MIT trio to help make MBTA cards more secure

Three students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have agreed to help the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority make its payment cards more secure.  This agreement comes two months after the MBTA dropped a lawsuit against the students, who found a way to hack into the MBTA’s CharlieCard. Link to story in the Boston Globe. Link […]

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Metro SmarTrip cards to hit drugstores

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 […]

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WiFi Internet on Boston’s commuter rail

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 […]

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CTA revamps website

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.

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Los Angeles ready to launch contactless cards

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 […]

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Learning from locusts: Volvo sets collision-avoidance goal

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 […]

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Connecticut funds computerized signal system for commuter rail

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 […]

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Paying the ferryman (via RFID)

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.

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How-to video for Portland commuters

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 […]

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Bell ID brings NFC to the masses

“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.

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