As the Internet enters increasing areas of our lives, it seems everything works better when it’s “wired.” From home thermometers to personal fitness, Internet connectivity can often improve performance. The same is true for bus WiFi systems. Transit bus WiFi connects vehicles to operators, customers to transit agencies, and riders to the mobile connectivity they crave. Today we’re taking a look at how bus WiFi can improve safety by relaying streaming video to central operators. Continue reading
As traffic clogs cities across the globe, transit planners are recommending buses as a cost-effective, quick way to add public transportation bandwidth. Compared to light rail systems, bus systems can be up to 90% less expensive to install. Plus, with biodiesel and other green fuel options available, bus transit can cut down on carbon emissions. Let’s take a look at what tomorrow’s bus designs could include.
We know that modern school-aged children are connected to technology, but would it be beneficial for them to be able to use that technology during school bus trips or even during the commute from home to school? Did you know that 12 is the average age of a child when he or she receives their first mobile device? Combine that fact with the ever increasing lengths of school bus trips across the United States and you can get a picture of the potential of bus WiFi. This infographic examines school bus WiFi and much more.
The Oregon Public Transportation Conference takes place on October 19, 2014 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center in Seaside, Oregon. Sponsored by the Oregon Transit Association, the event will feature a variety of sessions and speakers throughout the week on topics such as generational marketing and customer service strategy, the new ADA Vehicle State Price Agreement, procurement, asset management and compliance and much more. Breakfast, lunches and dinners will be served throughout the four day event. Register by October 1st to secure your participation.
This October, SinglePoint Communications will be attending the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo 2014 in Houston, Texas from October 12th through October 15th. EXPO is public transit’s comprehensive marketplace of the most innovative and cutting-edge products and services for worldwide public transportation, with more than 750 global suppliers. Occurring only every three years, EXPO expects to connect more than 15,000 industry professionals from more than 65 countries.
“I don’t take the bus because it’s too slow!” This is an all too common reason for avoiding public transit. Fortunately, a group sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration has researched how to speed up the country’s bus routes. The Transportation Research Board published a report titled “Commonsense Approaches for Improving Transit Bus Speeds,” which not only explores the extent of the bus speed problem, but also provides answers from dozens of transit agencies. In the report, 59 transit groups across America described how they have responded to the difficulties presented by sluggish bus routes. The agencies report on the most successful actions they’ve taken to improve bus speeds and reliability. Read on to discover their solutions, and how SinglePoint’s bus WiFi solutions can also improve bus speed. Continue reading
High-speed rail is key to a strong American economy going forward. As it stands, highway congestion currently costs the country $130 billion per year. What’s more, America’s population is predicted to grow by 100 million in the coming forty years. To provide for the future of convenient, affordable travel in America, the Obama administration has allocated over $10 billion for high-speed and passenger rail projects across the U.S. The goal is to provide 80% of Americans with access to a high-speed rail network within 25 years. To reach that goal, the administration has proposed an additional $53 billion investment in intercity and high-speed rail over the next six years.
Motorcoaches are poised to lead the way toward convenient, comfortable, eco-friendly travel. A recent ABA (American Bus Association) study found that private motorcoaches are the greenest form of transportation, according to multiple yardsticks. Moreover, the motorcoach industry has seen consistent growth over the last five years. As more and more passengers come to expect Internet Wifi for traveling, and increasing numbers of motorcoach providers add mobile bus WiFi, it seems likely that the motorcoach market will continue to enjoy healthy, earth-friendly growth. Continue reading
As the Internet of Things looms on society’s horizon, we can expect more and more industries to be transformed through wireless networking. Train/bus WiFi is no exception. We often write about how mobile Internet technology (such as our WiFi in Motion Moovbox) is changing American public and private transportation. Today we’re examining how transit bus WiFi technology is impacting one branch of public transportation: Paratransit services. Continue reading
Following a glowing profile in the May edition of Metro Magazine, agency leaders across the country are looking to the San Francisco Bay Area’s AC Transit for best practices. The numbers say it all: AC Transit’s average daily ridership has risen 8.2% in the last year, while the agency’s Transbay lines have enjoyed a 20% increase in ridership. Today we’re taking a look at how AC Transit accomplished such impressive growth. As we’ll see, the improvement required a multi-pronged approach, including fleet upgrades such as bus WiFi. Continue reading