Public Transit Information


TTROUTOct2012 015he Rural Overland Utility Transit (TROUT)
 is an organization dedicated to providing industry executives, academia and clients with  market intelligence, and news and media highlights for rural public transit. TROUT is committed to providing industry executives and clients with an organized voice on issues and events of importance in this growing sector.

 

Library

The Library includes white papers and published reports on rural public transit.

At Trout we aim to stay a head of the curve and by helping others as we pioneer our way building our own rural public transit system. We are collecting and building this library of resources for us and you to learn from best practices as well as share our own.

Report to Municipalities Fall 2012
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Changing Transportation Behaviour in Quebec
Transport Canada(February 13, 2013)
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Summary: Overview This article presents five Quebec residents who have modified their travel habits thanks to their direct participation in a sustainable transportation program. Their accounts illustrate how simple transportation initiatives, such as car sharing, cycling and walking, public transit and teleworking, can have positive long-term effects on people’s lifestyle and travel habits. The programs and policies highlighted are implemented by municipal and provincial governments, schools, transportation authorities, not-for-profit organizations and private companies.
Keywords: behaviours, rural public transit, transportation
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Changing Transportation Behaviour in the Prairies and the Northern Territories
Transport Canada(February 13, 2013)
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Summary: Overview This article profiles several people living in the Prairies and the Northern Territories who have changed their transportation habits as a direct result of their participation in a sustainable transportation program. Their stories illustrate how even simple transportation initiatives can have a long-term, beneficial impact on people’s travel behaviours—changing drivers into carpoolers, transit users, cyclists, pedestrians and teleworkers.
Keywords: Northern Territories, Prairies, rural public transit, transportation
Categories: About the Trout
Changing transportation behaviour in B.C.
Transport Canada(February 13, 2013)
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Summary: Overview Transport Canada offers a wealth of case studies and issues papers profiling programs and strategies that encourage the use of more sustainable transportation modes in Canada. But how do those initiatives affect the individual? This article profiles several British Columbians who have changed their transportation habits as a direct result of their participation in a sustainable transportation program. Their stories illustrate how even simple transportation initiatives can have a long-term, beneficial impact on people’s travel behaviours—changing drivers into carpoolers, transit users, cyclists, pedestrians and teleworkers.
Keywords: rural public transit, sustainability, Transport Canada, transportation
Categories: About the Trout
Changing transportation behaviour in Ontario
Transport Canada(February 13, 2013)
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Summary: Overview Transport Canada offers a wealth of case studies and issues papers profiling programs and strategies that encourage the use of more sustainable transportation modes in Canada. But how do those initiatives affect the individual? This article profiles several Ontarians who have changed their transportation habits as a direct result of their participation in a sustainable transportation program. Their stories illustrate how even simple transportation initiatives can have a long-term, beneficial impact on people's travel behaviours—changing drivers into carpoolers, transit users, cyclists, pedestrians and teleworkers.
Keywords: behaviours, case study, rural transportation, transit
Categories: About the Trout
Allégo Program
(February 13, 2013)
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Summary: Overview The AMT, with the support of the Quebec Department of Transport (MTQ), has overseen the implementation of the Allégo Program in the Metropolitan Montreal Area. This program has allowed some 20 transportation demand management pilot projects to be carried out using two approaches:
Keywords: communities, pilot project, public transportation, rural
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L’abonne BUS
(February 13, 2013)
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Summary: Overview In Québec City, more than 30,000 people work for the provincial government, the region’s largest employer. The government decided to teach by example, encouraging its employees to use public transportation. Thus, in 2001, the Ministère des Transports du Québec and the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) implemented a pilot project so that fees for public transportation passes would be deducted directly from paycheques. Known as L’abonne BUS, today this program has 2,831 members from 36 employers in the public and private sector and from Communauto, a car-sharing organization.
Keywords: case study, public transportation, rural transit
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Ontario’s Transit Supportive Guidelines
(February 13, 2013)
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Summary: Ontario’s Transit-Supportive Guidelines are a distillation of transit-friendly land use planning, urban design and operational practices, drawing from experiences in Ontario, elsewhere in North America and abroad. Their aim is to assist urban planners, transit planners, developers and others, working in communities of all sizes, in creating an environment that is supportive of transit and developing services and programs to increase transit ridership.
Keywords: guidelines, planning, policies, rural public transit
Categories: About the Trout
Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities
(February 12, 2013)
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Summary: On June 16, 2009, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced the formation of the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This action marked a fundamental shift in the way the federal government structures its transportation, housing, and environmental policies, programs, and spending, and Americans are already seeing the impacts. The three agencies are working together to support urban, suburban, and rural communities’ efforts to attract economic growth, expand housing and transportation choices, protect their air and water, and provide the type of development residents want.
Keywords: communities, rural public transit, sustainabilty, transportation
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Rural Transportation Plan Framework Niverville Development Plan
Jason C Locke(February 12, 2013)
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Summary: The town of Niverville, located 25km south of Winnipeg, is one of the fastest growing communities in Southern Manitoba. Consequently, it has many challenges such as acquiring land for new developments, providing a diversity of services like health care and social services for a growing population, and addressing transportation needs. This report focuses on the final challenge. However, transportation affects all aspects of a rural community’s daily life. In essence, the quality of life of a community depends on how well the needs of its residents are met and how sustainable they are. This report takes the form of a “framework” upon which Niverville can build its rural transportation plan. However, each community is unique and Niverville must develop its transportation plan according to the needs of the community and must allow for public participation in the planning process. This document provides a step-by-step framework that will help in the development of a successful rural transportation plan. It also identifies particular strategies that Niverville should consider in the development of its final plan. Funding sources for these strategies are offered when possible and a implementation plan with timelines is provided.
Keywords: public, rural public transit, transportation
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Developing sustainability indicators to improve community access to public transit in rural residential areas
BC Canada, ON Canada Mark Roseland Centre for Sustainable Community Development Simon Fraser University Burnaby, Robert Patrick Department of Geography University of Guelph Guelph(February 12, 2013)
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Summary: The focus of this paper is on the development of sustainable transportation indicators for rural residential areas. While sustainable transportation indicators exist for urban regions the transfer of those indicators to rural residential areas is problematic, in part owing to differences in settlement density and land-use intensity. The continued spread of ex-urban growth to the rural fringe of the Georgia Basin, British Columbia is commensurate with increased automobile dependency that threatens the sustainability of these non-urban areas. With the extension of regional public transit service into many rural residential areas in BC it is now prudent to develop sustainability indicators to assist local governments intent on improving the sustainability of their communities through improved access to public transit. A set of sustainable transportation indicators is developed based on three indicator types: land-use, community design and transit policy. Using these indicators a mail-out questionnaire was sent to eight municipal transit systems serving nonurban areas within the Georgia Basin of British Columbia. These sustainability indicators offer a first step toward reducing automobile dependency in rural residential areas through improved community access to public transit.
Keywords: public transit, rural com, sustainab, sustainabilty
Categories: About the Trout