SEPTA Key card with birthday candle

Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week:  SEPTA Key card has an anniversary, Caltrain customers weigh in on preferred design for new trains, and map shows median rent at MBTA stations.

Believe it or not, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Key smart card turns one year old this month. To celebrate the anniversary, the authority is asking people to guess how many SEPTA transit trips started with a tap between June 13, 2016, and June 12, 2017. The closest guess without going over wins a July Anywhere Trailpass, and 10 runners-up will receive a SEPTA t-shirt. The contest ends on June 25, 2017.  Link to contest here.

Caltrain asked the public to weigh in on the appearance of new high-performance electric trains for its Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, and the results are in.  More than 6,300 votes were cast between May 12 and May 19.  Just over 42% of participants voted for the winning design and, luckily, Caltrain staff also preferred this option.  You can see the favored option here; click on the “exterior design” icon. Caltrain launched the www.calmodtrains.com website last month to provide information about the next generation of the system’s trains and to gather public feedback.

An interactive map from apartment search engine RentHop displays monthly rents for the neighborhoods at every subway and light-rail stop in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system. The map uses GIS data for the MBTA system along with rental data for one-bedroom apartments from the first quarters of 2016 and 2017. When available, the calculations used at least 30 data points within a one-eighth mile radius of the station; in some cases a one-quarter mile radius was used to ensure a usable sample. The map displays median monthly rent and the percent change from 2016 to 2017. Link to RentHop map.

Image source: SEPTA

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