Westchester County turns cooking oil into fuel

Westchester County (NY) has begun a program to use excess cooking oil from the county’s restaurants to fuel its vehicles. Currently seven county vehicles run on fuel made from cooking oil — two educational vehicles, three trucks, and two tractors — and another 125 use a combination of cooking oil and diesel. At a news […]

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Bus left you waiting in the cold? Use your cell phone to track it down

Two doctoral students at the University of Washington have developed OneBusAway, a tool that allows King County Metro bus riders to track the status of their ride via cell phone, iPhone, or computer.  After calling (or logging) in, users enter their bus stop number to receive real-time arrival information. OneBusAway has processed 20,000 automated phone […]

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Conductors to help acquaint passengers to BRTS

Conductors will help customers get used to the new high-tech features of a bus rapid transit system in Ahmedabad, India. Vehicles will incorporate smart card technology, automatic fare collection, vehicle tracking and fleet management, and passenger information. The Times of India quotes a senior official from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation: “The ITS system is highly […]

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Personal rapid transit startup

“A novel kind of transit system, in which cars are replaced by a network of automated electric vehicles, is about to get its first large-scale testing and deployment. Two of these Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) systems are being installed this year, one at Heathrow International Airport, near London, and one in the United Arab Emirates, […]

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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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