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May 20, 2015, 13:26 ET
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New Mineta research says transit operators and managers may directly control bus ridership increases

Mechanisms to increase transit ridership are in the hands of transit authorities. In general, they should not have to depend on outside factors to...

May 19, 2015, 13:00 ET
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Regional Transit Governance Seminar Revealed Several Challenges, Opportunities for Coordination Among Various Operators

A video is now available from a regional transit governance seminar held at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Tuesday, March...

May 12, 2015, 16:08 ET
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Free research report examines travel behavior before and after LA Metro introduces new light-rail line

Los Angeles is pursuing possibly the most ambitious rail transit investment program in the US by creating the Expo Line. A new peer-reviewed...

May 04, 2015, 13:48 ET
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US High-Speed Rail Can Learn from Japan's Successful Earthquake Early Warning System

As California and other states move forward with high-speed rail plans, some have questioned the system's ability to withstand earthquakes. This is...

Apr 29, 2015, 15:33 ET
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Survey: Americans support higher gas taxes, spending revenue on public transit

Americans are willing to pay increased taxes at the gas pump if the revenue is invested in specific transportation improvements, according to the...

Apr 28, 2015, 14:49 ET
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Regional transit agencies can improve chances for public support on project proposals and funding

 How do regional transit agencies improve their chances for public support when it comes to project proposals and funding? A new peer-reviewed...

Apr 16, 2015, 17:28 ET
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Are Rail Operators Responsible for Preventing Train Suicides?

 Although less common than people think, it's always shocking when someone commits "suicide by train." Do these suicides have predictable...

Apr 06, 2015, 13:31 ET
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New research on lithium titanate oxide batteries can help transit engineers design better energy storage systems

Electrical energy storage, rather than fuel combustion, has become a key component in transit fleets that are switching to more efficient hybrid...

Mar 25, 2015, 15:36 ET

Troubling Trends Emerge in Terrorism and Attacks on Surface Transportation

 Security experts at the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) are seeing some clearly worrisome trends in terrorism. For example, over the...

Mar 05, 2015, 16:54 ET
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Regional Transit Governance Seminar in San Francisco Will Focus on Bay Area - Tuesday, March 31

Transportation experts, transit operators, and public officials will present and discuss the findings of two new reports: Getting to the Route of...

Feb 17, 2015, 15:20 ET
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How Does Streetcar Performance Compare in 5 US Cities? What Lessons Can Be Applied Elsewhere?

 When cities consider building streetcar (trolley) systems, they often point to Portland OR as a guarantee of success. However, it's not that...

Feb 10, 2015, 15:56 ET
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Transportation Secretary Foxx Discusses "Beyond Traffic" at the Mineta Transportation Institute

 US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx presided over a roundtable policy discussion at the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) last week....

Dec 08, 2014, 12:25 ET
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Effects of Gas Prices on Transit Ridership Vary by Mode, in Combination with Price Ranges and Response Time

Transit agencies should prepare for ridership increases when gasoline prices increase. However, the net effect varies depending on the transit...

Nov 18, 2014, 12:31 ET
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Suicide Bombings Against Trains and Buses are Lethal but Few in Number

To the casual observer, it would appear that suicide attacks on buses and trains are great and growing in number and severity. It also would seem...

Nov 17, 2014, 13:42 ET
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For Returning Military Vets, Transportation Is Key to Reintegration as Civilians

Returning military veterans and support agencies must consider transportation access to essential services, lest returning military veterans can...

Oct 28, 2014, 12:43 ET
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Using Biodiesel in Urban Transit Buses Could Reduce Harmful Emissions

 Do transit buses operating on biodiesel emit more or less particulate matter and gases than those using conventional diesel? The Mineta...

Oct 21, 2014, 12:07 ET
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How Has Travel Behavior Changed among North American Bikesharing Users? What Makes a Successful Program?

The Mineta Transportation Institute has released its latest peer-reviewed study that evaluates public bikesharing in North America as a follow-up...

Oct 07, 2014, 15:11 ET
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Rod Diridon, Sr., to Receive Hall of Fame Award from American Public Transportation Association in Houston on Tuesday, October 14

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will induct Rod Diridon, Sr., into its prestigious Hall of Fame at its annual meeting and...

Sep 23, 2014, 15:42 ET
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Mineta's new research data can help transit agencies prioritize, schedule railway bridge repairs and rehab

 The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium's latest peer-reviewed study, Fatigue Evaluation of the Increased Weight Limit on Transit...

Sep 16, 2014, 17:49 ET
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Free university report: State of the automated transit networks industry

What are automated transit networks (ATN), and can they ever become a realistic addition to public transportation nationwide? These are just two of...