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Towards Carfree Cities: The Technology Component (Michael Smith, NextBus)

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This is the presentation that Michael Smith of NextBus gave during the Carfree Cities 2008 conference in Portland, OR in this panel discussion: …

This is the presentation that Michael Smith of NextBus gave during the Carfree Cities 2008 conference in Portland, OR in this panel discussion:
http://www.carfreeportland.org/program/#wednesday

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Towards Car Free Cities The Technology Component Michael Smith Director of Engineering NextBus
  • 3. Technology & Information !!!
  • 4. Today…
  • 5.  
  • 6. Tomorrow…
  • 7.  
  • 8. Reasons for Improving Transit
    • Dependency on oil
    • Global climate change (50% of CO2 is from transportation)
    • Pollution (60-70% in cities is from cars)
    • Vibrancy of our cities
    • Economic cost of congestion
  • 9. Transit Could be Viable Solution
    • People of moving to the cities, worldwide
    • 50% of car trips in US are less than 2 miles
  • 10. Except…
  • 11. At the time we need transit the most…
  • 12. “ A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure” Margaret Thatcher said:
  • 13. There is a huge chasm:
    • Lack of money
    • Lack of respect (transit is transportation of last resort)
    • Lack of technology
    • Lack of passenger information
  • 14. How to Increase Transit Usage?
    • $10/gallon gasoline
    • or
    • Improve transit
      • Investment
      • Management
      • Technology
  • 15. Ouch!
  • 16. New Technologies…
  • 17.  
  • 18. GM’s Plan for Future
  • 19. Problems With Transit
    • It takes too much time!
    • Passengers don’t have confidence in system
    • Unaware of choices
    • Unforgiving with respect to mistakes
  • 20. Old habits die hard
  • 21. Information as Part of the Solution!
  • 22. History of NextBus
    • Over 10 years old
    • Started by the father of “Fast Pass”
    • Emphasis on improving transit
    • In over 45 cities
  • 23. Current Customers
  • 24. Real-Time Passenger Information
    • We tell users, for every stop, when the next vehicle is going to arrive
    • “ NextBus in 5 minutes”
    • Can also display text messages
    • “ Detour next week due to construction”
    • AVL & Management tools
  • 25. Signs, website, cell phones, etc
  • 26. Why Real-Time Information is Valuable
    • Make transit a better alternative:
      • Reduces travel time
      • Reduces perceived wait times
      • Reduces exposure to elements
      • Reduces uncertainty
      • Empowers the passengers
    • Increases ridership
  • 27. Don’t want to wait in rain
  • 28. Wait where there’s coffee!
  • 29.  
  • 30.  
  • 31. Cell Phones & PDAs
  • 32.  
  • 33.  
  • 34.  
  • 35. Does It Make a Difference?
    • We get fan mail from users
    • “ Best thing to happen to SF Muni”
    • Difference between taking or not taking the bus
  • 36. Conclusion
    • Yes, we have a problem
    • Need to improve transit
    • Funding will be short
    • Transit information technology is part of the solution