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Transit News Roundup – Latest Industry Updates

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 & SCHOOL BUSES:

Retiree’s Last Bus Ride Home Leads to a Sweet Surprise

Angelo Fracassa has taken the bus to work for 60 years.  On his last day, his family and friends surprised him by joining him on the bus and taking him to a retirement party.

 

Franchised Bus Routes Could Reap $1Billion

The Tourism and Transport Forum Australia reports that franchising bus routes in certain cities could add $1billion to government revenue over 5 years.

 

Big Brother Buses?  Union, Bus Agency in Eavesdropping Fight

A legal battle is underway about whether surveillance of bus passengers can include audio recording.

 

Is Your Bus Company Ready for Mothering Sunday?

Mothering Sunday was on March 6th in the UK, and we provided some ideas for bus companies to make sure they’re ready for the increased traffic, have their schedules online, and are showing appreciation to the hard working mothers on their teams.

 

Making School Bus Time Fun and Safe

Ideas from the school bus safety program.

 

Kiss-Blowing Grandma Receives Birthday Surprise from Kids on School Bus

Doris Vehar greets the kids on the school bus every day when they come by her house.  This year, they surprised her on her birthday.

 

EPA Helps Schools Get Cleaner-Burning Buses

The US Environmental Protection Agency is granting funds to schools bus providers to help them replace or retrofit old diesel buses with greener models.

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READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

Puttin’ On the Push for Read Across America Day

James Ojeda is a bus driver who’s been reading Dr. Suess books to kids for almost 20 years on Read Across America Day.

 

Reading Celebration Tried and True in Truro

Among some other tried and true ideas to make Read Across America Day a success, the Truro Public Library has had Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Suess’s famous book The Cat in the Hat meet kids at the bus.

 

TRAINS

Here’s How to Connect to Mumbai Central’s Free Public WiFi

Google is providing free public WiFi to the Mumbai Central train station, and they will roll out WiFi to 100 more rail stations this year.

 

A Brief Overview of Rail History in the Foothills Cities

Watch an interesting video about rail in the San Gabriel Valley.

 

TRANSIT TECHNOLOGY

Startup Makes Sense of Transit Data

The new company Urban Engines helps transit companies take the massive amounts of data from transit research and turn it into actionable plans.

 

Zonar Announces Key Leadership Changes to Support Rapid Growth and Business Development

Zonar is a leading transportation technology company, and they just brought on four new executives to support their growth.

 

PUBLIC TRANSIT

How San Francisco Got Its New Rider Friendly Transport Map

This new transit map is nice, but we think having an app on your phone is easier to read and more convenient.  What do you think?

 

The Astonishing Human Potential Wasted on Commutes

It takes the average commuter 26 minutes to get to work.  That adds up to 1.8 trillion minutes that Americans spend getting to and from work!  This includes both time spent in the car and on public transit, but we know from other research that taking the bus or train can often be faster than driving.  It’s also cheaper and more environmentally sustainable, and you can work, sleep or read while you commute.  So if you have to commute, take transit, and don’t let that time be wasted.

 

Commuters Could Save 1000 Pounds Per Year by Choosing Bus Over Car, Research Shows

Commuting by bus is 55% cheaper than by car.   That’s a lot of savings!

 

The Best Cities for Public Transportation

Cities in the US were ranked according to the commute time, the percentage of commuters who use transit, and the median income of transit users.  10 cities came out on top.  Check them out!

 

Take Transit to See Mum for Mothering Sunday

The UK has a lot of transit options for visiting Mum on Mothering Sunday or on any other day.  Whether you took the ferry, coach, undersea train, bus or rail, we hope you utilized the money saving option of traveling by transit this week.  If not, go see Mum today!  And take her for a train ride- she’ll love it!

 

The Car Century was a Mistake.  It’s Time to Move On.

Some cities are exploring the benefits of making certain areas car-free.  With exceptions for moving freight, this article explores the option of using streets as social spaces and providing good public transit.

 

Making Public Transportation Part of the Elections

With the US elections coming up, the APTA encourages voters to make their wishes known about public transit to their representatives by writing letters to the editor, using social media and contacting politicians directly.

