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NHTSA: Enforcement deters distracted driving

Bus| July 12, 2011
Two pilot projects measured the effect of increased law enforcement coupled with high-profile public education campaigns. In Syracuse, N.Y., because of high-visibility enforcement, both handheld cell phone use and texting behind the wheel declined by one-third. In Hartford, Conn., there was a 57 percent drop in handheld use and texting behind the wheel dropped by nearly three-quarters.

N.Y. MTA launches competition for best transit apps

Bus| July 11, 2011
MTA App Quest challenges tech developers to create software applications that increase access to information and improve the travel experience for customers of New York's public transit system. The winning app developer will receive $5,000. Smaller cash prizes will go to the developers of apps that are judged to do the most to help transit riders and deemed most popular by the public.
Bus| July 11, 2011

Toronto Transit debuts real-time arrival information

Allows transit customers to receive information on when the next buses — up to six succeeding — will arrive at any specific bus stop. Next-vehicle information is available for more than 9,300 TTC bus stops inside Toronto.
University| July 11, 2011

High taxes threaten car sharing industry

Because the services are subject to the full array of taxes imposed on traditional car rentals, the car sharing industry is experiencing losses.
University| July 11, 2011

Duke U. bus falls short of ridership goal

The Bull City Connector was launched last year to connect students to downtown Durham. Daily ridership is about 1,500, which is 500 less than the goal. Most riders appear to be locals and campus staff instead of students.
University| July 11, 2011

U. of Kentucky partners with Hertz for vehicle rental

Students will have the option to rent vehicles on campus by the hour. The program is expected to primarily help students who did not bring cars to campus, need to shop or run errands off-campus, or have older cars that may not get good gas mileage.
University| July 11, 2011

Megabus marks one year of Pa. college service

State College has been served by Megabus, an affiliate of Coach USA, since May 2010. Megabus responded to several requests to establish a stop at the campus.
Bus| July 11, 2011

Spokane, Wash. trolley bus plan gets mixed reviews

The three-mile line, totaling an estimated $36 million, would carry passengers from the historic Browne's Addition neighborhood to Gonzaga University.
University| July 11, 2011

Web Extra: How do you promote transit to new students?

It’s summer orientation time for universities across the U.S. How are their transit systems reaching out to students? Transit agencies told us they are investing heavily in orientation programs by providing free rides and staff presentations to students and their parents.
Bus| July 11, 2011

Charleston, S.C. transit renews school contracts

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority has renewed partnerships with the College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina to provide transportation services to students, faculty and staff.

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