Battery-powered bus offers a quiet ride

“A battery-powered bus made its premiere in downtown San Jose on Friday, giving clean, quiet rides around the block to adults and schoolchildren.   Officials in San Jose and San Francisco, as well as several school districts, are considering using the bus, and its creator – Proterra in Golden, Colo. – might set up manufacturing in […]

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Waiting for real-time info

In The Gazette, Andy Riga makes the case for providing real-time information for transit customers in Montreal (QC). What if you could track the location of your bus, métro or train via a computer, cellphone, BlackBerry or iPhone, and then use your waiting time the way you want to – sipping a coffee, browsing in […]

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The wheels on the bus…

“…aren’t going ‘round and ‘round anymore for Transit Television Network LLC, the company that broadcasts news briefs, games and advertisements on city buses. In fact, they’ve just come to a screeching halt. Transit TV filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Delaware Wednesday to liquidate its assets.” Link to full story in Wall Street Journal.

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Britain’s technology stumbles in snow; Seattle shares concerns

In his iGeneration blog, Zack Whittaker writes about the impacts of recent snowstorms on communications networks in Great Britain and Seattle: The snow has crippled the transport networks, as well as the London transport networks. Buses haven’t been out in service, the London Underground (even though it’s underground, 60% of the network is overground) has […]

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Geospatial coordination web site launched by California

The Cal-Atlas Geospatial Clearinghouse is a centralized source for California’s geospatial data and information.  The new website was designed to facilitate coordination among government agencies and to allow public access to geographic information. Cal-Atlas is an effort to make sure that agencies have accurate, complete and up-to-date GIS data.  It will also help organizations to […]

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Instant bus info big improvement

The Erie (PA) Metropolitan Transit Authority is providing real-time information for buses serving the campus of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Students can track bus locations and arrival times on a monitor at the campus student center or access the information from EMTA’s website. From an editorial in the Erie Times-News: EMTA was wise to put […]

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Subway riders test new track arrival system

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled a pilot program to provide real-time information for riders at one subway station in Brooklyn.  Video screens at the Myrtle-Wycoff station show the location of every train on the L line.  The screens show two views — the entire line and near-by stations — and refresh every 15 seconds.  […]

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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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