Report assesses StarMetro's radial-to-grid system move

The research seeks to understand the effects of they agency's service restructuring on the transit agency and its performance as well as its impact on the community.

S.F. Muni transit director wants travel times halved

His strategy will address speeds, areas where buses back up and how to better connect with new job centers. The plan is needed to accommodate the population growth that is expected in San Francisco over the next 20 to 30 years, with city officials estimating an extra 100,000 households.

Proterra, Altair showcase electric bus, battery tech in Ind.

Event guests took test rides on the EcoRide EV bus. Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., a lithium-titanate battery systems manufacturer, hosted the event.

UTA may disband transit police

Also considering ending customer service duties so the squad can focus on serious enforcement that only they can perform. The agency’s GM said that one advantage to having the police force is conducting fare enforcement, because it reduces confrontations, making riders feel safer.

OCTA names new deputy CEO

Ken Phipps has worked at the agency for 19 years, serving as the executive director of Finance and Administration since 2009. He will help lead OCTA on local, state and national issues related to transportation programs and policies, and assist the CEO in coordinating business, operations and management activities among the agency’s divisions.

Minn.'s Metro, SouthWest win APTA's top safety award

Other transit systems honored at the 2013 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards include Albany, N.Y.’s Capital District Transportation Authority; Transit Authority of River City of Louisville, Ky.; Portland, Ore.-based TriMet; Societe de Transport de Montreal; MTA’s New York City Transit; and National Express Transit.

Houston launches trip planning app

Features include locations of bus routes and rail lines close to riders’ locations, information on scheduled and real time bus and rail arrivals, and suggestions for convenient trip routes based on arrival time, transfers and/or walking distance.

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