CTA expanding Bus Tracker program

On March 2, the Chicago Transit Authority will add another 24 routes to its Bus Tracker program. The program enables passengers to get real-time bus locations and estimated arrival times through a web-based interface.  This expansion brings a total of 110 of the CTA’s 153 bus routes into the Bus Tracker program.  Link to full story […]

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More power from bumps in the road

“A team of MIT undergraduate students has invented a shock absorber that harnesses energy from small bumps in the road, generating electricity while it smooths the ride more effectively than conventional shocks. The students hope to initially find customers among companies that operate large fleets of heavy vehicles. They have already drawn interest from the […]

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From deep fryer to fuel tank

Leesburg (VA) has converted its Town Trolley, a free local shuttle, to run on cooking oil discarded by local restaurants for a six-month trial.  John Larsen, a local entrepreneur who runs New Life Energy, collects and cleans the oil.  Virginia Regional Transit, which operates the trolley, pays $2.65 per gallon for the oil.  Converting the engine […]

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Charlottesville joins Google Transit

Charlottesville Transit Service announced its participation in Google Transit.   This partnership is part of a statewide effort, coordinated by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, to attract new transit riders and drive more traffic to transit agency websites.  CTS is one of 21 transit systems in Virginia participating in Google Transit, making Virginia […]

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Real-time trip info launched in Barcelona

Chronomove is a new service that allows iPhone users in Barcelona, Spain, to compare urban travel options. Users can base their travel choices on mode of transportation, travel time, and trip cost. The application uses real-time traffic data from NAVTEQ and calculates estimated time of arrival. “These days users demand more and more real-time intelligence to move […]

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METRO adds routes to Google Transit

Houston’s METRO announced its participation in Google Transit.  The Texas transit operator considers the Google application a complement to its existing trip planner: We can offer you customized, door-to-door trip planning, while Google Transit provides good baseline travel solutions for the typical rider.  Our Trip Planner also gives our call center detailed information that enables our […]

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LEDs light the way for train riders

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is using LED signs to help riders identify express and local trains on the 7 subway line in Queens (NY).  A green circle around the route number means the train is local; a red diamond indicates an express. Traditionally, a simple diamond has signified the 7 express. But to change those […]

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Westchester County turns cooking oil into fuel

Westchester County (NY) has begun a program to use excess cooking oil from the county’s restaurants to fuel its vehicles. Currently seven county vehicles run on fuel made from cooking oil — two educational vehicles, three trucks, and two tractors — and another 125 use a combination of cooking oil and diesel. At a news […]

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Bus left you waiting in the cold? Use your cell phone to track it down

Two doctoral students at the University of Washington have developed OneBusAway, a tool that allows King County Metro bus riders to track the status of their ride via cell phone, iPhone, or computer.  After calling (or logging) in, users enter their bus stop number to receive real-time arrival information. OneBusAway has processed 20,000 automated phone […]

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