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February 26, 2015
Interim MBTA boss vows all-hands-on-deck mentality for snowstorms

Frank DePaola, who was named to replace outgoing MBTA chief Beverly Scott, has already created a team to examine what went wrong this winter.



Md. MTA real-time data 'hacked' offered on private app

Transit App, a 10-person Montreal-based operation that collates transit information in nearly 90 cities, incorporated the real-time data over the course of an afternoon into its existing mobile app, which already has 20,000 users in Baltimore. Critics are questioning why the MTA couldn't produce a mobile app for its data.



N.Y. MTA reviewing safety in wake of car, train collision

The Feb. 3 crash sparked an explosion and fire that burned out the first car of the train and sent pieces of third rail stabbing through the passenger area. The woman driving the SUV, as well as five men on the train, were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash


Texas' Capital Metro adds real-time information to bus fleet

The agency rolled out real-time data on MetroRapid and MetroRail last year, receiving strong positive feedback from customers.


D.C. Metro launches new anti-harassment ads

The ads feature hands representing different races and genders to illustrate that harassment is not exclusive to any one group or sex. The concept was developed in collaboration with advocacy groups Collective Action for Safe Spaces and Stop Street Harassment, who have worked closely with Metro on this issue.


Hyperloop to build full-scale track next year

The Quay Valley, Calif. Hyperloop track will be built using HTT’s tube, capsule and station models. It will be instrumental in optimizing passenger system needs — such as loading, departure and safety considerations — to ensure Hyperloop is ready for larger-scale operation.


CCW to provide Iowa with rebuilt artics

Des Moines Area Regional Transit's 60-foot low floor articulated buses will replace high-floor buses and include newly installed ramps, remanufactured power trains, transmissions, engines and brakes. It will also be equipped with two ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.


Public Transportation users save $9,238 annually

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.


Transit Emergency: What Can You Do to Stay Safe?

Recent national incidents have put increased attention on safe commuting and what passengers can do to protect themselves during a transit emergency. “The most important tip anyone can follow is to wait for the instructions of the crew,” said Scott Sauer, chief system safety officer for SEPTA. “Crews know the equipment best and have been trained to safely remove passengers from vehicles should the situation warrant evacuation...


Detroit's M-1 releases maintenance, operations RFP

The duration of the initial contract will be five years, with M-1 RAIL having the option to renew it for an additional two-to-five years. It is expected to cost around $5 million annually to operate the M-1 RAIL streetcar system.

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