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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...
News April 08, 2014
With Congress working to get a new surface transportation bill authorized as the depletion of the Highway Trust Fund looms, public transportation advocates are working to ensure their cause is well-represented in any new legislation.   Supporters are hoping to avoid a situation like the one that...
News March 31, 2014
With traffic on I-24 between Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., becoming a growing problem, the state Senate Transportation Committee approved a feasibility study for a monorail system in Nashville last week by a vote of 31-0. If the bill passes through the state House of Representatives, the...
News March 25, 2014
Following a 6-1 vote by the city council last week, the city of Fresno, Calif., will look to hire a company to manage the implementation of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system. The city is looking to limit spending for this phase of the project to $1.5 million.   The Fresno City Council had been...
News March 10, 2014
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) revealed Monday that Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transit in 2013, an increase of 1.1% from the previous year. The total number of trips is the highest since 1956.   For the purposes of its study, APTA defined a “trip” as any time...
News February 21, 2014
Bus riders on the Free Ride transit system in Breckenridge, Colo., can now track the location and expected arrival times of their buses thanks to new technology making its first appearance in the state. Breckenridge Free Ride—the operating agency for the bus system—is making the program available...
News February 19, 2014
In a news conference this week, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott said the state will be contributing $213 million over three years toward a new transportation hub at Orlando International Airport. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which operates the airport, is adding $467.5 million of its own money.  ...
News February 13, 2014
The Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) announced this week that it has signed a pilot agreement with Masabi, a leader in mobile ticketing and electronic payments for transit, to bring smartphone ticketing to NICE bus riders. The Nassau County, N.Y., service will become among the first U.S. bus...
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