MINNEAPOLIS — Bus driver Rob Thompson, known around the University of Minnesota as the “Jazz Man,” plays jazz music from his 400-album collection for students on his bus, according to KARE11.com. For the full story, click here.
The fleet is made up of three 12-passenger shuttles operating on campus routes and three eight-passenger transit “taxis” that will be driven by campus security.
They will now have the option of purchasing discounted COTA monthly fares for local routes via pre-tax payroll deduction. After enrolling in payroll deduction, the program will require participating employees to obtain a new BuckID and “swipe it” for unlimited access to local COTA fixed routes, beginning May 1, 2015.
Working as a team, the three students developed PredictION, a transit modeling and routing application that helps citizens to visualize, analyze, and compare routes and service areas between existing and proposed transit systems.
The ads will be featured inside specially designed internal displays on Blazer Shuttle Express buses. Blazer Shuttle Express is the transportation system used by students, faculty and staff at Valdosta State University to navigate around the campus.
Students at the university's "Startup Shell," a collaborative space and technology incubator, may compete in business competitions for potential investor grants from Uber. The partnership will also include mentoring opportunities and the creation of an "innovation council," which will include students, faculty and staff, for crowdsourcing and development.
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