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Transit News Round Up: Latest Industry Updates

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Every day we find transit news that is relevant and useful to you. But if you missed these daily posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Linkedin, you can find them all here in one place each week!

Here’s what happened in the transit world last week:

BUSES

Library in Bus Opens at Knowle West School

When this small school didn’t have enough dedicated library space in its building, they turned a red double decker bus into a library. that even has wifi.   They kids sure seem to love it!

 

First Driver-less Shuttle Bus Hits Public Roads

The WePods driverless bus had a test run on public roads last week.  It goes a maximum speed of 25 kilometres and will soon have cameras, lasers, GPS and radar.

 

This Story of a Bus Driver’s Act of Kindness is Cheering up Ireland

A bus driver’s simple act of tying an elderly woman’s shoelace has inspired many people to be more kind.   William Harris of Bus Éireann in Cork, Ireland also inspired people to share stories of other bus driver who had done kind deeds.   We want to hear lots more of these stories for Transit Driver Appreciation Day on March 18th.  Check back here for the chance to nominate your bus driver for a prize.

 

Rockville Takes a Fresh Look at Bus Transit

While this is specific to the city of Rockville, it does bring up some areas that are challenges for many bus companies.  How smaller companies can compliment, rather than compete, with the larger routes.  making long-range plans, the cost of tunnels, and securing funding.

Transit News Round Up: Latest Industry Updates

TRAINS

Communters Praise ‘Best Ever’ Train Driver Who Conducts Morning Quiz Over the Tannoy

This train driver makes the morning commute fun for his riders by telling jokes and asking quiz questions over the PA system of the train.  Passengers tweet the answers to the quiz questions with the hashtag #timetunneltrain.

 

Record Budget for Israel Railways

Israel now has a budget of 2.3 billion shekels to improve electrification, provide new signalling, and increase the number of passenger trains in the country.

 

Royal Mail’s Secret Underground Railway to Open to the British Public

The railway use d to transport 4 million parcels a day.  Now it is being reopened as a heritage site by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

PUBLIC TRANSIT

Hyperloop: MIT Students Win Contest to Design Elon Musk’s 700mph Travel Pods

The Hyperloop is a ground transport concept that will connect people from one major city to another.  MIT and other top ranking teams will build their pods and test them at the first Hyperloop test track.

 

5 Ideas we Need to Steal from Mega cities that Have Great Subways

From rethinking traffic design to better technology to more sustainability, some cities are doing a great job with public transit.

 

World Economic Forum’s 10 Commandments to Deal with the Urban Mobility Challenge

Changing demographics and social preferences are changing the needs of urban mobility.  Communication, leveraging existing infrastructure, mobility grids and more ideas to help “people meet their needs in the most efficient and effective ways possible.”

 

I Love Transit: An Interview with Brent Toderian

Brent Toderian is the city of Vancouver’s former Chief City Planner and urbanism consultant around the world.   In this interview, he talks about why he loves transit, his earliest memories of transit, and his excitement about how transit fits into a multimodal city.

 

OTHER

11 Emerging Technologies That Could Have Major Impacts on Transportation

Among the technologies are the hyperloop and materials science in infrastructure.  Amazing ideas that could transform how we travel!

 

Let us know what you think about any of these stories!

Railway Conferences & Conventions in 2016

We’ve rounded up Railway Conferences for all of 2016!  Make sure to register early so you don’t miss out on all the great information and networking opportunities.

Railway Conferences & Conventions in 2016

FEBRUARY

What: Light Rail 2016

When: February 24-25

Where: Pullman Melbourne on the Park, Melbourne, Australia

Visit the Light Rail 2016 website for more information.

 

What: 4th Railway Forum Berlin

When: February 29 to March 1, 2016

Where: Estrel Congress and Messe Center, Berlin, Germany

Visit the 4th Railway Forum website for more information.

