The provincial government announced plans Tuesday to invest millions to help expand public transit between Leduc, Nisku, Leduc County and Edmonton.
On Tuesday, the province said $3.4 million in funding to expand the “C-Line” inter-municipal bus service currently running between those communities.
The “C-Line” runs from Century Park in Edmonton, to bus stops in Nisku and Leduc, before looping back to Century Park – with a total of five trips running during morning and afternoon peak times Monday to Friday. Continue reading →
If you use public transit, you can claim the cost of certain public transit passes to reduce the taxes you owe.
You can claim the cost of monthly or annual passes for unlimited travel within Canada on any of the following: buses, streetcars, subways, commuter trains, or ferries. You may also be able to claim the cost of shorter duration passes and electronic payment cards in certain circumstances.
When claiming the public transit amount, keep your transit pass in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asks you to verify your claim. If you do not have your passes, you can also provide your receipts, cancelled cheques, or credit card statements to support your claim. Continue reading →
The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Trius Transit, is anticipating another successful year for the transit system.
Charlottetown transit experienced growth throughout 2012 with ridership up eight per cent over 2011.
In February 2013, the Monday-to-Friday daily average was 1,291 people, which represented a 19.6 per cent increase over February 2012.
“Charlottetown transit is an affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option that we encourage citizens to take advantage of,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “The city worked hard with Trius Transit to provide many improvements in 2012, including a more aggressive marketing plan, and it’s great to see those efforts producing such positive results.”
The city entered into a transit agreement with Trius Transit, the Town of Stratford and the Town of Cornwall in 2012 to provide regional transit services to the three municipalities.
Transit was also re-branded last year with the new T3 logo and tagline, “Take Transit Today”, which represents the three-way partnership. New signage was created, uniforms were provided to drivers and the buses were painted bright green with yellow trim.
Transit schedules have also undergone many revisions to increase frequency and availability, and passengers have reported it to be a more reliable service.
As a result of the changes, two statistical records were broken in 2012: the number of passengers using transit per day; and the number of riders per month.
“We have no reason to think those numbers won’t continue to grow as we keep making improvements to the transit and we’re able to access more routes and appeal to more passengers,” said Coun. Terry Bernard, chair of the city’s public works, street lighting and transit committee.
The affordability of transit is playing a role in the growth of ridership across the US states a 2012 report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Another key finding was that Baby Boomers, empty nesters and young professionals are also using more public transit.
In our own community we have quite a few empty nesters and we are also attracting Baby Boomers as a retirement option. Having access to public transit only increases the desirability to choose our community to retire in… thus boosting our economy. As for the young professionals, most here drive but I for one don’t and would love to see the TROUT partner with Carlow Mayo as I know others that live here have similar feelings (see TROUT’S report). The access to have some independence without having to rely on a neighbour, family or friend only enhances the quality of life.
TROUT has made some great progress over the last couple of years and we will keep striving to achieve even greater accessibility and service.
Author: Sharron Clayton
Ridership on buses, subways and other modes of public transportation in the USA rose 1.5% to 10.5 billion trips last year, the highest annual total since 2008, according to a new report.
Although Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath slowed ridership on some of the nation’s largest transit systems, at least 16 systems reported record ridership numbers in 2012, says the American Public Transportation Association.
“When Sandy hit, and the snowstorm that followed it, an estimated 74 million (transit) trips were lost, and yet we still had the second-highest ridership since 1957,” said APTA president and CEO Michael Melaniphy. Continue reading →
A tramway in Tallinn, Estonia in 1996 Credit:Flickr user Felix O
Public transportation ridership may have increased in 2012, but major transit agencies across the nation have picked an odd way to celebrate. On July 1, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which serves the Philadelphia region, will increase fares. Meanwhile, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will, for the fourth time in five years, up its prices this weekend.
Seven time zones to the east, the Estonian capital of Tallinn has taken the opposite approach: In January, it entirely scrapped fares for city residents, although they must initially purchase a smart card. Those who live outside the city still have to pay fares. According to Reuters, the city decided a carrot in the form of free rides is the best way to deal with traffic congestion by luring drivers onto buses and trams. (A bit of stick has been applied, too, as cars are now barred from some roads and parking fees have increased.) The city government purchased 70 new buses and 15 new trams to meet the anticipated surge in demand. Three-quarters of Tallinn residents support the plan. Continue reading →
http://catchthetrout.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/San_Francisco_Muni_107535.jpghttp://catchthetrout.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/San_Francisco_Muni_107535.jpgCommuters are more likely to stop using public transit when they experience delays they can blame on the transit agency, according to researchers at the University of California Berkeley.
They are more likely to forgive delays caused by traffic, emergencies or mechanical failures.
“The most significant negative experiences that drove a reduction in transit use were delays perceived to be the fault of the transit agency, long waits at transfer points, and being prevented from boarding due to crowding,” wrote the researchers: graduate student Andre Carrel, undergraduate Anne Halvorsen and Professor Joan L. Walker from Berkeley’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Continue reading →
Madagascar- Madagascar transporters have decided to import 500 new buses from China to improve the country’s public transportation, official sources said.
“The new vehicles are expected to arrive in the capital Antananarivo in June,” Mr Jocelyn Andrianambinintsoa of the Malagasy transporters union, told reporters Tuesday.
The buyers have opted for the products of the Chinese manufacturer Yutong for technical and financial reasons.
Two types of buses were proposed to the transporters: A bus containing 40 seats was negotiated for $40,000 while the one with 30 seats was purchased at $30,000.
The transporters will get the financial guarantee of the government.
An arrangement with two Madagascar’s commercial banks that are to fund the operation has been concluded, the source said.
The initiative to modernise the country’s common transport has been in the pipeline since last year.
Commuters have for long complained about the bad quality service observed across the island.
The vehicles in use are not only old but the fares charged are also considered exploitative.
In last December, President Andry Rajoelina sent to China a delegation to select any manufacturers they wanted to cooperate with.
Last month, representatives of three Chinese vehicle constructors such as Yutong, Hengtong and Higer met with their eventual clients in Antananarivo.
The plan to buy the big number of buses from China is like a mini-revolution for the nation land transportation.
Historical records show similar initiative dates back to the 1980s.
The then-government encouraged importation of hundreds of Japanese buses while the country was a popular exhibit destination for cars made in Europe.
YORK – Slight increases will likely take place regarding York County Public Transportation System.
Right now, it costs $2 for an out-of-city ride on the county’s bus. If the commissioners move forward with the change, the rate will increase to $4.
Also, it costs $10 for out-of-county round trips on the county bus. It’s proposed that this particular rate should change to $12.
A public hearing on the matter was held Tuesday morning, with no one speaking against the rate increases. Continue reading →
TransLink has cited a $3-billion subway line along the Broadway corridor as having the “highest acceptability rating” among three potential rapid-transit options.
But the transportation authority noted light rail transit or a partly tunnelled LRT – ranging from $1.1 billion to $1.84 billion – along with a $2.67-billion combination of subway and LRT are also “more acceptable than business as usual” on the heavily congested corridor.
Bus or bus rapid transit along the route, meanwhile, has not been recommended for further consideration because “they do not have sufficient capacity to meet demand in 2041,” according to a University of B.C. rapid-transit analysis. Continue reading →