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Metro Approves Agreement To Operate Houstons First Bus Rapid Transit System

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first_imgGail Delaughter | Houston Public MediaMetro’s board unanimously approved the purchase of new buses for the Uptown BRT project.To try to address growing traffic congestion, the Uptown Management District is building Houston’s first Bus Rapid Transit line. That system is currently under construction along Post Oak Boulevard. It will feature designated bus lanes with frequent service.Metro has now signed an agreement to operate the system and that includes the purchase of buses and equipment. The agency will spend about $11 million for 14 buses. They’re 60-foot long articulated buses with five doors for entry and exit.Metro Chairman Carrin Patman said she hopes they can eventually use those buses for other BRT pilot projects.“Bus Rapid Transit can hopefully provide service as rapidly and as conveniently as rail service at a fraction of the cost,” said Patman. “I think there’s a false assumption out there that BRT is a second-class way to move people. The advances in Bus Rapid Transit mean that it isn’t. It’s a darn good way to move people.”The board also plans to spend about $5 million on fare boxes and communications equipment. That cost will be reimbursed by the Uptown District.The system is expected to start operating next year, but it hasn’t come without controversy. Some Uptown residents and business owners sued unsuccessfully to try to stop the project. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share 00:00 /00:45last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Club Med has announced

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClub Med has announced the recent expansion of their ‘Exclusive Collection’ with the opening of Club Med Cefalu, Italy – the first luxury 5-Trident resort in the Mediterranean.Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Cefalu has breath-taking panoramic views, situated within a natural reserve of rugged cliffs. The resort will join the likes of Club Med Finolhu Villas to comprise the all-inclusive holiday provider’s exquisite Exclusive Collection, which offers premium guest benefits and personalised services for those looking to relax and enjoy the ultimate hassle-free luxury holiday.Club Med’s Exclusive Collection treats guests to luxurious accommodation and design inspired bytheir surroundings, intimate resort areas with lower capacity, access to private lounges and pools, andcomplimentary champagne from 6pm – all with Club Med’s signature service and all-inclusiveofferings.Each Club Med experience is customised to the needs of guests with a dedicated concierge service, private transfers, plus many more resort-specific benefits to discover upon arrival.“We’ve continued to see an increase in travellers seeking high-end luxury accommodation and experiences and we’re proud to be expanding our Exclusive Collection in line with this,” Marine Blanchetier, Marketing Manager for Club Med Pacific said.“Club Med continues to provide amazing services worldwide and we look forward to inviting guests to experience this at Club Med Cefalu. It truly is the ultimate opportunity to unwind, reconnect and embrace the Sicilian art de vivre.”Club Med Cefalu, SicilySituated in a picturesque old town 90 minutes from Palermo airport, lays Club Med Cefalu, peacefullypositioned away from tourist hot spots, featuring charming winding alleys, a dramatic cathedral andcrystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea below.Amid this stunning location with 180-degree views over the bay, Cefalu demonstrates Club Med’s innovation, offering premium guest benefits and personalised services while providing an authentic Italian experience.At Cefalu, guests can enjoy a myriad of water sports including all-new electric surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, a dip in Sicily’s first natural swimming pool in the resort’s Zen Zone, and much more. Those looking to stay on the shores can enjoy sports like volleyball and tennis or pamper themselves with a superior beauty experience at the Parisian Carita spa.Three restaurants offer their own take on Sicilian cuisine, with exceptional views over Cefalu Bay on the resort’s cliff-side terraces. Led by Michelin-star chef Andrea Berton who created the five-star menu at the Il Palazzo Gourmet Lounge, indulge in a selection of fresh local and international cuisine, craft gelati, a home-grown specialities counter with streamer arancini; mozzarella in carroza; and granita, all accompanied by Italian, French and international wines, live music in the evenings, and décor inspired by the stars of Italian cinema.The opening of Club Med Cefalu celebrates a milestone for the business, adding a sixth resort to itsrenowned Exclusive Collection. Other properties and spaces in the portfolio include Albion Villas, Mauritius; Finolhu Villas, Maldives; Valmoral Chalets, France; La Plantation D’Albion, Mauritius and Manta exclusive space at Kani Maldives.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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