Public transportation ridership up in 2nd quarter

All major modes of public transportation increased. Light rail and heavy rail saw the largest hike, with increases of 4.3% and 2.5% respectively.

N.Y. MTA updates website

The biggest change to the website is the expanded TripPlanner utility. Without even leaving the homepage, MTA customers now can get access to features that have proven popular but have not been accessible from the homepage.

Chicago RTA proposes transit improvement plan

The $2.5 billion initiative calls for issuing a series of bonds over the next five years, averaging about $500 million in capital improvement dollars each year. While each agency would be able to prioritize the projects to fund, the RTA has an existing list of backlogged projects it will reference before approving expenditures.

Top MARTA execs up for MBTA GM post

Finalists for the position are Beverly Scott, CEO/GM of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and the agency's current deputy GM/COO, Dwight Ferrell.

MARTA, Apollo team for surveillance camera pilot

Each bus has 11 cameras; three outside and eight inside. There’s also a 17-inch, full-color monitor mounted behind the driver that lets customers view themselves and their surroundings in real time.

Cubic completes Edmonton pilot project

The pilot took place at the Churchill light-rail transit station and involved the CLEAR-USE radiological and explosives detection system developed by Cubic Security Systems and prime contractor Mobile Detect Inc. of Ontario.

APTA : Buses, trains leading clean tech advances

Today’s public transit vehicles are significantly more advanced than automobiles in their ability to run on clean fuels. For instance, buses on the road powered by alternative fuels rose from 2% in 1992 to 36% in 2011. That compares to the percentage of cars capable of being powered by alternative fuels was only 3.2% in 2011.

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