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Archive for the ‘Public Transportation’ Category

Connecting Low-Income People to Opportunity with Shared Mobility

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Table: What types of trips are different shared mobility types useful for?

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION & DEVELOPMENT POLICY
LIVING CITIES
In the last decade, shared mobility services have taken off across the United States as a complement to local public transit and an alternate to private car ownership…These services, which include car-share, bike-share and ride-share, maximize the use of vehicles by sharing them among multiple users, encourage more transport options, and aim to reduce transportation costs for users. While mass rapid transit moves the most people most efficiently and is the backbone for urban development, this paper is concerned mostly with recent advances in low-volume passenger carrier models in the United States. The purpose of this report is to highlight the potential for shared mobility systems such as bike-share and car-share to benefit low-income individuals.

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Video: Why Should You Be a Voice for Public Transit?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Video: Why Should You Be a Voice for Public Transit?

Whether you ride or not, public transportation benefits all of us. Help us keep America moving. Join us today: http://bit.ly/JoinVPT

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Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Something amazing is happening under a Sounder train bridge in Tacoma. See how Tacoma artist Diane Hansen turned an ordinary pedestrian passageway into a work of art. Her “Lock-On Tacoma” is part of Sound Transit’s art program, STart.

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Effects of Gas Prices on Transit Ridership

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Figure 3. Boston: Retail Gasoline Price and Unlinked Passenger Trips for Bus

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Between 1999 and 2011 consumers in the U.S. experienced an unprecedented increase in and fluctuation of gasoline prices. In July 2008, gasoline prices exceeded $4 per gallon, marking the highest price in real value in U.S. history. In the same year, the nation’s transit ridership reached 10.7 billion trips, the highest level since the Federal- Aid Highway Act of 1956…The rising gasoline prices were considered to have resulted in substantial changes in travel behavior in terms of trip taking, choices of travel destinations, selection of vehicles for higher fuel efficiency, or travel mode. A change in travel mode from driving to transit results in a higher level of transit demand and ridership for transit agencies. With this background, gasoline price increases in the last decade have generated substantial interest in developing a better understanding of how people respond to fluctuations in gasoline prices—particularly with respect to switching modes from driving to public transit—so that transit agencies can better prepare for higher demand for their services during periods of increased gasoline prices.

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Learning from Sprawl

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Learning from Sprawl

What is urban sprawl? In this 3-minute history of urban form, Ryan Gravel, Senior Urban Designer at Perkins+Will in Atlanta, explores the cultural motivations for today’s sprawl, then connects the dots to predict a hopeful future for our cities.

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Charlottesville, VA: Getting to Know UVA’s High-Tech UBikes

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Charlottesville, VA: Getting to Know UVA’s High-Tech UBikes

Learn how to use the new bike share system at University of Virginia!

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New York: 5-Year Funding Plan For Upstate & Downstate Transit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
TABLE 1: Upstate & Downstate Suburban Capital Needs

NEW YORK PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION, INC.
This report presents the infrastructure needs of urban area transit systems in Upstate New York and in Downstate Suburban Counties (other than the transit services operated by the MTA). There are over 100 transit systems that provide public transportation service outside New York City. These systems operate in nearly every county of the state and transport more than 550,000 people each day.

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NYC: Introducing the Fulton Transit Center

Friday, November 14th, 2014
NYC: Introducing the Fulton Transit Center

Learn all about the Fulton Center, the new gateway to Lower Manhattan.

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Chicago: Ride Along on the Red Line ‘L’

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Chicago: Ride Along on the Red Line ‘L’

The CTA has more than 224 miles of railroad tracks across Chicago and surrounding suburbs, serving the agency’s eight rail lines. In an average weekday, there are about 2,200 train trips making stops at the system’s 145 rail stations. For more than 100 years, the ‘L’ has offered a unique perspective of Chicago.

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How to Be Prepared For the Inevitable Takeover of Autonomous Vehicles: A Letter to Jeff Brandes

Friday, November 7th, 2014
"I sure hope no one else gets in here." Photo from Car and Driver.

In Florida, Republican state senator Jeff Brandes is making the case that Pinellas County – home of the last metro area in the U.S. to develop a regional transit network – shouldn’t invest in light rail because autonomous vehicles will make mass transit pointless…In that spirit, I’ve put together a list of recommendations that Mr. Brandes can use in developing policy to prepare for this brave new world of robotic transportation. It’s one thing not to waste money on a boondoggle technology like light rail that’s faithfully served people for barely even 100 years –if we’re serious about autonomous vehicles and their guaranteed ability to solve all of our problems, we need to be more proactive.

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