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May
12

Los Angeles Public Transit | Discover Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles Transportation (LADOT) currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County. LADOT’s transit fleet serves approximately 30 million passenger boardings per year.

DASH Downtown

Six quick bus routes through Downtown depart every five to 15 minutes between 5:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and every six to 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

  •     Route A – Little Tokyo to City West
  •     Route B – Chinatown to Financial District
  •     Route D – Union Station to South Park
  •     Route E – City West to Fashion District
  •     Route F – Financial District to Exposition Park/USC

DASH also Serves:

  •     Beachwood Canyon
  •     Boyle Heights/East LA
  •     Chesterfield Square
  •     Crenshaw
  •     Downtown Los Angeles
  •     El Sereno/City Terrace
  •     Fairfax
  •     Highland Park/Eagle Rock
  •     Hollywood
  •     Hollywood/West Hollywood
  •     Hollywood/Wilshire
  •     King-East
  •     Leimert/Slauson
  •     Lincoln Heights/Chinatown
  •     Los Feliz
  •     Midtown
  •     Northridge
  •     Panorama City/Van Nuys
  •     Pico Union/Echo Park
  •     San Pedro
  •     Southeast Los Angeles
  •     Van Nuys/Studio City
  •     Vermont/Main
  •     Watts
  •     Wilmington
  •     Wilshire Center/Koreatown

Commuter Express

LADOT offers stress-free, reliable bus service to Downtown Los Angeles in the morning and back in the afternoon from communities reaching from the beach cities to the San Fernando Valley.

For more information, visit the DASH website.

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May
8

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Cities To Rethink Public Transportation

As parts of Europe and the United States begin to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions and allow people to go shopping, visit relatives and return to work, public officials are facing a new conundrum: How can people travel safely in crowded cities?

Italy is poised to serve as a major test case. On Sunday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that many restrictions on daily life will be eased starting next Monday, but he warned that people would still need to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and wear masks in certain circumstances.

“If we do not respect the precautions, the curve will go up, the deaths will increase and we will have irreversible damage to our economy,” Conte said in a televised address to the nation. “If you love Italy, keep your distance.”

People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April 24 during a three-hour testing period of new measures designed



People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April 24 during a three-hour testing period of new measures designed to reduce congestion on public transportation, April 24.

Some 2.7 million Italians are expected to return to work next week, with 15% of them anticipated to use public transportation, according to Italian authorities.

Thus, government officials and business leaders are scrambling to develop protocols to allow people to move about freely without triggering a surge in coronavirus infections.

Under new guidelines that are being considered, the number of people allowed on buses and trains is likely to be restricted. Markers will be placed on the ground in metro stations to enforce social distancing, and camera systems and personnel will be deployed to help count passengers and prevent overcrowding, according to HuffPost Italy.

Italy’s transport ministry has suggested that electronic ticket machines will likely become standard, with hand sanitizer dispensers installed nearby. Trains and buses will be disinfected regularly, and the way passengers board and exit vehicles and stations will be adjusted. Moreover, a key goal of any plan will be to spread out daily commuters in order to reduce congestion.

Already, new measures are being tested in Rome. During a three-hour testing period on Friday, only 30 passengers were allowed into stations every three minutes at two of the city’s metro lines, and the number of passengers on each train was capped at 150, HuffPost Italy reported. On the train platforms, blue stripes with small dots indicated how far apart passengers needed to stand. Passages connecting the two lines were closed to prevent people from crossing each other and creating crowds.

A man rides a bicycle on an empty Corso Garibaldi, a main road in the center of Milan, on February 26. In response to th



A man rides a bicycle on an empty Corso Garibaldi, a main road in the center of Milan, on February 26. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the city plans to increase bike lanes and pedestrian paths and discourage car use.

In addition, many cities are hoping to encourage people to use alternate forms of transportation. Bologna has requested support from the federal government for the purchase of e-bikes and electric scooters, for example, and Milan has unveiled an ambitious plan to remake

Apr
24

Transportation | Fairfax County Public Schools

The Office of Transportation Services is responsible for providing the safe and efficient transportation of all eligible students to and from schools and school activities each day. To accomplish this monumental task, a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants work together to maintain a high level of service for all of our clients.

