University Transit by Metro Magazine

April 20, 2015

S.F. State student discount transit pass plan gaining traction

One complication that arose in the process is BART’s unwillingness to pay for a $1.5 million reprogramming of Clipper cards to recognize the student discount. full story

Wis. city merges taxi, university bus service to create transit system

The project, which began in 2011, was prompted by unprecedented campus growth resulting in heightened demand for parking in Platteville. full story

April 20, 2015
New S.C. shuttle to serve college students

The Hub City Hopper, based in downtown Spartanburg will serve students living on campus or residents near University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College or Wofford College. full story

April 17, 2015
Bipartisan solution to fund Highway Trust Fund introduced

The Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act allows all transportation funding proposals to be considered, while simultaneously ensuring the trust fund remains solvent for no less than 10 years. full story

April 17, 2015
41% of U.S. public transit buses use alt fuels, hybrid technology

APTA statistics for 2014 show that 16.9% of public transit buses were hybrid-electric. Coming in a close second, public transit systems report that 16.7% of U.S. transit buses used compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and blends. Biodiesel is used by 7.4% of public transit buses. Other alternative fuels, such as propane and hydrogen, account for 0.3%. full story

April 20, 2015
Streetcars: The Flexible Rail Transit Mode

As an experienced designer of streetcar systems, one question I am frequently asked is, "Can a streetcar _____?"  The blanks are usually filled with design challenges, such as "turn left from a curb lane", or "go under a low clearance underpass" or "operate at higher speeds and frequencies." More often than not, the answer is YES!  Modern streetcar systems, such as those operating in Seattle, Tucson, and Atlanta, are modeled after European trams that are designed to fit within tight, complex, and built-out urban environments. The unique combination of vehicle's size coupled with the ability to operate in the same lanes as automobiles, trucks, and buses allow designers to create safe, efficient solutions to nearly every design challenge that arises.   full story

April 17, 2015
L.A. Metro launches sexual harassment campaign

As part of the system-wide campaign, Metro upgraded its smartphone app, LA Metro Transit Watch, to include a report of “Indecent Exposure,” “Sexual Assault-Physical” and “Sexual Harassment-Non-Physical.” The app also allows a reporting person to snap a photograph of a suspect safely without activating the camera’s flash. full story

April 7, 2015
Marketing campaign spreads 'love' to boost bus, rail ridership

At the Denton County (Texas) Transportation Authority (DCTA), we’re constantly looking for unique ways to engage with passengers, generate brand awareness and increase ridership. This year with Valentine’s Day being on a Saturday, we saw a great opportunity to launch a campaign in which passengers could ride DCTA’s A-train commuter rail and Connect Bus for free on Valentine’s Day all day by saying “Be Mine” to the agency’s rail and bus operators. With low-trending ridership in February, we needed to find a way to increase ridership and brand awareness within Denton County and surrounding cities. Launching the Valentine’s Day promotion definitely would help us achieve this. full story


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