WiFi 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.
Connectivity 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
Recent 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
How 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.
This 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
SinglePoint Communications is excited to announce a partnership with one of Canada’s largest bus service, overhaul and collision repair firms, MTB Transit Solutions. SinglePoint’s WiFi In Motion products will be the exclusive WiFi solution for MTB. Liam Finan, MTB’s Vice President of Operations explains, “MTB has had a very trusted name in bus refurbishment and collision repairs across Canada and the Northeastern U.S for a long period of time. With this new SinglePoint Communications partnership, MTB’s customers can add WiFi to their coaches and transit fleets, an upgrade and a solution that can draw in new riders, hopefully increasing each of our customers ridership numbers and providing a competitive edge in the coach and transit industry.”
Transportation isn’t a single-player game. It involves riders, politicians, transit operators, and contractors. In such a complex schema, it’s impossible for any single group to change the whole game on their own. Transit agencies can’t expect to immediately do away with the deep-rooted infrastructure that supports America’s driving habits. Compared to Europe, American cities have far more space, and we Americans tend to see our land as something to be developed, not something to be shared (as in Europe). Still, transit agencies do have clout. They can lobby for change. Today we’re taking a look at why America’s public transportation systems lag so far behind European models. Here are a few lessons that transit agencies could learn from their European counterparts. With these differences in mind, transit groups can push for transportation improvements. Continue reading
As the Internet enters increasing areas of our lives, it seems everything works better when it’s “wired.” From home thermometers to personal fitness, Internet connectivity can often improve performance. The same is true for bus WiFi systems. Transit bus WiFi connects vehicles to operators, customers to transit agencies, and riders to the mobile connectivity they crave. Today we’re taking a look at how bus WiFi can improve safety by relaying streaming video to central operators. Continue reading
As traffic clogs cities across the globe, transit planners are recommending buses as a cost-effective, quick way to add public transportation bandwidth. Compared to light rail systems, bus systems can be up to 90% less expensive to install. Plus, with biodiesel and other green fuel options available, bus transit can cut down on carbon emissions. Let’s take a look at what tomorrow’s bus designs could include.
We know that modern school-aged children are connected to technology, but would it be beneficial for them to be able to use that technology during school bus trips or even during the commute from home to school? Did you know that 12 is the average age of a child when he or she receives their first mobile device? Combine that fact with the ever increasing lengths of school bus trips across the United States and you can get a picture of the potential of bus WiFi. This infographic examines school bus WiFi and much more.