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Protestors angry about shooting shut down BART stops

Rail| July 12, 2011
The group, reacting to the July 3 shooting of a 45-year-old transient, caused major delays for three hours and the closure of three stations during the Monday evening rush hour. No one was injured or arrested, and service was restored by dusk.

Boston's T selling station naming rights

Bus| July 12, 2011
MBTA hopes to raise revenue to fill a projected $150 million budget gap for the 2013 fiscal year.
Bus| July 12, 2011

Ill. Gov. pushes for universal transit fare card

Signed legislation requiring area transit agencies to come up with a universal fare card by 2015. The concept has been in discussion for several years. However, transit experts cite obstacles, including ever-changing ticket technology and Metra’s fare structure.
Motorcoach| July 12, 2011

Motorcoach out-of-service levels at all-time low

At lowest levels since the CVSA's commercial vehicle safety enforcement campaign, Roadcheck began in 1988. Inspections of passenger vehicles found a compliance rate of 91.3 percent in 2011 versus 91.0 percent in 2010. The motorcoach driver compliance rate was 97.4 percent; in 2010 it was 96.4 percent.
Bus| July 12, 2011

NHTSA: Enforcement deters distracted driving

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.
Bus| July 11, 2011

N.Y. MTA launches competition for best transit apps

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.

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