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How and How Not To Contract For Better Transit Service

| December 5, 2017

After enjoying a long period of ridership growth and expansions of rail and bus networks, American transit has found itself in a mess. Transit ridership fell in all but two cities in 2016, local budgets are stagnant, and riders are demanding higher quality services. While there are some domestic examples of how agencies are innovating, agencies must begin looking beyond the border.

'Ant-powered' bus debuts in the Netherlands

Technology| July 20, 2017

The bus, which runs on formic acid, a chemical found in ant venom, is being touted as a much cheaper solution than hydrogen.

Bus| May 2, 2017

Proterra launches first autonomous bus program in U.S.

Pilot will deal with real road conditions from the perspective of public transit systems, and emphasize dense and dynamic environments, degraded conditions, and a need for swift emergency response.

Rail| February 14, 2017

[Video] Badgerloop's success travels fast

The UW-Madison Badgerloop Team was selected by SpaceX to participate in the first-ever Hyperloop prototype as part of the Hyperloop Pod Competition. As one of 30 international design teams they will present and test a scaled prototype at the mile-long test track in Hawthorne, Calif. Published on Dec 6, 2016

Rail| February 14, 2017

UW-Madison team wins Innovation Award in Hyperloop competition

The team competed against 30 teams from colleges and universities from around the world in the second phase of SpaceX’s Hyperloop pod competition.

Management & Operations| December 12, 2016

China's Transit Elevated 'straddling bus' going bust

Though TEB inventor Song Youzhou has insisted the company is still operating normally, sources told China’s The Paper that a major TEB investor has now cut off further funds.

Management & Operations| December 9, 2016

Driverless shuttle introduced at U. of Mich. specialized test site

A fully autonomous, 15-passenger electric shuttle manufactured by French firm NAVYA will support research and provide self-guided tours of Mcity, the university's test site for connected and automated vehicles.

Rail| December 7, 2016

MBTA employees to use 'biometric' time clock at rail facility

This new system, which has been in the works for more than a year, will enable employees to clock in and out by swiping their finger and tapping in a personalized PIN number.

Rail| October 4, 2016

Dubai RTA begins using 3D printer to create parts for rail system

The technology would enable RTA to keep the Dubai metro assets in service longer while driving down the cost of parts and in turn passing this saving back to the customer, the agency reported.

Bus| August 23, 2016

French bus operator becomes first in Europe to accept Bitcoin

Isilines, a new long-distance passenger transport division of Transdev Group, has been using Bitcoin as a method of payment alongside traditional credit card payments on its website since early August.

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