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Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: NJ TRANSIT extends mobile tickets to bus routes, SmartWalk receives an honor, and Kickstarter campaign will make the CTA more fun.

NJ TRANSIT expanded its MyTix mobile ticketing application to 59 bus routes in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. “Following the completion of our MyTix rollout to rail customers last year, we have been working to bring this technology to our bus customers as well to make traveling on the NJ TRANSIT system even more convenient for them,” said executive director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim in a statement.  “The expansion of the mobile ticketing app to southern New Jersey bus routes is the first step toward giving all of our bus customers the ability to treat their smart phones as both a ticket vending machine and monthly bus pass all in one.”

SmartWalk, a system that can project transit service updates onto sidewalks and walls, was named one of five finalists for Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards in the Experience category. “This recognition is a testament to the creativity of our team and the tremendous potential we see in SmartWalk technology,” said TransitScreen cofounder Ryan Croft in a statementTransitScreen, which developed the SmartWalk system, displays multimodal transportation information on screens that can be installed in building lobbies, coffee shops, and other locations where transit passengers could access information.

Second time was the charm for Ben Larrison and his Chicago Transit Project.  Larrison launched a Kickstarter campaign in July to raise $4,100 for a humorous ad campaign envisioned for the Chicago Transit Authority (IL).  The initial campaign fell short of its goal but, undeterred, Larrison tried again. The Chicago Transit Project (take 2) exceeded its $3,999 goal this month.  “I just like making people smile, I like making people happy,” said Larrison. “I know how tough it can be to take the train everyday. It’s nice to have little things that can make you smile once in a while.”  Link to full story in RedEye Chicago.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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