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3 Good Reasons Buses Don't Have Seatbelts
This article examines why buses are not required to have seatbelts and concludes that it is for two main reasons - cost and the fact that adding seatbelts is unlikely to make travel by bus, already the safest mode of travel, even safer.
How Much Does it Cost to Purchase and Operate a...
This article describes how much it costs transit agencies to purchase and then operate a bus in daily service.
What's the Cost of a Rail Transit Project?
This article examines the capital costs of recent rail transit projects in the United States and Canada and describes some factors that help to explain the differences in costs.
What Are the True Operating Cost Differences...
We look at the data showing the operating cost differences between the two modes of public transportation, and conclude: Buses are considerably cheaper.
Can Electric Buses Clean Up the Environment and...
This article describes everything you would like to know about electric buses - how they work, how much they cost, the advantages and disadvantages of using them, and the prognosis for their future usage.
What Happens to Old Buses and Where Can I Find...
Obviously the bus does not disintegrate at that time. The answer is that the buses are often sold at an auction, and sometimes sold through dealerships.
Medical Requirements for Getting a CDL
An overview of the medical requirements for the Commercial Driver License (CDL).
How Do Bus Routes and Schedules Get Planned?
This article provides an overview of how bus routes and schedules get planned. It includes discussion of the following: long range planning, grant applications, and short-range route and schedule planning.
Why We Cannot Cancel the Subway Line and Use...
This article describes the difference between transit capital and operating funding and why it is easier to build a subway than it is to run it.
How Long Do Buses (and Other Transit Vehicles)...
This article discusses how long transit buses and other vehicles are expected to last in the United States and other countries.
How Federal, State, Local Transit Subsidies...
After defining the difference between operating and capital funding, this article describes the different ways of financially supporting transit, including farebox revenues and revenues from sales, gas, property, and income taxes. Next, the article talks about transit support at the local, state, and federal level and refers to the New Starts Program, the JARC program, and transit funding in California and New York. Local funding is then discussed, including innovative local transit funding programs such as Los Angeles's Measure R and America Fast Forward.
Hastus - The Transit Industry's Premier...
This article provides a brief overview of the scheduling software used in the public transit industry and then focuses on Hastus by GIRO, and includes what kind of prices you are likely to pay for Hastus. It then finishes with a short discussion of what the future is likely to hold for scheduling software packages.
The tests and other things you need to do to...
This article goes over how to become and stay a bus driver, from the initial testing to continuing education.
How to Write a Great Bus Schedule
The fourth part of the series in which I describe how bus routes and schedules get designed.
What Is the Capacity of Different Modes of...
This article describes the relative capacities of different modes of transit. Cities are cautioned against building rapid transit lines with either too much capacity - since it wastes money - or too little capacity - since a day will come when the line is saturated with passengers and cannot add any more.
How Do We Decide How Long a Bus Trip Will Take?
This installment describes how times for the bus are calculated, and how time points are determined.
Contracting Out of Public Transit - Types of...
This article describes the two possible ways that transit authorities could contract out to private operators - just contract out operations or contract out planning and operations - and the advantages and disadvantages of each in comparison with public sector operation.
The Last Mile Problem
This article examines the last mile problem in transit planning and how it could be overcome.
Learn about the 2 Methods of Subway Construction
This article describes the two basic methods of building a subway.
How Do We Determine Where a Bus Route Should Go?
This article describes the steps to follow in determining the initial placement of a new bus route.
How Rail Transit Could Impact Your Property...
A summary of the effect that rail transit has on property values.
Review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems...
This is a review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions by William Black.
How Can We Get More People to Become Bus Drivers?
This article describes the requirements of being a bus driver and how transit agencies could improve the recruitment of bus drivers by relaxing some of the requirements.
How Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Systems...
This article describes how Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems work and how they are used in the transit industry.
Four Ways to Improve Bus Driver Health
This article describes the unhealthy nature of bus driving and makes three recommendations to improve bus driver health.
What Effect Will Uber, Lyft, Side Car, etc....
An examination of the effect that transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft will have on transit.
How We Measure How Crowded a Bus Is to...
This article advocates for a new lower load factor standard for low floor transit vehicles. It also advocated for a lower load factor when buses operate less frequently, because the negative effect of being passed up is obviously greater when the wait for the next bus is longer.
Public transportation is ten times safer than...
