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Strides in Energy-efficient Transportation: New York Power Authority Partners with MTA

Transit agencies across the globe are pushing the envelope on energy efficiency. We recently wrote on how India’s train system is being transformed rooftop solar panels. Today we’re bringing you another optimistic story about green public transit, this time on … Continue reading

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How Can Transit Agencies Create a “New Transit Safety Narrative”?

The real risks related to public transit safety are quite low. However, many people still associate public buses and trains with danger, and these perceptions can reduce their likelihood of using transit. Some researchers, including Todd Litman of the Victoria … Continue reading

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Bus Simulator Training Technology – How to Get it Right

Excellent bus operation begins with excellent training. Many transit agencies are installing simulators to improve their driver training programs. The idea is that bus simulators provide a low-risk environment for practicing proper reactions to high-risk situations. As such, simulators can … Continue reading

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How Important are Students to the Growth of Public Transit Agencies?

Across the country, transit agencies are seeing booming ridership numbers, in part due to increased patronage by college students. For instance, Riverside Transit Agency hit an all-time high of 9.6 million boardings in the past financial year. The agency attributes … Continue reading

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Solar Panels on Trains May be in Our Future

Solar technology can make train travel greener. This summer, Indian Railways (IR) ran pilot tests for installing solar panels on the roofs of trains. As IR is India’s largest user of high-speed diesel, and one of the country’s largest consumers … Continue reading

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Increased Public Transit Options Lower City Crime

Compared to automobile travel, public transit is the low-crime transportation option. As transit expert Todd Litman writes in the Journal of Public Transportation, 500 times more crimes are committed against motorists than against transit passengers, and “transit travel has significantly … Continue reading

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Public Transit Accessibility for Autistic Adults a Priority

Adults on the autism spectrum may be aware of public transit options, but many don’t use them. That’s what a recent study conducted by Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation discovered. While using a nearly $400,000 grant from … Continue reading

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Crime on Public Transit is Far Lower than in Autos

Many people perceive public transit as dangerous and crime-ridden. This may be due to the depiction of public transportation in popular culture. Cinema has depicted public transportation, particularly New York City’s subway, as crime-ridden and dangerous. The mid-‘70s were an … Continue reading

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Light Rail & Public Transit Encouraging U.S. Economy

The concept of “aging in place” has transformed the real-estate world, as homebuyers seek properties with universal designs, allowing for continued private residence as individuals grow older. Similarly, “investment in place” is changing economists’ concept of effective growth. In both … Continue reading

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Can Private Charter Bus Travel Help Keep Rural Communities Connected?

When airline transportation was deregulated in 1978, the EAS (Essential Air Service) program was established to ensure rural communities would continue to see regular airline service. The Transportation Department currently subsidizes commuter airlines flying to 163 rural communities through EAS. … Continue reading

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