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DCTA Introduces Transit Tracker System — The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), Lewisville, TX, recently implemented its new Transit Tracker system, providing real-time vehicle information via phone, online, text and free mobile app for A-train, fixed-route bus and shuttle services.

Improved Signage at Chicago Union Station
 — Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority has joined the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Amtrak in installing 81 updated interagency signs at Chicago Union Station, designed to more easily connect travelers to transportation options and amenities around the landmark facility.

ELERTS Develops Mobile Reporting App for TTC
 — The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) recently implemented “SafeTTC,” a mobile app powered by ELERTS Corp., which enables TTC customers to safely report harassment and assault in less than 20 seconds. The free app is available for both Apple and Android platforms and offers incident reporting and two-way communications.

Free OCTA Bus Rides to Santa Ana College — The Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority (OCTA) recently launched a three-year pilot program—the county’s first—that allows nearly 42,000 Santa Ana College students to ride any bus for free. OCTA is using a grant from the state’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program to offset the cost of the bus passes.

Use UTA App for Mobile Ticketing
 — The Utah Transit Authority recently launched the GoRide app, which allows riders to purchase bus, TRAX light rail and streetcar tickets with their smartphones.

Tolar Receives LYNX Contract
 — LYNX, Orlando, FL, has awarded a three-year contract, with two one-year options, to Tolar Manufacturing Company for up to $6.75 million worth of public transit shelters and solar illumination.

Reno RTC Honored for Sustainability Plan
 — The Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association recently recognized the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), Reno, NV, for implementation of its sustainability plan. The plan identifies 24 short-term sustainability goals across the entire agency that will be implemented within a two- to three-year period to help achieve long-term goals including adding electric buses, reducing emissions by promoting alternative modes of transportation and increasing facilities’ energy efficiency.

IndyGo Honored for Transit Center Design
 — The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce recently presented three awards to IndyGo’s Julia M. Carson Transit Center: Honor in Architecture, Achievement in Engineering and Honor in Landscape Architecture. The chamber’s Monumental Awards acknowledge excellence in the built environment in the region.

Caltrain Adopts Bicycle Parking Plan — Caltrain commuter rail, San Carlos, CA, has adopted a new Bicycle Parking Management Plan that will increase bike parking capacity at its stations with secure, easy-to-use, low-cost bike options such as electronic bike lockers. Riders bring an estimated 6,000 bikes on board the system each day.

Real-Time Information in ­Pittsburgh — The Port Authority of Alle­gheny County in Pittsburgh has completed implementation of the ­“True­Time” system that tracks light rail vehicles in real time, providing increased convenience and pre­dictability for passengers.

BART Expands Guaranteed Carpool Parking
 — The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has added two more stations to its program that guarantees parking to carpoolers by allowing commuters using the carpool app, Scoop, to park in reserved spaces after 10 a.m. BART and Scoop partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to develop the program, funded through an FTA Mobility on Demand Sandbox grant.

Transit Ambassadors in Long Beach — Long Beach (CA) Transit recently launched its Transit Ambassador Program, which will place uniformed security officers with specialized public transit training on board the system’s vehicles to provide on-bus security support and customer service.
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