How can we determine the optimum amount of money governments should be spending to subsidize transit? A 2013 New Zealand report described the creation of a model designed to do just that. Read on for more .
Dealing with complaints is a necessary part of any business, including the transit business. Read on to find out how important complaints are to the transit industry and how by properly handling them transit agencies can improve passenger satisfaction .
Everyone has a story of how an elderly driver crashed into them. While the vast majority of senior citizens are safe drivers, the time will eventually come for them (as it will for us all) to hang up the car keys for the final time. But they are not going to be content to sit at home wasting away after they hang up the car keys. They will want to still be able to be out and about - and transit can help them achieve that. Read about why seniors may not take transit and things transit agencies can do to resolve those problems .
Atlanta has some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. How did it get this way and what can we do about it? Transporting Atlanta - The Mode of Mobility Under Construction answers the first question, but has little to say about the second. Read my full review .
Why Do Shepherds Need a Bush? London's Underground History of Tube Station Names by David Hilliam is probably the definitive tome on how each and every subway station in London got their name. Read my full review .
Advocacy group 9 to 5 Colorado recently published a document entitled "Left at the Station - A Civil Rights Perspective on Transit Justice in the Front Range" that argued that the recent opening of the "W" Light Rail Line in Denver, CO was unfair to the poor because it required them to take the new rail line instead of previously existing bus lines and thus pay the higher rail cash fare. Day and monthly pass holders are immune to the difference in the cash fare between rail and bus - they can ride any rail and any bus line with their pass for one price. How can we best enable the poor to enjoy the advantages of using day and monthly passes? Read on for more .
Aging America and Transportation - Personal Choices and Public Policy is a good summary of the problems that are likely to occur when the Baby Boomer generation is too old to drive, but fails to discuss a couple of transportation industry developments that are likely to assist seniors in the future. Read my full review .
The Moving Metropolis: A History of London's Transport since 1800 is, at least in terms of the treasure trove of pictures and maps it contains, perhaps the most definitive book yet written on this important subject. Read my full review .
Good transit access should be mandatory when the location of a government building that is expected to serve a transit-dependent clientele is selected. In fact, good transit access should be mandatory when the location of any government building is selected. Read on .
Researchers at Florida International University have been exploring the possibility of deploying movable bus stop pads instead of installing a permanent concrete pad to ensure accessibility at bus stops. After reading their research, I am not really sure if any situations come to mind that would make transit agencies want to install a movable pad instead of a regular pad, especially considering that "movable" is a relative term. An early model big screen TV is movable, but not something you would change the location of on a casual basis. Read my full analysis .