About one year after they launched their service in Jersey City last year, Via will now be offering Saturday service.Twitter photo.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewIn the past year, Via has provided over 216,000 rides, most of which originated from the West and South areas of Jersey City, with top destinations being key transportation hubs and shopping/business districts.Despite the pandemic, the service is exceeding every goal and has been more resilient than traditional public transit in Jersey City, proving to be a critical transportation offering, especially for the underserved communities who need it most.“Via is meeting and exceeding our goals of expanding connectivity with affordable transportation, providing residents with more opportunities, and improving quality of life, especially for our low-income and diverse populations in areas where reliable mass transit is otherwise scarce,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.“Despite the pandemic, the on-demand service continues to break ridership records, we’ve added to our Via fleet to meet the growing demand, and the new Saturday service is being added per the community’s request to fill the voids left by other limited transit services.”Via Jersey City has provided more than 1,600 rides per day, with continued growth week over week. In fact, 70% of these rides are shared between multiple riders, and 62% of riders use the service most often to commute to work.A diverse population across age, gender, and socioeconomic background have increasingly come to rely on Via Jersey City, which was defined as an original goal of the service.Additionally, more than 50 percent of Via Jersey City riders make less than $50,000, and the highest percentage identify as Black or African American, officials said today.Furthermore, a 78% increase in ridership since the start of the pandemic also indicates that their service has been resilient. By John Heinis – March 4, 2021 11:52 am 0 Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne About one year after launch, Via now offering Saturday service in Jersey City TAGSdaniel ramontsteven fulopvia jersey city SHARE Bayonne Previous articleHoboken City Council adopts amended North End Redevelopment PlanNext articleHoboken City Council approves Lyft deal to greenlight joint Citi Bike venture with Jersey City John Heinis CommunityJersey CityNews Bayonne Facebook Twitter Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops
AMEC has agreed terms for the sale of AMEC Spie to a new company controlled by private equity firm PAI. The £707m sale was expected to be completed last month, with AMEC to record an exceptional profit on disposal of £295m which will be used to pay down debt.AMEC Spie Chairman Jean Monville will then step down from the board to concentrate on running Spie, which has rail activities in France and Britain.’We are delighted with the result of the sale of AMEC Spie, which generates an exceptional gain of £295m after tax’, said Sir Peter Mason, Chief Executive of AMEC. After charges, ’the sale and the aggregate exceptional gain of £230m after tax in 2006 gives AMEC flexibility for future investment whilst also allowing consideration of a return of capital to shareholders. We believe that the charges we are taking allow us to draw a line under previously announced business closures.’
Nordic Semiconductor’s Bluetooth low energy technology has been integrated in to a safe driving support device designed to deter dangerous driving in company and fleet cars by Optex Co., a Japan-based company. SAFE METER is based on Braveridge’s BVMCN5103 Bluetooth low energy module which employs Nordic’s multiple award-winning nRF51822 System-on-Chip (SoC).The SAFE METER can be placed on the dashboard of a vehicle and records sudden acceleration and braking, as well as irregular steering via the device’s built-in three-axis accelerometer. Optex explains that the device provides the driver with immediate feedback via alarms and icons in the event of potential accidents so they can take corrective action. SAFE METER also provides the driver with an easy to understand careful driving ‘count’ display, designed to promote safe driving awareness. The fewer logged ‘incidents’ during a trip, the higher the count, displayed numerically on the device’s display.The device is paired to the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet – using the Nordic-powered Braveridge module’s Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity-allowing the driver’s performance metrics to be downloaded to the iOS- and Android-compatible SAFE METER app. From the app, the driver’s travel summary logs can be uploaded to the company’s Cloud platform, from where, for example, fleet managers can review the driving performance of their staff.Powered by a single lithium battery, the device provides up to 12 months operation in standard operation between replacement, thanks in part to the ultra low power consumption of the Nordic SoC.Nordic’s nRF51822 is a powerful and flexible multiprotocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth low energy and 2.4 GHz ultra low-power wireless applications. The nRF51822 is built around a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 CPU with 256 kB/128 kB flash and 32 kB/16 kB RAM. The embedded 2.4 GHz transceiver is fully compliant with Bluetooth 4.2.Optex said that they chose the Nordic SoC because of its ability to minimize battery power consumption, with a fast wake-up, short RF active time, and minimal standby power consumption of the nRF51822 SoC. The Nordic SoC’s low power consumption also allowed us to divert the remaining battery capacity to enriching the device’s user interface.