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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 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.
What You Need to Do to Become a Bus Driver
This article goes over how to become and stay a bus driver, from the initial testing to continuing education.
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.
Medical Requirements for Getting a CDL
An overview of the medical requirements for the Commercial Driver License (CDL).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Ways to Improve Recruitment of 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.
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 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.
Learn about the 2 Methods of Subway Construction
This article describes the two basic methods of building a subway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Transit 101: The Layover
An article describing an essential aspect of transit, the layover location.
How Transit Agencies Decide on What Buses to...
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.
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.
Designing Bus Routes and Schedules Part V:...
The fifth in a series of five articles giving a brief overview of how bus routes and schedules get designed.
How Do I Become a Transit Planner or Bus...
This article describes two ways in which you can land a transit planning or bus scheduling job.
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.
How to Improve Ridership By Marketing and...
These are six basic tips to keep in mind while marketing your public transportation system.
How to Write a Great Bus Schedule
The fourth part of the series in which I describe how bus routes and schedules get designed.
How Rail Transit Could Impact Your Property...
A summary of the effect that rail transit has on property values.
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.
The Last Mile Problem
This article examines the last mile problem in transit planning and how it could be overcome.
New York State Public Transit Funding
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.
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.
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.
The Use of Gondola Lifts and Aerial Trams in...
This article examines how gondola lifts and aerial trams, usually found only in ski resort settings, are used more broadly for public transportation.
Review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems...
This is a review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions by William Black.
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.
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.
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.
Bus Rapid Transit Defined
A definition of Bus Rapid Transit
Transit 101: Extra Board Operators
This article describes extra board operators. Extra board operators fill in for regular bus drivers when the regular drivers are sick or on vacation.
Designing Bus Routes and Schedules Part II:...
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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
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.
Should Texas Develop a High Speed Rail System?
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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.
Transit tourism in Philadelphia!
Review of Trains, Trolleys & Transit - A Guide to Philadelphia Area Rail Transit - how to have a fun transit vacation in southeastern Pennsylvania
How Safe Is Transit?
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.
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.
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 Transit Agencies Decide on What Buses To...
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.
California's Wage Order Number 9
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.
How Transit Agencies Are Using Modern...
An article reviewing how technology, including transportation scheduling software (such as Hastus by GIRO), is used in transit.
The Advantages of Ten Hour Bus Driver Runs
This article explains how driver runs of ten hours can simultaneously improve both a transit agency's bottom line and offer drivers more life flexibility.
Should We Charge Bus Passengers Based on How...
This article examines the advantages and disadvantages of flat versus distance-based fares.
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.
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 Charter Rule
This article described under what circumstances public transit agencies are allowed to provide charter bus services.
Transit in Sydney, Australia
This article describes transit in Sydney, Australia and lessons that North American transit operators can learn from Sydney.
Overview of the National Transit Database (NTD)
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.
Review of The Green Hornet Streetcar Diaster
A review of The Green Hornet Streetcar disaster by Craig Allen Cleve.
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.
A Common Scheduling Problem
This article describes a common bus scheduling problem and four ways in which it can be resolved.
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 Branding and Marketing of Transit Systems...
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.
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 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 to Grab an Empty Seat in the Subway
This article examines a study which examined where people like to sit in the subway.
Improvements in Passenger Rail Safety
This article describes safety improvements implemented or planned since the Los Angles Metrolink Commuter Train crash in September 2008.
Three Union Work Rules That Increase the Cost...
Here I describe three union work rules that increase the cost of operating transit, and conclude that eliminating the rules would make transit more economically efficient without affecting the wages or benefits of the bus drivers.
Transit Apps
A description of transit apps and a review of some of the more well-known ones.
Walking Distance to Transit
This article examines how far people are willing to walk to transit.
How to Get Around Toronto Without a Car
An overview of the Toronto Transit Commission, including information about the network, funding, and projects.
