SEPTA plans to order 45 new Regional Rail cars, a purchase designed to reduce crowding and improve service on the commuter rail lines. The contract is expected to go to CRRC MA, a subsidiary of a major railcar manufacturer in China but a new player in the U.S. Read more...
No green light for gondolas above the streets of Austin After reviewing an analysis of the Wire One Austin urban gondola proposal, the city of Austin, Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority concluded Friday that they won’t move forward with planning such an unconventional mode of transit. Austin American-Statesman, March 24
Nashvillians back higher tax for transit by 2-to-1 margin Two-thirds of Nashville residents say they would be willing to pay more in sales tax to support improving public transit if given a vote in a public referendum, a new poll shows. The Tennessean, March 26
Newest battleground between public transit and Uber, Lyft is an unlikely one In California, the sleepy East Bay suburbs of Newark, Union City, Castro Valley and Fremont may seem like an unlikely locale for the latest battleground between public transit and ride-booking services, such as Uber and Lyft. But it’s here that AC Transit is going bumper-to-bumper with the tech darlings.
Mercury-News, March 24
SORTA reacts to photo of makeshift bus shelter After a man posted a picture of a makeshift, graffiti-covered bus shelter on Riverside Drive in Cincinnati, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority promised it will be taken down and that all shelters will be reviewed. The bus shelter, which is a cinder block bench with a wood overhang, was called an "embarrassment" by one board member. The Enquirer, March 21