Squeaky Wheels

  • MBTA's Twitter manager has tough task On weekdays from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., Lisa Battiston has the least enviable job in Greater Boston. She spends her morning monitoring Twitter and responding to the seemingly endless stream of anger and complaints regarding MBTA service. Boston.com, March 3
  • Uber says it's plugging gaps in L.A. transit system Uber, the ride-hailing company that connects riders with drivers via a mobile app, said it sees itself as complementary to the Los Angeles area’s existing public transportation infrastructure, helping close “gaps” in people’s commute by getting them to and from public transportation hubs. Los Angeles Times, Feb. 26
  • BRT a tough sell in car-centric Silicon Valley U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx came to Silicon Valley earlier this month to announce the administration’s transportation vision for the next three decades. That future includes faster public transit, and Foxx’s 2016 budget recommends a chunk of federal dollars to help cities build bus rapid transit systems. KQED, Feb. 24

Business Update

  • Seattle has revised its contract with a Czech train supplier, in hopes of getting the long-delayed First Hill Streetcar line running this summer. Inekon is building six trains for the new route. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Springfield, Mo., transit director set bar high before death
    With a new transfer station due to be built and bus route changes sure to follow, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for City Utilities' Transit Services. Speaking to members of a rider advisory committee last month, Transit Director Kevin Lowe seemed eager to make the most of the opportunity. Springfield News-Leader, March 3
  • D.C.-area transit on the ropes?
    It has been a brutal few months for local supporters of public transit, and it may get worse before it gets better. In November, Arlington County officials tossed out more than a decade’s worth of work planning a streetcar system for Columbia Pike. The same month, Larry Hogan — a skeptic of the proposed Purple Line light rail system — won an upset victory to become the state’s governor. Washington Post, March 3
  • Chicago's grand plans for BRT not grand enough?
    Let's acknowledge, right from the start, that there's a lot to like about Chicago's long-awaited, much-anticipated Central Loop BRT project. But some of the strongest supporters of better bus service in Chicago are wishing that step forward had been even bigger. City Lab, Feb. 26

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