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Private rail security urged for Phoenix

Rail| September 6, 2011
Staffing constraints due to budget issues have made it challenging for police to attain passenger inspection goals set by Metro, according to police officials. The other two cities the system runs through — Mesa and Tempe — already use private security companies.

Detroit people mover likely to cut service as funds disappear

Rail| September 1, 2011
City officials recently approved a 25-cent fare increase, the first since the 2.9-mile elevated light rail system opened in 1987, saying that reducing service is a better solution than shutting down the service completely.
Rail| August 22, 2011

Va.’s The Tide light rail system opens, hits 30K boardings

The Tide opened to the public on Friday to long lines of excited patrons who arrived at stations one-half hour before the 6 a.m. start of service. Long lines at many stations persisted throughout the day as customers waited for a chance to ride Virginia’s first light rail line.
University| August 22, 2011

Web Extra: Will students be paying more for transit this fall?

While some university and college transit operators have been able to continue offering fare-free transit service to students, other systems, faced with operation cost increases, have had to raise transit pass prices.
Rail| August 17, 2011

Long Island Rail pilots wireless ticketing

Conductors will use Apple iPhone 4s equipped with a device that enables train crews to make credit and debit-as-credit sales and print out tickets in one transaction. The device will also be used to process onboard cash sales. The pilot is scheduled to run through Oct. 9.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

APTA: 80% of transit systems faced with further cuts, fare increases

Larger agencies particularly have faced challenges due to the lack of state, local and regional funding. Six in 10 (63 percent) larger agencies implemented or approved hiring freezes, more than the number from the previous 2010 survey (54 percent).
Bus| August 2, 2011

N.Y. MTA to borrow $6.9B, hike fares

Despite debt concerns, the agency is trying to ensure it can finish two tunnel projects. Plans to increase fares by 7.5 percent in 2013 and again in 2015 are also in the latest budget proposal. A final version will be approved in December.
Bus| July 21, 2011

Portland's TriMet to fine first-time fare evaders

In response to concerns about whether the agency was collecting all of its fare revenue, TriMet is increasing the number of staff dedicated to fare enforcement. It will also shift from a warning and education focus to issuing citations and exclusions if riders are found without a valid fare. The base fine for not having a valid fare is $175; exclusions from the system can extend up to 90 days.
Bus| July 14, 2011

INIT wins Calif. fare collection contract

Partners with Sacramento Area Council of Governments for the installation of a multi-agency electronic fare collection solution on approximately 500 of the agencies’ buses and at more than 80 locations on rail station platforms.
Bus| July 12, 2011

Ill. Gov. pushes for universal transit fare card

Signed legislation requiring area transit agencies to come up with a universal fare card by 2015. The concept has been in discussion for several years. However, transit experts cite obstacles, including ever-changing ticket technology and Metra’s fare structure.

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