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News December 16, 2014
While ride-sharing is just now achieving widespread popularity in the U.S., the city of Bremen, Germany has been taking the concept to the next level for several years by integrating it with the established public transportation system. More recently, the city has begun building car-sharing ports...
News December 09, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted last week to raise the mass transit tax benefit that was cut in half at the beginning of 2014 back to $250—but only for this year, leaving the current reduced rate going forward.   Commuters’ wallets took a major hit when the tax benefit...
News October 31, 2014
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) may soon have a new way to share information with bus and train riders if an upcoming pilot test of beacon technology proves fruitful.   Smart beacons are a Bluetooth-based technology that send out a signal to communicate with nearby mobile devices. Many...
News October 30, 2014
Plans for a 300-mile high-speed rail (HSR) corridor connecting Detroit to Chicago and beyond took greater shape this week following discussion of a draft environmental impact statement on the project. Those in charge hope to have a final decision made on the project by next spring.   At present,...
News October 27, 2014
The times are changing in Louisville, Ky., with the governing Transit Authority of River City (TARC) preparing to debut a new fleet of all-electric buses to replace the long-standing trolley car system. TARC plans to have the full fleet of 10 buses roaming the city streets by the end of 2014.  ...
News October 24, 2014
Boston’s oldest subway line is set to enter the 21st century, as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced it would begin providing real-time location data for Green Line trains starting in October. The MBTA will implement data sharing in three stages, with full integration...
News October 21, 2014
California’s long-awaited, long-debated high-speed rail (HSR) received confirmation to begin construction on Monday when the state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lawsuit blocking the project. A second part of the suit still must be argued before a Sacramento County judge.   The...
News October 02, 2014
Following a groundbeaking ceremony Sept. 30, work is underway on the $1.4 billion Regional Connector Light Rail project in downtown Los Angeles. Upon completion in 2020, the new extension will fill a gap in the existing light-rail system.   The project consists of a 1.9-mile-long connector tunnel...
News September 26, 2014
Those in Pinellas County, Fla., hoping to bring mass transit to the area had their cause bolstered this week when State Sen. Jack Latvala publicly announced his support for the Greenlight Pinellas proposal. Latvala is the first politician to openly support the plan at the state level.   Greenlight...
News August 25, 2014
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has launched the first bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the northern Virginia-Washington, D.C., region, focusing on Arlington and Alexandria, Va.   Metroway, as the service is known, will initially cover a 5-mile route; only the first mile...
News July 29, 2014
The first portion of the $5.6 billion Silver Line of Washington, D.C.’s, Metrorail subway system is now open for business, with more than 11 miles of new track in northern Virginia. It is the first extension of the Metrorail system since 2004.   While the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit...
News June 25, 2014
With bus ridership down 7% since 2007, the New York City DOT and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have introduced a series of new Select Bus Service (SBS) lines—some of which employ signal priority technology—to improve bus service and control congestion.   The SBS lines tackle two of...
News June 13, 2014
The first decade of the 21st century saw Americans place greater value on public transportation, as a new study shows both overall ridership and proximity to transit stations grew significantly during that time.   According to the study, conducted by the Federal Transit Administration and the...
News June 05, 2014
The city of Boston has initiated a beta test on a new “pop-up” bus service that analyzes demographic data to determine bus routes.   The service was developed by Bridj, a technology startup based in Cambridge, Mass. It mines dozens of data sources—from Google Earth to census data and social media—...
News June 03, 2014
The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) rolled out its new free mobile ticketing app for train riders on the South Shore Line between Chicago and northwest Indiana. Smartphone users will now be able to purchase and store their train tickets on their devices instead of using...
News May 20, 2014
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has agreed to spend $13.5 million on public transit options in the Milwaukee area as part of the settlement in a two-year-old lawsuit centered around the Zoo Interchange expansion project. No immediate timetable was given for when the expanded...
News May 12, 2014
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro) unveiled designs for a major expansion of the bus network for Texas’ largest city that won’t require any additional spending by the agency. Houston Metro hopes to have the revamped system up and running by next summer.   The crux...
News May 06, 2014
The city of Chattanooga, Tenn., is waiting to see whether the U.S. DOT will help fund a $700,000 feasibility study looking into the possibility of bringing light rail to the southern city. U.S. DOT could contribute as much as $400,000 toward the endeavor.   If implemented, the backbone of the...
News April 29, 2014
San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) is piloting a new signal-priority technology that is helping reduce bus travel times along Mission Street. After a month of operation, average travel times on Mission Street lines are down by nearly five minutes.   Muni has installed the...
News April 17, 2014
San Francisco became the third city piloting the RideScout transportation aggregator app last week, joining Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.   RideScout collects data on all public transportation options in a given city and lets users view them all on one screen. This includes the typical bus...
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