Bus Transportation

Our dedicated team works together every day to ensure the safe transportation of our students. Safety is also the reason that we do not post school bus routes and bus stops on our website. If you need that information for your student, you must go in person to the school. Schools will mail bus schedules to families in August of each school year.

If you have concerns about your child’s school bus transportation, speak to the transportation supervisor responsible for your school or call the Office of Transportation Services at 703-446-2000.

For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), you will need to contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000. 

Bus Delay Notification System

Bus with clock imageStay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS’ bus delay notification system.  This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.  Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify (BlackboardConnect) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.  Need assistance or have questions?  Contact the Transportation office listed for your school. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Kindergarten Transportation

Kindergarten students who ride the bus in the afternoon are to be met at the bus door and asked for by name by a parent, parent designee, guardian, or a responsible middle school age or higher sibling. Children will be returned to school if the driver has concerns for their safety.

In case of emergencies such as road closures, accidents, or weather related road problems, drivers may use safe transportation-approved alternate locations to pick up or drop off students. If there is not a safe transportation-approved alternative stop, the driver may choose to return to school.

Drivers may also choose to return to the school if they have concerns regarding the safety of releasing a student at a regular stop, or if a child expresses concern for any reason about getting off of the bus.

Walking and Bicycling

Safe Routes to School programs get kids physically active and take cars off the road. In the last 40 years, we have seen student walking and bicycling to school decline from 48% (1969) to 13% (2009). During this same time period, the percentage of parents using Kiss and Ride has increased. The increase in Kiss and Ride users has complicated traffic conditions around many schools and has made it more difficult for student walkers and bicyclists to get

Apr
23

Essential workers at risk riding public transportation

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Some are hesitant to use public transportation during the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what transportation officials are doing to help reduce risk.

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DENVER – Sisters Trinity and Kiki Williams looked around the crowded bus stop as the #15 bus rumbled down Colfax Avenue toward them. 

The bus looked to be about half full, the driver wearing a bandanna stretched across his nose and mouth to comply with government recommendations intended to help slow the spread of coronavirus. But among the awaiting passengers, only one wore a face covering.

“I’m damn nervous,” said Kiki Williams, 19. “There’s too many of us.”

For protection, the women, who are African American, wore blue rubber gloves but no masks. “We forgot them at home,” said Trinity Williams, 18.

Like millions of Americans, the Williams sisters depend on public transit at a time when health officials have told Americans to stay 6 feet apart and recommended that they wear face masks in public.

“It’s the only transportation we’ve got right now,” said Trinity Williams, whose car broke down and won’t be repaired for weeks.

While transit ridership has dropped dramatically across the country during the coronavirus outbreak, millions of Americans are still riding public buses and trains, putting themselves and anyone they encounter at risk as they commute to work, go to the grocery store, visit the doctor, or, like the Williams sisters, travel to see family. 

A passenger loads his bike onto an RTD bus in Denver before boarding during the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)

Experts say most of the people who have stopped riding are white-collar workers who can work from home and who tend to be white, leaving many of the country’s poorest workers, who are disproportionately people of color, with no other choice but to pack into a small space designed to carry lots of people. In New York City, at least 41 transit workers have died from coronavirus infections, far more than police officers and firefighters.

“As always, higher-income households have more choices,” said Evelyn Blumenberg, director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and an urban planning professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairswho studies how urban structures affect low-wage workers. “For low-income workers who have to take transit, they’re in a confined place, in close proximity to other people. Their problems are compounded. They have no other option.”

Statistics collected by the app developer Transit suggest white riders have largely abandoned buses and trains: A survey of 15,000 of the company’s U.S. users revealed that only 22% of people using transit right now are white, compared to 40% normally. Transit is one of the most popular navigation apps for iPhones and Android phones, with millions of active users across the United States and Canada.

Preliminary data from states such as New York, Colorado and Michigan suggests African Americans and other minorities are dying from coronavirus-related complications at a much higher rate than their white counterparts, in

Apr
18

Los Angeles: Public Transportation – Tripadvisor

Forget all the negative information about public traffic in LA. It’s just as good and safe as anywhere in the world. Take the bus and metro and see it’s fairly reliable and that drivers are friendly and polite (towards every person!). Same goes for security people. Just take that bus, stop complaining and meet the world!

