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Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: MTA WiFi and cell coverage is ahead of schedule, SFMTA received USDOT grant for safer systems, and TTC calls online store a success.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) is ahead of schedule for providing cell phone and WiFi coverage in its underground subway stations. Cellular service is available for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon as of January 9, and WiFi has been installed two years sooner than projected. “By bringing Wi-Fi and cell service underground ahead of schedule, we are reimagining our subway stations to meet the needs of the next generation,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $11 million to the City of San Francisco for six projects designed to reduce traffic congestion and create a safer and more efficient transportation system. The funded pilot programs will create:

  • New connected high-occupancy vehicle lanes for public transit and carpools
  • Dedicated curb space for pick-up and drop-off by carpools
  • Smart traffic signals to reduce congestion and improve safety
  • Connected Vision Zero Safety Corridors to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • A connected, electronic toll system for the congestion pricing program at Treasure Island
  • The deployment and testing of electronic, autonomous shuttles serving intra-island trips on Treasure Island.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (CA) will implement the programs in partnership with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.  Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, will provide support in collaboration with San Francisco’s smart city incubator, Superpublic. “These exciting pilot programs will further our work to ease congestion, fight climate change, improve public transit, and achieve our Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities across San Francisco,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA director of transportation, in a statement.

The Toronto Transit Commission’s (ON) online store, which relaunched on November 28, sold $60,000 worth of merchandise during the holiday season.  Spokesman Brad Ross said TTC considers the store a success. “People want the TTC to succeed and they’re super excited to have TTC products they didn’t have before,” he said.   TTC’s online store follows the lead of many transit operators around the world and was one of several transit-agency stores featured in The Transit Wire’s holiday gift guide. Link to full story in Toronto Star.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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