Transit in the News

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Posted on Mar 19, 2021 by Donn Coburn

This is an ongoing series that will keep you informed about the goings-on in the transit industry. Hopefully, it will provide little perspective on the larger environment in which DART operates.

New technologies for a new normal, a lifeline for the transit industry, and a special day to appreciate your bus or train operator – they’re all in the news, and they’re all fit to print. Here’s the news from transit-land this week.

Get smart

Much of the conversation in transit circles revolves around the future of transit after the pandemic subsides. Mass Transit magazine ties post-COVID transit into broader, “smart city” initiatives that will improve mobility throughout the nation. The article predicts: “It’s safe to say that as the economy recovers and people come back to work, mass transit will continue to play a prominent role in getting people to where they need to be.”

A crisis averted

The stimulus is kind of a big deal, and The New York Times specifically addresses the benefits it will bring to transit systems. The takeaway: “[Transit] systems, and the people who rely on them, have been pulled from their worst crisis in decades by President Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus package, which includes $30.5 billion for transit agencies – the largest single infusion of federal aid public transportation has ever received.”

Changes under way

Even amid a changing landscape, the transit industry has continued to evolve. Metro Magazine cites contactless payment methods (such as DART’s pioneering GoPass® Tap card and mobile app) as a critical component to restoring ridership as the world enters a “new normal.” The upshot: “More agencies [will] deploy Account-Based Ticketing using mobile phones, contactless bank cards, and smart cards.”

Additionally, more agencies are transitioning, or planning to transition, to zero-emissions fleets. Among the latest to do so: San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz, Cal., Niagara, N.Y., San Diego, Racine, Wis., and Corvallis, Ore.

Thank an operator

Meanwhile, March 18 – yesterday – was Transit Driver Appreciation Day. The observance started in 2009, and the date was selected to commemorate the word’s first bus line, in Paris in 1662 – but it has added relevance in view of the pandemic. If you forgot to appreciate your DART bus or train operator yesterday, it’s not too late!

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