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Page 29 of 123 26 < m ETRO m AGAZINE FACT BOOK 2015 2014 Metro 10-year timeline to use voice and tap commands to re- ceive real-time information alerts for an approaching bus or train, view route information and track transit vehicle locations in real time. Foxx uses bus tour to urge transit investment April – U.S. Transportation Secre- tary Anthony Foxx launched the "In- vest in America, Commit to the Future" bus tour to showcase the importance of transportation investment. During his tour, which included visits to man- ufacturers, bridges, freight facilities and highway projects, Foxx spoke with business leaders, stakeholders and members of communities. Former T&I Chairman, champion of 'intermodality,' Oberstar dies June – James Oberstar, former chair- man of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and long- time transportation advocate, died in May at age 79. His legacy is visible throughout his home state where his infuence secured funding for public works projects, including the Northstar commuter rail system. At the feder- al level, Oberstar had an international reputation as an expert and as an advo- cate of public investments to spur pri- vate growth. Greyhound celebrates 100 years June – Greyhound is commemorat- ing its 100th anniversary, by showcas- ing its growth from one vehicle operat- ing out of Hibbing, Minn., to its current 'Polar Vortex' freezes up Midwest transit service January – Snow, ice, and an arctic blast of freezing dense air known as the "polar vortex" severely impacted tem- peratures and made mass transporta- tion difcult throughout the country in January, particularly in the Midwest. Te snow and sub-zero temperatures began impacting Metra, Chicago Tran- sit Authority and Amtrak, where pas- sengers on the latter had to spend the night aboard trains due to impassable tracks. Seattle aerial gondola system linking waterfront proposed April – A Seattle developer an- nounced plans to build an aerial gon- dola system that would carry pas- sengers from the Washington State Convention Center down Union Street to the waterfront, with a stop at Pike Place Market. Te proposed system would travel half a mile and feature three stations, eight support columns and will be funded solely by private in- vestment. Utah creates Google Glass transit tracking app April – Some Utah Transit Authority bus and train riders are getting a sneak peak at wearable technology now that launched a transit track- ing app for Google Glass, "OnTime for Glass." Google Glass users will be able standing as one of the world's most iconic brands and an integral part of America's transportation infrastructure. 'Pop-up' bus services launches in Boston area July – A new "pop-up" bus service, with routes dictated by data about peo- ple's commutes from Google Earth, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and LinkedIn, launched in Massachusetts in June. Te private service uses char- tered buses and is run by a start-up technology company called Bridj. Te coaches feature comfortable seats and Wi-Fi and costs $6 per ride. Mobile app helps MTS move ComicCon fans August – San Diego Metropolitan Transportation System's (MTS) Trol- ley system handles more than 215,000 passengers during the annual Comic- Con festivities. To help attendees avoid long trolley ticket lines, the MTS intro- duced a mobile ticketing app. Founder of Bobit Business Media passes away August – Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, parent company of METRO Magazine and many other brands, passed away June 29 at the age of 86. He founded the company in 1961 and grew the busi- ness to include more than 20 maga- zines as well as various trade shows and websites in the automotive, bus, protection and beauty felds. METRO: 2004-2014 July 2014 February/March 2014 F e b r u a r y / M a r c h 2 0 1 4 J u l y 2 0 1 4 September/October 2014 S e p t e m b e r / O c t o b e r 2 0 1 4

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