Easy Wins for Improving Public Transit & Bus Speed: Bus WiFi Systems Can Help

Bus WiFi Metro Transit Authority-Orion VII Next generation“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

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Can Train WiFi Help Build a Stronger Economy?

Cheyenne Frontier Days Train - Pierce, Colorado Train WiFiHigh-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.

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Green & Growing: Is the Motorcoach Industry the Future of Travel?

Charter Bus Lines at Waterfront Station Bus WiFiMotorcoaches 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

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Bus WiFi Technology Aids Paratransit

NYCT_0945 paratransit bus wifiAs 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

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SinglePoint Solution Helps AC Transit Build a Better Ride

Downtown San Francisco Bus WiFiFollowing 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

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Did Bus WiFi Help Increase Public Transportation Ridership in 2013?

Bus WiFi Washington, DC View east down F Street NW no dateWhat are the golden days of public transportation? You might assume it was in the 1910s and ‘20s, when streetcars crisscrossed American landscapes, connecting outer boroughs to city centers. However, recent research suggests we are entering a new golden era of public transportation, fueled in part by mobile train and bus WiFi.

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SinglePoint Authorized Partner of Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed SystemsFor school districts, bus WiFi poses advantages and challenges. The advantages of on-the-go learning are multifold. School bus WiFi allows educators to enrich field trips and keep kids learning while en route. Sports teams can stay on top of their homework while traveling, thanks to mobile WiFi solutions. However, traveling WiFi for educational institutions also brings difficulties, such as how to effectively block inappropriate content.

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The Future of Travel Begins with Public Transit Mobile WiFi

public transit mobile wifiIn 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that our computers would continue to add more data storage capabilities within in the same amount of space. His eponymous Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors you can fit on integrated circuits doubles every two years. This exponential rate of growth brings new technological possibilities to our fingertips. Consider that when Moore formulated his law, a computer could occupy an entire room; now, the same amount of data can be held on a device the size of your palm. Ever-improving computing technology also changes how we fold digital devices into our lives. Today we’re looking at how consumers’ WiFi use is shifting, and how it will continue to change going forward. We’ll look at a few big trends—big data and widespread WiFi use—and extrapolate how public transportation agencies can stay ahead of the digital curve by adapting their rider experience to new customer expectations.

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Automated Vehicle Technology or Bus WiFi?

Public Transit Mobile WiFiSaturday morning cartoons predicted flying cars—but driverless cars? The future will indeed include cars that are run by computer. Many of today’s vehicles already contain many automated safety features, such as electronic stability control during skidding. However, car makers are now testing fully automated cars, in which a computer handles breaking, steering, and acceleration, so that the driver does not have to monitor operation continually.

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Public Transit Mobile WiFi Can Help Millennials be Multi-Modal

public transit mobile wifiToday’s younger generations travel differently than their older counterparts. Millennials, those aged 18 to 34, are much more likely to select different modes of transportation for different trips. According to the American Public Transit Association’s study Millennials and Mobility, almost 70% of Millennials use multiple travel options several times each week. Rather than sticking to a single method of transportation, Millennials tend to choose the most practical transportation for each trip. Public transit mobile WiFi adds another incentive for young people to keep public transportation in their travel mix.

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