Trial success for mobile tickets

“The Department for Transport [UK] has completed the first live ticketing trial using the government-mandated ITSO smartcard standard.  The six-month trial in the north-west of England involved two bus operators and 36 passengers using near-field communication (NFC)-enabled mobile phones to pay for bus tickets.   The first aim of the pilot was to demonstrate the viability […]

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When CTA driver runs light, you pay

“Traffic-enforcement cameras are catching hundreds of buses running red lights in Chicago and the suburbs, and taxpayers are paying most of the tickets.  Chicago Transit Authority buses were photographed blowing through red traffic signals almost 1,200 times last year, while the drivers of Pace buses, paratransit vehicles and van pools racked up more than 100 […]

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Computer has eye for suspicious behavior

“That guy meandering back and forth on a downtown street could be seriously lost. Or serious trouble. A computerized surveillance system in the works could help decide which, with its wide-angle panoramic shots, location tracking software and ‘smart’ video cameras that flag suspicious behavior. Ultimately, the system could chart the normal walking trajectories of pedestrians […]

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Moscow Metro goes contactless

Moscow has become the world’s first public transportation system to use a completely contactless automatic fare collection system.  Based on MIFARE technology from NXP Semiconductors, the system has increased passenger convenience, improved operating efficiency, and reduced fraud.  Moscow Metro serves about nine million passengers a day.  Link to full story in ContactlessNews.

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Jacksonville transit officials and first responders have new eyes on Skyway trains and stations

Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority will create a state-of-the-art command center for viewing and monitoring video of its Skyway trains and stations. Each of JTA’s 10 Skyway trains is equipped with digital video recorders and surveillance cameras to montor riders as they enter, exit, and ride the trains. Stations also have a DVR and 4-8 cameras […]

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SimBudget

Eric Morris, a researcher at UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies and guest blogger for the New York Times, writes about the T-LINK Calculator,  a new interactive tool from the Kansas Department of Transportation.   Users develop a virtual budget, selecting from various revenue options, and allocate the funding among various transportation modes. I think this format has […]

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Bombardier presents first catenary-free and contactless operating tram

At a test track in Germany, Bombardier Transportation introduced the PRIMOVE, a completely contactless and catenary-free operating tram. For rail operators, the PRIMOVE system offers significant advantages. Among these are the completely invisible power supply, the easy installation and the complete irrelevance of weather conditions. In addition, the contactless and very safe energy transfer system […]

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There’s no sidetracking persuasive transit chief

Logan Jenkins, columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, interviewed Matthew Tucker, the new director of the North County Transit District, which serves North San Diego County (CA).  Jenkins writes: I began our hour-long talk with my frequently expressed view that mass transit, at least as practiced in these parts, seems so old-fashioned and painfully slow, […]

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Cellphones as credit cards? Americans must wait

“Imagine a technology that lets you pay for products just by waving your cellphone over a reader. The technology exists, and, in fact, people in Japan have been using it for the last five years to pay for everything from train tickets to groceries to candy in vending machines. And in small-scale trials around the […]

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New York City partners with Google, Travelocity, others to deliver culture, tourism site

New York City officials launched nycgo.com, a new online resource for tourists and residents, along with the official NYC Information Center in midtown Manhattan. The center features digital NYC maps and up-to-the-minute event and venue information on attractions throughout the five boroughs. Wall-mounted multi-lingual information kiosks, available in nine foreign languages, offers information on how […]

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