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New $1 Day Pass in Santa ­Barbara — The Santa Barbara (CA) Metropolitan Transit District recently introduced a new one-day, $1 pass for its Downtown and Waterfront Shuttle routes. The pass, valid for one calendar day after first use, allows for unlimited rides on the battery-electric shuttles.

"MetroLines’ Brings Poetry to St. Louis Metro — Metro Arts in Transit in St. Louis has selected 15 poems to be featured inside its buses and light rail vehicles through the 2018 MetroLines Poetry Contest. The poets, who all live within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis, each received $100 prizes for their work.

Visit Disneyland Free on RTA — Riders on Riverside (CA) Transit Agency (RTA) routes through Dec. 16 who share their experience at automatically qualify for a chance to win tickets to Disneyland and 30-day bus passes good on all bus routes, including CommuterLink express routes. The promotion is part of RTA’s enhanced service to Disneyland, which has resulted in expanded trips to the park aboard a CommuterLink route.

Metrolink Honored for Low-Emission Locomotives — The South Coast Air Quality Management District recognized Metrolink commuter rail in Southern California with the Model Community Achievement Award for its purchase of 40 Tier-4 locomotives. The new locomotives reduce emissions by 85 percent and provide 57 percent more horsepower compared to older vehicles.

RATP Dev USA to Manage D.C. Circulator — RATP Dev USA has entered into a five-year contract with the District of Columbia DOT to manage its D.C. Circulator bus system. The company will directly supervise the D.C. Circulator’s daily operations for six routes and maintain the 72-bus fleet in support of nearly five million annual trips. Masabi, Swiftly Form Partnership — Masabi, a provider of Software-as-a-Service ticketing and payments for public transit, and Swiftly, a leading big data and mobility services platform for public transit, recently formed a partnership for North America. Under terms of the agreement, the companies will work together to offer public transit agencies a combined vehicle tracking, real-time data and ticketing solution.

Cincinnati’s ‘EZAlerts’ Receive National Honor — Cincinnati Metro received the Granicus Digital Strategy Award for its Cincy EZAlerts program, which notifies bus riders via text or email when their specific route experiences a service delay or service interruption. The award is presented by Granicus (a provider of cloud-based software solutions to government) to agencies whose digital strategies have helped streamline processes, transform access to services and improve experiences for citizens.

Buy Rock Region METRO Passes with App — Rock Region METRO, North Little Rock, AR, is partnering with San Francisco-based Token Transit to provide a free smartphone app that allows riders to purchase passes from anywhere. The app accepts debit and credit card payment methods or users may purchase mobile passes online and send them to any 10-digit smartphone number.

INIT to Update ORCA Fare Collection System — INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc. has contracted with Sound Transit in Seattle to deliver the next generation of the regional ORCA electronic fare system. The updated system will provide real-time account management and fare processing, as well as the opportunity for customers to instantly add value to their account and to pay fares with mobile devices.
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