Squeaky Wheels

  • Bird's nest fire leads to TransLink shutdown In what transit officials call a freak occurrence, a bird's nest caught fire underneath Vancouver's SkyTrain late Thursday night, causing a shutdown and lengthy delays for thousands of commuters during the Friday morning rush hour. Vancouver Sun, May 22
  • Dallas-area city wants more from DART Addison, Texas, officials’ continued frustrations with having no passenger rail service to show for their $238 million in contributions to Dallas Area Rapid Transit are driving new rounds of behind-the-scenes discussions about the unused Cotton Belt corridor. Dallas News, May 17

Business Update

  • Hybrid buses are not on Whatcom Transportation Authority’s shopping list for the next two years because of equipment problems with the hybrids currently in the Bellingham, Wash., agency’s fleet. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Ebola spread on Guinea buses by corpses
    Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said. CBC, May 22
  • Robot designed to help visually impaired nagivate public transit
    A blind person is traveling on the subway. The train they’re riding on pulls into a stop, the doors open and the person exits. Waiting there on the platform, to help guide them through the station, is a robot. City Lab, May 18

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