How did @Car2goLA fail in the #SouthBay

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After months of trying to obtain updates on the progress of Car2goLA, company spokesperson Adrianne Andang, was forced to publicly acknowledge the companies demise through the Daily Breeze.  Car2go was in business for less than a year before suspending operations.Continue reading “How did @Car2goLA fail in the #SouthBay”

Is former MBTA GM Beverly Scott headed West?

beverly scottIn a surprise move, MBTA Beverly Scott, submitted her resignation to the Boston transit authority, right after the board unanimously announced their support of her.Continue reading “Is former MBTA GM Beverly Scott headed West?”

Detroit DOT sat on federal funding to assist low-income residents

accessJames Robinson made national news for his walking nearly 40 miles to work every day in the gritty city of Detroit.  Strangers setup a fundraising account that amassed nearly $200,000 for him to buy a car.  Robinson said he doesn’t make enough to afford a car.  Being a seasoned alternative transportation professional, I am aware that federal funds exist to assist local governments establish rideshare programs for low-income persons.  It didn’t surprise me to find that the Detroit Department of Transportation (DOT) received federal money and didn’t spend it on its intended purposes.Continue reading “Detroit DOT sat on federal funding to assist low-income residents”

Outfront Media receives contract extension from Metro

metroAt today’s Metro board meeting, Outfront Media received a one-year contract extension, to provide services to the regional authority.  One of their bright ideas was to sell naming rights to the various stations and lines.  It would have been nice to put out to bid, through a RFP, than extend, as originally introduced.

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.@Metrolink ridership has dropped significantly

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2008 file photo, commuters wait at the Chatsworth Metrolink train station in Chatsworth, Calif. The once-booming regional rail service Metrolink has been shedding riders in big numbers. Metrolink has seen a drop of nearly 600,000 annual passengers since its 2008 peak. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)
FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2008 file photo, commuters wait at the Chatsworth Metrolink train station in Chatsworth, Calif. The once-booming regional rail service Metrolink has been shedding riders in big numbers. Metrolink has seen a drop of nearly 600,000 annual passengers since its 2008 peak. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)

Metrolink is reporting ridership is down.  In spite of moving Metrolink headquarters into the Downtown Los Angeles offices of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA) it hasn’t translated into increasing ridership.  For either agency.

A sure sign ridership is down on public transportation is when the rates increase.  LACMTA announced rates are increasing this month and so far, Metrolink rates have remained constant.Continue reading “.@Metrolink ridership has dropped significantly”