A company behind the futuristic, high-speed transportation system fantasized by Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk has leased warehouse space in downtown Los Angeles and is rapidly adding new workers to a staff of 20 full-time employees. Read more...
Bogotá, Colombia, will begin trialing an integrated video surveillance system, featuring biometrics and facial recognition cameras, in the city’s TransMilenio (Sivit) transit system. Read more...
SEPTA's soggy forecast puts focus on infrastructure A federal report released this month, which used SEPTA as a case study for the nation's transit systems, predicts that average temperatures in Philadelphia will rise by 3 to 6 degrees by 2050, with greater annual rainfall and more frequent "heavy precipitation events." That long-term weather forecast means trouble for SEPTA, especially on its railroad, subway, and trolley routes. Philadelphia Inquirer, March 22
Fare turnstiles coming to TriMet After nearly three decades of operating on the honor system at its light-rail stations, TriMet plans to install turnstiles at two Orange Line stations once the agency's $30 million e-fare system goes live in 2017. The Oregonian, March 20
AAATA to review employee expense policies The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's treasurer has announced plans to conduct a thorough review of the agency's expense policies and procedures, including those pertaining to conference travel and meals.
MLive, March 20