 

MARCH

What: ERTMS and TCS 2016: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK

When: March 22-23, 2016

Where: Stephenson Harwood, London, UK

Visit the Waterfront Conference Company for more information.

 

APRIL

What: Expo Ferraviaria 2016

When: April 5-7

Where: LinGotto Fiere, Turin, Italy

Visit the Expo Ferraviaria website for more information.

 

What: Infarail

When: April 12-14

Where: Excel, London, UK

Visit the Infarail website for more information.

 

What: Joint Rail Conference

When: April 12-15

Where: Columbia Marriott, Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Visit the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website for more information.

 

What: International Rail Safety Seminar and Expo

When: April 18-19

Where: Orlando, Florida, United States

Visit the Rail Safety Seminar and Expo website for more information.

 

What: Smart Rail Europe

When: April 19-20

Where: Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visit the Smart Rail Europe website for more information.

 

MAY

What: Rail Safety Summit

When: May 5, 2016

Where: Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London, UK

Visit the Rail Summits website for more information.

 

What: CORE 2016

When: May 16-18

Where: Melbourne, Australia

Visit the Core2016 website for more information.

 

What: Rail Power 2016

When: May 26-27

Where: Business Design Centre, London, UK

Visit the Rail Power website for more information.

 

What: World Metro Rail Congress

When: May 26-27

Where:  Business Design Centre, London, UK

Visit the World Metro Rail Congress website for more information.

 

JUNE

What: International Rail Rodeo

When: June 15-19, 2016

Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTArail16

 

What: Rail Conference

When: June 19-22, 2016

Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTArail16

 

What: APTA Rail Conference

When: June 19-27, 2016

Where: Sheraton Grand, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

 

AUGUST

What: AREMA Conference

When: August 28-31

Where: Hilton, Orlando, Florida, United States

Visit the American Railway Engineering and Maintenence of way Association website for more information.

 

Did we miss one?  Let us know and we’ll add it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Romance on Buses and Trains

Valentine’s Day is a great day to express your love for your loved ones, and we think the best expressions are often on transit!  Here are some sweet past expressions of love that took place on buses and trains that will inspire you this year.

Valentine's Day Romance on Public Transit 2016

Vancouver Bus Stop Poster Starts Married Couple on Journey to Beautiful Love

This couple met when Elsa saw John’s smiling face on a United Gospel Mission poster at the bus stop and it prompted her to volunteer.   While she was volunteering, she got to meet John in person, and that was the beginning of their romance.  It just goes to show that you never know who you might meet at the bus stop…. even if it’s just their picture.

 

South Station Romance Stories

Nick proposed to Dinah at the bus station with an engagement ring in a breath mint box.  He says he “needed a moment that would have some romance to it when she absolutely would not see it coming, and that is where South Station fit perfectly.”

 

Bus Stop Romance

Last year, Steve and Roberta shared that they were celebrating their 20th anniversary after meeting on the bus and spending much time together during subsequent rides.   Read more stories about love on the bus!

 

Get Inspired This Valentine’s Day

Watch this sweet video of Adam proposing to Lucy on the train, after hiring the Adam Street Singers to sing Lovely Day to her.

 

Do you have a story of romance on transit to share?  We’d love to hear it!  You can post it in the comments on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ or email us at emstrength@addtransit.com and we’ll blog your story.

 

 

 

 

Transit News Round Up: Latest Industry Updates

Transit News by AddTransit

 

Every day we find transit news that is relevant and useful to you.   If you missed these posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Linkedin, you can find them all here in one place each week.

 

Cheap Gas Doesn’t Stop Cities from Embracing Big Ticket Transit Projects

Gas prices in the US have been steadily declining, but that’s not stopping cities from embracing public transit projects.  Voters approved 71% of transit related ballot initiatives in 2015.

