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“Voice of God” Curbs Behavior

Sacramento Regional Transit started using a “Voice of God” approach to security this summer via loudspeakers in light rail stations. The unusual approach is possibly unique among transit agencies.      Security officers at an operations center monitor live video feeds to identify and talk to people who loiter, smoke, drink alcohol, fight or otherwise break […]

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First Buses Go All-Electric

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District is the first in the nation with an all-electric, battery-powered bus service. The district converted its Bus Rapid Transit Express Route in Stockton, California, from 44 to 100 percent electric, zero-emissions buses.      RTD officials said electric buses mean cleaner air, quieter operation, and reduced maintenance costs.      RTD’s electric buses […]

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BWAT First in Michigan to Use Quantum

Blue Water Area Transit is the first transit agency in Michigan to use the fully automatic Quantum wheelchair securement system. With the new system, passengers quickly secure their wheelchairs or other mobility devices, such as scooters or Amigos, in a stable and safe position after boarding a bus. Bus drivers no longer need to assist […]

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China Builds World’s Deepest Station

China is building the world’s deepest and largest underground high-speed railway station at a popular tourist section of the Great Wall. The station is part of the country’s preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics.      “The Badaling station will be located 102 meters (335 feet) below the surface, with an underground construction area of 36,000 […]

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Arizona Transit Displays Art

 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 […]

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