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  • 18 Mar 2019 5:00 PM
    Reply # 7230508 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    How Via benefits from new regulations that hurt Uber and Lyft

    Crain's New York Business – The ride-hail market’s smallest player has emerged as the biggest winner 
under the city’s new regulations

    • New York City imposed new minimum-wage regulations for app-based drivers and a congestion surcharge onto cabs and app-based vehicles, which forced Uber and Lyft to raise their fares. This increase has led to a drop-off in ride requests.
    • However, Via's service price remained the same as they already pay their drivers above minimum wage, and the congestion surcharge is significantly less as they pool their riders. Via's business has been up 15%.
    • The aim of the city's rule is to encourage app-based companies to make their operations more efficient.
    • Via has a utilization rate of 70%, which doesn't take into account that most of the time its vehicles are carrying more than one passenger. Uber and Lyft are at 58% utilization.

  • 18 Mar 2019 5:00 PM
    Reply # 7230509 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Treating the Whole Person

    Rail~Volution – How do healthcare providers approach the social determinants of health, including transportation? On the podcast, Brian Ebersole and Eileen Evert share the approach to “treating the whole person” that led Geisinger Health System to launch a pilot program with regional partners to address the transportation barriers of a specific group of patients. For regular listeners of the Rail~Volution podcast, this episode offers a view of the motivation of an anchor institution to be part of a transportation initiative – how it works on the ground, and how views of transportation change as a result.

  • 18 Mar 2019 5:00 PM
    Reply # 7230510 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Transit Raises Property Values, Lowers Poverty

    Streetsblog USA – Neighborhoods with transit access enjoy higher property values and lower poverty rates, according to a new study by researchers at Cleveland State University.

    Neighborhoods that gained access to transit saw property values rise by 3.5 percent and poverty rates fall by almost 13 percent after 10 years. Those neighborhoods saw overall employment climb 3.5 percent.

  • 28 Mar 2019 11:23 AM
    Reply # 7249564 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    CSU Study: Public transit access leads to higher employment, lower poverty

    The Greater Cleveland RTA provides an annual economic impact of $322 million in Cuyahoga County alone and access to public transit can lead to increased property values, greater employment and decreased poverty, according to a new study released Tuesday from Cleveland State University’s Center for Economic Development.

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  • 28 Mar 2019 11:34 AM
    Reply # 7249590 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Public transit infrastructure needs at least $232 billion, APTA says

    With Congress looking to move an infrastructure bill forward this spring, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released new research identifying at least $232 billion in critical public transportation investments. The findings were unveiled as part of a report that was released for the first time at APTA’s annual legislative conference, shedding light on significant industry needs.

    Key Takeaways:

    1. At least $232 billion in critical public transportation investments are identified for funding by an infrastructure bill. 
    2. These investments are necessary to provide safe, reliable and convenient public transportation and to meet the mobility needs of communities of all sizes. 
    3. Public transportation investment yields a 4-to-1 return to the U.S. economy.

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    Last modified: 28 Mar 2019 11:35 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)
  • 28 Mar 2019 11:43 AM
    Reply # 7249634 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    4 Communities Leading the Way for Walking, Public Transit

    SALUD AMERICA! – Transit-rich, walkable communities strengthen the local economy, create opportunities for Latino and other vulnerable residents, and enhance community resilience. That’s why America Walks, a nonprofit organization, released four case studies sharing collaborative efforts to improve safety, walkability, and access to transit in four communities across the country. This is another effort in their Transit-Walkability Collaborative, which was established in 2017 by America Walks and eight other organizations.

  • 28 Mar 2019 11:46 AM
    Reply # 7249638 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Infrastructure Solutions: Transit Transformation

    AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS – Beset by long-term problems related to underinvestment and inadequate maintenance, the U.S. transit sector confronts challenges pertaining to funding, demographic changes, and an increasing array of new transportation services competing for customers. Despite these obstacles, the transit industry continues to evolve while seeking to provide the most practical, cost-effective solutions at the local level.

  • 28 Mar 2019 11:48 AM
    Reply # 7249640 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Congress considering a smarter way to measure transportation investments

    T4AMERICA – Having thousands of jobs within a region doesn’t do much good if residents can’t use their local or regional transportation network to reach those jobs. A bill being reintroduced in Congress this week will provide transportation agencies with robust data to support smarter transportation planning that can better connect residents to jobs and services by all modes of travel.

  • 28 Mar 2019 11:50 AM
    Reply # 7249644 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Tony Seba: Clean Disruption - Energy & Transportation

    Stanford University futurist Tony Seba spent the last decades studying technological disruptions. He argues that the Electric Vehicle, battery storage, and solar power, along with autonomous vehicles, are a perfect example of a 10x exponential process which will wipe fossil fuels off the market in about a decade.

  • 9 May 2019 11:34 AM
    Reply # 7331778 on 7156638
    Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Report: Transportation system improvements help riders' mental health

    WPI Economics Report – Improvements in transportation infrastructure can improve millions of people's mental health. 

    The report highlights three key areas where transportation infrastructure and service improvements could benefit citizens' mental health:
    • Better journeys — Reducing delays, cancellations, overcrowding and anti-social behavior. This can also affect non-transit users by reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and noise pollution.
    • Improved design — Transit hub elements such as color, natural material use, the inclusion of mixed-use spaces and the design of information displays/announcements impact travel experiences and mental health.
    • Transport for all — Tailoring transit hub design and services to the needs of groups with existing physical or mental health conditions and disabilities.

    The study examined areas for improvements to road, rail, transit and airport infrastructure and services in England.

    Read the Report


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