Transit memories: Brightline; CTA; Metrolink; New Jersey Transit


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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

On November 1, the Chicago Transit Authority inaugurated a special train to honor the Chicago Sky, its hometown of the 2021 WNBA champions.

Brightline has partnered with TransitScreen to provide real-time multimodal transport information at stations. In addition, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) honors the Chicago Sky, its hometown of the 2021 WNBA champions; Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) works with Moovit to help passengers calculate the best routes for their trips; and New Jersey Transit is adding 22 weekday trains to meet user demand and 14 weekend trains to improve the frequency of service.

Brightline will install TransitScreen7 displays at its stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, to provide real-time information on multimodal transportation options and services beyond its trains. (The private-sector passenger rail operator is expected to restore service on November 8, after it was suspended on March 25, 2020, due to the pandemic.)

“TransitScreen’s proprietary data platform coordinates and customizes over 3,000 data streams to provide real-time information on public transport such as subways, buses, ferries and trolleys; shared transportation such as scooters, self-service bicycles and mopeds; ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Via; and private transportation like shuttles and parking and carpooling programs, ”according to Washington, DC-based TransitScreen.

TransitScreen also provides information on nearby transportation as well as on-site and neighborhood amenities such as:
• Live crowd estimates, service interruption alerts, walking distance in minutes to stations or stops and arrival times in real time for any mode of public transport.
• Flight schedules and delays.
• Walking distance in minutes and availability of shared transportation.
• Surge pricing and estimated time of arrival for carpooling services.
• Names, hours of operation and address information for nearby amenities.
• Live time, date and weather conditions
• Personalized messages and communication alerts.

“The addition of… TransitScreen7 displays to our stations enhances and works in concert with our mission of making an optional car lifestyle possible through the use of carpools, public transport, bicycles, scooters, shuttles and other vehicle services, ”Brightline VP of Mobility said Jonathan Hopkins.

When Brightline returns to service, it will introduce the Brightline + door-to-door service, giving customers the option to book train tickets together and a shared or private ride to travel “seamlessly” to and from stations. They will also be able to plan trips by public transport, Citibike, scooter and shuttle.

On November 1, CTA launched a specially designed envelope on a Green Line train to honor the Chicago Sky. Celebrating the team’s first professional basketball championship victory, the scarf features the Chicago Sky logo and the team’s signature blue and yellow color scheme. The 2021 Chicago Sky Train, which passes by Wintrust Arena, the team’s home ground and venue where they won this year’s championship, will run until the end of the year.

“By playing inspired basketball throughout the playoffs, the Chicago Sky embodied the same resilience, courage and determination that our city and our CTA employees have shown over the past 19 months, while we have boosting morale, ”CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr.

This is not the first time that CTA has created special wraps for its wagons. The transit agency previously honored World Series champion Chicago White Sox in 2005 and the Chicago Cubs 2016. In 2017, CTA became the first major US transit agency to unveil a special pride train, which has been updated this year.

Metrolink has formed a marketing partnership with mobility as a service (MaaS) provider Moovit to provide Metrolink commuters, in addition to other transit riders, with quick and convenient trip planning options.

The Moovit app, which uses official and crowd-sourced data, provides passengers with “current information so they know exactly when their bus or train is arriving, a live route feature with Get Off alerts for providing step-by-step guidance for the entire trip and service alerts so they can avoid delays and better plan their trip, ”according to Metrolink. The app also incorporates accessibility features such as TalkBack / VoiceOver screen reading for visually impaired users; identifies wheelchair accessible routes and stations; calculates routes without steps; and offers menus and buttons optimized for people with manual motor disabilities.

“We want to make it easier for people to use Metrolink in their daily lives, for commuting as well as for pleasure,” said Monica Bouldin, Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Metrolink. “Moovit helps people plan their entire trip, which includes connections to other transit services so they can get to where they need to go without using their cars. “

Starting November 14, NJ Transit will add 22 weekday trains to its network. The additions improve service during peak hours on the Northeast Corridor (NEC), the North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) and the M&E, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines. In response to off-peak and weekend ridership resumption patterns, the weekend service will operate hourly throughout the day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays on the main line and the line. of Bergen County with the addition of 14 trains. The changes are part of regular adjustments to NJ Transit’s fall service, the agency said.

“As rail ridership increases and travel habits continue to evolve, NJ Transit is committed to delivering a schedule that improves travel times and frequency based on customer demand,” said Kevin S Corbett, President and CEO of NJ Transit. “Now that we have a complete roster of locomotive engineers, we are able to support these types of service enhancements to meet the needs of our customers when they come back to our system. “

Categories: Suburb / Regional, High performance, Intercity, Light rail, News, Passenger, Rapid transit
Key words: Breaking News, Brightline, Chicago Transit Authority, CTA, Metrolink, New Jersey Transit, NJ Transit, Southern California Regional Rail Authority


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