 

New Mode Choice Model Helps Officials Make Stronger Case for Transit Improvements

This new research model takes into account many more of the factors that determine whether or not a person decides to take public transit, including cost, total time of travel, number of transfers, different transit schedules on different days, if a household has a car and if that car is being used by another household member, and so on.

Transit News Round Up: Latest Industry Updates

Our main focus last week was rounding up transit related conferences that will be held throughout 2016.

Bus and Charter Bus Conferences in 2016

Our roundup of bus and charter bus conferences includes conferences in the United States, Australia, Poland, and the United Kingdom ranging from local bus association marketplaces to international expos.

 

Public Transit Conferences in 2016

Our roundup of public transit conferences includes 11 conferences hosted by the American Public Transportation Association held in locations across the US, as well as conferences from the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association and IT Tech.  Topics include the legal aspects of running public transit, marketing, risk management, sustainability and more.

 

Let us know what you think, and share some news with us too!

Benefits of Public Transit

Transit Awareness Day is February 2, and we want to celebrate by listing a few of the many great benefits to taking public transit from countries around the world.

Benefits of Public Transit / Public Transport by AddTransit

Saves Money

The APTA says taking public transit can save an individual an average of $9453 a year in the United States. In the UK, a person can save over 3,000 pounds per year taking public transit instead of their car, according to Carbon Clever Commuter.

Reduces Pollution

OzeBus of Australia says, “Shifting from cars to public transport can deliver a 65 per cent emissions reduction during peak times and a 95 per cent reduction in emissions during off peak times from the commuters that make the shift.”

Taking the bus or train is a huge way for any individual to reduce their carbon footprint. Even buses that are heavy polluters take around 40 cars off the road every time they run, and most countries are adopting policies to make their buses as green as possible. In the UK, these buses are producing 30% less emissions of greenhouse gases.

Helps the Economy

Public transport provides jobs to operators and staff.

Australia estimates a reduction of $27 million per year in road crash costs and household savings of $176 million in fuel costs.

Because public transit encourages agglomeration, or the gathering of more people in the same place, the economic value can be anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion depending on the size of the city in the US.

Can Help You Get Fit

Public transit is a great way to get healthy. It can help you burn calories, get outside for more fresh air and sunshine, reduce depression and build healthy habits.

Is Safe

Public transit has about one tenth the number of traffic casualties as cars have, and transit travel has lower overall crime rates than automobile travel, making it a safe and secure way to travel.

Connects People with Community

When people ride the bus or train, they meet other commuters and form connections with their local community. It’s a great way to make friends and see more of your city.

Gives You Time to Work or Get Down Time

Of course, not everyone likes connect with other people during their commute. If you just want to be left alone, you can pop in some ear buds and take the time to catch up on work, read a book or take a nap, which is much more enjoyable than stressing out about traffic while you drive a car. Buses and trains are increasingly being equipped with WiFi so you can get even more done while you travel.

It’s Fun!

If you’ve ever ridden public transit with a little kid, you’ve seen how their eyes light up at the site of the oncoming train, they glue their faces to the window of the bus to see all of the exciting sites, and they’re nearly bursting out of their seats with the joy of the ride.  Be inspired by their happiness and enjoy the ride!

Public Transit Conferences in 2016

We’ve rounded up Public Transit conferences for all of 2016!  Make sure to register early, so you don’t miss out on all of the great information and networking opportunities.

Public Transit & Transport Conferences

FEBRUARY

What: Reducing CO2 from Road Transport Together

When: February 16, 2016

Where: Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium

Visit the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association for more information.

#ReducingCO2Together

 

What: Legal Affairs Seminar

When: February 21-23, 2016

Where: Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAlegal16

 

What: Marketing and Communications Workshop

When: February 28 – March 2, 2016

Where: Renaissance Hotel, Phoenix Arizona, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAmarketing16

 

MARCH

What: IT-TRANS

When: March 1-3, 2016

Where: Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, Karlsruhe, Germany

Visit the IT TRANS website for more information.

