City bus ETA screens eyed

According to the New York Post, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is talking with the City of New York about using existing wireless technology to provide bus arrival information. Last month the MTA abandoned an earlier plan to provide real-time arrival information.  Link to full story in New York Post.

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MTA New York City Transit uses web to reconnect riders with lost items

“Using the internet as a central tool, MTA New York City Transit has streamlined and modernized the way it attempts to reunite bus and subway customers with their lost property.  Finally, riders have access to an on-line system they can use to inquire about their lost items and receive an e-mailed response.  Retrieving a valued […]

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Citizen satisfaction with federal e-government hits all-time high

Satisfaction with federal websites reached its highest level in five years, according to the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Index.  Federal websites received an overall score of 74.1 out of 100 points.  The Social Security Administration was one of the top three sites, and its retirement calculator achieved a score of 89.  According to […]

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Pranks with electronic road signs stir worry

“Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren’t amused.” Link to full story on msnbc.com.

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Do you know where your kid is? Check Google’s maps

With Latitude, an update to Google Maps, people can share their location with  family and friends automatically from their cellphone. The software plots a user’s location – marked by a personal picture on Google’s map – by relying on cell phone towers, global positioning systems or a Wi-Fi connection to deduce their location. The system […]

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STM plans solar-powered bus shelters

Société de transport de Montréal  plans to install bus shelters that use solar panels.  The panels will charge batteries that power a lighting system.  By selling advertising, the Canadian transit agency expects the shelters to pay for themselves in 10 years.   Link to full story in The Gazette.

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“Podcars” set for launch in Masdar City

“Masdar Rapid Transit ‘Podcars’ will be fully operational in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s US$22 billion new petroleum-free city later in the year, according to Systemica, the designers of the hi-tech personal rapid transit system (PRT). The PRT vehicles, which look like cars, but are fueled by solar power, seat six passengers and will run 6m […]

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Free publication: Geospatial information for crisis response

Government Technology reports on Geospatial Systems That Support Emergency and Disaster Operations, a new publication that presents a series of case studies showing how  local governments use geospatial information to respond to emergencies.  The report, published by  Public Technology Institute and the Geospatial Information & Technology Association, is available for download free of charge until February […]

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Best practices for government websites

With a new federal emphasis on using the Internet in government, Nextgov researched qualities of a good federal website. In the end, we picked five federal Web sites. These sites are not what we would consider to be the best of all federal Web sites — though they certainly could give a number of others […]

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