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A roundup of news from public transportation’s transit agencies and private sector companies
King County Metro to Offer Reduced-Fare Passes — King County Metro Transit in Seattle will partner with the county public health department to offer a reduced-fare program for lower-income bus riders starting next March. The reduced fare of $1.50 will be available to riders earning no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level—currently $23,340 annually for an individual. Eligibility must be verified every other year.
New Haven Campaign ‘Makes Cents’ for Paratransit — The Greater New Haven Transit District (GNHTD) (CT)—through its GNHTD Foundation to support the needs of the transit district and its riders—is administering an “It Makes Cents” campaign that accepts individual and business donations to cover a 40-cent increase in paratransit fares that otherwise might prevent some older Americans and persons with disabilities from using the service. GNHTD plans to return the fares to their previous level after achieving a predetermined funding goal.
Centro Sets Records for State Fair Bus Services — Centro in Syracuse, NY, provided 212,122 rides between park-and-ride locations in three counties and the main gate of the 2014 New York State Fair, 10.5 percent more than the previous year. The agency also provided 319,097 shuttle rides between the parking lots and the main gate, 1 percent more than in 2013. Executive Director Frank Kobliski said, “Of the approximately 950,000 people who went through the turnstiles at the fair, one out of every three to four arrived at the main gate on a Centro bus.”
Las Vegas Receives Retrofitted Paratransit Vehicles — The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has taken delivery of 80 new 27-foot paratransit buses from a local firm, RO Bus Sales, which modified the vehicles to meet RTC and federal safety standards. The $7.67 million contract includes four options for an additional 320 vehicles through 2017.
WMATA Prepares for Smartphone Fare Pilot — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is planning a pilot program to test new fare technology and gates that would allow riders to pay for their trip using next-generation smartphones, near field communications-enabled watches, contactless credit and debit cards, and federal ID cards. The testing will begin at 10 Metrorail stations and on six Metrobus routes.
Cubic Launches U.S. Intelligent Transport Management Systems Business — Cubic Transportation Systems has expanded its intelligent transport management business, Cubic (ITMS), to the U.S. market. Cubic (ITMS) is based in the United Kingdom and has major contracts in Scotland, Australia, and Hong Kong.
LIRR’s One-Ticket Ride to Meadowlands — During the pro football season, MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is providing a special one-ticket ride from Long Island to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home field for both the New York Jets and New York Giants, and for select other events at the stadium. The round-trip “Train to the Game” ticket includes LIRR service to Manhattan’s Penn Station, a New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) train ride to Secaucus Junction Station, and an NJ Transit shuttle train to the stadium.