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NJ TRANSIT streamlines paratransit reservations and fare collection with web-based solutions

Through technological advancements and the advent of social media, consumer expectations are at an all-time high. Consumers have become independent in information gathering and don’t want to have to wait to get their answers. It shouldn’t be surprising that transit passengers expect the same level of service and instant gratification. In the transit world, this […]

Oahu’s TheBus and Trapeze develop headway management system

There is nothing worse than your passenger missing their bus due to poor headway spacing. They show up to the stop on time expecting a ride. But, because of bunching, they have no idea their bus has already come and gone or is too full for them to get on. It’s frustrating for them because […]

First Transit Announces Shared Autonomous Vehicle Pilot with METRO Houston and TSU

First Transit announces a shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) pilot with METRO Houston and Texas Southern University (TSU). This is the eighth SAV initiative for First Transit and the first-of-its-kind in the region. METRO Houston is introducing the University District Circulator on the campus of TSU. An EasyMile SAV shuttle will travel on the Tiger Walk, […]

San Diego MTS supplements paratransit with taxis

Increasingly, agencies are augmenting paratransit rides with non-dedicated providers — balancing demand and services, containing costs, and increasing access for riders, according to Jeff Zarr, senior consultant of demand response at Trapeze Group. The benefits are multifold: utilizing services like taxi companies and transportation network companies (TNCs) can often be less expensive than extending dedicated […]

Denver launches first autonomous shuttle

Autonomous vehicle now deployed on Denver streets at RTD’s 61st and Peña commuter rail station Late January marked the first on-road deployment of an autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle in both Denver and the state of Colorado. The EasyMile fully electric, autonomous shuttle made its debut on the morning of January 29 and will continue operating […]

Mobility solutions company LM Industries is judging entries for global autonomous fleet competition

Winners in Sacramento and Phoenix to be selected; cities worldwide soon to follow By Skylar Griego Mobility solutions company LM Industries Group, Inc., the parent company of vehicle manufacturer Local Motors, launched a global autonomous fleet competition called the Olli Fleet Challenge in September 2018. According to a press release from Local Motors, the Olli […]

Sustaining transit with real-time information and disruption management

By Joseph Saporita Investment in technology is no longer a luxury – for transit agencies to remain viable they absolutely must find ways to invest in technology solutions that make them competitive. Today’s transit riders have alternative options that are often perceived to be more convenient. Rideshare options like Lyft and Uber all offer desirable, […]

Integrating ITS, ERP and EAM

Avail Technologies, State College, PA, is an enterprise-level solutions provider for public transit, specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions.  In an interview with BUSRide, Rick Spangler, chief technology officer at Avail Technologies, answers a few critical questions about integrating ITS, ERP, and EAM systems. What […]

APTA showcases the future for electric vehicles –  but there are plenty  of opportunities in the present

If you attended the APTA EXPO this past year, you noticed that everyone who had an electric vehicle showed it. You also noticed that there are some new players in the market building electric vehicles. Finally, you noticed that nearly every supplier selling mechanical accessories now has an electrically-driven alternative. The future of transit was […]

MARTA runs clean with Westmatic

The Atlanta agency and Westmatic teamed to retrofit wash systems into two existing facilities, and install a system into a newly-built garage By Richard Tackett For the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in 2015, replacing bus wash systems in its multiple maintenance locations was a matter of necessity. The systems at MARTA’s Perry and […]