The world's most dangerous transit systems for women
The public transportation systems in some of the world’s largest cities are seriously unsafe for women. Groping, lewd comments and sexual assaults are so common that even the “safest” of these systems — New York’s — are nothing to brag about, while the least safe systems, in Latin America, are nightmares.
Washington Post, Oct. 28
The process of hiring a third-party contractor to run Cincinnati's streetcar cannot be limited to just local companies. City Councilwoman Amy Murray told members of the transportation committee that federal guidelines call for the bidding process to be open to any company regardless of where it's based. Read more...
Declining ridership on D.C. Metro rail lines is troubling for the real estate firms and developers that build and own offices near the stations, and of particular concern is a drop in the number of commuters who are taking Metro downtown in the morning. Read more...
Beacon technology to be tested at CTA rail stations Beacons are one of the newest forms of technology which allow organizations to communicate location-specific information. The Chicago Transit Authority and Titan have announced a pilot program to test the technology in some Chicago rail stations.
Transportation Radio spoke with Dave Etherington, Titan’s Chief Strategy Officer, to learn more about the project.
Transportation Radio, Oct. 28
More informative bus stop signs coming to the Twin Cities For new or would-be riders, the Twin Cities bus system is about to become much easier to understand. Metro Transit will start testing a plan this December to replace the region's ubiquitous "Bus Stop" signs with new placards featuring route information, frequencies, maps and instructions to access real-time arrival data. Star Tribune, Oct. 28
Ohio's transit needs are billions of dollars short In Ohio, consultants estimate that the chasm between capital needs of transit systems, such as new buses and transit centers, and existing revenue is $2.8 billion over the next 10 years, and that operating costs will run short of needs by about $637.6 million a year, or about $6.4 billion in the next decade.
Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 27