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AC Transit Teams with Google — Real-time location data from every bus in AC Transit’s fleet in Oakland, CA, can now be found on Google Maps. Customers will know if the next bus due at their stop is on time and will have access to service alerts warning of construction or special event detours. Riders can access Google Maps and the Bay Area’s trip planner here.

Metra Provides Free Charging Stations — Metra commuter rail is installing charging stations at four of its downtown Chicago stations to provide its customers with a convenient and free place to recharge devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. The system also added power outlets to its railcars and is considering ways to provide free Wi-Fi in waiting areas at its downtown stations.

MVTA Launches App
— The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), Burnsville, MN, recently launched its free “Ride MVTA” app, which provides the same functionality as the agency’s website in a mobile format. In addition to route schedules and a trip planner, users can send comments and photos to the agency.

Grant Supports Free AVTA Rides for Seniors
— The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), Lancaster, CA, will provide free annual bus passes to seniors courtesy of a $200,000 grant it received from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, with matching funds from the city of Lancaster and Los Angeles County.

Houston METRO to Buy Buses with Bond Sale Proceeds — Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County will purchase 150 new buses and refund $60 million in commercial paper with funds raised through the sale of $115 million of bonds. The order period generated approximately $375 million in orders from more than 20 institutional investors.
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