This article assesses the safety of transit, and concludes it is much safer to take transit than it is to drive or ride a bicycle despite the high profile transit fatalities that occurred as a result of the London terrorist bombings in 2005 and the Metrolink commuter train crash in Los Angeles in 2008. It ends by describing new safety procedures that have been put in place since the above incidents that have increased transit safety.
Designing Bus Routes and Schedules Part II:...
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The typicla bus is 40 feet long but size does...
This is the first in a series or article examine how transit agencies decide on what kind of bus to purchase. This entry describes how transit agencies determine what size of bus to buy.
Does Bus Ridership Go Down When Bus Fares Go Up?
This article examines the elasticity of transit ridership in response to changes in fares and service levels.
How to Improve Ridership By Marketing and...
These are six basic tips to keep in mind while marketing your public transportation system.
Should Transit Agencies Use Articulated or...
An examination of whether articulated or double-decker buses are better when transit agencies need a bus with higher capacity than a normal bus can provide.
Which Is Better - Bus Rapid Transit or Light...
This article provides an overview of the debate between whether light rail or bus rapid transit will/should be built in a particular corridor.
Can I Catch a Cold or Ebola From the Bus or...
This article examines if people who ride public transit get sick more than other people, and concludes that there is insufficient evidence to answer this question. It also states that you do not need to worry about catching Ebola on public transit.
How Do We Determine What Kind of Work Bus...
The fifth in a series of five articles giving a brief overview of how bus routes and schedules get designed.
Five Top Employment Issues
This list describes the five top employment issues in the transit industry. They are: absenteeism, workers compensation, interactions between drivers and passengers, split shifts, and employee breaks.
What bus manufacturers make transit buses?
This is the third in a series or article examine how transit agencies decide on what kind of bus to purchase. This entry describes how transit agencies determine whether to buy high or low floor buses, and what manufacturer to buy from.
Transit 101: Is It Cheaper to Take Transit Or...
This article examines the relative cost of taking transit or driving a car, and emphatically concludes that taking transit is much cheaper than driving. In fact, the cost savings is the primary advantage of taking public transportation.
Use of Gondola Lifts in Transit
This article examines how gondola lifts and aerial trams, usually found only in ski resort settings, are used more broadly for public transportation.
How Safe Do Young People Feel on Transit?
This article reviews an article published in the Journal of Public Transportation assessing how safe young people in Melbourne, Australia feel about using public transportation.
High Speed Rail in the United States: Corridor...
An overview of the current progress on each of the ten federally designated high speed rail corridors in the United States, including links to specific pages on each of the ten.
How Do I Get A Job in Public Transit or Public...
This article describes two ways in which you can land a transit planning or bus scheduling job.
Should Texas Develop a High Speed Rail System?
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The Charter Rule
This article described under what circumstances public transit agencies are allowed to provide charter bus services.
What Do We Need to Have For a Good Transit...
This article examines what makes a good transit system.
How Will Self-Driving Cars Affect Buses and...
This article examines how self-driving cars could affect public transit and public transportation and concludes that while some demand for transit will be reduced, many current transit passengers will be too poor to take advantage of these new technologies and transit systems, by significantly reducing labor costs, will be able to rely on fewer government subsidies.
How Can We Reconcile Running Time and Headways?
How can we schedule bus routes when the running time does not fit with the desired headway?
How Should Transit Agencies Power Their Buses?
This is the second in a series or article examine how transit agencies decide on what kind of bus to purchase. This entry describes how transit agencies determine what kind of propulsion system to buy.
New York MTA Capital Projects
This article goes over the three major capital projects currently being constructed by the New York MTA - the Long Island Railroad access to Grand Central Station, the extension of subway Line 7 to the far west side of Manhattan, and the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway from 63rd to 96th Street.
Five Ways to Improve Transit Passenger Security
This article describes five ways that transit systems can improve passenger security: install security cameras, improve lighting at stops and stations, initiate a request stop program, make real time schedule information available on phones, and employ CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) principles.
The Importance of Successful Bus-Rail Interfaces
Many transit systems are constructing light and heavy rail lines. But since their reach is necessarily limited, if bus system improvements do not happen concurrently with the rail line opening then the rail line will not be successful. This article describes how to create successful bus-rail interfaces.
How the State of New York Funds Public...
