Digest: Court overturns SEPTA ban on political advertising

News Wire Digest fourth section for Sept. 15: Twin Cities Green Line project gets $928.8 million grant; NS to use smartphone app for corporate campus management
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Still more Tuesday morning rail news:

U.S. Court of Appeals overturns SEPTA ban on political ads
A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ban on transit advertising it considered political or otherwise inflammatory has been overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Courthouse News Service reports that, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Joseph Greenway Jr. said SEPTA’s advertising standards “are an impermissible subject matter restriction on speech,” and that the transit agency had not applied the rule uniformly. The case involved an ad by the Center for Investigative Reporting on a yearlong study of racial bias in the housing market.

Metro Transit Green Line project gets $928.8 million FTA grant
Minneapolis-St. Paul will receive $928.8 million from the Federal Transit Administration to help fund the Metro Transit Green Line light rail extension, a 16-station, 14.5-mile project which will connect downtown Minneapolis to St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, Minn. The funds will cover almost half the cost of the $2-billion project, which began construction in November 2018 and is slated to be completed in 2023.

NS signs deal for smartphone app to manage corporate campus
Norfolk Southern has signed a multiyear contract with Phunware Inc. to deploy the tech firm’s Smart Workplace app at its corporate campus. The smartphone app provides an interactive directory of employees and visitors on the property, manages campus visitors, allows the booking of workplaces and conference rooms and handles parking reservations, among other features.



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