Passenger Transport May 2018 Vol 76 No 9 - 12

2018 BUS & PARATRANSIT CONFERENCE

Bus Manufacturing Drives Job Growth, Economic Development

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ederal investment in public transportation creates
and sustains jobs-lots of them in many states.
This theme, along with public transit's value
in strengthening economic development, has been at

the heart of APTA's ongoing legislative and advocacy
campaign aimed at increasing federal investment in
public transit. The campaign leverages high-profile events,
member mobilization and advertising emphasizing

public transit's impact as a Main Street issue.
This schematic illustrates the myriad jobs supported
by bus manufacturing, categorized by vehicle systems
and the states in which those jobs exist.

Innovative Partnerships and Ridership Rises for
Technologies Drive COTA
'TheRide' in Ann Arbor, MI
BY JOANNA PINKERTON
President/Chief Executive Officer
Central Ohio Transit Authority
Columbus, OH

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COLUMBUS CMAX BRT CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

Photo courtesy Emma Parker Photography

he Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is leading the regional
conversation about mobility and
innovation while preparing for the transportation revolution in central Ohio.
As we move forward, we believe it
is important to continue evolving our

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system to serve our rapidly growing
region. As the places in which people
live and residential and business life
evolve, so must the ways in which we
imagine, enhance and deploy public
transit.
COTA kicked off 2018 with the
Jan. 1 launch of CMAX, central Ohio's
first BRT service. CMAX features highfrequency service, traffic signal priority,

On Jan. 1, COTA launched CMAX, central Ohio's first BRT service.

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he Ann Arbor Area (MI) Transportation Authority (TheRide)
reported a 5 percent increase in
ridership for the 2016-2017 fiscal year:
6.9 million rides, compared with 6.6 million the previous year.
The agency said the increase demonstrates the continued demand for public
transit services in the greater Ann ArborYpsilanti area. It encompasses riders
on all TheRide services including fixed
routes, services for seniors and persons
with disabilities, Express Routes that run
non-stop to downtown and university
locations, and airport services. The largest gain, 5 percent, was on fixed routes,
followed by 3 percent for demandresponse services for seniors and persons
with disabilities.
TheRide cited an onboard survey of
approximately 3,000 riders, conducted
in fall 2017, that showed 45 percent of
passengers using the agency's services
more frequently than they had the previous year. While 26 percent of respondents said they are new to the service,
47 percent have been riding for one
to five years and 27 percent have been
riding for six or more years.

"Public transit is very important to
this community. TheRide is dedicated to
meeting that need by making it as easy
as possible for our riders to get where
they need to go," said TheRide Chief
Executive Officer Matt Carpenter. "We
are thrilled to see these latest numbers,
which tell us the community is responding to and using our services. There is
clearly a need for continued support and
investment."
Survey respondents also gave high
marks for driver courtesy, 95 percent;
quality of service information, 92 percent; cleanliness of buses, 93 percent;
safety from bus accidents, 96 percent;
level of personal security when using
services, 95 percent; and conditions at
bus stops, 93 percent.
The agency also noted its implementation of numerous improvements since
2014, when voters throughout the ridership area approved a dedicated millage.
These improvements have increased
access to neighborhoods and job centers
while expanding service for seniors and
persons with disabilities, as well as later
service hours on weekdays and weekends on most routes.



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