Hyperloop Gains Attention

hyperlooponeHyperloop One’s chief operating officer, Rob Lloyd, revealed the first images of the Hyperloop development site in Las Vegas earlier this week. He showed the photos during his keynote address at the 11th Annual Middle East Rail conference in Dubai.

     The photos displayed aerial views of how the construction is progressing at the world’s only full-system Hyperloop test site.

     Also this week, President Donald Trump met with 13 federal agencies that will play a role in his infrastructure plan. Entrepreneur Elon Musk attended the meeting, where his proposal for a new high-speed rail system drew Trump’s praise.

     Among the most prominent private sector attendees at Wednesday’s meeting was Musk, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal. Musk has also developed several leading edge technological projects — including a private space mission and electric automaker Tesla.

     Musk  serves on the president’s advisory team of business leaders known as the Strategic and Policy Forum. He envisions revolutionizing mass transit with a high-speed rail system known as Hyperloop. This plan involves transporting people in “pods” at speeds of more than 700 mph through underground tubes, using vacuums as a power source.

(upi.com, picture courtesy of Hyperloop One)


BWAT Has Busy January

40logoBWAT started this year with the busiest January in its 40-year history. An all-time ridership record of 76,602 riders travelled on fixed route buses during the month. The agency’s record for January fixed-route ridership was last broken in 2015, with 74,656 riders.

     It’s hard to tell exactly why we were so busy. Maybe lots of people made New Year’s resolutions to save money and help the environment by riding the bus. Or maybe January was unseasonably warm this year.

     This new milestone joins many others that have been set since 2008 when BWAT broke its monthly ridership record for the first time in 27 years

     BWAT operates seven regularly scheduled bus routes in the City of Port Huron and Fort Gratiot Township. They all start from the agency’s new transfer center in downtown Port Huron. Riders can catch a bus anywhere in the system every 45 minutes.


Google Introduces Waymo

waymoThe Google Self-Driving Car Project is now Waymo.

     “Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility. We’re a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around,” explained John Krafcik, Waymo CEO.

     The project started in 2009 in Mountain View, California, and has since spread to cities in Texas, Washington and Arizona.

     Since 2009, Google prototypes have logged over two million miles of real-world driving. Difficult tasks that they can now handle include: detecting and responding to emergency vehicles, mastering multi-lane four-way stops, and anticipating what unpredictable humans will do on the road.



‘Til Later,

Jim Wilson, General Manager

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Jim Wilson is General Manager at Blue Water Area Transit
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