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DoubleMap acquires TapRide

Bus| March 13, 2014
The acquisition will enable the company to provide a single solution for real-time mobile mapping, ride hailing, and vehicle tracking for public transportation and any organization that moves passengers.

Plan to triple cost of riding S.F.'s historic streetcars proposed

Management & Operations| March 12, 2014
The plan is just one of several revenue-raising proposals the San Francisco MTA is considering in its budget, but none of the other suggestions has drawn nearly the same amount of attention.
Bus| March 12, 2014

San Francisco proceeds with New Flyer bus purchase

The new vehicles will replace buses currently in service that are more than 20 years old and account for 40% of system wide delays, due to mechanical issues.
Management & Operations| March 12, 2014

Metro-North worker killed by train in Manhattan

James Romansoff was an eight-year employee in Metro-North’s Power Department, and was part of a crew restoring power to tracks that had been closed for weekend maintenance work. The NTSB and the FRA are investigating the incident along with Metro-North and the MTA Police Department.
Rail| March 12, 2014

Bugs in Minn. Metro’s rail alert system irk riders

Riders say the electronic alerts for the Northstar Commuter line are often uninformative and arrive too late to be useful. A spokesman for Metro Transit says the system is still in beta testing and was rolled out before it was truly ready when delays on the line became frequent.
Government Issues| March 12, 2014

Amtrak to install PTC, upgrade high-speed corridor in 2014

Also plans to expand station accessibility for passengers with disabilities, with continuation of existing construction work at eight stations in three states and new construction activities at 21 stations in eight additional states.
Rail| March 12, 2014

Texas’ VIA streetcar development phase approved

This puts the agency on the path toward federal funding for future project phases. Local funding is already in place through a partnership with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County/Texas DOT.
Rail| March 12, 2014

Free L.A. art tours also teach lessons on using rail

Tour leaders offer instruction in using TAP fare cards, turnstiles and train travel etiquette.
Bus| March 11, 2014

NJ Transit, NFL no show at hearings on Super Bowl transit problems

The chairman of the committee that held the hearings says initial findings suggest the transit problems were caused by “an overreliance on expensive bus options that fans were unlikely to use” as well as the lack of a backup plan.
Accessibility| March 11, 2014

$100 billion needed for fed transit program, APTA says

Additionally, the plan calls for a number of policy changes in the program that will ensure that the industry provides effective and efficient public transportation.

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