Transportation news roundup: World’s largest steam locomotive makes a move

Here are your transportation headlines for Jan. 10, 2014. Want to submit a headline or have a question, comment, or concern? E-mail me.

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Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 gets ready to make its journey east [The Source]

Union Pacific Railroad is undertaking the movement and restoration of one of the world’s largest steam locomotives – the Big Boy No. 4014.

Ford exec backpedals after saying it tracks drivers [CNBC]

A Ford Motor executive who said the company tracks and collects data on how Ford customers drive their vehicles said Thursday that he regrets making the comments.

The MTA Plans to Turn New Yorkers’ Smartphones into Subway Passes [Skift]

The MTA plans to have a next-generation fare payment system in place by 2019, says agency spokesman Aaron Donovan.

The plastic and paper MetroCards are expected be replaced with near-field communication or radio frequency technology that allows riders to use key chains, credit cards, or their smartphones to tap rather than slide through subway turnstiles or dip into bus buckets.

U.S. Cities Haven’t Given Up on Selling Naming Rights for Transit Stations [The Atlantic]

A few weeks ago, Boston put out a call for companies interested in purchasing five-year naming rights contracts to nine MBTA stations and three rapid transit lines. Asking prices for most of the stations start at $1 million per year.

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