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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Metro-Magazine Features Bus WiFi Article by SinglePoint CEO Rob Taylo

SinglePoint’s CEO Rob Taylo is a thought leader in the private/public transit mobile WiFi space. Rob’s article “Bus Wi-Fi Considerations for Transit Agencies,” was recently featured in Metro Magazine, an industry magazine catering to rail, bus, and motorcoach transit operators. Continue reading

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VTA’s Bus WiFi Gets a Boost with SinglePoint’s SingleTRAK Solution

it's the vtaSanta Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is excited to offer a new app to its riders. Powered by SinglePoint’s SingleTRAK software, the app shows the real-time location of every train in the VTA system. A moving black arrow represents each train, while a flashing blue dot shows the user’s location. GPS in the phone and on each train allows our train and bus WiFi modems to transmit real-time location information. As CBS San Francisco reporter Kiet Do suggests, the new app could make riding the VTA light rail, “fun, more efficient… and cool again.”

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Connected Vehicle Technology: More than Bus WiFi

Freeway Bus WiFiA whole new way of driving is looming on the horizon. It’s called connected vehicle technology. Connected vehicle technology forms a grid in which cars and roadway infrastructure can interact. Think of it as an Internet of the Road, connecting vehicles with obstacles, traffic signals, other cars, public transportation vehicles, and more.

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Public Transit Goes Green: Bus WiFi Can help

Downtown Train Sacramento Public Transit Mobile WiFiPublic transportation is an inherently green way to travel. The more people on a single shared vehicle, the fewer single occupant cars on the road, and the fewer greenhouse gases emitted. According to an IFC International report titled “Public Transportation and Petroleum Savings in the U.S.,” public transportation reduces America’s annual gasoline demand by about 1.4 million gallons—that’s the equivalent to taking 300,000 cars off the road every single day. And the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has found that public transportation reduces carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. But public transit agencies across the nation are working hard to make their operations even greener. Continue reading

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