As of December 23, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will start selling Metro SmarTrip farecards at 190 CVS Pharmacy stores throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The WMATA-CVS partnership will triple the number of locations for purchasing the rechargeable cards. Each SmarTrip card costs $10, which includes $5 in fare value. Link […]
Free public wireless internet on Boston’s Commuter Rail will be made possible from WAAV’s AirBox X2, to commuters on the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR). Offering such state-of-the-art quality connectivity can help transit agencies potentially increase ridership. With increased bandwidth capabilities, the MBCR’s 18,000 daily passengers can easily connect to the wireless Internet connection through their […]
The Chicago Transit Authority unveiled a redesigned website for www.transitchicago.com on Monday. The updated site’s interactive features include real-time service alerts, bus trackers, and the Google Transit trip planner. Users can sign up for service alerts via email or RSS feed. The new site follows web standards and accessibility guidelines. Link to the CTA website.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will roll out the contactless Transit Access Pass (TAP) in January 2009. TAP cards will be valid on all transit services in Los Angeles County, including buses, Metro Rail, and Metrolink commuter rail. The system coincides with a new gating system for Metro Rail, which currently has […]
Volvo has set an ambitious safety goal: No motorist will die in a Volvo crash after 2020. As a first step, the manufacturer is unveiling a low-speed braking system next year. Called City Safety, the system is designed to reduce collisions at less than 18 mph by automatically applying the brakes if the driver does […]
The State of Connecticut approved a $2.5 million in state funding to support a centralized traffic control signal system for the commuter rail serving the Danbury to Norwalk corridor. “This is the only rail line in America where a trainman still has to get off the train and manually pull a switch in order for […]
A pilot program for the Finnish Road Authority uses RFID tags to streamline traffic on a car ferry system. A priority lane, offered for authorized users, has been subject to misuse.
TriMet says its Transit Tracker GPS-tracking system gets more than one million calls each month. So to make it easier for commuters to understand how they can get the whereabouts of the next bus or MAX train on their cell phone while waiting on the stop, the Hard Drive commuting blog presents a how-to video. Read more and […]
“Smart card management company Bell ID, The Netherlands, has launched a mobile pilot program that can help companies migrate to NFC…The solution can be of particular interest to banks, mobile network operators, transport operators, merchants and organizations interested in loading applications to NFC enabled phones.” Read the full story in NFCNews.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new website designed specifically for cell phone users. EPA Mobile is designed to load quickly on small screens and includes EPA contact information, press releases, environmental information by ZIP code, EPA’s blog, and links to other government websites. Read EPA’s press release.