#ITTRANS

 

What: Legislative Conference

When: March 13-15, 2016

Where: Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association for more information.

#APTAleg16

 

APRIL

What: Fare Collection and Revenue Management Summit/ Trans ITech Conference

When: April 11-13, 2016

Where: Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, San Diego, California, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTArevenue16, #APTAtransITech16

 

What: Public Transportation and Universities Conference

When: April 16-19, 2016

Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAuniversity16

 

What: Transit Board Members and Board Support Seminar

When: April 30- May 3, 2016

Where: Hilton Palacio del Rio, San Antonio, Texas, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAtbm16

 

JUNE

What: Risk Management Seminar

When: June 12-15, 2016

Where: Hilton Hotel, Albany New York, United States

Visit the American Public Transporation Association website for more information.

#APTArisk16

 

What: Transports Publics

When: June 14-16, 2016

Where: Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, France

Visit the Transports Publics Website for more information.

 

JULY

What: Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop

When: July 24-26, 2016

Where: Westin Austin, Austin, Texas, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAsustainability16

 

AUGUST

What: Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop

When: July 31 to August 3, 2016

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAmultimodal16

 

What: State Public Transportation Partnerships/ Transit Midwest Conference

When: August 14-16, 2016

Where: Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

 

SEPTEMBER

What: APTA’s Annual Meeting

When: September 11-14, 2016

Where: JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, California, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAannual16

Bus and Charter Bus Conferences in 2016

We’ve rounded up Bus and Charter Bus Conferences for all of 2016! Make sure to register early so you don’t miss out on the great information and networking opportunities.

Public Transit Charter Bus Conferences

 

JANUARY

What: UMA Motorcoach EXPO

When: January 31- February 4, 2016

Where: The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Visit the United Motor Coach Association website for more information.

 

MARCH

What: Pennsylvania Bus Associations Marketplace

When: March 30, 2016

Where: Spooky Nook Sports Complex, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Visit the Pennsylvania Bus Association website for more information.

 

APRIL

What: QBIC 2016 Annual Conference

When: April 1 and 2, 2016

Where: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Visit the Queensland Bus Industry Counsil website for more information.

 

What: BusNSW 2016 Member Conference

When: April 13 and 14, 2016

Where: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Hotel, Australia

Visit the BusNSW website for more information.

 

What: Safety Passengers Conference

When: April 5 and 6, 2016

Where: Best Western Premier Hotel, Krakow, Poland
Visit the Safety Passengers website for more information

 

MAY

What: International Bus Roadeo

When: May 13-17, 2016

Where: Omni Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAbus16

 

What: BusSA State Conference

When: May 14, 2016

Where: TBA

Visit the BusSA website for more information.

 

What: Bus and Paratransit Conference

When: May 15-18, 2016

Where: Westin Hotel and Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Visit the American Public Transportation Association website for more information.

#APTAbus16

 

JUNE

What: European Bus Forum 2016

When: June 23, 2016

Where: University of Manchester, England

Visit the European Bus Forum website for more information.

 

 

AUGUST

What: NAMO Coaches Annual Conference

When: August 18-21, 2016

Where: Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Visit the NAMO Coaches website for more information.

 

OCTOBER

What: Australian Bus and Coach Expo

When: October 5 and 6, 2016

Where: Sydney Showgrounds, Australia

Visit the Australian Bus and Coach website for more information.

 

What: 22nd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation

When: Oct. 2-5, 2016

Where: Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Visit the Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation website for more information.

 

NOVEMBER

What: BIC National Annual Conference

When: November 6-9, 2016

Where: Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough Perth.

Visit the OzeBus website for more information.

 

What: Euro Bus Expo

When: November 1-3, 2016

Where: NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Visit the Euro Bus Expo website for more information

 

Did we miss one? Let us know and we’ll add it!

Transit News Round Up

Every day we find transit news that is relevant and useful to you. But if you missed these daily posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Linkedin, you can find them all here in one place each week!