Electric Buses
A gallery of electric buses, especially the new BYD electric bus purchased by Long Beach Transit.
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.
Transit 101: Answering the Question: "Why Are...
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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.
Transit 101: The Spare Ratio
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.
How to Get Around L.A. Without a Car
This is a profile of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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.
Review of the New Federal Transportation Bill -...
Here is my review of the new federal transportation bill - MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress In the 21st Century).
Review of Public Transport in Developing...
A review of Public Transport in Developing Countries by Richard Iles.
Destination Signs
An article describing transit vehicle destination or headsigns.
Transit 101: Transit Centers
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.
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.
New Ways We Can Measure How Our Transportation...
A compilation of articles that develop new models to allow us to gauge how well our transportation systems are functioning in a manner that goes beyond mere congestion measures
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.
Transit 101: Relief Points
This article describes relief points, the locations along a bus route where drivers shift changes can happen.
Demise of the Streetcar in the United States
This article describes six major reasons why streetcars were replaced by buses in the United States, why streetcars, also called trams, continue to be used extensively in Europe, and the recent trend towards construction of new streetcar and light rail lines.
Fuel Cell Buses
A review of fuel cell buses. Public Transport.
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.
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.
YRT Viva Bus 2
This gallery contains images of buses and transit from places in Ontario. Currently featured are some of the ten transit providers in the greater Toronto area, including the Toronto Transit Commission's buses, streetcars and subways; GO Transit; Mississauga Transit; and Brampton Transit. Page 2.
BYD Electric Bus 6
Public Transport. Page 6.
A hearwarming tale of a transit family in Los...
Review of The Wilshire Visa - a heartwarming tale of a transit family in Los Angeles
How to Get Around in Ann Arbor, MI
A description of transit in Ann Arbor, MI.
Simplicity in Route Design
This article argues for simplicity in route design as a tool to attract higher patronage to transit.
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.
We need to change how we get around cities to...
This definitive treatise on how to make how we get around our cities more sustainable takes an optimistic view of the problem and offers useful suggestions for cities to implement.
Transit Pictures From Ontario
This gallery contains images of buses and transit from places in Ontario. Currently featured are some of the ten transit providers in the greater Toronto area, including the Toronto Transit Commission's buses, streetcars and subways; GO Transit; Mississauga Transit; and Brampton Transit. Also featured are the buses of OC Transpo in Ottawa.
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.
TTC Subway 6
This gallery contains images of buses and transit from places in Ontario. Currently featured are some of the ten transit providers in the greater Toronto area, including the Toronto Transit Commission's buses, streetcars and subways; GO Transit; Mississauga Transit; and Brampton Transit. Page 25.
California Breaks Ground on High Speed Rail
The January 2015 biennial update of high speed rail progress shows California finally breaking ground on the initial Central Valley segment.
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.
How Do Transit Agencies Number Their Bus Routes?
How should we number bus routes? The answer may be a disappointment to transit planners.
Two Ways of Looking at Transit Network Design
Two ways of looking at transit network design are described - the point-to-point system, in which many routes exist that attempt to connect everywhere to everywhere - and the grid system, in which every major street tends to have one route, and routes tend to be straight lines.
Where Will the California High Speed Train Go?
This article profiles the California High Speed Rail Project, including the route, cost, annual ridership, and outlook.
Ten Transit Faux-Pas to Avoid
Ten rules that you need to follow when you take public transportation.
How Psychology Can Affect Urban Planning -...
This article argues that the makeup of Walker's network design class - young, healthy, choice riders who work in the public sector of the urban planning profession - explains the near universal decision to avoid any effective suburban transit in favor of robust central city transit, to make people walk a long distance to the nearest bus stop, and to utilize all available resources, even if deployment of said resources is inefficient.
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.
How Should Transit Agencies Number Their Bus...
