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Sleeve Appeased Critics

The  Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority distributed sleeves for the Inauguration Day SmarTrip discount passes. The sleeves commemorated the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the nation’s 45th president.       Metro officials issued the sleeves in response to criticism that Trump’s picture did not appear on this year’s Inaugural SmarTrip cards. Instead, an image of […]

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Ann Arbor Uses Driverless Shuttle

NAVYA, a French start-up, is operating its fully autonomous, 15-passenger electric shuttle at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is the first time the firm’s ARMA shuttles will be used in North America. They are already on the road in countries all over the world.       NAVYA’s flagship vehicle, the ARMA, is designed to […]

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Atlanta Starts Station Soccer

Soccer in the Streets launched the world’s first soccer program inside a major urban transit station. Atlanta United,  a local Major League Soccer expansion franchise, provides grant funding for the project in the Five Points station of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.      “Our partnership effort will help foster a sense of community around […]

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Philadelphia Pollution Up During Transit Strike

Philadelphia’s air pollution grew significantly last month. More cars were on the highways during a local transit strike that idled buses, trolleys and subways. Local transit usually provides 900,000 rides a day.      The Transport Workers Union Local 234 failed to reach a contract agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The union’s 4,700 workers […]

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Arizona Buses Join Safe Places

When CEO Scott Smith called Valley Metro “part of the fabric” of the Phoenix community, he was not overstating the transit agency’s role. While we all reach out to improve the day-to-day lives of those in our community, VM is helping vulnerable teenagers in a way that is more direct than most.      Homeless, runaway […]

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