This is a quick overview of New York Public Transit Funding, and includes detailed information about state and local sources of transit revenue and outlays of transit revenue. An analysis of the future of California public transit funding is also presented. This article also includes an off-site link for more information.
Bus Rapid Transit Defined
A definition of Bus Rapid Transit
Should We Charge Bus Passengers Based on How...
This article examines the advantages and disadvantages of flat versus distance-based fares.
Transit 101: The Layover
An article describing an essential aspect of transit, the layover location.
Bus Drivers Who Do Not Have a Regular Run Make...
This article describes extra board operators. Extra board operators fill in for regular bus drivers when the regular drivers are sick or on vacation.
Review of Cities for People by Jan Gehl
A review of Cities for People by Jan Gehl.
Progression of Writing a Vehicle Schedule in...
This is the first of a series of articles describing more specifically the steps of writing schedules in Hastus and other scheduling software programs.
How Transit Agencies Are Using Modern...
An article reviewing how technology, including transportation scheduling software (such as Hastus by GIRO), is used in transit.
How Do Bus Drivers Pick What Routes They Drive?
This article describes how bus drivers pick what routes they drive and how the way in which they pick their routes helps us improve our transit system.
Walking Distance to Transit
This article examines how far people are willing to walk to transit.
Review of Public Transport in Developing...
A review of Public Transport in Developing Countries by Richard Iles.
Electric Buses
A gallery of electric buses, especially the new BYD electric bus purchased by Long Beach Transit.
Three Reasons Why Bus Schedules Should Have the...
Of the two ways of displaying printed timetable information, the horizontal orientation is clearly superior. Read on for more details.
Should minimum worker rest requirements apply...
This article summarizes California's Wage Order Number 9, which mandates rest periods and meal breaks, and it's effect on public transit in the state.
Transit In Detroit
This article goes over the public transit options available in the Motor City, including a description of the network, funding, fares, and planned projects.
The Proper Stop Spacing of Rapid Transit Lines
This article examines how closely together subway stations should be, and concludes that 1/2 mile is the optimum stop spacing for subway lines.
How to Get Around in Ann Arbor, MI
A description of transit in Ann Arbor, MI.
How to Get Around Toronto Without a Car
An overview of the Toronto Transit Commission, including information about the network, funding, and projects.
How to Get Around L.A. Without a Car
This is a profile of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Software Used in the Public Transit Profession:...
A quick overview of ESRI's Arc GIS products and how they are used in the public transit industry.
How Many Buses Do We Need to Keep as Spares?
This article explains what the spare ratio is in transit, how much the spare ratio usually is, and factors that can affect the spare ratio.
Five Ways to Ensure Your Safety on Party Buses
Five ways to ensure that your next ride on a party bus will be a safe one.
How Do Automated Passenger Counting Systems Work?
Automated Passenger Counting (APC) systems are revolutionizing the transit industry by providing much more information about ridership and on-time performance than has historically been available. Read about how they work here.
Why People Hate Riding Buses and What We Can Do...
An examination of bus stigma and how we can make people learn to love the bus.
How Transit Centers Make It Easier for People...
This article describes the advantages and disadvantages of off-street transit centers and concludes that if used correctly they can improve the transit experience for passengers in small to medium sized cities, but space limitations prevent effective usage in large cities with the most robust transit systems.
How Transit Agencies Select the Right Doors,...
Bus Interior Design: How to Select the Best Doors, Seats, Lighting, and Other Amenities For Improved Customer and Transit Agency Satisfaction
The School Service Rule
This article describes what kind of transportation local transit agencies can offer to schools and how such transportation may be restricted by Federal Transit Administration regulations.
How Did Transit Fare At the Polls?
This review of how transit fared at the ballot box both in November 2015 but also earlier in the year shows that it was another good year at the polls.
How An Effective Name Can Make a Difference in...
This article examines the importance of the name to a transit system's identity, and goes through a list of good and bad transit agency names and what makes each one good or bad. Finally, it suggests setting up an outlet through which transit agencies can see branded product.
Overview of the Federal National Transit Database
This article gives an overview of the federal requirement that transit agencies submit annual data about the number of accidents, crimes, ridership, and passenger miles to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for inclusion in the NTD (National Transit Database). Agencies gather this information either by using automated passenger counting systems (APCs) or by manually collecting the data through riding randomly selected trips.
