The enigma of arrivals

Author Tom Vanderbilt recounts an anecdote from last week’s Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting about TriMet’s Transit Tracker in Portland (OR): Talking about the city’s “Transit Tracker” program, which allows people to get real-time info on bus arrivals via their cell phones, [TriMet’s Fred] Hansen mentioned a study that had been done in the U.K. […]

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WAAV’s AirBox selected to provide WiFi on inaugural train

“WAAV®, the mobile cellular router company responsible for putting wireless Internet on Boston’s commuter trains, Greyhound, and other mass transit operators, announced today that Amtrak has selected the AirBox® X4 multiple-connection 3G cellular router to provide wireless Internet service to the Presidential inaugural train. Multiple WAAV AirBoxes will be keeping the President-elect, guests, and press […]

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Chicago commuters may get “smart” option

“Metra, CTA and Pace riders could skip buying tickets and instead use a “smart” bank or credit card to pay for fares on all three transit systems, under a concept being examined by the Regional Transit Authority.   “This would be the way we integrate the three service boards,” said RTA Chair Jim Reilly.   Reilly said […]

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Pilot project to power up Greater Toronto Area for electric vehicles

The Ontario government announced a partnership with Better Place, a California-based company, to build a network of battery recharging stations throughout the Greater Toronto Area to support electric vehicles. Better Place’s vision is to set up regional Electric Recharge Grid Operators that would sell energy to electric-car drivers as part of a monthly subscription — […]

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The train in Spain replaces the plane

“The trains in Spain are doing better than planes as a growing web of high-speed lines carrying sleek bullet trains steal hundreds of thousands of passengers from airlines and cut emissions in the process. As the government pumps more money into the system, Spaniards are abandoning commercial airlines so quickly that domestic flights carried 20 percent […]

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From Google: New ways to get around with the Transit Layer

Google announced the Transit Layer on Google Maps for more than 50 cities. Whereas Google Transit provides routing and schedule information, the Transit Layer displays the route network.  According to product manager Raphael Leiteritz, “Think of a virtual metro map on top of Google Maps — even when we don’t have itinerary planning available, we want […]

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Chicago Transit Authority Bus Tracker your BFF

“Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where your bus was before you went out into the cold? Or whether you had a minute to run into Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick cup of coffee before three Clark buses come barreling by? Now you can, with the CTA’s Bus Tracker Web site.  The transit agency […]

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CTA Bus Tracker a favorite of Norwegians

“Norwegians are either utterly fascinated with the comings and goings of [Chicago Transit Authority] buses, or there just aren’t enough recreational activities in the land of fiords and Viking ships.  The CTA Bus Tracker Web site has received 15,395 visits since last year from people in Norway or whose computers or personal wireless devices were […]

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