4 Small Scale Ideas for Transit

1) Provide Grants to Develop or Improve Mobile Applications for Transit
Driving alone is the most popular way to commute to work. This method leads to high traffic, long wait times, and congestion on our roadways.  One solution to these issues is to transition drivers to alternative transit. Public transportation has a perceived lack of reliability. A grant that provides for the development or improvement of mobile applications that track buses will lead to increased trust in the public transportation sector and higher rates of ridership. Another option would be for the grants to go into the development of text-tracking.

2) Compel Ride-sharing Services such as Uber or Lyft to Share Data
Uber and Lyft’s popularity is, in part, because they use their data to better tweak their systems. They encourage drivers to go out and direct the drivers to high usage areas. Using anonymized data, we can create more efficient and accurate transit policy. One small example: discerning if rush hour times need adjustment.

3) Provide Grants to Reward Increased Bicycle Programs
Biking has numerous benefits, including reducing traffic congestion, encouraging physical activity, and reducing energy consumption. When cities and other entities make their long-term master plans, they often include priorities for the next 5 years. Encouraging states and cities to include bicycle programs through have a certain percentage of bike lanes or developing educational programs will encourage bicycle use.

4) Fund Large Study on Cause of Rising Crash Fatalities
Crash fatalities are up 9% from the same period in 2015. The National Safety Council did not release a reason why the traffic fatalities are up. The State Smart Transportation Initiative suggested are that the national 30% increase in bike riding and the 8% increase in walking to work may be partially responsible. Funding a large study on why traffic fatalities are up could provide valuable life-saving information to planners and communities around the country. It could also provide valuable information on where distracted driving is increasing.


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