There are over 200 metro bus lines and 6 metro rail lines in the Los Angeles area that are run by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). You can get to almost anywhere in the developed parts of Los Angeles County on Metro and/or on other local transit services. Some transfers are quick and easy; others, less so.  Detailed information, along with a trip planner, can be found here: http://www.metro.net/default.asp

The  metro rail lines are:

1. Green line Metro Rail (above ground): Runs east/west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach with a stop at LAX  (Note: the Green Line’s trains do not service the beach itself; you must transfer to a Bay Cities Transit bus to reach the beach.. Similarly, the LAX station for the Green Line is not at LAX.  A shuttle bus meets the train and transfers passengers to the airport.

2. Red Line Metro Rail  (underground): Service between Union Station (Downtown), Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (Universal Studios and North Hollywood).

3. Purple Line Metro Rail (underground) Service between Union Station (Downtown), Mid-Wilshire area and Koreatown. 

4. Blue Line Metro Rail (mostly above ground): Runs north/south between Los Angeles and Long Beach.

5. Gold Line Metro Rail: Runs northeast into Pasadena and southeast to East Los Angeles.

6. Expo Line Metro Rail: Runs from downtown L.A. to Culver City and, eventually, will continue to the ocean. 

Other Public Transit LInes:

Orange Line Metro Transit Way (from North Hollywood to Woodland Hills/Warner): Metro names this line with a color (Orange) like the metro RAIL lines but classifies it as a “transit way”.  It operates like a rail line in that it runs on a separate “right of way” (its own roadway) but it uses buses.

Santa Monica, Venice and much of the “‘west side” is accessible only by bus.  Sometimes, more than one bus needs to be taken.  Unlike the metro rail, the metro buses are affected by automobile traffic, making the ride longest during rush hours (weekdays between 6 and 9 in the morning and between 2:30 and 7:00 in the afternoon and evening).

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus #3 runs frequently along Lincoln Blvd (a street which is sometimes referred to as ‘Route 1’), connects easily to the Culver City Bus #1 directly to Venice Beach, and also goes directly into Santa Monica.  The #3 also services LAX via the LAX “Transit Center” a bus depot adjacent to LAX, accessible to LAX passengers via a free shuttle bus that serves the adjacent parking area for the airport.  The shuttle bus is known as the “Parking Lot C” shuttle.

Some buses stop at almost every corner —

Apr
17

NJ public transportation granted $1.75B in federal coronavirus funds

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Drone footage of downtown Newark during the coronavirus pandemic.

NorthJersey.com

New Jersey’s public transportation systems are eligible to receive up to $1.75 billion in CARES Act funds through the Federal Transit Administration.

That represents about 7% of the $25 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security funding designated to assist transit agencies experiencing drastically low ridership, increased protective equipment costs and leave expenses for sick employees. New Jersey is home to the largest statewide transportation system in the country, NJ Transit.

“We know that many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” K. Jane Williams, FTA acting administrator, said in an announcement. “These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies, including those in large urban areas, as well as pay transit workers across the country not working because of the public health emergency.”

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The next step will require states eligible for these funds to determine how much each transit agency, including NJ Transit and the Port Authority, which runs PATH, will be allocated. According to letters sent to U.S. lawmakers last month, NJ Transit requested $1.25 billion and the Port Authority said it expected to see $1.9 billion in revenue losses and extra expenses.

Once those amounts are determined, agencies will send in grant applications for different costs or expenses, which have to be approved by the FTA and U.S. Department of Labor, and then seek reimbursement. These reimbursement requests include costs incurred after Jan. 1, 2020, for things like hand sanitizer or other cleaning products, money spent on salaries for cleaners, leave of absences for sick employees and fare box revenue deficits.

Thirty-two NJ Transit employees and 23 Port Authority employees have tested positive for coronavirus, the agencies said.

Fares account for about 40% of NJ Transit’s revenue, which in any given month is around $82.8 million, based on an average of fare box revenue from the last eight months starting in February. These days, however, systemwide ridership is down about 90%. 

