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Evaluating the Impacts of Real-Time Transit Information in Tampa and Atlanta webinar

Service reliability issues have troubled public transit agencies for decades. When a bus or train does not arrive on time, passengers become frustrated and may be less likely to choose transit for future trips. To address this, transit authorities have begun to provide real-time vehicle location/arrival information to riders via mobile and web-enabled devices. The objective of this research is to quantify the benefits of providing real-time information to riders. The results of two studies were presented at this webinar held on August 7, 2014 and the recording is now available for viewing.  … Read entire article »

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Veteran Mobility in Small Urban and Rural Areas

The need for veteran transportation is growing rapidly because of the increasing number of older veterans as well as the numerous injured service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, for every fatality in Iraq, there are 16 wounded or injured soldiers. This represents an injury rate five times greater than during the Vietnam War. Thirty percent of veterans live in rural areas that often present transportation challenges. Many veterans in rural areas must travel extremely long distances to receive medical care, and veterans living in rural areas are reported to be in poorer health than veterans living in urban areas. The objective of this study was to identify veterans with mobility needs currently living in rural Minnesota, Montana, and North Dakota, and to quantify the cost of feasible … Read entire article »

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Strengthening the TDM to LEED Connection – Opportunities for Growth

On May 29, 2014, the Sustainable Development Council of the Association for Commuter Transportation and Best Workplaces for Commuters at the National Center for Transit Research co-hosted “Strengthening the TDM to LEED Connection – Opportunities for Growth”. Overview: More communities, developers and property management companies are actively seeking to mitigate traffic while embracing sustainable energy and environmental practices through the design of buildings and communities.  Research has found that such practices yield societal benefits and a real return on investment.  LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a point based system developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify building and communities on such practices.  While LEED is often discussed in the context of new construction, there is a significant opportunity to earn a substantial number of points … Read entire article »

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OneBusAway Multi-Region – Rapidly Expanding Mobile Transit Apps to New Cities

Real-time transit information offers many benefits to transit riders, including reduced wait times and increased customer satisfaction. However, offering real-time transit services has been challenging for many transit agencies. While mobile apps have emerged as a preferred dissemination method for real-time information, it is typically cost-prohibitive for transit agencies to fund custom development of native mobile apps for all popular smartphone platforms. Third-party developers can offer services if an agency openly shares real-time data, but these individuals are volunteers whose priorities and deadlines may not be the same as the agency’s. As a result, few cities have full app portfolios that cover all smartphone platforms. This CUTR webcast presentation on April 17, 2014 discussed the OneBusAway multi-region project, a collaborative effort that is enabling the rapid expansion of native mobile transit apps … Read entire article »

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Vanpool Marketing Success

On October 30, 2013, the Vanpool Council of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) held the “Vanpool Marketing Success” netconference.  This event featured two national experts who offered tips and sage advice on marketing vanpools.  A summary of the presentations, links to the recording and links to copies of the slides are shown below.  … Read entire article »

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