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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

IA Signals Change for Bus

Infrastructure Australia is starting a 15 year plan to privatize state owned bus operators.

 

How to Create an Awesome Bus Experience

Ideas from Share the Bus for making a bus trip a great experience for your passengers.

 

Bus Crash Highlights Seat belt Concerns

Companies say they’d have to increase fleet size if seat belts are made mandatory.

 

SCHOOL BUSES

Campaigner’s Joy After Cuts to Free School Bus Travel are Halted

A new plan nearly forced students to walk 30 miles a week, but protesters were successful in stopping the plan.

 

Anderson School District 1 Bus Driver Honored for Saving Student’s Life

This bus driver of 26 years saved a student’s life by paying attention to traffic.

 

Missouri Bill Targets School Bus Stops Near Sex Offenders

The bill will require school bus stops to be more than 500 feet away from the homes of sex offenders.

Transit News Roundup - Latest Industry Updates

TRAINS

Why are There Stones Along Railway Tracks?

Have you ever noticed the stones along the sides of railway tracks and wondered why they are there?  Here’s your answer!

 

PUBLIC TRANSIT

Most Public Transit Systems are Too Big for Humans to Comprehend

If you’ve ever had a hard time reading a transit map, it may be because the systems, and all the choices you must make about routes, times, and modes of transit, are just too much to comprehend.

 

A Brief History of Subway Etiquette Campaigns

Problems like people leaving trash on the train and taking up too much space on the bus have been around for a 100 years.

 

These are the 9 Cities in the World Where Commuting is the Most Expensive

In some cities, commuting can cost as much as 25% of an individual’s salary!  One more reason to take public transit.

 

The Progress of Public Transportation in Los Angeles 1990 vs. 2040

It’s interesting to see the growth!

 

How the CTA Keeps Chicago Moving Through Winter

They have a lot of systems in place for battling the snow and cold!

 

Public Transportation Benefits

Public transportation saves money, is good for sustainability, reduces congestion and so much more!

 

Public Transportation Saves $16,000 per Year

In a comparison of 20 major US cities, public transportation saved individuals between $10,000 and $16,000 per year.

 

Mapping the Real Cost of Public Housing- Transportation Included

New research considers how affordable public housing really is when access to public transportation is taken into consideration.

 

TRANSIT TECHNOLOGY & ADVANCES

Transit Data in Motion

General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) is an important part of urban mobility.   This is the format we put transit schedules into, so they can be picked up by Google and trip planning apps.

 

Smart and Scalable Urban Traffic Control

A real time system made possible by advances in AI.

 

Advance Transit to Launch Bus App

The app provides real time tracking and status updates.

 

Construction Begins on Elon Musk’s Exciting New Transportation Hyperloop

The hyperloop will transport passengers at 800 miles per hour from one major city to the next.

 

Eltis Mobility Update

Eltis on sustainable urban mobility and how a railway station in France became on intermodal hub.

 

OTHER

Transit Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day is March 4th, and we have some awesome ideas for making it a special day for your hard working employees.

 

What do you think about these stories?  We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

Transit News Round Up: Latest 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:

SHUTTLE BUSES AND SCHOOL BUSES

WA to Trial Driver-less Shuttle Bus in Australian First

The shuttle bus has multi sensor technology, can transport up to 15 passengers, and has an average speed of 25 kilometres per hour.

Mayfield School in Whitehaven Celebrates a Double!  A National Award and a New Bus

They were recognized for helping the children, many of whom have difficulties walking, achieve movement independence.  They won a bus that will take them on field trips.

Texas District Tests School Bus Stop Arm Extension

The stop arm extension extends into the next lane of traffic, forcing drivers to stop to let kids cross the road.  They hope it will the stop arm running violations, of which there are thousands per day.

 New Bill Introduces Major Safety Upgrades for Charter Buses

Proposed upgrades include fire-resistant seats, automatic emergency lighting, and more.  Many charter bus owners fear that the cost of the upgrades would put them out of business.

Transit News Round Up: Latest Industry Updates

TRAINS

V/Line Delays: Acting Rail Cheif Rejects Any Conflict of Interest Over Bus Company Selected to Replace Trains

The V/Line is having issues with its network, and in the meantime the Bendigo Coachlines has replaced the train service.  There is a questions of a conflict of interest because the bus company is run by the husband of the the rail company chair.  V/Line maintains that the decision was made with appropriate measures in place to avoid a conflict of interest.

 

PUBLIC TRANSIT

California DOT Admits that More Roads Mean More Traffic

Building more roads and roads with more lanes just means more cars.  Public transit actually reduces traffic.

Obama ‘Releases Clean Transportation System’ Plan

A proposal for a $10 per barrel fee to be paid by oil companies, which would raise the funds for new investments in public transit.

How Will We Travel in the Cities of Tomorrow?

Keys to urban mobility include addressing safety, the environment, and economic opportunities.

Like Millennials, More Older Americans Steering Away from Driving

Only 69% of 19 year olds have a driver’s license and many are putting off getting one because they prefer public transit.  Similarly, older Americans are declining to renew their licenses once they expire in areas where public transit is cheap and reliable.

 Here Map Expands Public Transit Data Across the Globe

Here Map provides transit data to over 1,000 cities worldwide.   Transit companies need to have their schedules online in order to take advantage of getting their information to their customers with apps like this.

 

THE FUTURE OF TRANSIT

Elon Musk Hints that his Next Project Could be an Electric Plane

The engineer who brought us the concept of the hyperloop is considering designing and vertical take off and landing electric plane.

Hyperloop Transit System Could Be Hurtling Toward Australia

“‘We’re trying to build the first full-scale Hyperloop in a country with a high-enough density of population, long distances and local infrastructure,’ says Mr Gresta.”

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

Transit Love Stories: Meeting Cupid on the Bus or Train

Read stories of people meeting their true love on the bus and train platform proposals.

The Love Bus

Another sweet story of finding love on the bus.

Valentine’s Day Romance on Buses and Trains

And our own roundup of stories: from engagement rings in a breath mint box to a woman who feel for a charming smile on a bus stop poster.

 

 

 

Transit News Round Up: Latest 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:

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!

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!