PUBLIC TRANSPORTS * USA
* Michigan - Where’s my bus?: TextMyBus rolls out in Detroit
(Screenshot of the Text My Bus service at work)
Detroit,MICH,USA -The Hub, by Marge Sorge -September 4, 2012: -- How many times have we heard that on the streets of Detroit? It has been especially hard on kids who rely on the bus system to get to school and those riding the bus to work. No more. The city has launched a text message service called “Text My Bus” that will provide real-time arrival information for City of Detroit buses. Just text your nearest street address or intersection to “50464” and you’ll get a message back indicating nearby bus routes, the closest bus stop and the arrival time for the next bus. Good news … no app required... The service launched on the first day of school (Sept. 4) and was working great for kids on their way to school today... Not only will this app help students get to school on time, it will also keep them safer...
* California - Metrolink previews $200-million crash prevention system
(Photo by Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / September 10, 2012: Neil Brown, a mechanical systems manager with Metrolink, explains the workings of positive train control technology installed aboard a commuter train in Los Angeles)
Los Angeles,CAL,USA -The Los Angeles Times, by Dan Weikel -September 11, 2012: -- Four years after the Chatsworth disaster, Metrolink shows off its progress on a pioneering crash prevention project like the kind some in the railroad industry want to delay implementing... Metrolink on Monday previewed a pioneering, $200-million crash prevention project for a top federal safety official, who expressed concern about railroad industry efforts to postpone deadlines for installing the sophisticated train safety system in other parts of the country... Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, viewed a locomotive and a rail car equipped with positive train control technology and testing gear at a downtown Metrolink rail yard... The system combines global positioning devices, digital radio communications and computers to track trains and take control of them if necessary to prevent collisions, derailments and other accidents... Metrolink officials plan to install positive train control on their 500-mile Southern California commuter rail network by December 2013, two years ahead of a federal requirement for the system to be deployed nationwide. Field testing of the equipment is taking place on nights and weekends...
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