SEPTA steps up to fight human trafficking

February 20, 2014

Transit can play a role in helping to stop human trafficking, considering the number of people using it 24 hours a day. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel was recently joined by representatives from local social service agencies and a former human trafficking victim to discuss signs of the crime, law enforcement efforts and how the public can help.

Bus Wi-Fi system considerations for transit agencies

February 13, 2014
Finding Wi-Fi access on a moving vehicle is still a thrill for many transit riders. But with dozens of municipal public transportation systems across the country offering on-the-go Internet access — for example, Boston Oakland, Calif. — it’s clear the future of transportation in this country involves increasing Internet connectivity.
February 10, 2014

Why curb-to-curb service is simply not enough

It has been more than 20 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and many transit agencies continue to struggle with the quality of service, costs and the difficulties encountered in contracting the service. One of the most basic policy decisions an agency must make involves whether to provide door-to-door, or only curb-to-curb service.
January 31, 2014

Securing our borders with intelligent transportation solutions

The U.S. walks a daily tightrope between the need for security and the ability to move goods and people as freely as possible within immigration policy parameters. In the transportation world, we are working to develop technologies to move cross-border traffic more efficiently while ensuring secure borders.
January 23, 2014

Keeping the transit jobs pipeline flowing

Jobs in the transportation industry can be highly specialized, requiring employees to have very specific training and numerous certifications. Transit systems can ensure that the workers they are hiring are well-prepared for open positions by partnering with technical schools to collaborate on curriculum and create a pipeline of qualified job candidates.
December 20, 2013

A true ‘hub of hope’ for those in need

When the frigid weather makes it too hazardous to stay outside, many homeless seek shelter in train stations, bus depots and other public facilities. SEPTA has partnered with an organization that works to end homelessness to create the "Hub of Hope," which offers a variety of services and housing, especially for those experiencing long-term street homelessness.
December 18, 2013

What will the impact of automated vehicle technology be on public transportation?

Although the implementation of automated vehicles on a large scale is probably 20 years or more in the future, it is a subject that will get increased attention in the next few years. So, what does this have to do with public transportation? No one has a crystal ball on this subject, but it is worth considering the possible changes that could impact the use and provision of public transit.
November 21, 2013

Maintaining station elevators and escalators is a national effort

For some public transit riders, the first mode of travel they take every day is not a transit authority’s trains or buses, but rather the elevators and escalators to get to a station’s platforms or vehicles. And to keep them moving, elevators and escalators require as much attention as an organization’s fleet.
November 6, 2013

‘Leadership Circle’ brings together transportation, tech visionaries

At ITS America, we are all about using technology to solve America’s transportation challenges. As federal and state budgets shrink, traffic gets worse and our roads and bridges continue getting older, we decided it was time to rethink how we address our nation’s transportation goals for the future. Out of this thinking, we created the ITS America Leadership Circle.
October 15, 2013

Transportation funding and service cuts affect more than just riders

Across the country, transit is experiencing record ridership growth. The increase in commuters is not only good for transit organizations’ revenue; proximity to train stations and transportation centers can boost property values for surrounding communities and spur new construction of transit-oriented developments, shopping centers and other businesses. But what happens to communities when the “T” in the TODs is no longer there?

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