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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Can Private Investors Pave the Way Toward Better Public Transit?

MAX at SW 19th & Yamhill public transit wifiPrivate investors have an important role to play in the future of American transportation. Our country’s economic future depends on modern transit linking cities and neighborhoods. As the American population increases by 100 million in the next four decades, we will need more effective ways to travel. Our highways are already too congested and too costly to upkeep. Private investors can step up to make high performance rail and green transit a reality.

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Could Mobile Clinic Internet Help Aid U.S. Vets in Rural Areas?

140604-F-NH180-335 Mobile Clinic InternetMobile Vet Centers are providing services to veterans across America. This Department of Veterans Affairs outreach program is providing information and readjustment counseling to servicemembers via mobile clinics. Traditional Veterans Affairs community centers assist vets with the transition back into civilian life. The Department’s 50 Mobile Vet Centers—large RVs, in essence—serve the same purpose, but to veterans who would otherwise face a long drive to access services.

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Public Transit & Mobile WiFi: Millennials Lead the Way [Infographic]

Public Transit Mobile WiFiFor today’s generation of Millennials, those between the ages of 18 and 34, public transportation is a way to exercise good stewardship in regards to caring for the earth, the economy and local community. As the largest generation in the nation, 70 percent of Millennials choose a mode of transportation based on their needs, making them more multimodal than Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers,  according to the American Public Transit Association’s study, “Millennials and Mobility.” Similarly, this young generation is at least two times more likely to use public transportation once a week, especially when it offers attractive amenities, such as mobile WiFi.

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Will Electric Buses Lead the Charge in America’s Transit Investment?

Bus WiFi 23 Bus in Birmingham UKBuses are the workhorses of public transportation in America. Every year, riders take more bus trips than commuter rail, light rail, and heavy rail combined. Over five billion passengers rode buses in 2013, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Unfortunately, diesel buses are exceptionally inefficient, typically clocking in between 3 and 5 miles per gallon. What’s more, diesel vehicles are smelly and noisy. And even buses fueled with natural gas add emissions to the atmosphere. Fortunately, new technological innovations are allowing public transit agencies across the country to add all-electric buses to their fleets. Continue reading

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