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The museum may only be open one day a year, but our updated Transit News allows transportation fans to learn about transit all year long! You'll find everything from current events to interesting stories here. Find a story that interests you and then click the link to learn more.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved preliminary measures for funding a few on-demand shuttles to serve visitors to the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts. The goal is to reduce traffic in the North Lake Tahoe area. See more in a Sacramento Business Journal article >


Bikes to be rolled out along Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit stations and destinations

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, which opened in Summer 2017, will receive $824,000 from the Bay Area's transit planning agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. This money will fund the purchase and maintenance of 200 bikes, to be placed at stations along the rail line and in major city destinations, with the goal of helping commuters reach their homes or workplaces just a short distance from the train station. Read more in

Government Technology >


San Francisco's new "Transbay Terminal" set to open on August 12, 2018

After 8 years of construction and over 17 years of planning, San Francisco's Transbay Terminal (now branded the Salesforce Transit Center) has set an opening date for all of its 11 transit bus agencies: Sunday, August 12. The day before, there will be an afternoon block party to allow visitors to explore the building, which spans more than 1 million square feet, from top to bottom. View pictures of the former Transbay Terminal >

On Thursday, July 5, 2018, China Railway Investment Company, Ltd. and two other companies announced a plan to offer WiFi connection, entertainment and leisure services, news and information, online shopping, and other "smart services" on China's high-speed trains. Read an Xinhuanet article >


Washington, D.C. will soon have the first "articulated" electric buses in the U.S.

The Metro, the District of Columbia's public transit agency, has purchased 80 new electric buses from the company New Flyer of America, Inc. These buses will be articulated—measuring in at 60 feet long—and will be the first electric articulated buses in the entire nation. This move cuts fuel costs and decreases emissions for the transit agency. Read more in The Minneapolis StarTribune >


Transportation researchers find 3 important benefits of real-time transit data

A study done by two transportation researchers found significant benefits of transportation agencies using real-time transit data. (For example, this could be an app or electronic signs at stations that show when the next bus, subway, or train is arriving, or where they are currently.) The benefits include reduced wait times, reduced travel time, and increased usage of public transit. Learn more in an interview conducted by GreenBiz >

During one of the busiest times of the year, Ryanair pilots have announced that they plan a 24-hour strike, beginning at 1 a.m. on July 12, citing issues of seniority, annual leave arrangements, and Ryanair's practice of transferring pilots from Europe and Africa. Read more in an Express article >


New York City transit rolling out new website, app

In addition to redesigning its website, MTA (New York City's public transit) released an app, called myMTA, that gives riders real-time updates on transit schedules, and information to help them plan their journey. By 2019, riders will be able to purchase bus and subway tickets through the app, as well. Learn more in a Wall Street Journal article >


High-Speed Rail may focus money, efforts on Central Valley route

Realizing that the cost and time to build the High-Speed Rail is increased from past estimates (learn more in this Transportation Museum exhibit), the authority's CEO Brian Kelly has a new preference: until money is available to connect the Central Valley to Gilroy, through tunnels, the authority should focus on establishing a temporary train in the Valley. Read more in The Fresno Bee >

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