SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Transit 2.0: A public and private perspective

"Steven Peterson of the transit application organization Routesy will join Todd Spiekerman and Carol Kuester, who manage the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s 511.com service, to discuss the hurdles and success stories of their interactive transit planning website. 511.com has successfully tied together data from transit services throughout the Bay Area, making it possible to easily plan trips on transit, even across multiple services. Routesy, meanwhile, has shown that the private sector can compete, combining smoothly integrated transit data with the portability of the iPhone. Hear what has developed and what is yet to come at the intersection of transit and tech." 


511 Transit Called “Heroic Act of Interagency Cooperation”

Image: transit.511.org The Government Computer News magazine, part of the U.S. General Services Administration, called the 511 Transit website maintained by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) "a heroic act of interagency coordination" when naming it to it’s list of the "10 great government websites nationwide for 2009." I’m not trying to downplay the utility and […]

Overcoming the Barriers to a Seamless Bay Area Transit Experience

Ratna Amin is SPUR’s Transportation Policy Director. This piece originally appeared in SPUR’s The Urbanist. The Bay Area’s prosperity is threatened by fragmentation in the public transit system: Riders and decision-makers contend with more than two dozen transit operators. Inconsistent transit experiences and disjointed planning and investment make our transit system less efficient, less usable, […]

Mission Street Transit Lanes: What About the Bikes?

Earlier this week, the SFMTA sent out a release with a progress report on the “Red Lane” paint (actually, a thermoplastic adhesive) they are applying, clearly marking lanes for Muni Streetcars and buses (and taxis): Early signs indicate success. Preliminary data shows transit-only lane violations dropping by more than 50 percent on some segments of […]