Transportation funding and service cuts affect more than just riders

October 15, 2013
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?

Intelligent transportation systems and the urban parking crunch

September 27, 2013
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.
July 12, 2013

From tee to green: SEPTA service an ace for U.S. Open spectators

How does a town handle a daily influx of 25,000 spectators all headed to the USGA’s 2013 U.S. Open? With streets surrounding the venue closed to traffic and no on-site parking, Ardmore, Penn. - a suburb of Philadelphia and home of Merion Golf Club -had a major ally to help move the masses — the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

June 26, 2013

Transit expands its list of partners

As funding from state and federal agencies continues to be more difficult to secure, local transit systems have found a variety of new partners that not only help pay for new hours of service, but can also provide opportunities for transit agencies to restructure service in parts of the community. These partnerships can also result in improving the transit agency’s image and relevance in a community, and improved quality of service.
June 21, 2013

Preparing for the worst

An explosive device concealed in a travel bag was detonated on a packed SEPTA subway car. Agency officials and Philadelphia first responders raced to the location to rescue passengers trapped in the subway tunnel and prevent further destruction. While the tense and scary situation seemed authentic, the May 19 terrorist attack was simulated.

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