Jacksonville transit officials and first responders have new eyes on Skyway trains and stations

Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority will create a state-of-the-art command center for viewing and monitoring video of its Skyway trains and stations. Each of JTA’s 10 Skyway trains is equipped with digital video recorders and surveillance cameras to montor riders as they enter, exit, and ride the trains. Stations also have a DVR and 4-8 cameras […]

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SimBudget

Eric Morris, a researcher at UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies and guest blogger for the New York Times, writes about the T-LINK Calculator,  a new interactive tool from the Kansas Department of Transportation.   Users develop a virtual budget, selecting from various revenue options, and allocate the funding among various transportation modes. I think this format has […]

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Bombardier presents first catenary-free and contactless operating tram

At a test track in Germany, Bombardier Transportation introduced the PRIMOVE, a completely contactless and catenary-free operating tram. For rail operators, the PRIMOVE system offers significant advantages. Among these are the completely invisible power supply, the easy installation and the complete irrelevance of weather conditions. In addition, the contactless and very safe energy transfer system […]

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There’s no sidetracking persuasive transit chief

Logan Jenkins, columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, interviewed Matthew Tucker, the new director of the North County Transit District, which serves North San Diego County (CA).  Jenkins writes: I began our hour-long talk with my frequently expressed view that mass transit, at least as practiced in these parts, seems so old-fashioned and painfully slow, […]

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Cellphones as credit cards? Americans must wait

“Imagine a technology that lets you pay for products just by waving your cellphone over a reader. The technology exists, and, in fact, people in Japan have been using it for the last five years to pay for everything from train tickets to groceries to candy in vending machines. And in small-scale trials around the […]

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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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