of a renaissance in public transit, according to a new report. The number of rides taken on public buses, trains and subways has fully recovered from a dip during the Great Recession. And with services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership appears set to resume what had been a steady increase.

More choices, more rides: Americans take greater advantage of renaissance in public transit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With more trains and buses to take, and the appeal of using travel time for pursuits other than dodging traffic, Americans are taking greater advantage of a renaissance in public transit, according to a new report. The number of rides taken on public buses, trains and subways has fully recovered from a dip during the Great Recession. And with services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership appears set to resume what had been a steady increase.

Taxi, limo firms upset over rules for tech competition ask officials to regulate Uber, Lyft

DENVER - Frustrated and angry, more than 100 cabbies pulled up outside the Colorado Statehouse early this legislative session to protest tech startups known as ridesharing services. The taxi drivers say the emerging firms, which allow passengers to hail rides with the swipe of a smartphone, are avoiding costly requirements that they and other commercial drivers are forced to follow.

Geneva: Plug-in hybrids, small cars with premium features on tap to speed industry recovery

GENEVA - European carmakers are putting their longest ever market slump in the rear view mirror, shifting from survival to revival as they head into the Geneva Auto Show with dozens of car premiers, particularly for small models packed with premium features.
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