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Posted on April 1, 2009

Teenager puts transit on the map

BOSTON —Danny Moraff, 17, joined the Lexington, Mass. transit advisory board and convinced Lexpress officials to integrate its route maps and schedules with Google, volunteering to handle all the legwork. For the full story, click here.

 

Former dispatch manager launches charter service

SPENCER, IOWA — Crystal O’Clair, a first-time business owner and former RIDES Regional Transit Authority employee, has started her own coach service after RIDES stopped providing small charter trips last year. For the full story, click here.

 

NORTA upgrades bus shelters

NEW ORLEANS — NORTA has added 58 new, shaded bus shelters, since August, and will have put a total of 133 on its routes by the end of the year. For the full story, click here.

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Bridj to launch D.C. service

While Founder Matt George is interested in connecting Capitol Hill, K Street and Dupont Circle, it’s not yet clear if those will be the neighborhoods Bridj starts with. The start-up is encouraging interested customers to request specific routes on its website

New Flyer wins N.Y. CNG bus contract

The contract for 110 XN40 buses contains a firm order for 52 buses with options for an additional 58 buses and is valued at approximately $53 million dollars.

CCW to provide Iowa with rebuilt artics

Des Moines Area Regional Transit's 60-foot low floor articulated buses will replace high-floor buses and include newly installed ramps, remanufactured power trains, transmissions, engines and brakes. It will also be equipped with two ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.

Texas' Capital Metro adds real-time information to bus fleet

The agency rolled out real-time data on MetroRapid and MetroRail last year, receiving strong positive feedback from customers.

AC Transit piloting Alexander Dennis double-deck bus

The 80-seat coach, offering its riders comfy excursions with spectacular views — particularly to and from San Francisco — made its first cruise on the Line U, from Fremont to Stanford University, before being deployed on other daily routes.

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