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 directions would offer the ability to plan trips, getting estimated travel times for bus, train and subway transit methods.
CBS went to Secaucus Junction, a major rail hub, and the South Orange station armed with a speedometer app and a radar gun to clock trains as they passed through the stations, with a couple of trains traveling in excess of the 60 mph recommended for trains passing through stations.
The identical twin TBMs weighed-in at 750 tons each and were affectionately named Mom Chung — for Dr. Margaret “Mom” Chung, the nation’s first Chinese-American physician — and Big Alma — for San Francisco philanthropist and socialist “Big Alma” de Bretteville Spreckles.
The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), passed by a vote of 387 – 35 – 1.
The app, developed by GlobeSherpa, has an animated screen, with an image of the Washington, D.C., skyline and a constantly moving VRE train. The moving image serves as a security measure to keep hackers from using screen shots to mimic the app.
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