Squeaky Wheels

  • SEPTA, Uber team to ease suburban parking crunch This summer SEPTA’s testing whether partnering with Uber can boost ridership and mitigate a parking crunch at some of its busiest stations. Riders taking Uber to or from 11 Regional Rail stations in the four counties surrounding Philadelphia will get 40% off the cost of their Uber ride. Philly.com, May 24
  • Sacramento RT considers closing light rail line Sacramento Regional Transit opened its $44 million Green Line four years ago with celebratory fireworks and speeches hailing it as the first step toward bringing light-rail service to North Natomas and the Sacramento International Airport. Now, struggling with persistent money woes, RT officials have recommended closing the Green Line indefinitely as part of the agency’s third round of cuts in the last decade. Sacramento Bee, May 20

Business Update

  • SEPTA has approved a contract that will bring more than 500 new buses to the city by 2021. The $411.8 million, 5-year contract with New Flyer of America will pay for 525 diesel-electric hybrid buses. The buses will begin arriving next year, SEPTA officials said. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Tweaks to L.A. Metro's pass program could help more college student
    For years, securing a discounted student pass for the Los Angeles County bus and rail system has required plenty of patience. A clunky and little-advertised application process may explain why just 1% of Angelenos who are going to school take advantage of discounted fares, MTA officials say. Los Angeles Times, May 27
  • Lansing's new transit center gets seats wrong
    The gleaming new Capital Area Multimodal Gateway train and bus station in Lansing, Mich., may be easy on the eyes, but it’s not so easy on another part of the anatomy. Detroit Free Press, May 23
  • Portland, Maine, transit modernizes with ride-tracking tools
    Public transportation in Greater Portland is poised to modernize and expand as the Metro bus service launches a route to towns north of Portland and the Metro and other transit companies release online ride-tracking tools. Press Herald, May 23

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