Task force appointed to reform Chicago area transit network

Gov. Pat Quinn asked the group to develop ways to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse at the CTA, Metra and Pace, as well as the oversight agency, the Regional Transportation Authority, and to streamline overall system operations.

RTC Southern Nevada opens university transit center

The agency also launched a new student transit pass program and the pilot for a contactless fare payment system.

Rural Colo. BRT line opens

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s VelociRFTA is the first rural BRT line in the nation.

San Antonio VIA BRT service wins award

The Institute of Transportation Engineers recognized VIA Metropolitan Transit’s VIA Primo service with its Transportation Achievement award. VIA Primo, which began operations in December 2012, is the San Antonio region’s first bus rapid transit line.

U.S. DOT releases $474M for TIGER 2013 projects

Fifty-two transportation projects in 37 states will receive the funds. Applications for this most recent round of grants totaled more than $9 billion, far exceeding the $474 million set aside for the program.

S.F. Muni launches bike share program

The pilot includes 350 bikes and 35 stations in San Francisco as part of a 700-bike and 70-station regional unveiling. Bay Area Bike Share bikes are commuter-style bikes built to withstand constant use and resist theft.

TriMet to launch mobile ticketing app

Will be available on iPhone and Android starting Sept. 4. Riders will be the first in the nation to use a mobile ticketing app to ride both buses and trains, according to the transit system.

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