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Laketran’s New, Clean Buses — Laketran in Lake County, OH, recently took delivery of 10 clean diesel commuter buses from Motor Coach Industries, replacing vehicles from 1998. The agency received the largest federal grant in its history—$4.89 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds—for the buses, which operate between Lake County and downtown Cleveland.

CTA’s ‘Heritage Fleet’ — The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced the Heritage Fleet program to preserve and celebrate more than 100 years of history of the CTA and its predecessor companies. The program, funded through revenue from CTA’s online merchandise store and private vehicle charters, will ensure that CTA properly maintains and stores its vintage buses, railcars and equipment.

Cubic, Miami-Dade Take It EASY — The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works recently awarded a $33 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to modernize the Cubic-supplied EASY Card revenue management system and provide 10 years of back office cloud computing and support services.

BART Rewards Off-Peak Riders — The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and San Francisco County Transportation Authority recently launched a six-month pilot program that offers riders the chance to win cash rewards by shifting their travel times away from the peak morning hours. Points accrued through the “BART Perks” program can be exchanged for small cash rewards or used to play the “Spin to Win” game for the chance to pick up additional points or random cash rewards.

SEPTA Installs Pedestrian Alerts — Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has entered into a contract with Protram Technology, part of Harsco Corporation, to install its Safe Turn Alert pedestrian warning system on all 1,075 buses in the SEPTA fleet.

AC Transit’s ‘TipNow’ App — AC Transit in Oakland, CA, recently implemented a pilot program called ­TipNow-AC Transit that allows riders to help promote rider safety and system security in emergency situations. Using simple icons, the app enables riders to report disruptive or suspicious activity.

‘Pocket Guide to ­Transportation’ App Available — The Bureau of Transportation Statistics recently announced that its annual Pocket Guide for Transportation is available as an app for both Apple and Android devices. The app gives users access to the guide’s informative graphics, including all seven sections of the print document—Infrastructure, Moving People, Moving Goods, Performance, Economy, Safety and Environment and Major Trends. Find details here.
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