University Transit by Metro Magazine

May 18, 2015

Students in Calif. coach accident were not given safety instructions

NTSB investigators questioned every student and were told that neither of the bus drivers on the trip told them about emergency exit windows or showed them a safety video, per the bus company’s policy. full story

W. Virginia U.'s personal rapid transit system closes for summer

The university will continue to modernize the system through a variety of system upgrades and maintenance activities, such as the installation of the new train control infrastructure and the replacement of select electrical gear. The system will re-open in August. full story

May 18, 2015
University student creates new tool for visualizing transit

Transit Visualization Client, or TRAVIC, takes public data from 249 transportation networks, across five continents, and puts them onto one, animated map. full story

May 18, 2015
U. of Arkansas transit system to run Saturdays

The expanded service is possible thanks to an additional $55,000 in funding from the city of Fayetteville this year. full story

May 12, 2015
Sacramento RT's 'Long-Awaited' Blue Line Rail Extension on Track to Connect Region

The 4.3-mile project, one of the highest priority transit initiativesin the region, features an eight-berth transit center, two light rail bridges, four new stations and a multi-use hike-and-bike trail. full story

May 12, 2015
Upgrading a Bus Facility for CNG: What You Need to Know

An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas project is the garage upgrade. Upgrades are necessary to ensure safe operation with CNG vehicles in existing maintenance or vehicle storage facilities. full story

May 18, 2015
Wis. university partners with ETA, REI for intelligent transit system

Overall rider satisfaction has increased due to the availability of real-time arrival predictions via public and mobile websites, as well as the newly-launched SPOT mobile app. full story

May 14, 2015
Uber, Lyft have opportunity to complement local transit networks

Tech-enabled ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft already appear to be acting as a complement to public transit. Uber analyzed its Los Angeles trip data to in this light. Over the course of a month, Uber found that 22 percent of trips taken near Metro stations took place during rush hour (between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday). This data could be telling us that people are using Uber like they might use bikeshare, as a last-mile and first-mile connection to transit. full story

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