(Video from YouTube, by Nachtwolf1 -4 Feb 2010: Starting off with two Green Line "L" trains passing each other as they round the Loop's northeast corner at the Lake/Wabash curve, this video was taken over a period of about an hour and a half of rush-period bus and "L" service (but mostly buses in this video) in the Loop. Seen here are New Flyer 40-ft low floor and 60-ft articulated hybrid buses, as well as NovaBus 40-footers, on various routes, some frequent, local routes, some express routes, and some limited-stop, rush hour only routes. Locations are, in order, Lake/Wabash, State/Van Buren and the State St corridor in front of the Harold Washington Library, the La Salle St "Canyon" and the Financial District, Madison/Wells, the east entrance to Union Station, and lastly, Canal St outside of Union Station)
* Minneapolis - Test on I-55 modeled after program in
Chicago,ILL,USA -The Chicago Tribune, by Richard Wronski -February 17, 2011: -- To battle congestion and reduce travel times, transportation officials will begin a long-awaited test of an innovative "bus-on-shoulder" express service on the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate Highway 55) in November, officials said... The new service will be an expansion of existing Pace express bus service between Plainfield and downtown Chicago, with the goal of getting commuters out of their cars and into mass transit, said Leanne Redden, senior deputy executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority... When traffic is flowing, the buses will use the regular lanes of the expressway, but when there is congestion, inbound buses will be allowed to use the inside shoulder, while outbound buses will take the outside shoulder... If disabled cars or other obstructions are in the shoulder, buses would slow down, merge back into traffic, and then back over into the shoulder after passing the obstruction, officials said... While there will be minor lane-marking modifications, the most significant difference will be new signs along the shoulders, Tridgell said...
* Indiana - IndyGo Reports Ridership Up
IND,USA -The Indiana Business -17 Feb 2011: -- IndyGo has released its 2010 year in review, which highlights increased ridership. The transportation company says more than 8.5 million passengers rode its buses in 2010, a 3.6 percent increase over the previous year... Below are some of the bus company’s accomplishments and enhancements for the year.
▪ IndyGo ridership showed an upward trend when compared to 2009. The company delivered 8,507,644 passenger trips in 2010, a 3.6 percent increase over the previous year. IndyGo attributes its increased ridership to investments in passenger tools, technology, customer service, transit awareness communications and operational efficiencies.
Service and Ridership Breakdown
- Local Service (30 fixed routes): 8,358,227 trips
- IndyGo Commuter Express (Fishers): 64,492 trips
- IndyGo Commuter Express (Carmel): 52,219 trips
- Green Line Downtown/Airport Express: 32,706 trips
▪ IndyGo’s ADA-compliant Open Door paratransit service is a program that serves the needs of customers who, because of a disability, may require an alternative to IndyGo’s fixed route service. IndyGo delivered 250,107 paratransit trips throughout Marion County in 2010... (Photo: In 2010, The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce welcomed IndyGo to its Green Business Initiative)
* New Hampshire - C&J bus company to take passengers to NYC
(Photo, by Deborah Mcdermott/Rich Beuachesne : C&J exectuives announce transportation to New York City begining next week on a first class coach for $75.00 daily. From left are: Dave Mailhot, transportation fleet manager, Jim Jalbert, C&J president, Doug Bates, Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce president, and Jamie Lesniak C&J vice president)
Amportsmouth,N.H.,USA -SeaCoast On Line -February 23, 2011: -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 28, it will be easier than ever to go from the University of New Hampshire — or Portsmouth — to New York City. Just hop on the bus... C&J Lines will launch direct service from Durham and Portsmouth bus stations directly to the New York Port Authority, an effort that has been discussed for years... There are only 30 seats in the touring coaches that will be used, as opposed to 50 in a standard bus. That means more leg room for passengers. The busses have WiFi, an electric plug next to each seat, several overhead screens that will show first-run movies, and a self-serve galley offering coffee and snacks... The travel time from Portsmouth is five hours...
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