Squeaky Wheels

  • Money-saving consultants have cost SEPTA $2.8 million Looking for ways to save money, SEPTA has paid about $2.8 million to a Boston-based consulting firm, including payments of more than $500 an hour to some specialists. In the process, FTI Consulting Inc. has used 24 of its staffers, some of whom have collected more from SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, who makes $273,000 a year. The Inquirer, April 23
  • Why streetcars are losing their appeal There seems to be a requirement somewhere in the catechism of America’s streetcar advocates: that once a day they must genuflect in the direction of Portland, Ore. But these days the catechism of streetcar salvation is being challenged by some transit agnostics —- and even some who were once believers. MinnPost, April 20

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  • Two parcels on a busy Sacramento thoroughfare are up for sale, after Sacramento Regional Transit District determined they wouldn’t be needed for transit. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Metro Transit testing electric buses for faster routes
    Aiming to create a faster service on limited routes, Metro Transit is testing electric buses for its planned Twin Cities expansion. With that in mind, transit officials with rode an electric bus up and down Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. They say the new technology could serve as a midpoint between conventional buses and light rail trains. MPR News, April 22
  • Apple still working on public transit feature for Maps app
    Apple is still working to add public transit data to its Maps app, after the long-rumored feature failed to appear in iOS 8. A company job posting, spotted by AppleInsider, seeks someone with “in-depth knowledge about public transit,” from both technical and rider standpoints. Mac World, April 22

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