How to Make Useful Stop Numbers - A Lesson From Torrance Transit
Square One Terminal Grandview
This gallery contains images of buses and transit from places in Ontario. Currently featured are some of the ten transit providers in the greater Toronto area, including the Toronto Transit Commission's buses, streetcars and subways; GO Transit; Mississauga Transit; and Brampton Transit. Page 3.
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.
BYD Electric Bus 4
Public Transport. Page 4.
Leave Transit Planning to the Professionals
This article examines two new transit proposals in Detroit, both put forward by people with no experience and transit, analyzes the proposals, and concludes that they will do nothing to help the transit dependent in the city.
TTC Subway Interior
This gallery contains images of buses and transit from places in Ontario. Currently featured are some of the ten transit providers in the greater Toronto area, including the Toronto Transit Commission's buses, streetcars and subways; GO Transit; Mississauga Transit; and Brampton Transit. Page 24.
Las Vegas's Bonneville Transit Center
A view of Las Vegas's Bonneville Transit Center from the south side on Garces Street. Page 12.
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.
How to Encourage Non-Riders to Take Transit...
In this article I go over some of the compelling reasons to take transit.
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.
Transit City of the Month for October 2014 -...
An examination of public transit in Baltimore, Maryland.
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.
An Excellent History of London Buses and Subways
A review of The Moving Metropolis: A History of London's Transport since 1800.
High Speed Rail Update July 2013
An update of the happenings in the area of high speed rail in the first half of 2013.
TTC Connaught Yard
This gallery contains images of buses and transit from places in Ontario. Currently featured are some of the ten transit providers in the greater Toronto area, including the Toronto Transit Commission's buses, streetcars and subways; GO Transit; Mississauga Transit; and Brampton Transit. Page 40.
A Review of Embarq Corporation's Article About...
A review of Embarq corporation's recent article about how to improve transit ridership through marketing tools. Some of the tools include build a strong brand and identity, value internal communication, educate the users of your system early and often, provide simple but informative maps and schedules, tailor marketing messages to specific groups, control the media, be responsive to riders, and disseminate your information online.
Fare Evasion
An examination of fare evasion; included are descriptions of what is is, how many people do it, and what it costs transit agencies.
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.
Review of Urban Transport Planning - A...
A review of Urban Transport Planning - A Developmental Approach, one of few planning books that deals with third world planning
The Importance of Complaints and How to Handle...
A review of the importance of passenger complaints and how to handle them.
Review of Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities...
This is a review of Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities In the Twenty-First Century, a self-published book available from Amazon.com
Profile of New York MTA
Overview of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including facts about ridership, the network, funding, and future transit projects.
Overview of the Americans With Disabilities Act...
Summary of federal requirements of accessible features on vehicles, including lifts, ramps, and automated stop and route announcements.
Overview of Title VI
This article provides an overview of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and how it ensures that transit agencies provide their services in a racially equitable manner.
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.
What Do We Need to Have For a Good Transit...
This article examines what makes a good transit system.
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.
Review of Mind the Gap: A London Underground...
Review of Mind the Gap: A London Underground Miscellany
Review of the California High Speed Rail...
The California High Speed Rail project recently came out with a revised business plan. This article is the third of three that will review elements of the plan, in this case, the phasing of the plan and connections to other lines.
TTC Downsview Loop
This gallery contains images of buses and transit from places in Ontario. Currently featured are some of the ten transit providers in the greater Toronto area, including the Toronto Transit Commission's buses, streetcars and subways; GO Transit; Mississauga Transit; and Brampton Transit. Page 34.
Las Vegas Old Color Scheme on an Articulated Bus
Las Vegas Bus Old Color Scheme Articulated. Page 11.
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?
Transit In Melbourne
A review of transit in Melbourne.
Ease of Going Car Free: Examination of U.S. and...
This list describes how each of the U.S. and Canadian Cities Over 1,000,000 fare in terms of ease of going without a car.
How Can We Avoid Becoming a Victim on Public...
A review of Secure and Tranquil Travel - Preventing Crime and Disorder on Public Transport.

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