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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medical Requirements for Getting a CDL
An overview of the medical requirements for the Commercial Driver License (CDL).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Learn about the 2 Methods of Subway Construction
This article describes the two basic methods of building a subway.
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.
How to Improve Ridership By Marketing and...
These are six basic tips to keep in mind while marketing your public transportation system.
The Last Mile Problem
This article examines the last mile problem in transit planning and how it could be overcome.
How Rail Transit Could Impact Your Property...
A summary of the effect that rail transit has on property values.
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.
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.
Should Texas Develop a High Speed Rail System?
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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.
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.
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.
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 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 to Get Around Toronto Without a Car
An overview of the Toronto Transit Commission, including information about the network, funding, and projects.
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.
How to Write a Great Bus Schedule
The fourth part of the series in which I describe how bus routes and schedules get designed.
Designing Bus Routes and Schedules Part II:...
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Transit 101: The Layover
An article describing an essential aspect of transit, the layover location.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
The Charter Rule
This article described under what circumstances public transit agencies are allowed to provide charter bus services.
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.
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.
Review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems...
This is a review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions by William Black.
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.
Bus Rapid Transit Defined
A definition of Bus Rapid Transit
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.
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: 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 Transit Agencies Are Using Modern...
An article reviewing how technology, including transportation scheduling software (such as Hastus by GIRO), is used in transit.
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 Politics Can Sometimes Result In Unviable...
How Politics Affects the Design and Operation of Transit Systems
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.
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.
Power struggles in public transportation
A review of Urban Elites and Mass Transportation, which explains how a new model of power explains the rise and fall of transit in California in the 1970s.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Get Around L.A. Without a Car
This is a profile of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Should We Charge Bus Passengers Based on How...
This article examines the advantages and disadvantages of flat versus distance-based fares.
How Transit Agencies Must Repond to Requests...
This article reviews the effect that new Reasonable Modification requirements for disabled passengers will have on American transit agencies.
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.
What Do We Need to Have For a Good Transit...
This article examines what makes a good transit system.
How to Grab an Empty Seat in the Subway
This article examines a study which examined where people like to sit in the subway.
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 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.
A Common Scheduling Problem
This article describes a common bus scheduling problem and four ways in which it can be resolved.
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).
How to Live Well Without a Car in Chicago
A review of Carless in Chicago - demonstrating that it is possible to live a life without the automobile in the Windy City.
Things You Need to Know In Order to Manage...
Managing Transport Operations gives a useful overview of the skills needed to manage a transportation facility in the United Kingdom
Transit in Sydney, Australia
This article describes transit in Sydney, Australia and lessons that North American transit operators can learn from Sydney.
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.
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.
Transit 101: Answering the Question: "Why Are...
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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 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.
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.
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.
Local Funding of Transit
This article describes some of the non-fare based local revenue sources for public transit.
A true classic in the public transportation...
Public Transportation and Land Use Policy - a landmark literary event in the field of public transportation planning
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 101: Relief Points
This article describes relief points, the locations along a bus route where drivers shift changes can happen.
Review of Public Transport in Developing...
A review of Public Transport in Developing Countries by Richard Iles.
Transit Apps
A description of transit apps and a review of some of the more well-known ones.
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
Canadian Public Transit Funding
This article provides an overview of Canadian public transit funding.
What Is New In American High Speed Rail?
A six month recap of news from American High-Speed Rail
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.
The Three Sources of Transit Planning Information
The article describes, in my opinion, the three sources of transit planning information.
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.
How to Get Around Without a Car in Tacoma, WA
This article describes public transportation options in the Tacoma, WA area.
How We Can Speed Up Local Bus Service By Using...
This article describes an up and coming transit priority measure that has the potential to speed up local bus service - the bus bulb.
Value Engineering
This article describes value engineering - a concept used in rapid transit project management to control costs that sometimes leaves the resulting project unusable to unable to accommodate larger than expected demand.
Walking Distance to Transit
This article examines how far people are willing to walk to transit.
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.
Improvements in Passenger Rail Safety
This article describes safety improvements implemented or planned since the Los Angles Metrolink Commuter Train crash in September 2008.
Trains in the Chicago area
Chicagoland Commuter Railroads offers an excellent overview and history of commuter train operations in the greater Chicago area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
When Should We Use Bus Lanes to Speed Up Transit?
How much bus service do we need to operate along a corridor to make bus lanes worthwhile? Todd Litman examines this question in a new paper.
You're Driving Your Car Too Much
No matter how old your car is, you can improve all aspects of your life by driving it less.
How to Get Around in Ann Arbor, MI
A description of transit in Ann Arbor, MI.
Destination Signs
An article describing transit vehicle destination or headsigns.
How to Create the Perfect Bus Stop
An article which describe the aspects of a perfect bus stop.
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.
Ten Transit Faux-Pas to Avoid
Ten rules that you need to follow when you take public transportation.
How Do Transit Agencies Number Their Bus Routes?
How should we number bus routes? The answer may be a disappointment to transit planners.
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.
California High Speed Rail Business Plan Part I...
The California High Speed Rail project recently came out with a revised business plan. This article is the first of three that will review elements of the plan, in this case, the cost.
Carless By Choice: A New Kind of Transit...
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Review of The Green Hornet Streetcar Diaster
A review of The Green Hornet Streetcar disaster by Craig Allen Cleve.
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.
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.
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.
The story of Canada's Golden Gate Bridge -...
The fascinating story of Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge - Canada's answer to the Golden Gate.
Improve Service Span By Lengthening the Headway
This article describes how by expanding headways at night we can expand service span at little or no additional cost.
Transit's Role In a Sustainable Future
How transit can (and already does) make our cities more sustainable
Service Cut Strategies
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Contracting Out Bus Service: What Factors Are...
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.
How Can We Get People to Travel Less?
Considering that the number and duration of trips has remained constant for years, how can we reduce carbon emissions from transportation?
UPASS Programs : An Overview
An overview of UPASS programs and their benefits to both the transit system and the university.
Getting Around Dublin, Ireland Without a Car
An examination of public transport in Dublin, Ireland
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.
Colorado Springs...A City Ready for Better...
A review of transit in Colorado Springs, with a finding that latent demand suggests an increase in funding would have a beneficial effect on ridership.
Review of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car
A review of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car by Chris Balish.
How BART Has Revolutionized Transit in San...
An examination of the United States's fifth largest rapid transit system based on ridership.
Simplicity in Route Design
This article argues for simplicity in route design as a tool to attract higher patronage to transit.
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.
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.
Outlook on Passenger Counting Systems
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. Page 2.
How You Can Design Transit Networks at Home -...
This article describes the basic makeup of a recent urban planning class taught by Jarrett Walker and how in a simplified format any person can engage in a similar activity, which is an effective way to think more about how public transit can better serve a particular city.
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 Pictures from the San Francisco Bay Area
This gallery contains images of transit and buses from the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently featured are the cable cars, streetcars (historic and otherwise), buses and trolley buses of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, the rapid transit lines operated by BART, the buses operated by VTA of San Jose, and the buses operated by AC Transit in Oakland.
Another Aspect of On-Time Performance - Inside...
This article describes how on-time performance can be affected by what goes on inside the bus as well as outside.
Can Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Solve Our...
An examination of current Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) systems, pros and cons of PRT, and future prospects.
How Do We Know How Many People Are Riding the...
This article explains how we determine transit ridership.
Bicycles on Transit
This article examines the issues of bikes on transit.

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