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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Is America Looking to Get Back on Track with More Trains?

Glenwood Springs ..Amtrak TrainRecent news stories suggest that America is getting on board with train travel. From California to Wisconsin, rail projects are being approved and residents are clamoring for increased passenger rail service. Today we’re taking a look at developments across the country that suggest America is moving toward a more European model of convenient, fast train service across the U.S. Admittedly, we have a lot of catching up to do if we hope to match the rail infrastructure of Europe and Asia. Still, it’s encouraging to see that America is moving in the right direction of rail access. Continue reading

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Does Free Parking Undermine Commuting by Public Transit?

Commuter train Public Transit WiFiHow can our society encourage drivers to become public transit commuters? The benefits of increased commuting are multifold: Healthier people (light rail users are 80% less likely to be obese), lowered costs (couples can save $9,000 a year by living with one less car), and even increased home prices (homes located near high-frequency public transportation lines are worth 42% more, on average). Yet some recent legislation appears to be discouraging public transportation in this country.

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Mass Transit Mobility: Future Concepts Include Robotic Podcar Vehicles & More

InnoTrans 2012This September, Berlin hosted the International Trade Fair for Transportation Technology, InnoTrans. From September 23 through 26th, the massive Messe Berlin convention center hosted the show over a sprawling 94,000 square meters of exhibition space. In InnoTrans 2014’s Future Mobility Park, hundreds of transport innovations made their world premiers. The Future Mobility Park showcased the transportation of tomorrow. For projects that hope to set the trend for worldwide, regional, and local transportation, the Future Mobility Park represented a central platform, where their ideas could take root. Let’s take a look at three of the most interesting concepts presented at InnoTrans 2014. Continue reading

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