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TCAT Partners with Google Maps — Service information for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) buses in Ithaca, NY, is now available in Google Maps online and through a mobile app.

SmartDrive Named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 — SmartDrive Systems has placed 395th on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ for 2017, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. This is the fourth consecutive year the company has appeared on the list, during which time SmartDrive has grown more than 200 percent.

WSP to Manage BART Extension — The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA, has awarded WSP USA a contract to manage the second phase of the extension of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail system to Silicon Valley. While the first 10 miles are expected to enter service this year, planning is underway for Phase II, which will include six more miles of track and four new stations.

VIA Announces 1,000th Bus Stop Improvement
 — VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX, recently dedicated its 1,000th new bus stop improvement as part of a special improvement program: a roofed shelter located adjacent to a San Antonio Housing Authority project. With the completion of this stop, VIA now provides sheltered locations for 95 percent of boardings throughout its system, or more than 2,200 stops.

PSTA Selects Official App — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), St. Petersburg, FL, recently selected Transit App as its official smartphone app, building upon existing public schedule information to create a seamless experience for riders. Transit provides public transit information to millions of active users in more than 140 cities.

Sound Transit Contracts with HDR — Sound Transit in Seattle has entered into a contract with HDR to plan the 9.7-mile Tacoma Dome Link light rail extension, which will complete service between Seattle and Tacoma, WA. The contract also includes four new transit stations and a new operations and maintenance facility.

Long Beach Transit Holds Job Fair
 — Long Beach (CA) Transit recently held a job fair to identify and interview candidates for 35 bus operator positions, along with 19 openings in other departments including mechanics, transit service delivery supervisors and accounting employees.

Collecting Socks and Mittens in Buffalo — The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Metro, Buffalo, NY, is reaching out to low-income and homeless residents with its first Sock and Mitten Drive, working with a regional community center. As access to public transit is often critical for this population, the agency works within the community to help meet its accessibility needs for jobs and daily living.

LYNX Partners with Seminole State — LYNX, Orlando, FL, has entered into a partnership with Seminole State College, Sanford, FL, to provide unlimited free rides to its students, faculty and staff. The college funds the bus service, which includes all LYNX routes and can be accessed through a mobile app available for Android and iOS devices.

Transdev to Provide Paratransit in Lansing — The Capital Area Transit Authority, Lansing, MI, has awarded Transdev a five-year, $37.1 million contract to provide Spec-Tran paratransit and supplemental rural services to more than 15,500 customers, effective in April.

Community Transit Opens Bus-Only Lane — Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA, recently opened a bus-only lane to ease congestion near a highway overpass. The road-widening project is part of construction for Swift Green Line BRT, scheduled to open in 2019.

Des Moines Business Provides Free Transit to Employees — The Des Moines Area (IA) Regional Transit Authority (DART) has extended a bus route to serve a plant where truck accessory products are produced. At the same time, the manufacturer began providing free bus fares for employees through DART’s Unlimited Access program, which allows organizations to pay a set amount for employees to ride free by showing a work ID.

WMATA Plans TOD at College Park Station — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority signed an agreement with a developer to create a mixed-use residential and retail project at the College Park Metrorail Station in Maryland. Plans include 440 units of market-rate multifamily units, destination retail and other amenities located immediately adjacent to the entrance of the station.

CNG Fueling Station Coming to Santa Fe — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has entered into a $3 million, eight-year design, build, operate and maintain contract with the city of Santa Fe, NM, for a CNG fueling station that will serve both public and private customers, including the city’s public transit agency, Santa Fe Trails.

Chicago RTA Receives Honor for 23rd Year — For the 23rd consecutive year, Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for RTA’s comprehensive annual financial report.
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