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Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: NYC subway riders use Twitter to call out hot cars, Swiftly app launches Android version, and researchers urge Ontario officials to embrace shared-use mobility.

Sweltering New York City subway riders are using Twitter to complain about hot cars, where the air conditioning is broken. “It’s just like you’re in an oven, it’s so miserable, you know,” one commuter told NY1. Another said, “They should put at least a sign that it’s not air conditioned.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority encourages riders to share the information via New York City Transit’s Twitter account @NYCTSubway. The authority says it takes hot cars out of service, but a related story from WNYC suggests that the MTA’s response is often less than satisfactory.

Last week, Swiftly launched its mobile application on the Android platform. “We are thrilled to bring more accurate real-time transit information to millions of Android users,” said Jonathan Simkin, Swiftly founder and CEO, in a statement. Swiftly’s multimodal transit app was one of the finalists in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s competition for preferred app status.

Transit agencies in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area can choose to work with new mobility services like Uber or face the consequences of ignoring them, according to a new report from the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre. The report calls upon the Government of Ontario to “lead and develop a flexible and responsive regulatory framework” that integrates shared mobility into the region’s transportation system.  “The fact is that shared mobility is here,” said Sara Ditta, who authored the report along with  Michael Crawford Urban and Sunil Johal. “It has and will continue to change how people travel, and policy makers need to take steps to address that.” Link to full story in Toronto Star.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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