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Desperately seeking drivers, Uber and Lyft offer car options

SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Personal Finance Writer

No car? No problem for ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

Plans for self-driving cars have pitfall: the human brain

JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

Family Checkbook: How to save money when you buy a car

By Kathy Sweedler 

Did you buy a car or truck in the past year? Twenty-four percent of adults surveyed did, according to the latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. We tend to buy a lot of cars over our lifetimes.

Rail line will not be built on site tied to 1908 race riot

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. officials have declared a Springfield block with ties to a landmark 1908 race riot historically significant, removing it from consideration as a route for upgraded rail traffic.

Tom's #Mailbag, June 24, 2016

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Lots of transportation-related questions in the 'bag this week, along with some local history.

Transit group to honor 'pragmatic visionary' Volk

URBANA — Bill Volk, the managing director at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District for 40 years until 2014, will be inducted in the American Public Transportation Association Awards Hall of Fame in September.

The APTA hall of fame, located in Washington, began in 1983 and includes about 125 individuals.

Carle buying Danville-based ambulance service

DANVILLE — Medix Ambulance will become part of Carle-owned Arrow Ambulance Aug. 1, pending final approval of the sale.

The family-owned Danville ambulance service will join Arrow through an asset purchase agreement, according to Carle.

Simulated crash provokes real response

CHAMPAIGN — Parents are just as guilty of texting and driving as their kids, mother and Parkland College student Sarah Harden confesses.

But after sitting through the "It Can Wait" texting and driving simulator at the school Tuesday, there's at least one less adult in the world who will get distracted behind the wheel.

Pedal buses' appearance on downtown streets driving demand

CHAMPAIGN — One week after giving the first drink-while-you-ride cruises around Champaign, Slow Ride Pedal Tours owner Steve Bloomstrand was already booking into October.