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[Photos] Hyperloop concept images

Rail| May 29, 2015

The Hyperloop concept, developed by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is a mass-transportation system that can transport passengers between San Fransisco and Los Angeles in less than 40 minutes. Passengers would ride in aluminum pods in sealed tubes, traveling at speeds of up to 800 mph.

[Video] Innovation That Matters: How Civic Innovation Happens

Government Issues| May 22, 2015

How can a city attract the entrepreneurs who tackle those important challenges and give the local economy a shot in the arm? 1776 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce set out to identify a framework that gives our cities a path forward to build something that works. Published on May 15, 2015 by 1776.dc

Sustainability| March 31, 2015

Video: L.A. and N.Y. DOT chiefs discuss transportation infrastructure innovations

Seleta Reynolds and Janette Sadik-Khan discuss innovative changes for transportation infrastructure in major cities, including ways to make urban streets more friendly for people who walk, roll, bike, ride transit and drive. Seleta Reynolds is general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, where she oversees an annual budget of $526 million and leads the day-to-day operations of 2,000 employees managing more than 6,500 miles of streets, 35,000 parking meters, and the most advanced traffic signal system in the country. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices. Janette Sadik-Khan served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) from 2007-2013, where she implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability, and ensure a state of good repair on the city’s roads, bridges and ferries. At Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities with innovative projects that can be developed quickly and inexpensively.

Management & Operations| March 6, 2015

Internet of Things Transforms Bus Passenger Experience in Rome

To maintain its leadership in public transportation, Cotral, the Italian-based bus service deployed an Internet of Things architecture with geospatial, mobility, and analytics. This IoT platform transformed 120,000 passenger experiences and 1,600 vehicle maintenance programs.

Management & Operations| February 27, 2015

‘Living Lab’ for Transit Innovation Opens in Santa Clara, Calif.

The new initiative aims to rethink how VTA delivers bus, rail, roadway and other transportation services, said Santa Clara VTA GM Nuria Fernandez. As a catalyst for ingenuity, the center intends to pair itself with academics, startups, tech firms and nonprofits from the region. The center also will operate the VTA’s open data portal.

July 25, 2014

Idea for Smarter Transit Fares is a Winner

Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare structures that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.
Accessibility| March 6, 2014

Plans to build gondola linking Seattle waterfront unveiled

The half-mile long Union Street Gondola will be able to move 1,800 people an hour and will be funded solely through private investment.
Bus| September 17, 2013

IndyGo's recycled bus bench program wins award

Collaborative project salvaged historic Bush Stadium seating and repurpose them as benches at bus stops, dubbed the PUPstop program
Management & Operations| May 29, 2013

Alstom unveils new products at UITP World Congress

Axonis is an elevated metro system able to transport from 15 to 45,000 passengers per hour per direction, while Urbalis Fluence is the first vehicle-centric communications-based train control system.
Bus| August 28, 2012

World's longest bus debuts in Germany

The 98-foot-long bus has four guided axles, three of which can be controlled by means of a secure electro-hydraulic actuator system.

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