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Here’s what happened in the transit world last week:
BUSES & SCHOOL BUSES:
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.
The Tourism and Transport Forum Australia reports that franchising bus routes in certain cities could add $1billion to government revenue over 5 years.
A legal battle is underway about whether surveillance of bus passengers can include audio recording.
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.
Ideas from the school bus safety program.
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.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is granting funds to schools bus providers to help them replace or retrofit old diesel buses with greener models.
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.
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.
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.
Watch an interesting video about rail in the San Gabriel Valley.
The new company Urban Engines helps transit companies take the massive amounts of data from transit research and turn it into actionable plans.
Zonar is a leading transportation technology company, and they just brought on four new executives to support their growth.
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?
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.
Commuting by bus is 55% cheaper than by car. That’s a lot of savings!
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!
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!
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.
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.
City Councillors in Toronto are trying to decide which transit projects to fund.
Students from MUN are just one of many teams who are working on developing the hyperloop.
Design teams are getting ready for the hyperloop race by testing parameters and designs virtually.
While the hyperloop is undeniably a really awesome concept, some people think that it might be better for transporting freight. What do you think?
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!