FEBRUARY 2014

COVER STORY
 
As Mobile Ticketing Makes Strides, E-fare Tech Ramps Up
By Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

More agencies are going mobile with fares. As many others plan to replace aging fare collection equipment, they take steps such as open fare and closed-loop payment systems while planning for mobile ticketing.



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Five Questions: Keith Parker, GM/CEO MARTA

When taking over as GM/CEO of MARTA in Dec. 2012, Parker, who has a large array of both public and private sector experience in diverse communities around the country, said he’d like to change the perception of the agency.



Time Running Out for Funding A New Transportation Bill

While there are some new solutions for funding a bill when MAP-21 expires being mentioned, there is still no mechanism, new or old, gaining bipartisan favor. Meanwhile, the fractious climate on Capitol Hill makes reaching an agreement even more difficult.

Telematics Tech: Tapping Vehicle Intelligence to Make Good Fleets Great

Systems are becoming more sophisticated with the ability to generate and analyze more data, allowing transit systems to improve safety, efficiency and cut costs.

DEPARTMENTS

Transit partners to offer first-, last-mile options

In January, Portland, Ore.’s TriMet began offering another transportation option after creating a new joint program with car sharing company Zipcar Inc., while the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) started a nonprofit, Fort Worth Bike Sharing, to make cycling an easy way for riders to fill in the gaps of a trip.



ABA's Marketplace focuses on forging business relationships

In January, Nashville’s newly constructed Music City Center hosted the ABA’s 2014 Marketplace.

Local business in best position to advocate for HTF fix

Our private sector organizations need to tell their story, forcefully, about the jobs and the lost business activity at stake if contracts are cancelled, delayed or suspended.

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