Arizona Transit Displays Art

arizonahandscropped.jpg At almost every Valley Metro light rail stop, you’ll see dynamic displays of art. Some are extremely tall (see photo of sculpture of hands). Each tells a story about the people who ride transit.

     “Every station is really unique and every artist that comes on board, they don’t start designing until they’ve done research in the community, talked with community members. Art is distinct but also about each community,” said MB Finnerty, public art administrator. “There was a lot of thought and discussion behind every design.”

     Valley Metro’s collection of artwork can be seen as the largest public art gallery in Arizona, running from Mesa to Tempe and Phoenix.

     All of the pieces are made of materials that can withstand triple digit heat and the UV rays in Arizona. “From mosaic, to terrazzo, steel, concrete, granite and metal,” Finnerty added.

     The budget for each station was from $200,000 to $260,000.  Finnerty said that was one percent of the entire construction budget.

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Simulator Helps Add Services


     TransLoc simulates demand by using local data, such as population density, neighborhood economics and traffic patterns. It uses an algorithm to assign rides to vehicles to show how routes might look.

     Transit agencies can use TransLoc to see how demand response transportation might increase access to work for poorer neighborhoods or access to grocery stores for food deserts. The simulator can also help solve the “first mile/last mile” problem for public transportation.

     “I have never seen the market move as quickly as it has toward this demand response transportation mode,” said Rahul Kumar, VP of revenue, TransLoc.

     TransLoc is a leading transportation technology provider dedicated to delivering seamless mobility for all. It has made Fast Company’s list of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Transportation for 2017.



Hyperloop One Ready To Go Global

hyper200croppedHyperloop One officials announced last week in Los Angeles that they are ready to globally market their new energy efficient autonomous transportation system.

     During a second phase of engineering tests, the system’s electromagnetically propelled pod reached nearly 200 mph. These and other results confirmed that the Hyperloop technology works..

     “We are excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges,” said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd.

     SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduced the Hyperloop concept in 2013. The system involves high-tech, electric trains speeding through depressurized tubes much like the pneumatic tubes once used for bank deposits.

     Hyperloop One is one of the firms attempting to build Elon Musk’s plan for a rapid mass transport system.




‘Til Later,

Jim Wilson,
BWAT General Manager


About Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is General Manager at Blue Water Area Transit
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