Squeaky Wheels

  • Uber says it's plugging gaps in L.A. transit system Uber, the ride-hailing company that connects riders with drivers via a mobile app, said it sees itself as complementary to the Los Angeles area’s existing public transportation infrastructure, helping close “gaps” in people’s commute by getting them to and from public transportation hubs. Los Angeles Times, Feb. 26
  • BRT a tough sell in car-centric Silicon Valley U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx came to Silicon Valley earlier this month to announce the administration’s transportation vision for the next three decades. That future includes faster public transit, and Foxx’s 2016 budget recommends a chunk of federal dollars to help cities build bus rapid transit systems. KQED, Feb. 24

Business Update

  • Seattle has revised its contract with a Czech train supplier, in hopes of getting the long-delayed First Hill Streetcar line running this summer. Inekon is building six trains for the new route. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Chicago's grand plans for BRT not grand enough?
    Let's acknowledge, right from the start, that there's a lot to like about Chicago's long-awaited, much-anticipated Central Loop BRT project. But some of the strongest supporters of better bus service in Chicago are wishing that step forward had been even bigger. City Lab, Feb. 26
  • Transit tax could free up $16 million for Phoenix police
    Phoenix police could receive an annual $16 million boost pending the outcome of a transportation tax initiative, a windfall that would fast-track efforts to refill hundreds of vacant positions at the department. Arizona Republic, Feb. 24

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