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Links 1 through 10 of 38 by Joe Germuska tagged transit

"Clarence is not a bad guy,'' Ervin said, speaking sympathetically in the third person, as he exited a Green Line train at Laramie on Wednesday and boarded another going in the opposite direction to continue begging for — and demanding — money. "He got a raw deal. He's homeless. He's a United States Marine disabled veteran, and he needs help. He don't want to get in more trouble.''

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"Why not supply CTA conductors and drivers here with a book of Chicago’s greatest quotes?"

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"Whereas fabulous wealth was once the ticket to the Deerpath, all it takes now to hop aboard Car 553 is a Metra monthly pass and a $900-a-year membership in the innocuously named Commuter Associates Inc."

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When you load the app, holding it flat, all lines of New York subway are displayed in arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are in relation to your location, how many miles away they are and what lines they are on. If you continue to tilt the phone upwards, you will see stations further away, as stacked icons. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users.

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"Muni spokesperson Judson True says otherwise. In fact, he says that, no, Muni owns the data in question and that the public is, of course, entitled to access it. In fact, he went even further: Muni isn't just giving us all permission to access the data, they're also committed to finding ways to make it easier to get to it. So that means that independent developers should have unfettered access to develop whatever nifty little apps they want."

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"The glory days of American railroads are now beyond the memory of most Americans. Rail service was already in decline during the Depression, and the gas rationing and logistical strains of World War II made train travel a standing-room-only horror. In large part because of that generational experience, most Americans came to believe that the decline of railroads was an inevitable part of the march of progress. But the reality is close to the opposite. Especially for long-haul freight, steel wheel on steel rail is a far superior technology, and its eclipse by rubber wheels is mostly the result of special interest politics, ill-considered public policies, and other factors that have nothing to do with efficiency. "

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"Chicago Transit Authority | CTA Bus TrackerWhen most people go to the CTA Bus Tracker Web site and click on Estimated Arrival Times or the Bus Location Map, they see a way to find out when their next bus might get to the stop near them. Another nifty map mashup they can use to plot their trips daily.

"When Harper Reed saw the same Web site last year, he saw every bus, everywhere, forevermore. And he wanted that data. "The power is not the mashup. It's the data. The data is the answer," says Harper."

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Portland's transit agency is much more forward-thinking than Chicago's! They make data feeds and even an API available to developers.

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"Transit is a money losing venture if you look at money put in v. revenues generated. And it SHOULD be. If we asked our riders to pay the actual cost of a ride, we're talking about $6 per ride. That is not only untenable, but exactly the opposite of how we should ask our customers to support us given the benefits we provide. We should find progressive funding mechansisms (congestion pricing) because the actual transaction for taxpayers and metropolitan regions continues to be one that greatly favors transit investment. Roads, on the other hand, are bad investments when looked at regionally."

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"While city officials said it's too early to chart a specific timetable, drivers will be able more than ever to use credit cards and other payment forms instead of fumbling for coins as hourly meter rates rise to the equivalent of a restaurant hamburger.

"In addition, motorists making use of electronic collection through personal ID numbers in their cell phones or other devices will not have to return to their vehicles to add time to meters. But drivers, beware: Technology is already available to close the gap on free parking and increase the odds of catching parking meter "scofflaws." The financial motivation to use it is strong."

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