Some stories you may have missed last week: NJ Transit introduces severe weather info, Manly Fast Ferry gets mobile ticketing, and Colorado celebrates connected and autonomous vehicles.
NJ TRANSIT introduced a new tool to keep rail customers informed about service during severe weather. The agency has defined two levels of limited service during inclement weather or other emergencies — Level 1 and Level 2 — and will notify customers when one of these schedules is implemented through all its electronic, social, and traditional communication channels. “In the midst of winter weather, visibility outside may be low, but we want our customers to have a clear picture of how much service we can safely operate and when their next train will be departing,” said executive director Steven H. Santoro in a statement. Customers can access the schedules on NJ TRANSIT’s website. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority introduced a similar alert system earlier this year, using color coding to convey service levels.
Manly Fast Ferry, which operates in Sydney Harbour, launched a mobile ticketing application last week. “This cutting-edge technology will result in less queues and an improved customer experience for everyone, and we’re delighted to be the first operator in Australia to launch it,” said Richard Ford, of Manly Fast Ferry, in a statement. Masasbi developed the mobile payment app.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed December 4 as Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Day to acknowledge the state’s role in promoting autonomous technology and connected vehicles. Working with state and local governments, Panasonic and EasyMile are planning an autonomous vehicle technology deployment in 2018. The driverless shuttle program will connect the Denver Regional Transportation District’s 61st and Peña light-rail station to bus routes on Tower Road for a first- and last-mile solution.
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