New York City partners with Google, Travelocity, others to deliver culture, tourism site

New York City officials launched nycgo.com, a new online resource for tourists and residents, along with the official NYC Information Center in midtown Manhattan. The center features digital NYC maps and up-to-the-minute event and venue information on attractions throughout the five boroughs. Wall-mounted multi-lingual information kiosks, available in nine foreign languages, offers information on how […]

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Heathrow personal transport pods are coming

London’s Heathrow Airport is testing driverless pods to transport passengers between their cars and Terminal 5 within a few weeks. The personal rapid transit system will comprise 18 battery-powered pods, each of which can carry four adults, two children, and their luggage. According to airport officials, passenger waiting time will not exceed one minute, and […]

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Car-sharing is catching on

“Car sharing services are starting to make their presences felt on college campuses and in cities throughout the U.S. The latest company to join the environmentally-friendly trend is U-Haul, best known for its truck and trailer rentals, which has launched U Car Share. It joins Zipcar, which already services more than 100 college campuses.” Read […]

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Santa Clara VTA receives funding allocation for real-time information initiative

“The San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Programming and Allocation Committee recently approved allocating $2.5 million to the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the agency’s Real Time Information (RTI) project. The $6 million project would give riders access to real-time arrival and departure times via the Internet, by phone and at […]

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Austria tests new NFC-based mobile ticketing service

Austrian railway operator ÖBB-Personenverkehr will test a new NFC chip-based ticketing service from mobilkom austria. Tickets can be validated with a simple touch of the passengers’ and the conductor’s NFC enabled mobile phone. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to enter a SMS code to validate the transaction, considerably enhancing time efficiency. Link to full […]

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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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