SW Cities Experience Good Progress when Money Flows to Transit
This could be a record year for transportation ballot proposals, because local politicians and voters have realized that Congress is not coming to rescue America’s aging bridges, roads and transit systems. On Nov. 8, there will be about 45 ballot proposals across the country that could raise nearly$200 billion for transportation improvements.
HOPE Bus Spreads Message
As a reminder that breast cancer can be defeated, KCATA has unveiled a special pink bus dedicated to raising awareness of the deadly disease.
Human Traffick Awareness Month - Ads for Public Transportation
DART created these advertisements to be used for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
VIA: Board Chair Recognized with Russell H. Perry Award
VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Board Chair Hope Andrade was recently awarded the 2016 Russell H. Perry Award at the 90th Annual Transportation Short Course in College Station. This award, co-sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and the Texas Good Roads Transportation Association, recognizes individuals for their significant contribution to the field of transportation. Honorees are selected based on their leadership in advocating and gaining awareness for the need for, and benefits of, transportation facilities in the State of Texas.
VIA: All-digital Library Goes Mobile Aboard Unique VIA Partnership
You could call it a movement. The debut of VIA Metropolitan Transit’s new “Ride & Read” regional initiative has given new momentum to literacy efforts in Bexar County while enhancing the area’s transit experience. The program, a partnership between VIA and the county’s BiblioTech e-library, provides the traveling public free access to the nation’s first all-digital public library with more than 40,000 downloadable titles.
DCTA: Partners with Uber to Offer $2 Discount in Highland Village
The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) announced a new partnership with Uber, one of the country’s leading ride-sharing services, in an effort to provide more transit options for those traveling within Highland Village. As part of the new pilot program, those traveling within the specified Highland Village Zone will receive a $2 discount for Uber rides.
Valley Metro: Awarded $1M Grant to Develop Mobile App Connecting Rides and Payment
Valley Metro, the regional provider of bus, rail, vanpool and Dial-a-Ride services, received a $1 million Mobility on Demand (MOD) project grant from the Federal Transit Administration to develop a mobile app that will integrate mobile ticketing and multi-modal trip planning information. The agency is partnering with RouteMatch Software, transit industry technology provider, as well as Arizona State University (ASU), Lyft and the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department to create the passenger-based app.
Star Transit Announces Driver and Employee of the Year
Two individuals were honored at the 1st annual STAR Transit Employee Appreciation Dinner. Eleanor Luttrell was announced as the 2016 Driver of the Year and Richard Powe was announced as the 2016 Employee of the Year.
FTA Recognizes Three Outstanding Rural Transit Agencies
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers announced three Administrator’s Awards for Outstanding Public Transportation Service in Rural Public Transportation. The announcement was made at the 22nd National Rural and Intercity Bus Conference in Asheville, NC.
FTA Technical Assistance/Clarification on TAM Rule Implementation
FTA sent the following regarding technical assistance on TAM final rule implementation and a clarification on rule requirements.
Phoenix: Discount Cab Launches App
The Discount Ride app allows Total Transit, the parent company of Arizona’s Discount Cab, to more closely compete with rideshare companies Uber and Lyft on price, while maintaining its focus on safety through extensive background checks, drug testing and training for its drivers.
Total Transit plans to contract with up to 2,000 drivers for the program in Phoenix and Tucson in the next year.
Baton Rouge: CATS Board Names Bill DeVille Permanent CEO
William “Bill” Deville, who has served as CATS interim CEO, was voted by the board to the permanent position Tuesday, September 20.