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Safe Places’ on NCRTD Buses — The North Central Regional Transit District, Espanola, NM, recently added its fleet of “Blue Buses” to the national “Safe Place” program, partnering with Taos-based DreamTree Project to transport youth escaping from dangerous situations to the nearest stop where they can find professional help. Once a minor notifies a driver that he or she needs help, the driver will alert the dispatch center, which in turn will initiate steps to transport the minor to a ­DreamTree/Safe Place representative.

Burning Calories, Sharing Bikes — Participants in the Regional Trans­por­tation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) Bike Share program burned more than one million calories during the program’s first six months, logging more than 25,000 miles in more than 8,000 trips over 4,000 hours of time. RTC provides 180 bikes at 21 strategically placed ­stations in downtown Las Vegas.

Partnership for L.A. ­Community Market — Los Angeles Metro is partnering with city, county and neighborhood organizations to open a community market for street vendors outside the portal to the Westlake/MacArthur Metro Red/Purple Line Station. The one-year pilot project is designed to allow street vending while minimizing disorder and transforming the station plaza into an inviting community environment.

CTA Expands Digital Information — The Chicago Transit Authority has begun a two-year project to add 130 new digital advertising displays throughout its rail system and upgrade 159 of its 283 existing displays. This change will generate new revenue for CTA at no cost through the agency’s contract with an advertising broker.

VIA’s Game-Changing App — Users of VIA Metropolitan Transit’s goMobile app in San Antonio, TX, can purchase fares electronically and activate them when they are ready to ride, reducing the need for cash and transfer cards. The free app also includes a trip-planning feature with bus arrival information to help riders plan more easily and accurately.

Solar Lighting at OCTA Bus Shelters — Urban Solar entered into a three-year contract to supply solar lighting systems to Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus shelters. OCTA previously installed more than 100 of its PV Stops in 2012.

Ann Arbor Facility Earns LEED Gold — The Ann Arbor Area (MI) Transportation Authority has achieved LEED Gold certification for its Blake Transit Center, which opened in 2014. The building’s sustainable elements include the use of local and renewable materials, high-efficiency heating and lighting systems and recycling of stormwater for “gray water” purposes such as flushing toilets.
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