The Michigan Department of Transportation will provide about $12,000 toward the program cost of $36,000. BWAT also contributed $6,000 and these four sponsors each paid $4,500: St. Clair County Community College, Fletcher Fealko Shoudy Law Firm, Port Huron Downtown Development Authority and the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitor Bureau.
BWAT will contract with Zagster, a bike-share provider with more than 135 bike shares in more than 30 states.
(photo by Jeffrey M. Smith, thetimesherald.com)
QLine Continues Free Rides
Riders on Detroit’s new QLine streetcar service will continue to avoid paying the announced $1.50 fare until after Labor Day, thanks to a donation from the Kresge Foundation.
The extension of the free-ride period comes as the QLine is making operational changes to lessen wait times and to speed up travel times.
“The QLine holds much promise as an integral piece of a true regional transit system and we are invested in its long-term success” said Kresge president and CEO Rip Rapson. “With dozens of summer festivals and activities up and down the Woodward Corridor, our motivation to extend free fares is to expose every city and metro resident to the QLine.”
Boring Tunnels Below LA
Elon Musk is moving ahead with plans to build a network of underground transit tunnels below Los Angeles.
The billionaire entrepreneur’s fledgling Boring Company released images last month of public transit vehicles that would travel in the tunnels alongside cars (see photo). Vehicles will travel in the tunnels at speeds of up to 130 miles per hour.
(forbes.com, photo from boringcompany.com)
Arkansas Ridership Up With Changes
Rock Region Metro officials are now hopeful that their decline in ridership has taken a turn for the better. After the Arkansas transit agency made changes in their bus routes last November, it appears that ridership has increased by 4.2 percent.
A total of 1,193,675 passengers boarded Rock Region buses between November 1, 2016, and April 30, according to agency data. The total marked a 4.2 percent increase over the 1,145,885 passengers who boarded during the same period the previous year.
“The system is moving in the direction of the demand of the customer,” said Kathleen Lambert, senior planner for transit agency.
Rock Region Metro modified 13 of its 26 bus routes. The changes included new stops in high traffic areas, the elimination of low use stops and other changes designed to reduce delays.
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