The Port Authority does not depend on taxpayer money to operate, relying on usage fees, fares and rentals, in large part, for its revenue streams. After it experienced record-breaking growth recently, the rates of use and volume were down systemwide at its ports, airports, crossings, and PATH, officials said at last month’s board meeting.

The funding formulas are determined, in part, based on urbanized areas and population density in different regions. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Areas with 1 million+ population: $1,599,802,132.
  • Areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million: $123,030,612.
  • Areas with populations between 50,000 and 199,999: $16,043,208.
  • Rural areas: $13,321,545.
  • Total: $1,752,197,497.

Colleen Wilson covers the Port Authority and NJ Transit for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to her work covering the region’s transportation systems and how they affect your commute, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. 

Email: cwilson2@lohud.com Twitter: @colleenallreds 

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Apr
16

Public Transportation – Miami International Airport

Access to MIA Mover is located on the 3rd level between the Dolphin and Flamingo garage. Get to your rental car fast by using the free MIA Mover, linking you directly to the Rental Car Center’s customer service lobby.

MIA Mover Map

MIA Mover

Trains depart every 30 minutes during the weekday, with more frequent service on the weekends every 15 minutes.

  • Green Line
    Board a Green Line train if you are traveling to Palmetto, Okeechobee, Hialeah, Tri-Rail, Northside, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Brownsville stations.
  • Orange Line
    Board an Orange Line train if you are traveling to Dadeland North, South Miami, University, Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, Vizcaya, Brickell, Government Center, Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre, Culmer, Civic Center, Santa Clara, Allapattah or Earlington Heights stations.

For just $2.25 each way, local residents headed out-of-town can now leave behind all the traffic and parking hassles that come with driving to the airport. And out-of-towners at the airport have the best of Miami-Dade County’s attractions and activities in easy, affordable reach.

Parking is available at many Metrorail stations.

MIA Mover Map

Helpful Information:

Service runs every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. – 11:40 p.m., seven days a week, between the Miami International Airport Metrorail station (just a short MIA Mover ride away from MIA) and Miami Beach (from 41st Street to South Pointe Drive).

For just $2.25 each way, traveling to and from Miami Beach just became fast, easy and convenient. You can ride in style aboard 40-foot buses equipped with luggage racks and comfortable seating.

This commuter train links Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. To access the Tri-Rail, proceed to the 3rd Level of the terminal and follow the signs to take the MIA Mover to the Miami Central Station.

 

Helpful Information:

These routes serve the airport:

Metrobus

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Apr
11

KDOT: Public Transportation

Speakers from Transit Day at the Capitol 2019

(clockwise from top) Chris Herrick, Division Director, KDOT; Anne Smith, Executive Director, Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency and Chair of the Kansas Public Transit Association; Sen. Mike Petersen, Chair of Senate Transportation Committee; and Rep. Richard Proehl, Chair of House Transportation Committee were all speakers at this year’s Transit Day at the Capitol.  Please see the link, below, to hear their remarks on how transit and paratransit services support Kansas’ economy, job market, access to education, and increased health outcomes.


KDOT administers public transportation programs funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the State of Kansas. Both the federal and state programs are designed to meet the transportation needs of elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and the general public. KDOT currently supports approximately 145 transit programs covering most of the state’s 105 counties.

8-30-19: Public Transit Call for Projects

The Kansas Department of Transportation issued a call for projects on August 30, 2019 for the Access, Innovation and Collaboration program. Applications are due December 18, 2019. For more program information and details, please download the Access, Innovation and Collaboration program flyer. 

2019 Access, Innovation and Collaboration Application Form

VIDEO: Transit Day at the Capitol 2019

We have created a short video that covers this year’s event, including remarks from all the guest speakers.  Feel free to share this link with your employees, networks, and governing bodies to illustrate how important public transit is to Kansans of every age and ability.

VIDEO:  Getting Everyone to Everywhere video now available

We’re very pleased to release the video that I showed at the Transit presentation for the Legislative Task Force.  Thanks to KU-RTAP, OCCK, Flint Hills aTa Bus, and Nemaha County for being a huge part of what made the final video so excellent, and so well-received by the Task Force and everyone at KDOT.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4whYW0QIxo&feature=em-share_video_user