[This is another in our series of expert blogs on TOD highlighting work and research that experts are doing in the field. This article is written by Sue Crowe, project lead for the Northern California Internet Transit Trip Planning Study, which utilizes Google Maps/Transit to provide transit trip planning features for rural and small-urban operators in a nine-county region.]
Federal law mandates coordination of human transportation services. From 2007 through 2009, regional agencies throughout the United States prepared locally developed coordinated, public transit-human services transportation plans. Many of California’s plans identified the need for mobility management tools such as online trip planners. Caltrans Division of Mass Transportation (DMT) set statewide goals to improve information dissemination on transit trip planning and connectivity throughout California.
Google Maps/Transit is a global online trip planner that is used predominantly in large urban…
Smart growth policy strategies attempt to control increasing auto travel, congestion, and vehicle emissions by redirecting new development into communities with a high-intensity mix of shopping, jobs, and housing that is served by high-quality modal alternatives to single occupant vehicles. The integration of innovative technologies with traditional modal options in transit-oriented developments (TODs) may be the key to providing the kind of high-quality transit service that can effectively compete with the automobile in suburban transit corridors. A major challenge, however, of such an integration strategy is the facilitation of a well-designed and seamless multi-modal connection infrastructure – both informational and physical. EasyConnect II explored the introduction and integration of multi-modal transportation services, both traditional and innovative technologies, at the Pleasant Hill Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District station during the initial construction phase of the…
Making transit a viable tool for getting people out of their cars and thus lowering our collective carbon footprint requires making transit use attractive. Internet apps that provide bus and train schedules are incredibly valuable in this regard.
Surprisingly, most transit agencies are hesitant to make their schedule data available to application developers using a standard format and license.
The problem has prompted Front Seat, the developers of WalkScore, to create a new website, City-Go-Round.
City-Go-Round serves a dual purpose. First, it's a central location where you can search for mobile apps that turn your Internet-enabled phone into transit map and schedule book. More important, City-Go-Round hopes to rally support for making more transit data open…
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"It will change the way citizens and government interact, but perhaps most important, it's going to change the way elected officials and civil servants deliver programs, services and promises,"...
This pilot planning study has been funded by a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5311 grant through the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Mass Transportation to improve online travel information dissemination and help travelers utilize connections between transportation services. The Shasta County Regional Transportation Planning Agency (SCRTPA) is the lead agency.
This project is to test and study integrating rural and small-urban public transit service schedule and geographic information into Google Maps/Transit. The study area includes nine California counties in Northern and Eastern California.
SCRTPA selected Trillium Solutions with Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. to conduct a pilot implementation of the Google Transit trip planner for selected agencies within the study area and determine the feasibility of Google Transit.
The assessment of Google Transit feasibility regards its ability as a customer information…
This research project aims to explore how smaller cities can develop and apply a range of innovative technologies to promote the use of public transport (PT). The transportation sector has proven to be particularly difficult territory for the advancement of sustainable development (Goldman & Gorham, 2006). Rapidly increasing traffic congestion, air pollution, and urban sprawl are causing considerable problems in contemporary cities (IEA, 2002). In turn, this is having detrimental effects on the earth’s climate, human health, and is compounding the potentially disastrous impacts of peak oil (IPCC, 2007; WHO, 2007; Bailey, 2006).
Economists, beginning with Alfred Marshall, have studied the significance of cities in the production and exploitation of information externalities that, today, we call knowledge spillovers. This paper presents robust evidence of those effects. We show that patent intensity— the per capita invention rate—is positively related to the density of employment in the highly urbanized portion of MAs. All else equal, a city with twice the employment density (jobs per square mile) of another city will exhibit a patent intensity (patents per capita) that is 20 percent higher. Patent intensity is maximized at an employment density of about 2,200 jobs per square mile. A city with a more competitive market structure or one that is not too large (a population less than 1 million) will also have a higher patent intensity. These findings confirm the widely held view that the nation’s densest locations play an important role in creating the flow of ideas that generate innovation and growth.