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Is the future of transit free?

Protests in Brazil over fare hikes have sparked authors at The Economist and Slate magazine to put in their two cents on the future of fares. They contend that they are costly to collect and that transit systems may be more effective at cutting traffic congestion and improving service if they were fare-free. Could that ever happen in the U.S.?

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My APTA Bus Roadeo Experience

My APTA Bus Roadeo Experience

Driving a bus never looked easy. Living in California and being stuck in my car as much as I am, I’ve always had tremendous respect for the men and women who operate buses on a daily basis. So, when the call came that I would get my shot to drive in Sunday’s APTA Bus Roadeo, I was both excited and nervous.

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Building public transportation’s next generation

As more and more transit workers retire, the ranks are thinning. What’s being done about it today will ensure a robust, innovative transportation workforce for tomorrow. The FTA and APTA are stepping up development of the next generation of public transportation workers and leaders. What is your agency or workplace doing to advance workforce development for the next generation?

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Transit going the extra mile to accommodate cyclists

This summer, there seemed to be an uptick in transit agencies working to offer more services to bicyclists. Was this just because of the summer, when more people are out and about on their bikes, or is there a larger movement afoot in how people travel and commute with transit?

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Does vote in Atlanta set a trend?

Earlier this week, Metro Atlanta voters in 10 counties shot down the “Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax,” or T-SPLOST, by an overwhelming a majority, 63% to 37%. If passed, T-SPLOST would have created a 1% sales tax to help pay for an already determined $7.2 billion package of regional transportation projects, including $3.2 billion for transit plus another $1.1 billion in local projects.

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Is transit industry ready for Generation Y?

Recently, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor conducted a study on the driving habits of 16 to 39 year olds. The study found that number of 17-year-olds that had a driver’s license dropped significantly over a period of 25 years, from 69% in 1983 to 50% in 2008. Meanwhile, American aged 20 to 24 saw a drop as well, from 92% in 1983 to 82% in 2008.

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Rural transit getting a closer look

Often when we report on public transit systems across the U.S., they are in urban or suburban areas. Rural transit operations are dealing with many of the same issues as urban ones, but aren’t able to offer as many options, as we report in our upcoming June issue. Additionally, they also have significant paratransit duties, which we also plan to look into in future stories.

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Is aim to end transit violence with Tasers misguided?

A New York Senator wants transit workers armed with Tasers to protect themselves and their passengers against attacks. A transit workers union backs the request, but the state Police Commissioner and the New York MTA are against it. Is the idea too extreme?

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For motorcoach industry, the media is the message

Last year was one of the worst on record as far as accidents and casualties for the motorcoach industry, which in the past has typically been one of the safest modes of transportation. If you take the amount of trips taken and compare that with the number of accidents, we’re talking pretty small potatoes; however, anybody in the industry will tell you one fatality is enough.