This week looks at reducing congestion by only offering microtransit service and by developing ways at Boston’s new technology center. Also, Los Angeles gets ready for the 2028 Olympics
About Blue Water Wave… BWAT general manager Jim Wilson comments on what’s happening in transit in the Blue Water Area, as well as interesting transit-related developments all around the globe. He observes new challenges, solutions, strategies, trends, and perspectives within the transit industry.
Texas Town Tries Microtransit-Only
Arlington launched a new mass transit system last month. The innovative pilot is the first in the nation to run solely on microtransit service. Until a few years ago, Arlington was the largest city in the country with no mass transit at all.
The one-year pilot project helps residents, workers, students and visitors get around the city by booking a shared ride for a flat-rate fee. Arlington is working with Via, a New York-based startup that offers on-demand minibus rides. Passengers can secure pick-ups in six-seater Mercedes shuttles for a $3 fare by using the Via app or by dialing a call center.
Via vehicles replaced Max, Metro’s ArlingtonXpress. Max was a single, fixed-route bus line that Arlington ran for four years.
(Sources:.citylab.com, arlington-tx.gov, photo from city of Arlington)
LA Prepares Transit for 2028 Olympics
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority will complete 28 transit projects before the summer Olympics in 2028. Mayor Eric Garcetti called it his “28 by 28” initiative. It’s an ambitious effort to reduce congestion and transform the city’s transportation infrastructure.
“We should all be racing to accelerate as many projects in as many places as we can,” Garcetti said.
Measure M will fund over half of the projects. Metro is expected to receive $800 million per year from the recently passed permanent sales tax hike for transportation.
(Sources: nbclosangeles.com, archpaper.com, photo of Olympic Torch Tower of the Los Angeles Coliseum on the day of the opening ceremonies of Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics is unknown, from US Air Force/Wikimedia Commons).
Aptiv Opens Boston Technology Center
Aptiv has opened a new technology center in Boston’s Seaport district. The global technology company focuses on the development and commercialization of advanced mobility solutions. It was formerly known as Delphi Automotive.
Aptiv will use the new center to develop and introduce ways to lessen congestion and increase access to public transit. The new facility joins Aptiv’s technology centers in Pittsburgh, PA and Mountain View, CA.
“Boston has become a leading global city for the development of autonomous driving solutions, making it the ideal location for our new technology center” said Kevin Clark, Aptiv president and chief executive officer.
(Sources: aptiv.com, autonews.com,.theconnectedcar.com)
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