BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) launched a website for customers to sign up for project updates on its pilot program to let commuter rail riders purchase and display tickets on their smart phones, boston.com reported. An MBTA official told boston.com that he expects MBTA to launch the pilot program on one commuter rail line in the early fall and expand the pilot to all lines by late fall. For the full story, click here.
The light rail technology is applicable to small and medium-sized cities, heavy traffic routes, CBD’s and routes connecting tourist attractions in large cities, according to the company.
According to the report, the company said that the forgiven fines regarded maintenance issues, and that the MBTA agreed to waive them amid evidence that maintenance workers were pulled from their regular jobs to help shovel off tracks and shorten delays.
Each red and white streetcar will seat 125 passengers and feature Wi-Fi, vertical bicycle racks, and an HVAC unit. M-1 officials said that its delivery schedule and testing remain on schedule, with track testing set to begin later this fall.
The rail agency announced Sept. 26 that it was only then beginning to ramp up speeds on the railcars during safety testing. But with 11 weeks left before the new year, officials have not pegged when the cars will be tested at their fullest capabilities.
Will also be working with local communities to give them the opportunity to provide community-specific information to be displayed on the screens at no cost.
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