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Archive for the ‘Buses’ Category

Better Buses: Three Ways to Improve School Transportation, in Under 3 Minutes

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

School buses might not grab headlines, but they are a critical part of American K-12 education, providing millions of kids with a safe way to get to and from school each day.

But America’s school transportation system needs work — it’s expensive, inefficient, and slow to adjust to the changing education landscape.

To help people understand why we should be thinking differently about school transportation, we created a simple, 3-minute video explaining how school transportation works and doesn’t work for students, schools, and communities and how we can start thinking about solutions.

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Back on the Bus: Speeding up Chicago’s Buses

Monday, November 20th, 2017
Chicago Buses - Bus speeds

As Chicago strives to become a more connected, prosperous, and equitable city, elected officials and transit agency leaders must take action to improve bus service. More than half of CTA trips in Chicago are made by bus and it’s one of the most affordable transportation options in many neighborhoods where people can’t easily access the El train. Every day, buses are connecting people to jobs, schools, and other critical services while taking up far less space on the road than private vehicles. While buses continue to play a central role in the city’s transportation system, there are signs that quality bus service is under threat in a changing transportation environment.

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Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns

Friday, October 20th, 2017
Rural and Small Town Public Transportation - Figure 1

While it is sometimes assumed that public transportation is only essential for large urban areas with significant traffic congestion, this report shows that public transportation can also play an important role in rural areas and small towns. Although public transit serves a minor portion of total rural travel, the trips that are provided are particularly valuable. By examining current trends, this report reveals the increasingly critical connection between public transit and rural communities and small towns. This paper also looks at rural public transit cost efficiency, and describes successful examples of smaller community public transit programs.

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Ground Transportation Gaps

Monday, September 4th, 2017
Ground Transportation Gaps - Table 1

The study calls for practical steps to restore momentum to bus and rail travel that require a relatively small amount of public investment, including ways to cultivate new express coach service and promote greater rail/bus integration. It also calls for initiatives to overcome the lack of institutional planning and investment that is thwarting planning for rail services that cross state lines and thus require a great deal of interjurisdictional coordination. Such efforts, the study shows, would help foster more fuel-efficient and comparatively safe forms of travel.

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Miles to Go: Bringing School Transportation into the 21st Century

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
School buses in the 21st century

Despite its symbolic value, the yellow school bus creates significant operational and environmental inefficiencies in many districts—inefficiencies that increasingly drain district budgets, hamper families’ access to high-quality schools outside their neighborhoods, and damage the environment.

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Beyond Traffic 2045

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Beyond Traffic 2045

Beyond Traffic 2045 is U.S. DOT’s most comprehensive assessment of current and future conditions in decades—it is a call to action. After years of chronic underinvestment and policy choices that, in some cases, have actually worked at cross purposes with the broader economic and social goals held by most Americans, now is the time for a report like this one to be read, understood, considered—and used, to breathe new life into funding and policy discussions at all levels.

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Getting Around Downtown Tampa, FL

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

There are so many ways for you to get around downtown Tampa!

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Access Across America

Monday, January 9th, 2017
New York City Metro area - Access to jobs by transit

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ACCESIBILITY OBSERVATORY Executive Summary Accessibility is the ease and feasibility of reaching valuable destinations. Accessibility can be measured for a wide array of transportation modes, to different types of destinations, and at different times of day. There are a variety of ways to define accessibility, but the number of destinations reachable within […]

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Streetfilms: NYC Buses – Time for a Turnaround

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Transit advocates knew something was wrong when they observed declining bus system ridership in spite of increasing population, a growing economy, and record-high subway ridership. To figure out what could be done about it, they spoke to industry experts and researched successful efforts in peer cities to identify common sense solutions to NYC’s bus problems. This research is summarized in their report “Turnaround: Fixing New York City’s Buses”.

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Tampa, FL: Taking Transportation Beyond the Bus!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

HART isn’t your parents’ old bus company! We are changing the way we think about public transportation. Join us as we go Beyond the Bus!

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