BRT – A public transport system that thinks

A new bus rapid transit system planned for Ahmedabad, India, will incorporate a range of ITS features.  According to  municipal commissioner IP Gautam,  “Modern features will help us in real time monitoring of vehicles and enable quick response to delays and also for robust planning of bus movements.”  Link to full story in The Times […]

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CTA launches joint smart card program with car sharing company

Thanks to a new program between the Chicago Transit Authority and I-GO Car Sharing, customers can use a single card to ride the CTA and unlock a reserved I-GO car. “Taking public transit and using car sharing programs both support the same environmental principle of limiting the number of cars on the road while providing […]

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iGov: How geeks are opening up government on the Web

This story from The Atlantic highlights BART’s trip-planning applications as an example of data-sharing in government. Just a few days after Apple’s iPhone launched, a trip planner for the San Francisco Bay Area’s subway system, BART, appeared in the iTunes application store, which sells iPhone and iPod software for download. User reviews were mixed. But […]

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TriMet, Portland not communicating well during storm, review finds

“Communication breakdowns among Portland-area transportation agencies left thousands of residents stranded in the cold as they waited for buses during the recent snowstorms…Officials with TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation did not have access to Portland’s internal emergency operations Web site. That kept those agencies in the dark about some storm-related complications. Result: a […]

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On some bus routes, MBTA posts watchful guard

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has installed video hookups on bus routes in some neighborhoods to allow Boston police to monitor onboard activity. To help stem a rising fear among residents in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan, the MBTA has begun formally escorting buses through crime-plagued neighborhoods, has placed more transit officers on its most notorious […]

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Hot inauguration memorabilia: Metro’s SmarTrip card

The Barack Obama SmarTrip card may be one of the hardest pieces of inauguration memorabilia to get your hands on. Nearly 20,000 of the commemorative cards already have been purchased online. As soon as Metro started selling the cards at sales centers on Monday, long lines formed. Metro expects to have about 40,000 of the […]

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METROLift patrons can now book trips online

Passengers on Houston’s METROLift paratransit service can now make trip reservations online.  Patrons can use MACS-WEB, which stands for METROLift Automated Computer System on the Web,  to book trips from 5 AM to 5 PM and cancel trips at any time. Link to full post in Write On METRO.

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Device helps disabled gain independence

Researchers at the University of South Florida developed technology to help individuals with cognitive disabilities to ride the bus. The Travel Assistance Device uses GPS technology inside cell phones to track riders. The phones vibrate to alert riders when their stop is approaching; a prerecorded message tells the riders to signal the driver to pull […]

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