Squeaky Wheels

  • TransLink to install gates for disabled at transit stations TransLink will install costly new fare gates at transit stations throughout Metro Vancouver in response to problems disabled passengers have with the Compass card system. TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond promised a permanent solution to the problem in April after some passengers were essentially blocked from accessing stations. Vancouver Metro, June 23
  • Why is Daimler trying to help you ride the bus? Nat Parker, a self-described transit geek, has loved public transportation since he was a kid exploring the city of Arlington, Va., with a D.C. Metro card swinging from a lanyard around his neck. So when he founded a mobile ticketing firm in 2007 designed to make public transportation easier to use, Daimler was probably the last big company he'd expect to come knocking at his door. ZDNet, June 17

Business Update

  • Hyperloop One and Summa Group have signed an agreement with the city of Moscow to explore building high-capacity passenger systems connected to the Russian city’s transport grid. Read more...
  • The first of the six streetcars being built for Detroit's QLINE is more than halfway complete. Several board members of M-1 Rail, the organization charged with building and operating the Detroit streetcar line, got a look at the car as it was being built at a factory in Pennsylvania. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Flint MTA employee devised way to get residents to grocery stores
    Flint, Mich., is most widely known for its lead-laced water supply, but residents face other challenges as well. Last spring, residents of of the city's hard-scrabble eastside lost their last supermarket. Derrek Williams, a two-decade veteran of Flint’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, helped find a way to use the city's buses to get residents to the grocery store. Good, June 23
  • Expansion of Portland streetcar system considered
    The Portland Streetcar runs on 16 miles of track, past soaring downtown office towers and through neighborhoods offering postcard-perfect river views. Streetcar backers are now negotiating a new vision -- additional spurs that would compete with existing TriMet bus routes. The Oregonian, June 19
  • British Columbia to get $460 million in federal transit funding
    Prime Minister Trudeau says Ottawa will invest $460 million in British Columbia to help pay for upgrades to existing transit infrastructure including renovations to aging transit stations and building new bus lanes. Trudeau said $370 million of that money has been earmarked for transit projects in Metro Vancouver. The Star, June 16

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