Squeaky Wheels

  • Rail operator urges commuters to eat breakfast A Portuguese commuter rail operator has launched a campaign urging its passengers to eat breakfast to try to reduce train delays caused by passengers fainting during the morning rush hour. Forty-six passengers fainted on the company's trains during the first half of the year. IOL, Oct. 19
  • BRT-adjacent businesses in survival mode in Albuquerque Albuquerque's bus rapid transit project, called ART, is being touted as a transformative mobility option. Some businesses along the route, though, have voiced the fiercest objections to ART. They have argued that construction, and even the finished product, could hurt their business, in part by limiting access. Albuquerque Journal, Oct. 17

Business Update

  • Bombardier is cutting its Canadian workforce by another 2,000 people as it trims its global staffing level by almost 10%, or 7,500 people. Two-thirds of the global positions will be in transportation and nearly 2,500 in aerospace. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Why 318 NJ Transit workers got an extra $20,000 last year
    More than 300 NJ Transit employees received checks for at least $20,000 last year after the agency agreed to new contracts with some of its unions, records show. The money was paid retroactively for raises the union members would have received during the five years they worked without a new agreement. NJ.com, Oct. 18
  • Mobileye collision-avoidance system embraced by Pierce Transit
    Sometimes, two eyes just aren’t enough. That’s the idea behind a pilot project at Pierce Transit that’s seen the Lakewood, Wash., agency outfit 7 buses with vision sensors that notify drivers if a pedestrian or bicycle wanders into their blind spot. The yearlong project has been so successful the agency is applying for a $2 million federal grant to outfit the rest of its 167 buses with the technology. The News Tribune, Oct. 17

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