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

December 18, 2013
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.

Maintaining station elevators and escalators is a national effort

November 21, 2013
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?
September 27, 2013

Intelligent transportation systems and the urban parking crunch

Virtually all city drivers have suffered through the miserable experience of circling downtown blocks repeatedly in search of parking. Yet there is reason for hope. The Intelligent Transportation Systems industry has been developing smart parking systems that can mitigate the problem by providing drivers, businesses, and metropolitan authorities the information they need to reduce wasted time, energy and money.
September 25, 2013

Social media nurtures productive relationships

Super fans, transit geeks, bus nerds — whatever you want to call them — find Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District on social media platforms. This pool of repeat socializers is handy for projects such as the transit system’s recent website redesign and recruiting riders to help assess the performance of the CAD/AVL system after an equipment upgrade.
September 18, 2013

SEPTA offers a different type of school bus

SEPTA transports approximately 58,000 of 134,000 public school students from a variety of grade levels every day, many using more than one mode of transit. The transit system launched its online School Trip Planner to help students who are moving to new institutions as a result of school closures look up their previous schools to find routes that service their new institution.
August 21, 2013

Transit service planning vital to community, ridership growth

SEPTA’s service planners collaborated with developers of a new retail center to ensure that public transportation was incorporated into the site’s plans. Additionally, the agency’s planners worked with the public to add a bus route that provides safer access to a playground.
August 14, 2013

Connected Vehicles: An important step forward for the transit community

NHTSA estimates that a connected vehicle network could potentially address 80% of all unimpaired crash scenarios, a safety leap exceeding even seat belts and airbags. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration and FTA are working with transit agencies and stakeholders to advance connected vehicle applications that will help improve safety, mobility and convenience for transit riders.
July 24, 2013

Tapping the private sector to grow public transit service

While transit agency partnerships with other public agencies have resulted in increased ridership, revenue and service, some have also actively entered partnerships with private entities with similar results.

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