City-to-City Bus Services Experience Fastest Increase in Technology Use

Bus WiFi Megabus Stop in ChicagoPassengers on city-to-city bus services are increasingly using technology, according to a DePaul University study. After collecting data from 7,034 passengers on 106 different buses, planes, and trains, the researchers concluded that passengers’ use of personal electronic devices continues to rise across all transportation modes. However, the greatest increase in technology use was found on city-to-city buses, such as Megabus. The study found that over 59% of passengers on low-cost express buses use personal devices en route, up from 46.4% last year.

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Paratransit Fleets Add New Technology & Increase Ridership in 2014

Paratransit Ride Right, LLC #147  2008 Coach & Equipment Ford E450The 11th annual METRO Magazine paratransit survey found almost 40% of paratransit operators added new technology to their fleets in 2012 and 2013. Survey respondents include 149 paratransit operators in 37 US states, and 1 Canadian agency. With over 12,000 vehicles represented in the survey, it is a good representation of national trends in this segment of public transportation. Let’s examine the benefits paratransit agencies enjoyed by adding new technology to their fleets. Continue reading

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Inner-City Transportation Challenges & Connectivity: Are We Missing the Bus?

Rosa Parks Inner City BusIn a white paper titled “Overcoming the Challenges of Inner-City Transportation,” IBM discusses the difficulties of providing reliable transportation in urban areas. Inner-city transit agencies face unique hurdles that must be overcome if our urban centers hope to support growing employment. Continue reading

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SinglePoint to Attend UMA Motorcoach Expo 2015

UMA Motorcoach AssociationHere at SinglePoint Communications, we’re looking ahead to January 18-22, 2015, when we’ll be attending the United Motorcoach Association’s Motorcoach Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. The UMA Motorcoach Expo is the nation’s premiere event for motorcoach owners, vendors, and manufacturers. We’ll be there—at booth 1329!—to let motorcoach companies know about our OEM technology solutions. If you’re attending UMA this year, stop by our booth and say hi!

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U.S. Transportation Innovation Means Mobile WiFi is on the Move [Infographic]

Mobile WiFi SinglePointIn today’s connected world, the demand for WiFi access is greater than ever. With ridership growing across the board—from commuter rails to charter buses—remaining competitive is a matter of meeting this demand. Along with public transportation, emergency service personnel find increased value in WiFi-enabled vehicles. Across the country, connectivity in different modes of transportation is a reality. The following infographic explores how mobile WiFi has improved the transportation industry and meets the needs of not just riders, but service providers as well. It also shares how you can make the most of mobile WiFi solutions in your fleet.

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Leveraging Technology to Improve America’s Transportation Infrastructure

Montrose-Brown Line mass transit wifiTransportation challenges often seem impossibly expensive to solve. For instance, accidents caused by driver error would seem to require costly solutions, such as extended employee training, and HR interventions. Capacity limits appear to demand major investments in system expansion. And it seems that America faces a huge upcoming bill for upgrading our aging transportation infrastructure. Yet more and more transit leaders are positing that technology can solve some of these problems without requiring an enormous investment.

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Does Bus WiFi Ease the Morning Commute?

Commute bus wifiAccording to a DePaul University study, more than 90% of today’s commuters plan to use a portable electronic device en route—even without Internet access. Modern riders are already equipped with personal gadgets, so it should be no surprise that they appreciate train and bus WiFi access. WiFi access will be key in drawing more commuters off the roads over time. Why? Because having access to the Internet is a real draw for riders, who find that WiFi access makes the morning commute easier. Continue reading

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What Can the Public Transportation Industry Learn from Uber?

At US Chamber Foundation "Data and Transportation" luncheon with reps from Uber + RideScout.Recently, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted an event titled “Data Driven Innovation in Transportation” featuring executives from Uber, RideScout, and government transportation officials. As you may be aware, Uber is a ride service that uses a smartphone app to inform passengers of available vehicles for hire. Vehicle owners can make extra money by signing up to be an Uber driver; passengers can find convenient, affordable transportation by registering as an Uber rider. RideScout’s similar service displays public and private transportation options according to flexibility, cost, and reliability, all delivered via a smartphone app. In markets where ride sharing has been established, it is increasingly popular. For instance, in a single year, Uber has been used for 25,000 rides in the Chicago area alone.

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Public Transit WiFi Headed Underground: Connecting Subway Commuters

Old South Ferry ReopensWiFi access is now available at Mt. Everest’s base camp, in remote Canadian national parks, and at hundreds of beaches across the globe. So why is it still impossible to get online while on the subway? Our American cities are awash with WiFi access—to such an extent that some residents complain of cell tower eyesores. Public transit WiFi is now available on many bus lines as well. Yet we are still unable to access WiFi while on the subway, or even while waiting for our trains.

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WiFi Comes to the World Trade Center as New Jersey & New York Get Connected

Bus WiFi New R-188 TrainsConnectivity is increasingly in demand across the country, as consumers clamor for it and government agencies and companies aim to please by providing it. That’s certainly the case in the New York City area, where the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is offering WiFi connectivity in exciting new areas. New digital improvements at transit centers will allow passengers to stay better informed while they travel. Let’s take a look at these innovations and their importance in the broader adoption of transit WiFi across America. Continue reading

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