'Unsavory people' attracted by public transit?
Last month, metropolitan Atlanta celebrated an enormous victory for public transportation when suburban Clayton County voted to join the MARTA transit network. But at least two locals reportedly spoke out that they didn't want their neighborhoods to be part of any new transit routes, for fear of drawing criminals to the area.
City Lab, Dec. 11
The company that built streetcars for Seattle and Portland, Ore., is the leading contender to supply Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 streetcars. INEKON Group of Prague, Czech Republic, edged out an American company, Brookville Equipment Corp., in an evaluation of proposals. Read more...
NFTA will replace honor system with turnstiles The days of the “honesty” fare system aboard the Buffalo subway system will end in about two years as Metro Rail adopts state-of-the-art electronics accepting everything from cash to smart cards, and featuring traditional turnstiles for the first time in its 30-year history.
Buffalo News, Dec. 19
CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers says exit is 'bittersweet' Goodbye, Charlotte. Hello, Washington. Taking a cue, and a key recommendation, from Anthony Foxx, who will be her new boss, Carolyn Flowers ends her five-year run as Charlotte transit chief next month. This week, she called her exit "bittersweet" because of excitement over taking on a federal transit role mixed with sadness over leaving Charlotte. Charlotte Business Journal, Dec. 17
Consultant helps Coast RTA get back on track with bus fleet It was as recent as October when Coast RTA customers in Conway, S.C., were last dealing with buses breaking down, and some even reported the smell of gasoline while riding the transit vehicles. The Sun News, Dec. 11