California Public Transit Funding
This is a quick overview of California Public Transit Funding, and includes detailed information about state and local sources of transit revenue and outlays of transit revenue. An analysis of the future of California public transit funding is also presented. This article also includes an off-site link for more information.
The Importance of Complaints and How to Handle...
A review of the importance of passenger complaints and how to handle them.
Take Top Ten Lists in Transit With a Grain of...
Why transit top ten lists do not necessarily measure the best cities for transit
How We Light Bus Stops at Night
This article describes how we can improve lighting at bus stops to attract night patronage and improve safety and security.
Eight Reasons Why People Stop Using Public...
This article reviews a journal article that elucidated eight reasons why people stop using transit and made recommendations to overcome those reasons.
Carless By Choice: A New Kind of Transit...
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Los Angeles County's Measure R
A summary of Los Angeles County's Measure R Sales Tax increase, including funding distribution, current status, and future issues.
How to Get Around San Diego Without a Car
A review of transit in San Diego.
Merger of New Flyer and NABI, Good for the...
This article examines if the June 2013 merger between New Flyer and NABI will be good for the industry.
The Best Transit Systems...and Ones In Need of...
A review of two cities with the best transit systems and two cities with the worst transit systems.
How Can Privatization of Bus Service Be...
Contracting out of public services is all the rage right now. This article describes factors needed for success of public transit contracting out, and some factors that suggest that contracting out transit service to a private operator may fail.
New Starts Program Overview
An overview of the Federal New Starts Program, the federal government's primary method of supporting the construction of new rapid transit lines and rehabilitation of existing ones. The program's budget is examined, including which projects are currently receiving funding. An analysis of the criteria upon which projects are judged follows; afterwards, the article discusses project timelines. The article concludes with an overall analysis of the program.
Review of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car
A review of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car by Chris Balish.
The Value of On-Time Performance
This article describes the value of on-time performance and the relative merits of headway-based operation versus traditional schedule-based operation.
How to Grab an Empty Seat in the Subway
This article examines a study which examined where people like to sit in the subway.
When to Use School Trippers
This article explains when to use school trippers in your transit service.
How Should We Enable Students, Seniors, and...
This article asks who should be subsidizing the lower than normal fares paid by students, seniors, and disabled riders and concludes, with one exception, that it should be the transit agency.
Destination Signs
An article describing transit vehicle destination or headsigns.
Impact of Mass Transit On the Environment
This article reviews the impact that mass transit has on the environment.
Overview of Las Vegas's RTC
Overview of Las Vegas's Regional Transportation Commission, including facts about ridership, the network, funding; and an overview of future transit projects. Page 2.
Service Cut Strategies
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The Rules of the Run Cut Part I: Defining the...
This article describes the different duty types that make up a typical transit agency's run cut.
Canadian Public Transit Funding
This article provides an overview of Canadian public transit funding.
How to Get Around Chicago Without a Car
How to Get Around Chicago Without a Car
Timepoints: How Many Do We Need, and Do We Even...
This article examines timepoints: how many do we need, and do we even need them at all?
How Will Self-Driving Cars Affect City Traffic?
Imagine a future with self-driving cars...how will such an outcome affect traffic? Two models suggest a decrease in the number of cars required but an increase in distance traveled.
How Do Transit Agencies Number Their Bus Routes?
How should we number bus routes? The answer may be a disappointment to transit planners.
Ten Transit Faux-Pas to Avoid
Ten rules that you need to follow when you take public transportation.
Transit Fare Payment Systems - A Primer
This article introduces the different ways transit fares can be paid, including by cash, token, ticket, transfer, day pass, monthly pass, UPASSES, tap cards, and through open fare payments by using credit cards.
Planning Your First Transit Trip
Transit systems could use this article to help people who have never ridden on transit plan their first transit trip.
How Can We Speed Up Local Bus Service?
This article examines four ways that we could speed up local bus service: preventing cash fare payment on buses, removing bus stops, installing signal priority, and installing bus lanes.
Is Free Transit A Good Idea?
This article examines what would happen if transit were free and concludes that, with the exception of limited operations in areas of small population, free transit would cause significant overcrowding and vandalism.
Transit Apps
A description of transit apps and a review of some of the more well-known ones.
Transit's Role In a Sustainable Future
How transit can (and already does) make our cities more sustainable
Profile of Long Beach Transit in California
A profile of Long Beach Transit in California
Two Ways Express Bus Routes Are Difficult for...
