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Chicago Transit adds LED to 5000-series railcars

Rail| July 23, 2012
When the CTA originally contracted for the cars, color electronic displays were not readily available. When the technology became more advanced, the CTA approved two change orders to its contract with Bombardier Transportation in January and February 2012, upgrading to the full-color LED signs.

N.Y. MTA expands validity of commuter passes

Rail| July 23, 2012
In December 2010 the MTA abbreviated the validity periods to reduce revenue loss from uncollected tickets and imposed a refund fee of $10 to partially cover the actual cost of processing the refund.
Bus| July 23, 2012

FTA awards $787M in grants

FTA received 836 project applications totaling $4 billion in requests. In FY2010 and FY2011, FTA awarded a total of more than $1.8 billion in grants for hundreds of state of good repair projects, primarily involving buses and bus facilities.
Rail| July 23, 2012

CATS work named one of nation's Top 50 art projects

N.C. artist Jimmy O’Neal built his own cymascope to produce visuals based on the key and frequency of each sound he recorded in buses and bus facilities. The end result is an ever-changing public artwork only dependent upon daily and seasonal atmospheric changes to alter the viewer’s perception.
University| July 23, 2012

Southern Ill. U. to cut link to local college

The route cost SIU about $100,000 annually and John A. Logan College about $18,000. Neither could justify that funding for the number of people using the route.
Sustainability| July 23, 2012

Fla. Gulf Coast U. to offer car sharing

The school has partnered with WeCar by the car rental agency Enterprise, to offer two cars to be rented by the hour or day.
University| July 23, 2012

U. of Maryland students to lose free bus route

Department of Transportation Services will stop running a bus from the University of Maryland campus to Prince George’s Plaza and University Town Center except for Saturdays. Town Center managers will no longer pay for the service, which costs $87,900 annually.
Bus| July 23, 2012

Mich. State partners to renovate Amtrak station

The university and Capital Area Transportation Authority and the city of East Lansing will use a $6.28 million grant to renovate the East Lansing Amtrak Station.
University| July 23, 2012

Utah Transit plan to end free passes may hurt students

The agency is considering eliminating all discounted and free passes in its plan to switch from flat fees to distance-based fares. One-third of University of Utah students and staff use free transit passes.
University| July 23, 2012

UT Profile: Diverse fleet helps Yale service navigate urban routes

The fleet includes 45 vehicles that run on B20 biodiesel. At peak times, there are 20 to 22 vehicles on the road and 12 to 15 in the evenings. Peak school year ridership is between 40,000 to 50,000 passengers a week.

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