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ASCE Launches App — The American Society of Civil Engineers has launched its new “Save America’s Infrastructure” app. Available for both iPhone and Android, the app allows users who enter a zip code to learn about the status of infrastructure in 16 categories. It includes infographics, videos, national and state data and news.

‘Tranz It’ Pass Benefits Kansas City Teens — The Kansas City Area (MO) Transportation Authority is offering its “Tranz It” bus pass for riders ages 12-18. For $12 a month, young riders can ride effortlessly throughout the summer on all of the system’s routes. The color-coded tags are available only during June, July and August.

SunRail Celebrates First Anniversary — Florida DOT recently marked the first anniversary of its SunRail commuter rail service in Sanford with a special day for riders. Local elected officials and celebrity guests participated in the day’s events, held to thank the more than one million Central Floridians who traveled on SunRail during the year.

Energy Efficiency Project at Grand Central — New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the completion of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) largest-ever energy-efficiency project, which will save $2.5 million in annual energy costs at Grand Central Terminal. The $25 million project, a ­partnership between MTA and the New York Power Authority, will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by more than 11,200 tons a year—the equivalent of removing roughly 2,140 cars from the road.

Reno RTC Reaches Out to Seniors — The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV, recently teamed up with the city of Reno and Washoe County Senior Services for a two-week “Stuff-a-Bus for Seniors” campaign. The effort gathered slippers, lightweight sweaters, jackets, pajamas, towels and hygiene items, grocery and pharmacy gift cards and transit passes.

Community Transit Launches ‘BusFinder’ — Community Transit in Snohomish County, WA, recently introduced “BusFinder,” a web and phone-based tool that allows customers to get real-time information for all of the system’s buses and six Sound Transit bus routes operating in the county, based on the location or identification number of the stop.

First Transit Contracts with Conn. DOT — First Transit recently entered into a new five-year contract with Connecticut DOT to operate the Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford divisions of Connecticut Transit (CTTransit) and CTfastrak, the state’s first BRT. With the addition of CTfastrak, First Transit manages a fleet of almost 450 buses and a workforce of more than 1,000 staff. The three CTTransit divisions managed by First Transit operate local and express bus service in 46 Connecticut towns and White Plains and Port Chester, NY. CTfastrak operates on 9.4 miles of bus-only guideway.

MST Expands Software Contract — Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST), Monterey, CA, recently upgraded its HASTUS software installation from GIRO and implemented new modules to provide more effective communication with employees and enhanced customer service. The new modules will allow MST employees to access various functionalities (including bidding on work and vacation choices) and will help the agency establish run times, produce itineraries and automatically format schedules.

Specialized Travel Training at PSTA — Participants in Project 10 STING RAY, a program at the University of South Florida that offers young adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience life on a college campus, recently participated in an introductory travel training class operated by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in St. Petersburg. The training began with a classroom presentation, after which students boarded an empty PSTA bus to put their lessons into practice. “We help them develop their social skills and prepare them for employment, but without PSTA they could not be truly independent,” said Annie Johnson, curriculum coordinator for Project 10 STING RAY.
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