DOTs Should Get On Board with Transportation Technology & Mobile WiFi

Mobile WiFi Connectedness Mass TransitDepartments of Transportation (DOT) will face enormous technological shifts in the next few years. Even from our limited vantage point of the present, it’s clear that at least three major new technologies are posed to transform how we travel, and how state transportation departments operate. The three game-changers hovering on the horizon are: Connectedness, Big Data, and Automation. Let’s take a look at each of these upcoming technological shifts.

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Don’t Miss the Bus When Implementing New Fare Technology

Bus WiFi TechnologyFor transit agencies, adopting new fare collection technology is a double-edged sword, bringing both advantages and challenges. The benefits are many; new fare technology can accelerate boarding times and improve arrival times, for one thing. Customer convenience, operation costs savings, and improved data are additional advantages. However, adoption of any new fare technology can be challenging, as customers may feel overwhelmed or under prepared. Many agencies have found that a phased approach to fare collection improvements can help smooth transitions while also boosting ridership.

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Public Transit Safety Gets Boost from Mobile WiFi Solutions [Infographic]

Public Transit Mobile WiFiOver 128,000 transit vehicles from 7,300 transportation agencies provided nearly 11 billion rides in 2013. As the population grows and more people move to larger cities, ridership across all modes of public transit—from buses to paratransit solutions—is on the rise. Not only does increased ridership help decrease traffic congestion, it also promotes individual safety, according to a 2014 article in the Journal of Public Transportation

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Top 5 School Bus Transportation Issues & How Mobile WiFi Can Help

School Bus Educational WiFiThe cheerful yellow school bus facilitates learning by transporting pupils from home to school and back again. Without a free, safe, reliable ride, many students would not be able to attend school. Attendance is critical to educational success, and yellow school buses put attendance within the reach of every student. Buses also carry students to field trips, to school competitions, and more. As such, they enrich every American student’s educational experience. A strong school bus transportation system is foundational to a strong school system.

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Real-time Bus & Train Location Details Help Increase Public Transit Ridership

[17/366] Warp Speed Public Transit WiFiWaiting at a public transit stop is too often an exercise in patience. When will the bus or train come? What if it has already passed? How can you know whether it’s best to stay put or walk to a different stop? Fortunately, public transit WiFi technology improvements now allow riders to view each vehicle’s location in real time. As the unpredictable aspects of bus and train ridership are eliminated through specialized real-time transit bus WiFi software, it’s likely that ridership will rise. Continue reading

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Strides Made in Subway WiFi Connectivity in New York City & Los Angeles

Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New YorkBy 2017, Los Angeles subway passengers will have limited access to WiFi and cellular phone service. The L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority has begun work on a two-year project to bring WiFi and cell service to some underground stations and certain sections of tunnel. Passengers will be able to surf the Internet at station platforms and dial 911 from a cell phone anywhere in the subway system. Continue reading

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Can WiFi on Trains Decrease Public Transit Emergencies?

Amtrak Recent events have focused attention on how passengers can protect themselves during transit emergencies. Earlier this year, a Metrolink conductor was killed, five Metrolink train cars were derailed, and 31 passengers were injured when the L.A.-bound train hit a truck and trailer stuck on the tracks. According to local news reports, dazed passengers exited the derailed trains by walking on the walls of cars that had been tipped sideways in the crash.

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Public Transit Ridership Breaks Record as Demand for WiFi Connectivity Grows

Green Line Trax at Gallivan Plaza by Garrett on FlickrDemand for public transportation is on the rise. According to the American Public Transportation Association, Americans took a total of 10.8 billion trips via public transit in 2014. That’s the highest public ridership rate in fifty-eight years. Phillip Washington, the chair of the APTA, stated that ridership increases “didn’t just happen in large cities. It also happened in small and medium size communities.”

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VTA Pioneers Public Transit Innovation in California

VTA Innovation CenterOn February 18th, transportation technology specialists from across Silicon Valley attended the grand opening for Santa Clara VTA’s new Innovation Center. SinglePoint Communication representatives took in the impressive new space, which was formerly a lunchroom and conference area. The modest room, with space enough for about ten desks, is now replete with technological gadgetry, including big screen TVs and digital workstations. The VTA aims for the Innovation Center to act as a hub where the agency can rethink how it delivers bus, rail, roadway, and other transportation services.

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Business Travel Boosts City Economies Where Public Transit Mobility is Best

Public Transit 20040814 22 Portland MAX Killingsworth Ave.Multiple studies have shown that many Americans—particularly younger Americans—prefer to live in cities that offer multiple transportation options. However, it may surprise some readers to learn that urban centers with multimodal transportation systems are also popular places to travel. Indeed, our own airport in Portland, Oregon has won multiple reader awards because it offers a convenient, affordable light rail link to downtown. As recent analysis from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) indicates, such “Rail Cities”—those with rail transit service between the airport and hotels—enjoy “improved economic vitality.”

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