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    • High-Capacity Buses - Articulated or Double-Decker? Created: Saturday, July 26, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      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." itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
    • Review of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      A review of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis." itemprop="description"> Saturday, October 01, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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 Fr...
    • Review of Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit Created: Monday, January 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      A review of Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit in North America by Brian Cudahy." itemprop="description"> Sunday, October 13, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      A review of Last Exit: Privatization and Deregulation of the U.S. Transportation System" itemprop="description"> Monday, March 25, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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." itemprop="descriP='t3'" --> itemprop="des...
    • Review of The Death and Life of Great American Cities Created: Sunday, June 17, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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." itemprop="description" Saturday, May 12, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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 overcrow...
    • Three Union Work Rules That Increase the Cost of Operating Transit Created: Monday, April 09, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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 wage...
    • Simplicity in Route Design Created: Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      This article argues for simplicity in route design as a tool to attract higher patronage to transit." itemprop="description"> Sunday, November 06, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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."
    • How Much Does A Bus Cost to Purchase and Operate? Created: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      This article describes how much it costs transit agencies to purchase and then operate a bus in daily service." itemprop="description">> Sunday, March 02, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      A review of Why Do Shepherds Need a Bush? London's Underground History of Tube Station Names" itemprop="description"> Saturday, April 02, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      A summary of Los Angeles County's Measure R Sales Tax increase, including funding distribution, current status, and future issues." itemprop="description">...
    • Review of Crime and Planning: Building Socially Sustainable Communities Created: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      A review of Crime and Planning: Building Socially Sustainable Communities by Derek Paulsen." itemprop="description"> Monday, January 17, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Part II of the series "How Bus Routes and Schedules Get Planned." This installment describes best practices and suggestions for initial bus stop placement." itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
    • Three Ways to Improve Public Participation in Public Transit Created: Sunday, October 16, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Transit agencies are often disappointed in the amount of public participation they receive. TCRP Synthesis 89 reviews strategies that transit agencies have used to successfully improve the quantit...
    • Ease of Going Car Free: Examination of U.S. and Canadian Cities Over 1,000,000 Created: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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.
    • Review of Secure and Tranquil Travel - Preventing Crime and Disorder on Transit Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      A review of Secure and Tranquil Travel - Preventing Crime and Disorder on Public Transport." itemprop="description"> Sunday, July 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      A review of a study by University of Utah researchers that found that the University TRAX Red Light Rail Line in Salt Lake City reduced the amount of cars using the parallel arterials on 400 and 50...
    • November 2013 Transit Ballot Measure Results Created: Saturday, November 09, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      This article goes over the results of some of the American transit measures on the November 5, 2013 ballot." itemprop="description"> Friday, July 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      A review of Chronology of Transportation in the United States by Russell O. Wright." itemprop="description"> Saturday, November 10, 2012 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      This article goes over the results of some of the American transit measures on the November 6, 2012 ballot." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      This article examines how many people take transit to airports and issues associated with designing airport rapid transit lines." itemprop="description">
    • Transit Public Hearings: Successes and Failures Created: Thursday, September 08, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      This article describes some factors that can make transit public hearings either successes or failures, and finishes up with nine guidelines for successful public hearings."
    • Designing Bus Routes and Schedules Part III: Determination of Times for the Bus Created: Sunday, January 23, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      This installment describes how times for the bus are calculated, and how time points are determined." itemprop="description"> Friday, July 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      A review of transit in San Francisco." itemprop="description">
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    • How Long Do Buses (and Other Transit Vehicles) Last? Created: Thursday, January 26, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      This article discusses how long transit buses and other vehicles are expected to last in the United States and other countries." itemprop="description">
    • What Are the True Operating Cost Differences Between bus and Light Rail? Created: Saturday, August 25, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      We look at the data showing the operating cost differences between the two modes of public transportation, and conclude: Buses are considerably cheaper." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • Review of Bus Rapid Transit for the 21st Century Created: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      A review of Bus Rapid Transit for the 21st Century and How We Can Make Local Bus Service More Like Bus Rapid Transit" itemprop="description">> Sunday, January 13, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      This is a review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions by William Black." itemprop="description"> Monday, October 15, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      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 w...

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