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Archive for the ‘Buses’ Category

Indianapolis, IN: IndyGo Debuts New Transit Center

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Indianapolis, IN: IndyGo Debuts New Transit Center

Segment from RTV6 News in Indiana covers IndyGo’s new Indianapolis transit center. The regional transit agency is hoping that new infrastructure will lead to more users will take advantage of service.

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UCLA State of the Commute

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
UCLA - Table 1 Table 2 Figure 2

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
University commuters used alternative transportation modes at a rate far higher than Los Angeles County commuters as a whole, a pattern that held true for all major modes. More than 15% of UCLA employees and more than 39% of students were pedestrians or bicycle commuters, options exercised by less than 4% of LA County commuters. Thirteen percent of UCLA employees and more than 25% of students commuted by public transit, compared to only 7% for all of LA County. Finally, more than 14% of UCLA employees commuted by carpool or vanpool, while 10% of LA County commuters used one of these modes.

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San Diego, CA: Downtown Mobility Plan

Friday, February 26th, 2016
Downtown San Diego

CITY OF SAN DIEGO
CIVIC SAN DIEGO
City centers across the nation are experiencing revival and renaissance. Urbanized communities are becoming increasingly desirable, with more people showing interest in living and working in locations with a variety of mobility, cultural, entertainment, employment, and housing options. A combination of transportation strategies is needed to accommodate these shifting attitudes and accompanying influx of residents, employees, and visitors to urbanized areas – even more so in downtown areas already experiencing high concentrations of residential and employment populations.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Michael Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Michael Melaniphy on The Infra Blog

Michael P. Melaniphy is president and chief executive officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and president of the American Public Transportation Foundation. Melaniphy’s entire career has been in public transportation, with more than 30 years of both public and private sector leadership experience.

“As a kid growing up you had a binary choice: you were either a bus kid or you were a car kid. You were one of the two. And you look at today’s environment and it’s a multi-modal environment. We have evolved as a society to understand that now it’s about mobility choices…So as we look at what are the best utilizations of our scarce resources in a community, people are looking at the full assortment of choices, and as we look at the unbelievable growth that’s going to come in the population set of this nation we’ve found that paving our way to a solution is not the best choice.”

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NYC: Vintage Bus Bash on Governor’s Island

Friday, September 25th, 2015
NYC: Vintage Bus Bash on Governor’s Island

On July 11th and 12th, four historic buses were open for all to board. Start your engines for a journey to the past!

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CALSTART Successfully Commercializing Zero-Emission Buses

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
John Boesel

CALSTART, a non-profit member organization, has been expanding and supporting the clean transportation sector since 1992. Its president and CEO John Boesel checked in with TPR when zero-emission buses recently achieved a milestone. He gives readers a status report on advanced-bus technology and the market for these vehicles, as well as commenting on California regulators’ impact on the clean-vehicle industry in the state.

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Identifying Transit Deserts in Texas Cities

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Table 2: Largest Transit Gaps in Texas Cities

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
This study builds on previous research that has been done on “transit deserts.” This concept is similar to the popular and thoroughly studied concept of a “food desert,” which is a geographic area where there is no or limited access to fresh food (Clark et al. 2002; Jiao et al. 2012; Whelan et al. 2002; Wrigley 1993; Wrigley et al. 2002). The food desert concept has received a lot of attention and influenced planning policies and practices. By applying the same idea to transit systems within urban areas, geographic areas can be identified where there is a lack of transit service. There are three main steps to this process. This involves identifying the transit dependent populations as a measure of transit demand, calculating the transit supply, and then subtracting the supply from the demand to measure the gap (Jiao & Dillivan 2013).

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Using Web-Based Rider Feedback to Improve Public Transit

Friday, June 5th, 2015

TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
While some transit agencies are comfortable dealing with large volumes of information from multiple social media platforms, online surveys, crowdsourcing, and specialized applications, others are just starting to engage with customers through Twitter. There is a concern in the transit industry about the disparity of knowledge and experience with web-based feedback tools. Therefore, this report is designed to enhance and expand the use of web-based feedback to improve service by agencies at all levels of experience.

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Hartford, CT: Governor Dannel Malloy Cuts the Ribbon for New BRT System

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
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Governor Dannel Malloy cuts the ribbon on the new CT Fastrak rapid transit bus line that now connects downtown New Britain and downtown Hartford with local stops. The dedicated bus corridor will improve air quality and relieve congestion on the interstate as it connects various inter-city bus routes. Pedestrians and cyclists have access to a five mile trail incorporated into the route. The project came in on time and under budget at about $570 million, with around $400 million coming from federal grants, and the balance from the state. The system includes a new generation of environmentally-friendly, super low-emission, hybrid diesel-electric buses.

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Six Universities Working Together for Sustainable Transportation

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Six Universities Working Together for Sustainable Transportation

Learn how the National Center for Sustainable Transportation brings together six innovative universities to move the U.S. towards a more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable transportation system.

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