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October 2015 Issue

The 'Uber Effect': Will New Ride Services Reinvent Transit

Cliff Henke

On-demand ride-brokering services, such as Uber, are transforming the taxi and limo industries, but public transportation could be next.

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The 'Uber Effect': Will New Ride Services Reinvent Transit
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

The 'Uber Effect': Will New Ride Services Reinvent Transit

On-demand ride-brokering services, such as Uber, are transforming the taxi and limo industries, but public transportation could be next.

University Branding Agreements Boost Funding for Transit Agencies in San Diego, Denver
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

University Branding Agreements Boost Funding for Transit Agencies in San Diego, Denver

For transit agencies in San Diego and Denver seeking additional funding, recently completed naming rights agreements with local universities promise a consistent source of income.

2015 Women In Transportation: Beverly Edwards
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

2015 Women In Transportation: Beverly Edwards

Edwards takes pride in her work and credits a lot of her and the company’s success to her management team, many of whom she has worked with for as long as 20 years.

2015 Women In Transportation: Katharine Eagan
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

2015 Women In Transportation: Katharine Eagan

Discussing her accomplishments, Eagan says she is most proud of HART’s improved ridership, which has seen a 20% expansion in the past five years.

2015 Women In Transportation: Natalie Cornell
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

2015 Women In Transportation: Natalie Cornell

Cornell says her marketing experience has helped her throughout her career.

2015 Women In Transportation: India Birdsong
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

2015 Women In Transportation: India Birdsong

Birdsong says her determination and her ability to negotiate have been valuable skills.

 

 

2015 Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets Survey
Bus| October 5, 2015

2015 Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets Survey

While ridership continues to grow across the industry, many transit agencies are focused on ways to grow millennial usage, including the addition of USB charging stations, Wi-Fi, and real-time bus arrival technologies, as well as targeted advertising and marketing campaigns.  

Q&A with Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Ford
Bus| October 5, 2015

Q&A with Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Ford

As CEO of the JTA, Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. leads an agency with an annual budget of $230 million and 850 employees, which provides transportation planning, road and bridge construction and transit services for the Northeast Florida region. Among his most recent accomplishments is the development and implementation of the Blueprint for Transportation Excellence (BTE) strategy that lays the foundation for JTA to become a regional, multimodal transportation leader in Northeast Florida.

Bike Storage Solutions Adapt to Growing Needs of Multimodal Commuters
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

Bike Storage Solutions Adapt to Growing Needs of Multimodal Commuters

No other form of commuting to work has seen the same level of growth as biking has over the past decade. To help public transportation agencies deal with that growth, suppliers have been able to add more bike positions on racks and create furniture and storage solutions at rail stations and transit malls.

Motorcoach Regional Roundtable
Motorcoach| October 5, 2015

Motorcoach Regional Roundtable

With the industry again experiencing growth, operators are taking advantage of the opportunities their regions are presenting, while also dealing with unique challenges and finding ways to grow two very large generational markets.

New Flyer Chief Talks Corporate Culture, Sustainable Propulsion Efforts
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

New Flyer Chief Talks Corporate Culture, Sustainable Propulsion Efforts

President/CEO Paul Soubry discusses revamping NABI’s Anniston, Ala. plant, the company’s focus on using multiple propulsion systems and the future of green technologies, including hydrogen fuel cells.  

Looming Bus Capital Crisis Fuels Fight for Dedicated Investment
Bus| October 5, 2015

Looming Bus Capital Crisis Fuels Fight for Dedicated Investment

Aging bus fleets are less safe, cost significantly more to operate and greatly contribute to the poor community image of many transit systems. CTAA and the Bus Coalition partnered to bring awareness to the problem and push for a solution.

Time Running Out for Commuter Rail Positive Train Control Fix
Security and Safety | October 5, 2015

Time Running Out for Commuter Rail Positive Train Control Fix

While 29% of U.S. systems are targeting to complete installation by the deadline, potential fines of up to $25,000 a day could await those that don’t comply if an extension isn’t passed.

SEPTA Looks to Past Experience to Develop Papal Visit Service Plan
Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

SEPTA Looks to Past Experience to Develop Papal Visit Service Plan

Over a year of planning by SEPTA was put into action during the Papal Visit. Initial estimates of 1.5 million attendees — up to 800,000 of which were expected to utilize SEPTA — prompted the authority and its partner agencies to craft a comprehensive transportation plan.

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