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Community Transit debuts ‘Swift’ line

November 26, 2009

By SCOTT GUTIERREZ
SEATTLEPI.COM

Swift buses will operate on a 17-mile corridor in Snohomish County between Everett Station and the Aurora Village Transit Center in Shoreline, primarily along Highway 99. (Community Transit photo)

When Community Transit’s new Swift Bus Rapid Transit service debuts this weekend, it will be the first Bus Rapid Transit line in Washington state and at 17 miles, one of the longest in the country.

“More than 18,000 people have come out to check out the buses. There has been a lot of buzz,” said Martin Munguia, a spokesman for Community Transit in Snohomish County.

So why do they call it “Swift?” During weekdays, Swift buses will run every 10 minutes from 12 stations between Everett and Shoreline along the State Route 99 corridor, each one to two miles apart.

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Denver chooses light rail to airport

November 20, 2009

9News.com

DENVER, USA

DENVER – Travelers in the metro area are closer to being able to take light rail to Denver International Airport. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) announced Friday that the environmental approval for the FasTracks project to the airport has been completed.

During Friday’s news conference, leaders from RTD and DIA shared their excitement.

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Symposium To Explore ‘Podcar’ PRT Rapid Transit

November 18, 2009

Minnesota transportation officials are branching out from roads and rail to look at personal rapid transit systems

The state Department of Transportation is holding personal rapid transit symposium on Tuesday at the Rochester Civic Center. MnDOT is looking for Minnesota cities with an interest in personal rapid transit.

Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel says MnDOT should explore a concept that is being developed around the world.

Personal rapid transit consist of small automated vehicles — sometimes called podcars — that run on a dedicated network of guideways. It offers on-demand, nonstop public transit.

American cities including Santa Cruz, California, and Ithaca, New York, are working to develop PRT. Students at West Virginia University already have such a system, which dates to the 1970s.

Los Angeles County chooses light rail

November 14, 2009

ED. Design of L.A. stations are superb – if only Vancouver could have hired architects with vision and imagination.

L.A. Times

By Christopher Hawthorne ARCHITECTURE CRITIC

Mariachi Plaza Station (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) This stop was designed by architect William Villalobos and artist Alejandro de la Loza.

Sunday’s opening of eight new Metro stations on a path from downtown to East L.A. lays down tracks toward an exciting future.

It’s the latest light-rail line in Los Angeles County, running six miles from downtown L.A. through Boyle Heights and into East Los Angeles. When it opens to the public on Sunday, the Gold Line will run from Pasadena to East L.A. The Eastside extension cost $898 million to build. Construction began in 2004.

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Brand new Light Rail train station at Sea-Tac Airport

November 14, 2009

B-Town Blog – Seattle, USA

Yet another major city abandons heavy rail

This new station will expand the system from the current end-of-line Tukwila stop that opened in July, and will provide travelers the ability to travel from downtown Seattle (or other locations along the line) directly to the airport.

Prior to its Dec. 19th opening, in order to get to the airport, riders must board a Metro bus in Tukwila. Now they can just ride along to the final stop.

“With the opening of the airport line in December, Sound Transit is giving a gift to holiday travelers by providing a fast and easy connection to downtown Seattle,” Senator Patty Murray said at Friday’s ceremony.  “We made history in July by opening the doors of light rail to the public and since that time our region has enjoyed a new convenient, environmentally-friendly, and low-cost way to get around.  This new line will continue to seamlessly connect our region’s transportation system like never before.”

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Philadelphia governor refuses union demands to audit employee pension fund

November 12, 2009

The Workers Org.

Pension fund missing 47% of funding from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA)

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While nearly reaching a tentative agreement on day four of the strike, the union is still holding out for a forensic audit of the company’s pension fund. Unlike a standard audit, a forensic audit specifically tracks and collects evidence for investigation and prosecution of criminal acts such as embezzlement and fraud.

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Microsoft considering PRT system for it’s Redmond campus

November 9, 2009

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Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington, is a unique suburban job center in the U.S., with 30,000 workers from the same company within one square mile. The area is plagued with terrible traffic congestion, and MS has announced plans to add another 12,000 workers. Bettercampus.org has proposed a unique solution for Microsoft campus expansion, personal rapid transit (PRT). PRT is a packet switched people mover, faster than a car. It solves the transit “last mile” problem on campus, making transit and carpooling more effective; thus, reduces traffic congestion.
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