The fundamentals of P3 deals in North American public transit

Public – Private Partnerships (aka P3s) approach the challenge of procuring and developing public infrastructure by creating long-term, performance-based partnerships wherein the private sector assumes many of the risks normally associated with financing, building and maintaining the infrastructure, from design and planning, to long-term maintenance. The core benefits of P3 arrangements are that:   Governments[…]

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Hidden Costs of Defective Fareboxes in Public Transit

Some of the costs associated with defective fareboxes in public transit are obvious – if you can’t take bills or coins because the acceptor is jammed, then your bus may have to operate for free. Others are part of a domino effect: replacement parts and unforeseen labor expenses can impact operating budgets. More difficult to[…]

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3 North American Transit Agencies Reveal the Costs and Benefits of Upgrading On-Board Hardware

Efficient replacement of on-board equipment is one of the biggest cost multipliers for maintaining your Intelligent Transit System (ITS). Maintaining a healthy upgrade plan for your in-vehicle hardware ensures that the latest in enhanced functionality and features are accessible to both your agency and your ridership. An individual agency’s approach to capital planning, availability of[…]

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How Smartphones are changing Public Transit Technology

Smartphones as we think of them today – a hand held device that combines telephony and computing – were first imagined by Nikola Tesla in 1907, though it took until 1992 for the earliest versions to show-up and later evolve through Personal Digital Assistants (remember the Palm Pilot?) and a range of data Symbian-powered devices.[…]

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The Rise of Intelligent Transit

The common denominator behind good public transit is the agency’s ability to use all the tools at their disposal – hardware, software, data, great people with lots of experience and intuition – to constantly improve service delivery and passenger experience. Certainly, the demands of modern passengers for easy access to information and services pushes all[…]