London Underground signals move to NFC

“Transport for London’s new ticketing contract will drive the switch to next generation ticketing, London Underground’s managing director has confirmed. The ability to switch to NFC and other next generation transaction technologies was a key factor in the renegotiation of Transport for London’s Oyster ticketing contract, it has become clear this week.” Link to full […]

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MTA ‘E-ZPass’ catching on

According to New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, more than 250 people have signed up this month for the EasyPay Xpress MetroCard. The program links a rider’s MetroCard with a credit or debit card and automatically deducts a specified amount when the farecard balance is low. The program has been available since 2006, but did not […]

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High-tech solutions ease inaugural challenges

“Transportation and security officials on Inauguration Day will have a centralized, consolidated stream of traffic information and other data displayed on a single screen using software developed by the University of Maryland. The Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS) system fuses, translates, standardizes and redistributes vast amounts of real-time information obtained from multiple agencies in […]

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EU heralds first wave of Urban Atlas city maps

“Europe’s Urban Atlas project, which develops detailed digital maps of cities from thousands of satellite photographs, will this year deliver its first edition of maps covering 185 European cities from all 27 member states. The European Commission claims the project provides detailed and cost-effective digital mapping, ensuring that city planners have the most up-to-date and […]

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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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