transit

Transit futures in an Uber world

By Sam Sklar Bus ridership in Philadelphia is down an average of 2.7 percent from 2014 to 2016 and down even further from a ridership high in 2012, according to a recent article on Philly.com. This decline is correlated with the rise of Uber and other ridesharing apps in the city that provide

Work remains: Reducing bus travel times to increase ridership

By Logan Dredske Fixed-route buses are the most common form of public transit in the United States; however, bus ridership has been falling in recent years after enjoying a surge in the early- to mid-2000s. Efficiency in all aspects of the transit network is important if transportation agencies

Real-time travel information: Better for businesses, better for travelers

By Logan Dredske Real-time travel information on digital screens placed in popular gathering areas allows for more efficient time management by transportation users of all modes. Tysons Corner Center, a shopping center in northern Virginia, uses Traveler Information Displays (TIDs) that provide

Connecting Sacramento

New tools and data sources have begun to change the way we think about and plan for meeting people’s transportation needs. Accessibility analysis lets us measure transportation performance in terms of people’s ability to reach destinations instead of simply how fast cars move or whether

Balancing transportation investments to maximize access: Connecting nonmotorized trips with transit

By Mary Ebeling New research from the Mineta Transportation Institute contributes essential insights into improving transit access for nonmotorized transportation. Researchers assert that a city should develop a low-stress road network while balancing these improvements with the desire for

Cities testing out autonomous buses, but is it worth the risk?

By Sam Sklar Six weeks ago, Arlington, TX, approved a 6-month lease (with an option to renew for another 6 months) of two EZ10 driverless shuttles to fill a gap for more precise transportation needs for residents of and visitors to the city. According to the city’s staff report, the EZ10 is a

How much more is a home worth if it’s near transit?

By Robbie Webber Is a home near transit really worth more? According to a Redfin study, the answer is, “Yes. And often it’s worth a lot more.” Real estate firm Redfin looked at 14 metro areas and compared homes that were otherwise similar except for their Transit Score. According to the

Completing the commute: Does Uber have a role in parking management?

By Mary Ebeling The rapid rise of Transit Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft has sparked a new round of innovations in transportation. While most early TNC success has been in large urban areas, the usefulness of these services for bridging first- and last-mile connections between home,

Learning from transit performance measures and data in California

By Mary Ebeling The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) sponsored a newly released report, Transit Performance Measures in California, by the Mineta Transportation Institute, as part of the agency’s efforts to understand what data and performance measures are being used by MPOs

Job type and location may keep low-wage workers from using transit

By Chris McCahill Affordable transit service can be a major asset to low-wage workers, but characteristics of their jobs—such as where and when they work—may keep them from using those services. Workers are more likely to use transit when they work in suburban employment clusters or urban