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Oakland County, MI Approves Countywide Transit

Oakland County, MI Approves Countywide Transit

Pontiac, MI – On August 10, 2022, Oakland County commissioners have approved a resolution to place a countywide public transit millage tax on ballots throughout the county in the November general election 13-7, Oakland Press reporter Mark Cavitt reported on Twitter. This development marks a dramatic shift in transit attitudes in the county from earlier…

SEPTA’s New Multi-Level Cars Revealed
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SEPTA’s New Multi-Level Cars Revealed

Philadelphia, PA: Progress on SEPTA‘s new multi-level regional rail cars from CRRC was finally revealed to the public. For years, fans and riders have been left in the dark about these new cars. Rumors even circulated that this order was cancelled due to declining ridership on the regional rail. However, after years of delays from…

Port Authority becomes Pittsburgh Regional Transit

Port Authority becomes Pittsburgh Regional Transit

Pittsburgh, PA The Port Authority of Allegheny County has officially changed its name to Pittsburgh Regional Transit. This name change, while purely cosmetic, is not meant to affect service in the Pittsburgh Area. It is purely meant to reflect that Port Authority or rather PRT is keeping up with the modern times. “Our new name…

Auburn Hills, MI to Quit Detroit SMART System

Auburn Hills, MI to Quit Detroit SMART System

Auburn Hills, MI – Despite massive public opposition, on February 21, 2022, Auburn Hills, Michigan City Council members gave the green light for a plan to opt out Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), making it the first Detroit suburb in over 15 years to do so. Virtual Transit Center reported Friday that the…

Detroit SMART May Lose Service In Auburn Hills, MI

Detroit SMART May Lose Service In Auburn Hills, MI

Auburn Hills, MI – Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) may be forced to discontinue service within the suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Auburn Hills City Council will vote at their meeting this Monday night on a resolution that will allow them to opt out of SMART. The city is asking voters to…

WMATA To Increase Rail Frequencies

WMATA To Increase Rail Frequencies

Washington, DC – Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority – or WMATA has announced that today, February 14th, the WMATA Metro Rail frequencies will be improved on the Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines. After having pulled the 7000 series cars from service, WMATA has been working hard to restore their “legacy” fleet of 2000, 3000, and…

SEPTA Owl Link Service Discontinued
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SEPTA Owl Link Service Discontinued

SEPTA of Southeastern Pennsylvania has discontinued OWL Link service today, February 12th, 2022. The Owl Link service was a service that was meant to connect people from overnight bus routes in Northeast Philadelphia to jobs in Lower Bucks County in the overnight hours. To use the service, riders were to download an app called “SEPTA…

NJ Transit Approved Purchase of Additional ML-III Cars
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NJ Transit Approved Purchase of Additional ML-III Cars

Newark, NJ – NJ Transit has approved the purchase of 25 additional Multilevel III cars. These are option order cars, tacked on to a 2018 order with Alstom, which was originally for 113 cars, Bringing a total of 138 cars. Interestingly, the original order was awarded to Bombardier Transportation in 2019, however NJ Transit announced…

Detroit DDOT Receives Their First Electric Bus!

Detroit DDOT Receives Their First Electric Bus!

Detroit, MI – Detroit Department of Transportation has received its first 4 electric buses from Proterra. These buses were delivered to the Shoemaker Terminal in eastern Detroit. On August 1st, 2019, the Detroit Department of Transportation (also known as DDOT) and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (also known as SMART) were awarded $2.6 million…

DART First State’s Gillig Electrics Enter Service
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DART First State’s Gillig Electrics Enter Service

Wilmington, DE – DART First State has placed its fleet of Gillig Low Floor Plus electric buses in service. In September 2021, DART First State has received four Gillig Low Floor Plus electric buses numbered 717-720. Due to various issues such as the buses being incompatible with the current infrastructure, these buses initially did not…