This article describes two ways that express bus routes are difficult for transit agencies to operate.
New York Bus 4
This gallery contains images of transit and buses from the state of New York and New York City. Currently featured are the buses, subways, and commuter trains of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, including MTA New York Bus, MTA New York Subway,and MTA Metro North railroad. Page 9.
Transit 101: Pay to Platform Ratio
This article explains the importance of the pay to platform ratio and explains how reducing it will save transit agencies money.
How common is fare evasion on transit and how...
An examination of fare evasion; included are descriptions of what is is, how many people do it, and what it costs transit agencies.
Profile of New York MTA
Overview of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including facts about ridership, the network, funding, and future transit projects.
Transit Ridership Is Within Transit Agency...
Eight Factors That Affect Bus Transit ridership, including transit supply, fares, headway, and gas prices
Transit Advocacy Groups: How to Make a Difference
Learn how you can make a difference in your transit system even if you do not work for the local transit agency.
How Can We Shape Our Cities to Reduce Our...
This is a great introduction to a variety of issues including smart growth, transit-oriented development, and rail transit.
Park and Ride Lots
An article about park and ride lots that describes their need, the last mile problem, proper placement, transit oriented development, and whether we should charge for parking.
The Three Sources of Transit Planning Information
The article describes, in my opinion, the three sources of transit planning information.
Three Ways Transit Deals With Overcrowded Buses...
Three ways American transit agencies use to deal with overcrowded buses and trains - and a fourth one Japan employs.
How can transit get more money from fares?
How can transit agencies increase their farebox recovery ratio?
What does a bus stop need to attract riders?
What kind of amenities do bus stops need to attract riders?
Contracting Out: How Common Is It and What Are...
This article describes how common the contracting out (or privatization) of public transit operations has become and the cost savings of privatization of transit service.
Public Transportation From an Indian Perspective
An interesting urban transportation textbook written from an Indian perspective.
How to Create the Perfect Bus Stop
An article which describe the aspects of a perfect bus stop.
Review of MTRAM Scheduling Software by Italy's...
A review of MTRAM, the scheduling software solution created by Italy's M.A.I.O.R. corporation.
Transit in Sydney, Australia
This article describes transit in Sydney, Australia and lessons that North American transit operators can learn from Sydney.
Rural Transit - How the Need, Funding, and...
A review of how rural transit differs from urban transit.
Review of the Acela Express
A review and profile of the Acela Express, an Amtrak train that is America's only kind of high speed train.
Positive Train Control
This article described what positive train control is, why we need positive train control, and what is taking so long for us to get it.
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) - Does It...
This entry examines whether transit-oriented development increases ridership, and be referencing several case studies demonstrates that it does. It calls for more analysis to determine if the size of the city's rapid transit network predicts the success of transit oriented development.
Discrediting Three Major Arguments Against High...
This article discredits three major arguments against high speed rail - that we don't need it now (we're going to need it in the future); that it's too expensive (the cost is reasonable); and that the first segment is going from nowhere to nowhere (it's the first incomplete step - you have to start somewhere).
Bicycles on Transit
This article examines the issues of bikes on transit.
Transit Ridership and Access to Airports
This article examines how many people take transit to airports and issues associated with designing airport rapid transit lines.
Complex Planning Ideas Explained In Terms...
A review of Planning Sustainable Transport by Barry Hutton.
Pedestrian Safety and Transit
This article describes four ways that transit systems can make their networks safer for pedestrians and also discusses how transit systems can work with local planning departments to lessen the impact other pedestrian safety improvements have on transit systems.
Helpful tips to become a better bus driver
Review of the Dao of Doug 2: The Art of Driving a Bus, including helpful tips on how to become a better bus driver
Urban Acupuncture - Celebrating What Makes...
Urban Acupuncture is a loving and moving ode to what makes cities work.
High Speed Rail Update January 2014
An update of what has been happening in the world of high speed rail.
Review of The Death and Life of Great American...
This article is a transit-tinged review of the Death and Life of Great American Cities, one of the greatest books on planning ever written.
Transit Pictures From New York
This gallery contains images of transit and buses from the state of New York and New York City. Currently featured are the buses, subways, and commuter trains of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, including MTA New York Bus, MTA New York Subway,and MTA Metro North railroad.
Transit Grant Writing Part I
This article is the first of series that explores the topic of transit grants and grant writing.

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