We’ve seen many reports to date evidencing the connection between increased public transit usage and reduced obesity rates, but how in-depth are these reports?
To build a thriving transit system, making thoughtful, rider-centric transportation investments will lead to more benefits down the road not only for your agency but also for the overall community.
Companies have yet to keep pace with the shifting trends of today’s commuters as they’re still fixed on a car-centric design for their campuses. Especially in areas where public transportation is unavailable, employees have no option but to endure traffic during their morning commute.
In November of 2016, while on San Francisco Bay Area’s Rapid Transit System (BART), a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent was verbally harassed by an Islamophobic passenger. The incident, which was captured on video, moved a group of Bay Area locals to start a crowdfunded poster campaign to combat xenophobic harassment on public transit.
One of the biggest factors that can depress transit ridership is when the bus stops themselves aren’t designed in a way that takes the rider experience into account. In cities around the world, so many stops have either substandard shelters/seating areas or none at all, are located in stretches of highway that are nearly inaccessible to pedestrians, and don’t feel safe from cars speeding by mere feet away.
Portland, known for its impressive bike share efforts, is expanding its Biketown program to be more inclusive of riders with disabilities. The city has interviewed this segment of riders to understand their specific needs and is working to implement a plan that provides them with more mobility options.
If mobility without limits is the goal, that not only has to include people of all abilities/disabilities, but also people of every economic and cultural background. Public transit set up in the right way can have a tremendously positive impact on communities that include many people and families who can’t afford to travel in any other way.
It may seem obvious to some people, but transit usage has a tendency to stick with you. People who get used to riding public transit when they’re young don’t tend to be in all that much of a hurry to jump into a car as they reach driving age and then head off to college. A recent study reported by Fast Company has the details.
Some of you may have noticed the discussion coming out of the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin earlier this month, about how so many attendees arrived in town expecting to use Uber or Lyft to get around but discovered both have been banned from the city. The stories and tweets poured in from frustrated people trying to figure out how to navigate a big city without their ridesharing lifeline they’d gotten so accustomed to having.
The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California—Davis conducted a survey on three major mobility trends: autonomous, electrified, and shared-use. The majority of survey participants believe that driverless vehicles will make up over 20 percent of the vehicles purchased in the US by 2040.