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OCTA launches bus safety campaign

Bus| January 2, 2014
A series of videos, contests and social media messaging encourages riders to “Be a Safety Hero!” by watching four short bus safety videos and taking a quiz. Their responses are entered into a drawing that randomly awards one 30-day bus pass each week through Jan. 31.

NY/NJ Port Authority unveils self-service kiosks

Bus| January 2, 2014
Will provide the millions of customers who use the bus terminal with directions to their gates and other amenities within the terminal, as well as searchable, real time bus schedule information.
Bus| January 2, 2014

Chicago Transit makes Ventra payment enhancements

Include adding easy-to-understand graphic decals to every rail turnstile and bus Ventra reader to identify the optimal location for card placement.
Management & Operations| December 31, 2013

MARTA to install urine detectors in station elevators

If a person relieves her or himself, the urine detection system sensors sound an alarm alerting transit police.
Bus| December 31, 2013

AC Transit, union reach agreement

Heads off a threatened strike that that had been twice averted. Provides for a wage increase of 9.5% that will be phased in over the three years of the contract. The agency and union also agreed on a flat monthly contribution of $120 per employee during the life of the contract.
Bus| December 31, 2013

Commuter tax benefit set to be cut nearly in half

Starting Jan. 1, the monthly amount that commuters can set aside before taxes to spend on public transportation is to drop from $245 to $130. It could be months before transit riders see their benefits restored to the current level, according to advocates.
Rail| December 31, 2013

Bombardier to modernize London Underground signaling

New contract will see signaling modernized on 40% of the network, allowing more trains to run more often and more reliably.
Bus| December 31, 2013

Transit reliability could stimulate ridership, reduce congestion

The report, which analyzes the D.C. Metro system, proposes that greater reliability of transit schedules could motivate more people to leave their vehicles at home and ride the bus.
Bus| December 30, 2013

Transit targeted in Russian bombings

A suspected suicide bombing hit a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people. This comes on the heels of yesterday’s explosion at Volgograd’s main rail station — a major transit point for people traveling to Sochi — which killed 17 people and injured 35.
Bus| December 30, 2013

Wichita Transit considering switch to natural gas

The city is beginning a multiyear plan to replace its fleet, while at the same time working through a community-based process to decide the scope and future of the bus program, which advocates say will run out of money in a little more than a year without new funding.

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