 

Everything’s Riding on Forecasts for Transit Plans

City Councillors in Toronto are trying to decide which transit projects to fund.

 

HYPERLOOP

A New Mode of Transportation

Students from MUN are just one of many teams who are working on developing the hyperloop.

 

Simulation Driven Design Fast Tracks Hyperloop Development

Design teams are getting ready for the hyperloop race by testing parameters and designs virtually.

 

Hyperloop is the Perfect Way to Move Goods, Not People

While the hyperloop is undeniably a really awesome concept, some people think that it might be better for transporting freight.  What do you think?

 

Trial Bringing Into Open New Datasets for Smarter Travel in Home Counties

This project will make multi-modal transportation information available so app developers can make better transit apps.

 

What do you think about any of the articles or topics?  We’d love to hear from you!

Transit News Roundup – Lastest Industry Updates

Transit News by AddTransit

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:

SCHOOL BUSES:

School Bus Driver Passes 50 Years on the Road

Don Beehler started driving school buses just to make ends meet when things on his farm were slow, but he ended up driving for 50 years.   Read about his reminiscing of the way things were.

Transit News Roundup - Lastest Industry Updates

PUBLIC TRANSIT

TFL Opens Car Park and Jamcam Data Feed

Transport for London is making its data for app developers.

 

This Collection of Bad Transit Maps Will Get you Very Lost Very Quickly

These maps will make you want you had an app…. hey, that’s what we do!

 

OTHER

The Long and Crumbling Road

Maintaining the upkeep of our massive infrastructure.

 

Tracking Urban Mobility with Technology

Google invites local research partners to tackle urban mobility issues.

 

What do you think?  Let us know!

 

 

 

School Bus Conferences and Conventions in 2016

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

School Bus Conferences and Conventions in 2016

FEBRUARY

 

What: School Transportation Assn. Of Mass. 23rd Annual Strategic Planning, Winter Conference

When: February 14-17, 2016

Where: Las Croabas, Puerto Rico

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: New York Assn. For Pupil Transportation, Winter Workshop

When: February 18-19, 2016

Where: Albany, New York, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information

 

What: Texas Assn. Of School Bus Technicians, Mid-Winter Conference

When: February 20-21, 2016

Where: Dickinson, Texas, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Innovative Transportation Solutions

When: February 26, 2016

Where: Houston, Texas, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

MARCH

What: Louisiana Assn. Of School Transportation Officials, Annual Conference

When: March 2-4, 2016

Where: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: WASBO Transportation & Bus Safety Conference

When: March 9, 2016

Where: TBA

Visit the Wisconsin Association of School Bus Officials website for more information.

 

What: School Transportation Supervisors of New Jersey

When: March 10-11, 2016

Where: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers

When: March 11-16, 2016

Where: Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Visit the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers website for more information.

 

What: National Special Needs Team, Safety Roadeo

When: March 12, 2016

Where: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Ohio Assn. For Pupil Transportation, Annual Conference and Tradeshow

When: March 13-16, 2016

Where: Dublin, Ohio, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council, 2016 Convention

When: March 15-18, 2016

Where: Red Deer, Alberta, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: School Transport Safety Conference

When: March 16-18, 2016

Where: Lydiard, Swindon, United Kingdom

Visit the School Transport Safety Conference website for more information.

 

What: Massachusetts Assn. For Pupil Transportation, Annual Conference

When: March 16, 2016

Where: Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: CASTO State Conference

When: March 19-21, 2016

Where: San Diego, California, United States

Visit the California Association of School Transportation Officials website for more information.

 

What: California Assn. Of School Transportation Officials, Annual Conference

When: March 19-21, 2016

Where: San Diego, California, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for information.

 

What: Colorado State Pupil Transportation Assn., Special Education and Legislative Conference

When: March 20-24, 2016

Where: Thornton, Colorado, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for information.

 

What: Utah Pupil Transportation Assn., Annual Conference

When: March 21-23, 2016

Where: St. George, Utah, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for information.

