Squeaky Wheels

  • China's 'Straddling Bus' apparently abandoned China's once-celebrated Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been left abandoned in the middle of a Hebei city road, not having moved once in over two months. Originally touted as the futuristic solution to urban traffic jams, the "straddling bus" is currently causing them. Shanghaiist, Dec. 5
  • Ignoring fare evaders can make public transit faster -- and richer In Oslo, it began with a defective gate, the kind of thing that sings “lawsuit!” in America. In the Norwegian capital’s metro system, in 2005, newly installed turnstiles began to trap unsuspecting riders. So the enterprising Norwegians had an idea: Don’t just ditch the malfunctioning hardware. Ditch the turnstiles and gates altogether. Wired, Dec. 8
  • Missouri transit authority scraps plan for free bus rides A proposal to provide free bus rides to all passengers in the city of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been scrapped. Cape County Transit Authority executive director Tom Mogelnicki withdrew his request to the city for an additional $15,000 subsidy, which would have allowed the transit system to receive additional federal funds to cover its costs. Southeast Missourian, Dec. 4

Business Update

  • Two international design firms have been chosen by the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority to develop new conceptual designs for a downtown Toledo bus hub, with their first focus to be on possible conversion of The Blade building. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Lawmakers discuss possible merger of NJ Transit with other state agencies
    Lawmakers are discussing the idea of merging embattled New Jersey Transit with other state agencies to save money to use for road, bridge and rail projects, and heard from experts about safety upgrades following a fatal rail accident in September. Asbury Park Press, Dec. 6
  • SEPTA pledges to improve commuter rail service in 2017
    As 2016 winds down, SEPTA is making a pledge to improve rail service after months of troubles that caused delays, overcrowding, and rider frustration. “There’s no excuse,” Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA’s general manager, said in an interview this week. “We’re working to get out of this.” Philly.com, Dec. 1

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