Monday, April 28, 2014

Talking Buses Keeping People Up At Night

Talking buses are driving Portlanders crazy. Yes, you heard me right. TriMet  recently rolled out a new version of "talking buses" that warn pedestrians outside the bus when the bus is turning. TriMet says, with distracted walking a big issue these days, it could prevent people from walking out in front of the bus if they hear an announcement that the bus is approaching.

One problem though. The audible warning system appears to be malfunctioning, meaning it goes off at all hours of the day and night even when the bus isn't turning. The people who live along TriMet routes say it sounds like a woman yelling and wakes them up. The Oregonian has the story.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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