Taking a one-stop-shop approach, these companies help enhance services by forming strategic partnerships with local companies and focusing on regional needs. They can also improve fleet reliability and offer technological innovations and safety programs.
As a growing number of riders and the general public look to online videos for information and entertainment, some transit systems are producing their own videos to more effectively reach out to and inform their customers.
Transit systems planning rail lines, such as Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, are working with their communities to preserve trees in the paths of proposed routes.
The California rail system turns from tragedy to triumph as it moves toward completing positive train control installation on its rail lines by 2015. The expedited effort was spurred in part by the 2008 collision that killed 25 passengers. For many systems, though, gaining radio frequency spectrum remains a challenge.
The show floor will illustrate Expo 2014’s theme, “Powering Possibilities” with ample opportunity for public transportation professionals to participate in educational sessions, forums, tours and networking events.
The five-mile Orange Line extension from Belt Line Station to the newly rebuilt Terminal A at DFW will bring the longest light rail system in the U.S. to 90 miles.
In addition to improving mobility in the region, Fort Collins, Colo.-based Transfort’s new BRT route, the MAX, will help manage growth and spur economic development.
Converting to alternative fuels is one popular savings tactic, while recruiting and retaining great drivers is a shared concern.
Connecting to jobs and other transit modes as well as supporting economic development were big boons cited. Last year’s sequestration hurt some projects, but not enough to keep this from being a strong year for the mode, with 10 new lines opening.
Spotting opportunities in difficult times and diversifying their products to meet customers’ changing needs has made Larry and Lorna Hundt’s tour and coach operation a continued success for more than 30 years.
A small group of UTA riders who are part of Google’s Glass Explorer Program are testing OnTime for Glass, which provides customized real-time arrival information.
More agencies are going mobile with fares. As many others plan to replace aging fare collection equipment, they take steps such as open fare and closed-loop payment systems while planning for mobile ticketing.
In January, Portland, Ore.’s TriMet began offering another transportation option after creating a new joint program with car sharing company Zipcar Inc., while the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) started a nonprofit, Fort Worth Bike Sharing, to make cycling an easy way for riders to fill in the gaps of a trip.
While business was up for 62% of survey respondents, this percentage is lower than the last two years. However, the average increase operators experienced came in at about 30%, and every carrier who made the list plans to buy more vehicles this year.
Portland, Maine operation is staying small and adapting to new ways to reach customers for the long haul.