Here’s what happened in the transit world last week:

BUSES

Urban Dwellers Aren’t Abandoning Buses; Buses are Abandoning Them

This article from News Geography takes a look at why bus ridership is declining, and they say the data points to a decrease in bus service being the reason.

Should Colfax Give Up Car Lanes for Faster Bus Service?

Specifically about Denver, Colorado, but applicable to any city. Is this a trade worth making?

Back to College for Bus Workers

Bus Drivers in the UK are getting more than satisfying work and a paycheck from their jobs. They’re learning foreign languages and other fun and useful skills right out of the First Group bus company’s garages. What a great way for a company to care for the whole employee!

Euro VI Bus and Coach Registrations in 2015 Top 50%

Over half of the buses registered in 2015 met the Euro VI standard for emissions. The article talks about the reasons for this boost in compliance, and how the companies will continue to improve their reduction of emissions.

UK Bus Operators Make Case for Contactless Travel

Five leading bus companies, Stagecoach, First Bus, Go-Ahead, Arriva and National Express, are working to make contactless travel the standard in Britain by 2022.

All Electric Bus

Metro McAllen shared their excitement about their new all electric bus with a picture on Twitter.

SCHOOL BUSES

New School Bus Law to Improve Crossing Roads

Bus drivers in North Carolina are now using hand signals to let kids know if it’s safe to cross the road or not.

When a School Bus Full of Kids was Heading for a Ditch, This Boy Saved Them in the Most Amazing Way

14 year old Cory jumped into the driver’s seat and hit the brake when the bus driver became unconscious after a car hit the bus.

School Bus Fleet Launches New Website, New Look

Their new website is looking very nice with easier navigation and better response for mobile users. Check it out!

Connecticut District May Cut School Bus Aides

This school district wants to cut aides from its buses to save money, but some parents are in opposition. What do you think? Should all school buses have aides?

TRAINS

Transit Officials Unmask New CTrain Car

Check out Calgary Transit’s sleek new car! It’s “more reliable, more spacious, more accessible with a variety of new features.”

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Breaks Ground to Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop a Reality

The Hyperloop is a vacuum tube that will be able to transport passengers at 800 MPH from one major city to another at a fraction of the cost of high speed rail.

Gothard Base Tunnel Freight Tests Begin

Switzerland is testing the world’s longest railway tunnel, which will have regular service by the end of the year.

Lyon to Torino TBM Completed

France is working on tunnels for a high speed railway.

First Metrolink F125 Completed

Metrolink in Los Angeles, California will have it’s first F125 Spirit diesel locomotive.

London Suburban Metro and Local Input to Franchising Proposed

The Department for Transport and Transport for London are working together to potentially create a London Suburban Metro.

 

STEAM TRAINS

Visitors Enjoy Steam Town on MLK Day, First of Several Free Admission Days Planned for 2016

The National Historic Site offered free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so families could come learn about the history of steam trains.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

County to Provide Free Bus Passes for Those Registering to Vote

Milwaukee County will spend up to $20,000 to provide free bus passes for voters.

DOT Secretary Foxx Outlines Infrastructer Vision

US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discussed the infrastructure deficit and ways to improve planning for transportation dollars.

Top 10 Reasons to Thank Congress

The American Public Transportation Association lists 10 reasons to thank the US Congress for passing the FAST Act, the first long term transportation bill in 10 years.

A Good Transport Plan for Bristol

SusTrans lays out a plan that’s greener, cheaper and more efficient than reliance on fossil fuels.

TOUR OPERATORS

Polk County Orange Juice Being Flown to Iceland to Promote Polk Country Tourism at International Travel Trandeshow

Orange juice is being flown in to the 2016 Icelandair Mid-Atlantic Trade Show to show off one of Florida’s best features.

We’d love to hear from you!  Let us know what you think about any of these topics.