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March 2017 Issue

Fare Payment Upgrades Leverage Latest Tech Advancements

Alex Roman, Managing Editor

With mobile app and chip-enabled payments trending toward the norm, transit agencies are looking to add those capabilities to their systems to make paying fares simple, while also speeding up boarding times and increasing efficiencies in the process. METRO takes a look at some fare collection upgrade projects around the nation as well as the tech driving those changes.

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Fare Payment Upgrades Leverage Latest Tech Advancements
Management & Operations| February 28, 2017

Fare Payment Upgrades Leverage Latest Tech Advancements

With mobile app and chip-enabled payments trending toward the norm, transit agencies are looking to add those capabilities to their systems to make paying fares simple, while also speeding up boarding times and increasing efficiencies in the process. METRO takes a look at some fare collection upgrade projects around the nation as well as the tech driving those changes.

Digital Signage Advances Help Deliver Info to Riders in Real Time
Management & Operations| February 28, 2017

Digital Signage Advances Help Deliver Info to Riders in Real Time

Improvements on tap include readability, customization, and solar-powered products, while passenger information display options range from service arrival times and weather updates to surveillance footage.

Pub Perspective: 2 Myths Undermine the Feds Role in Public Transit
Government Issues| February 28, 2017

Pub Perspective: 2 Myths Undermine the Feds Role in Public Transit

These myths must be dispelled immediately. I will try to begin doing so below.

How open-source platforms helped 2 agencies manage real-time info
Management & Operations| February 28, 2017

How open-source platforms helped 2 agencies manage real-time info

Many agencies still rely on expensive proprietary software for trip planning and real-time customer information, which present such issues as lack of user-friendly interfaces and a concomitant price structure in which license renewals and software modifications generally cost in the thousands annually.

Economic Shifts Boost Intercity Bus Industry, While 'Disruptive' Tech Takes Hold
Motorcoach| February 28, 2017

Economic Shifts Boost Intercity Bus Industry, While 'Disruptive' Tech Takes Hold

With business down in Fiscal Year 2016, which ended in June,
ridership also dipped in some markets, but not the Northeast where both services and competition are increasing. While admittedly in its infancy, crowdsourcing motorcoach services is also slightly on the rise.

UTA Works to Overcome 'Toughest Mile' Challenges
Management & Operations| February 28, 2017

UTA Works to Overcome 'Toughest Mile' Challenges

Outside of increasing the number of riders on the system, improving first/last mile solutions can improve connectivity and safety for transit users.

Innovative Design Solutions Help Bring Streetcars Back to Cincinnati
Rail| February 28, 2017

Innovative Design Solutions Help Bring Streetcars Back to Cincinnati

For the first time since 1951, streetcars are providing convenient and affordable public transportation in downtown. The 3.6-mile Cincinnati Bell Connector is the first fully low-floor system in the U.S.

Q&A with APTA Chair Doran Barnes
Management & Operations| February 28, 2017

Q&A with APTA Chair Doran Barnes

METRO spoke with Barnes about his priorities for his term as APTA chair.

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