 

 

APRIL

What: National School Boards Assn. Annual Conference

When: April 9-11, 2016

Where: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for information.

 

What: School Bus Fleet/ National Association for Pupil Transportation, School Bus Exchange

When: April 11-13, 2016

Where: Denver, Colorado, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Ontario School Bus Association, Ontario Transportation Expo and Trade Show

When: April 25-27, 2016

Where: Toronto, Canada

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Saskatchewan Assn. of School Business Officials, Spring Workshop

When: April 27-29, 2016

Where: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

MAY

What: Nova Scotia Transportation Advisory Committee, Pupil Transportation Conference

When: May 1-3, 2016

Where: Membertou, Nova Scotia, Canada

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Thomas Built Buses, Institute Service Training East

When: May 17-20, 2016

Where: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

JUNE

What: Nebraska School Transportation Assn. Spring Conference

When: June 3, 2016

Where: Kearney, Nebraska, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation, Annual Conference and Trade Show

When: June 4-7, 2016

Where: Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Tennessee Assn. Of Pupil Transportation, Conference and Trade Show

When: June 6-8, 2016

Where: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Minnesota School Bus Operators Assn. Summer Conference

When: June 12-14, 2016

Where: Cohasset, Minnesota, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Wyoming Pupil Transportation Assn. Mechanics Conference and Drivers Conference

When: June 13-16, 2016

Where: Casper, Wyoming, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Assn. Annual Workshop

When: June 13-16, 2016

Where: TBD

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Illinois Assn. For Pupil Transportation, Conference and Trade Show

When: June 14-15, 2016

Where: East Peoria, Illinois, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Utah Pupil Transportation Assn. Technicians Conference and Vendor Show

When: June 14-16, 2016

Where: Park City, Utah, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Montana Assn. For Pupil Transportation/ Montana School Bus Contractors Assn., Annual Conference

When: June 15-17, 2016

Where: Great Falls, Montana, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Tennessee Assn. Of Pupil Transportation, School Bus Technicians Workshop

When: June 17, 2016

Where: Buchanan, Tennessee, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Virginia Assn. For Pupil Transportation Annual Conference

When: June 19-23, 2016

Where: Richmond, Virginia, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Kentucky Assn. For Pupil Transportation Summer Conference

When: June 20-22, 2016

Where: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: School Transportation Assn. of Indiana, 2016 Conference

When: June 20-22, 2016

Where: Florence, Indiana, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Wisconsin School Bus Assn. Annual Convention and Trade Show

When: June 20-22, 2016

Where: Middleton, Wisconsin, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Transportation Administrators of Arizona, Annual Conference

When: June 20-23, 2016

Where: Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Georgia Assn. For Pupil Transportation, 52nd Annual Conference and Trade Show

When: June 20-23, 2016

Where: Jeykll Island, Georgia, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Colorado Dept. of Education/ Colorado State Pupil Transportation Assn., Conference and Vendor Show and Workshop

When: June 20-24, 2016

Where: Thornton, Colorado, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: North Carolina Pupil Assn. Transposium

When: June 20-24, 2016

Where: Ashville, North Carolina, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Michigan Assn. For Pupil Transportation, Annual Conference

When: June 21-23, 2016

Where: Belaire, Michigan, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Oregon Pupil Transportation Assn. Summer Conference

When: June 21-24, 2016

Where: Bend, Oregon, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

What: Texas Assn. Of School Bus Technicians Annual Conference and Trade Show Annual Meeting

When: June 24-29, 2016

Where: Beaumont, Texas, United States

Visit the School Bus Fleet website for more information.

 

JULY

What: National School Transportation Association, Annual Meeting and Convention

When: July 16-20, 2016

Where: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

Visit the National School Transportation Association website for more information.

 

What: TAPT Conference and Trade Show

When: TBA

Where: Beaumont, Texas, United States

Visit the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation website for more information.

 

What: TAPT Conference and Trade Show

When: TBA

Where: Beaumont, Texas, United States

Visit the Texas Association for Public Transportation website for more information.


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