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Business Update

  • VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio has awarded a $10.9 million contract to Trillium CNG to build a 10-lane compressed natural gas fueling station at the public transit agency's bus barn off West Cypress Street and San Pedro Avenue. The contract represents a critical piece of infrastructure for VIA as it makes the switch to CNG buses. Read more...
  • The Charlotte Area Transit System is rejecting the only two bids it received to build the second phase of the Gold Line streetcar because both contractors exceeded the city’s budget for construction work – one by more than 30% and one by nearly 40%. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Transit as 'social engineering'
    Did you realize that, when you took Metra, Pace or the Chicago Transit Authority to work or school today, you were engaged in "social engineering?" Well, you were, according to a section of the 2016 Republican platform that was adopted by Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Crain's Chicago Business, July 21
  • Tesla wants to automate public transit
    Tesla Motors wants to automate public transit. The Silicon Valley company, which has already introduced elements of automated driving into cars with its heavily scrutinized autopilot feature, released an update of its “master plan” revealing that it’s looking to create a wider variety of vehicles in the future. Government Technology, July 21
  • Uber finds upside in rescuing Philly commuters
    When public transit is down, Uber swoops in to save the beleaguered commuter, spending millions to increase its coverage area. The app-based ride service insists its efforts to do so in Philadelphia are noble. Philly.com, July 14

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