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Bill would enable city buses to transport high schoolers | The Missouri Times
Two PQs and two roll-call votes later, the Missouri House gave initial approval of legislation that would enable city buses to transport high schoolers.

Sponsored by Rep. Chuck Basye, HB 1366 would authorize school boards to contract with municipalities to transport high school students. The bill was amended in committee to require the presence of an adult supervisor and that seating be designated solely for the students. . . .

Supports argued that legislation will allow school districts to save money and make efficient use of public transit. They also pointed out city buses would be held to the same safety inspections as school buses.

Opponents said that school buses are safer for children and municipal buses.

MoBikeFed comment: The Missouri House has now passed this bill and it moves to the Senate.
legislative  2018legislative  schools  publictransit  transit 
3 hours ago by mobikefed
The Responsive Network (Part 3/3) – Citymapper – Medium
The Responsive Network is INFRASTRUCTURE. We can provision mobility anywhere transportation is lacking, or needs additional capacity. Unlike cabs, which are free to roam, our technology can commit supply to an area or a time of day, at more accessible prices. Unlike buses, which are stuck on a fixed route, our network can support an entire coverage area. Unlike metros, which take years to build, we can get going quickly.

The Responsive Network can adapt to the city. It can evolve with the expanding needs of a city, in a more responsive manner than a bus network. It can adjust to time of day, catering to the different needs of the cities around commutes, days, night and weekends. It can adapt to traffic and congestion by finding routes that are optimised. It can cater to special events like sports and festivities.


Again, the shadow dialog between this and Human Transit on microtransit is interesting. (1) Is this really a big change, or is it just helping at the margins? (2) If this does take off, is it accessible to everyone? Are some left depending on reduced fixed-bus service? Will everyone be tooling around in vans rather than buses, and what will that do to congestion?
bus  transit  technology  urbanplanning 
5 hours ago by madamim
Is Microtransit a Sensible Transit Investment? — Human Transit
At this point, I cannot come up with a logical argument from any of the commonly-cited goals of transit to the idea of investing in microtransit pilots with transit agency funds. Even if the goal is low-ridership coverage, there are vanishingly few situations where flexible routing improves on the productivity of fixed routes alone. Meanwhile, all paths in my logic lead to outcomes that most urban leaders will find bad: Increase economic inequality, both through lower wages and through the upward redistribution of benefits, and increased vehicle miles traveled. And even if you accepted those impacts, the math just doesn’t work.
transit 
yesterday by madamim
Is Microtransit an Actual Idea? — Human Transit
Here's that microtransit-skeptic post:
These definitions boil down to three key ideas:

1. Service whose routing changes in response to demands or requests, as opposed to fixed routes where the path of the vehicle is fixed in advance. This is the usual meaning of “flexible” or “demand-responsive.”
2. Private sector role in providing service, but with taxpayer subsidy. This is implied by the idea that these should be transit agency initiatives instead of things that private businesses just do for profit.
3. Use of mobile smartphone applications for hailing, paying, and navigating, rather than the old system of ordering rides by phone. This also offers the potential of offering rides on shorter notice than before.

So my first question is: Is that it?

Because if that’s all it is, then the next question is: Is microtransit a new idea at all?

[...]

Use of apps. Is this the only new thing?

If so, then the claim that transit agencies need to investigate microtransit would be logically equivalent to this statement:

Transit agencies should upgrade their toolbox of demand-responsive service to use smartphone technology for hailing, navigation, and payment.

And most of the best transit agencies are already working on that.
transit  microtransit 
3 days ago by madamim
Good Bus (Part 1/3) – Citymapper – Medium
We built the entire technology stack for a bus, starting in our own office. We built a driver app, a smart display, tracking software, scheduling systems, control systems, even strange flashing headsigns.

We have been able to run our buses smoothly. We made software updates, even during live operations. We provided accurate realtime data in our app, as well as supporting open data.

All at a fraction of the cost of what traditional bus systems do.

Super fun experiment with Citymapper London minibus, though recent Human Transit posts on what "microtransit" actually means makes me wonder how careful their "fraction of the cost" accounting is. How much would just involve better-provisioned IT for public transit orgs? (Also, whitest bus ever?)
transit  technology  bus 
3 days ago by madamim
OneBusAway
The Open Source platform for Real Time Transit Info
opensource  api  transit 
4 days ago by junya
Boston IEEE Section Techsite-MBTA Milestone
An important point in the history of Boston’s electrification, is that its engineering and construction were under the direction of 27 year old Fred Stark Pearson. He was chief engineer from 1889 until 1893, when he moved to New York City to establish another electric traction project for the Metropolitan Street Railway. Pearson worked with a small group – a cluster - of engineers who followed him from job to job. Fred Pearson would spend the rest of his life building electric power and traction systems all over the world. But that is another story.

Pearson’s design signature was non-stop electrical systems. Reliability through strength and reliability by redundancy were design principles which he applied throughout his career. Electrical and mechanical systems were arranged for non-stop service. Steam system at CPS was duplicated throughout. Everything in the power plant was redundant. Even countershafts were connected by duplicate leather belts! An elaborate electric testing station was installed for testing feeders, armature insulation and to calibrate instruments. Comprehensive testing and preventive maintenance programs were established in the absence of industry standard practices.
boston  electrification  transit  engineering  history 
7 days ago by madamim
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RT : Old, but so relevant. The reason why drivers who don't ever intend to use should still *support* it: more/…
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10 days ago by KateSherrill
Visualizing Transit-Rich Housing: What Would SB 827 Really Look Like?
"On January 4th, 2018, California State Senator Scott Wiener announced a series of proposed housing bills. By far the most attention has been directed at Senate Bill 827 (SB 827), which would override local zoning controls on height, density, parking minimums, and design review on properties within a certain distance of major public transit infrastructure.

I was really interested what that would look like on the ground in California, so I spent a few days attempting to make a map that would show how SB 827 would affect zoning as currently proposed. Please note that I am not an expert in this area, and that this map should only be used as a beginning point for the policy discussion around the bill and not for making any important decisions. I cannot state strongly enough that there are multiple errors with this map, due to missing and incorrect data, probable misinterpretations of the proposed law as written, bugs in my software, and multiple other reasons.

I make no warranties as to the correctness of this map, and by using this map, you agree that you understand that.

That all being said, let's look at the map! Feel free to play with it and scroll around the state, and then join me below the map for some discussion of SB 827 and what this map can tell us."
sb827  california  urban  urbanism  policy  housing  transit  publictransit  transportation  2018  scottwiener  zoning  cities  development  maps  mapping 
11 days ago by robertogreco

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