Welcome to the May issue of The Districts, where we chronicle the people, issues and activities impacting special districts across the U.S.
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will be a featured speaker at the Special Districts Summit Northeast in Philadelphia on June 25. Mayor Nutter joins futurist C.K. Kerley and a full slate of expert panelists on key topics at the day-long event. Check out the full agenda here. Register today for this unique conference created specifically for special districts.
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We’re welcoming two new members to the Special Districts Program National Advisory Board, adding more depth and diversity to the leadership group that designs and spearheads our program activities throughout the year.
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The Lakeland Area Mass Transit District in Florida is implementing new technology aimed at attracting more riders to its bus system. The district, known as Citrus Connection to area residents, operates public transit and paratransit throughout Lakeland County. Earlier this month, the district’s board of directors unanimously backed a plan to free Wi-Fi and mobile charging stations to Citrus Connection buses and to develop a mobile ticketing app for customers.
The moves are aimed at reversing declining ridership, which may have been triggered by service cuts enacted a few years ago.
The Lakeland Area Mass Transit District in Florida is implementing new technology aimed at attracting new riders to its bus system. The district, known as Citrus Connection to area residents, operates public transit and paratransit throughout Lakeland County. Earlier this month, the district’s board of directors unanimously backed a plan to offer free Wi-Fi and mobile charging stations to Citrus Connection buses and to develop a mobile ticketing app for customers.
"Product drives perception," says Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz, who sits on Citrus Connection's Board of Directors. "If we want to improve the public's perception, we need to do it through our product."
You’ll find the whole story here.
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The Nashville Fire Department is working with smart cities researchers and Metro Nashville’s IT department to predict where accidents will happen in the future and speed up emergency response. The partners are using historical incident data, along with a wide range of other information such as response times, traffic conditions and weather, to build predictive models.
Plans to award a $29 million smart meter contract in Independence, Mo., sparked public outcry, prompting the city to offer customers a chance to opt-out of the new technology.
Business leaders and elected officials in Minnesota are supporting a proposed $54 million rapid bus service line connecting uptown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul. Rapid bus service features limited stops and more frequent service than traditional bus lines.
A new report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials says micro-mobility networks offering bikes and e-scooters are seeing rapid growth in cities across the country.
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