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FACT 2014

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metro-magazine.com 22 < m ETRO m AGAZINE FACT BOOK 2015 2012 Metro 10-year timeline pattern, low-energy LED lighting, a cli- mate-controlled air system and next- stop announcements, including a 'T- Loop' system. Fed app makes bus safety data more accessible May – Te FMCSA released its Saf- erBus iPhone/iPad application, giving potential clients the ability to review a bus company's safety record before booking. SaferBus, which provides ac- cess to an estimated 6,000 U.S. com- mercial passenger carriers, gives in- sight to a company's performance in fve safety-critical areas: unsafe driv- ing, fatigue driving, driver ftness, con- trolled substances/alcohol and vehicle maintenance. S.F. Muni marks 100 years May – Te San Francisco MTA cel- ebrated the 100th anniversary of the Municipal Railway (Muni), which was founded on Dec. 28, 1912, by adding the newly restored Car No. 1, to its his- toric streetcar feet running on the F Market and Wharves Line. Te agen- cy also launched a special section of its website to share photographic archive images, which date back to the 19th Century. Hampton Roads' rail reaches 1 million rides June – Norfolk, Va.-based Hamp- ton Roads Transit celebrated a major milestone by reaching the one-million- rides mark on its 7.4-mile light rail sys- tem, Te Tide. Much higher than pre- House, Senate advance authorization bills, expose chasm Feb./March – In early February, both the House and Senate began moving forward with public transpor- tation authorization bills that varied in both length of time and amount of dol- lars, while the House Ways and Means Committee voted to eliminate the use of motor fuel tax revenues for public transportation. Cap Metro installs text-friendly signs April – Capital Metro completed in- stallation of new bus stop signs at all of its 2,700-plus stops that make it easy to get specifc schedule information us- ing a cell phone. Use of the free sched- ule-via-text messaging service, has in- creased phenomenally since the signs started going up at bus stops, accord- ing to the transit system. In Febru- ary, users sent text queries more than 100,000 times, and people are scanning the QR codes available at each bus stop an average of 1,200 times per day. London's revamped Routemaster buses begin service April – Te newly revamped ver- sion of London's iconic red Routemas- ter double-decker buses began pas- senger services. Te buses, which are equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric drive system, are fully accessible, with three sets of doors, all with Oyster card readers, and two staircases. Interior in- novations include a new bespoke seat dicted average daily ridership helped propel Te Tide to this benchmark sooner than expected. Initial projec- tions put ridership at about 2,900 aver- age boardings, while Te Tide record- ed about 4,900 average daily boardings. N.Y. Fulton St. transit center continues progress June – Construction of N.Y. MTA's new Fulton Street Transit Center, that will improve travel for nearly 300,000 commuters, residents and visitors to Lower Manhattan and better link 10 subway lines to PATH service and the World Trade Center site, is more than 60% complete and on track for its scheduled June 2014 completion. Te $1.4 billion project will feature 70,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and ofce space. Phoenix airport's automated train takes test run July – Phoenix Sky Harbor Interna- tional Airport's automated train, the PHX Sky Train, made its frst test run in mid-May. Te electrically-powered, au- tomated train, built by Bombardier, will transport travelers beginning in 2013. North County pilots e-ticketing July – Calif.-based North County Transit District is one of the frst tran- sit agencies to pilot e-ticketing technol- ogy, providing customers the conve- nience of pre-purchasing public transit tickets online for special events. METRO: 2004-2014 August 2012 September/October 2012 November/December 2012 A u g u s t 2 0 1 2 S e p t e m b e r / O c t o b e r 2 0 1 2 N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 2

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