Transportation news roundup: D-Link ridership, the voice of train stations

Here are your transportation headlines for Dec. 26, 2013. Want to submit a headline or have a question, comment, or concern? E-mail me.

On this day in transportation history:
1917 – U.S. government takes over control of nation’s railroads

D-Link Ridership is Modest, But Officials Say Dallas’ Free Downtown Shuttle Shows Promise [Unfair Park]

It’s still far too early to declare D-Link’s two-year pilot program a success or to gauge the long-term popularity of a free downtown shuttle. But after nearly two months in operation, officials say they’re pleasantly surprised.

Public bus companies prefer beepers to GPS [Borneo Post]

Sarawak Bus Transport Companies Association suggests public buses be fitted with a speed beeper instead of global positioning system (GPS).

Commission approves new cameras to monitor road conditions, improve signals in greater Houston area [The Pasadena Citizen]

The commission awarded a $697 thousand contract to Traf-Tex, Inc. to add close-circuit cameras to a portion of US 59 in Fort Bend County from SH 6 to SH 99 to TxDOT’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network.

Meet The Voice Behind Airport, Train Station Announcements [CBS New York]

“My father had a big, deep booming voice and I always kind of imitated him. It was a little strange for a girl but that’s alright,” Carolyn Hopkins joked.

Her voice has gone places she herself has never been. She’s on the PA systems of 200 airports all around the world, in subway stops, train stations and even heard issuing weather warnings.

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