Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Based on 2007 data, APTA published the 2009 Fact Book with rankings of Transit agencies based on overall ridership, Buses, Light Rail, Commuter Rail, heavy rail and more. Heres a summary of where TriMet and other West Coast agencies stand with definitions provided in the Fact Book:
Based on: Unlinked Passenger Trips is the number of times passengers board public transportation vehicles. Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles no matter how many vehicles they use to travel from their origin to their destination and regardless of whether they pay a fare, use a pass or transfer, ride for free, or pay in some other way. Also called boardings, & Passenger Miles is the cumulative sum of the distances ridden by each passenger.
Vanpool is ridesharing by prearrangement using vans or small buses providing round trip transportation between the participant's prearranged boarding points and a common and regular destination. Data included in this report are the sum of vanpool data reported in the National Transit Database (NTD) and do not
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Next vehicles to SW Macadam & Gaines Northbound (Stop ID 3611)
As of Tuesday, October 27th 2009 12:15 PM:
|Map #||As of||Line/Destination||Train||Due||Early/late||Miles to go|
|1||12:14 PM||35 University of Portland||3501||12:28 PM||-1:50||5.74|
|2*||12:15 PM||35 University of Portland||3505||12:59 PM||0:00||12.6|
|Note: 11 minute layover at Oregon City Transit Center at 12:11 PM|
|*||N/A||36 To Portland||3667||7:40 AM Wed (scheduled)|
* = Vehicle has not departed for this trip yet
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Oct. 27, 2009
For more information, contact Sally Ridenour (503) 986-3359
Oregon Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Transportation Division inspectors conducted an inspection operation last week at the Ashland and Klamath Falls ports of entry and La Grande and Olds Ferry weigh stations focusing on commercial vehicle drivers’ logbooks and qualifications. During the multi-day event, 690 safety inspections were completed and 28 percent of truck drivers were placed out of service for logbook and other safety violations.
Under trucking regulations, drivers must take mandatory rest breaks after driving a specified number of hours. These regulations seek to prevent driver fatigue by controlling the number of consecutive hours drivers can spend behind the wheel without stopping for rest.
For the last few years, ODOT’s Motor Carrier Division has aggressively targeted unsafe commercial drivers and vehicles with enhanced enforcement and education initiatives. One of the biggest efforts has been special safety inspection operations along the state’s busiest highways. During these operations, MCTD employees work together around the clock for three to five days, inspecting hundreds of trucks a day.
“Although employees perform this type of work every day, intensive inspection operations help reinforce the message that safety is our number one priority and help keep Oregonians safe,” said Howard Russell, Motor Carrier Safety Compliance Field manager.
These efforts appear to be paying off. ODOT data shows fatalities in truck-involved crashes declined almost 35 percent in 2008 from 2007. Truck-at-fault crashes have also declined, from 694 in 2007 to 668 in 2008.
“The Oregon Department of Transportation’s overriding priority is safety,” said Russell. “Our data tells us there is a correlation between identifying unsafe trucks and drivers and reducing crashes.”
Commercial vehicle safety inspections are not random. Employees select the vehicle and driver using several sorting tools, including weigh station records, safety records, and information in national databases. During the inspection, the driver is interviewed and supporting documentation is reviewed to verify the driver’s logbook.
In Oregon, an average of 795 drivers a month or 28 percent are placed out of service for logbook, hours of service or other violations. The national driver out of service rate is about nine percent. Placing a driver out of service means he or she cannot drive until they take a mandatory rest break or correct other safety violations.
“Although the majority of trucks and drivers operating on Oregon’s highways are safe and professional, these inspections are important in helping identify those that are not and vital in helping keep Oregonians safe,” said Russell.
This week’s inspection event coincides with Operation Safe Driver (Oct. 19-23), a nationwide campaign to improve commercial driver safety through effective education, awareness and enforcement.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Starting January 3, 2010, Fareless Square will become a free zone for rail only. This means you can still ride MAX and Portland Streetcar for free in downtown Portland and the Lloyd District, but not buses. To help communicate this important change, we've decided to change the name of the zone to "Free Rail Zone." Here's why:
While "Fareless Square" is familiar and has a nice ring to it, we felt that "Free Rail Zone" would do a better job of clearly describing an area where you can only ride trains for free. Our goal was to make it obvious to visitors and new riders, and avoid confusion among existing riders. Plus, it's no longer a square—or even a rectangle, for that matter!
We considered other names with "Fareless" in them, such as "Fareless Rail Zone." (Over the years, we have become quite attached to the name, too.)
In a recent online survey, most riders agreed. A majority of respondents either volunteered "Free Rail Zone" unaided or chose it as their favorite from a list of possible names. Other top suggestions included "Free Train Zone," "Free Rail Square," "Rail Free Zone," "Rail Only Free Zone" and "Zone Zero."
No, it doesn't rhyme. Nor is it as clever as "Fareless Square." But when it comes to clearly and quickly communicating what the service is and does, we think "Free Rail Zone" gets the job done.
This winter, we'll be adding new Free Rail Zone emblems on customer information displays at rail stations within the zone boundary.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Follow @sdmts on Twitter
Do you want to be in the know on the latest San Diego MTS news and alerts? Are you looking for quick travel tips for public transit? The answer could be following @sdmts on twitter! We'll keep you up to date on the latest budget news as well.
We know you don't have to be a daily rider to care about public transit for the future in San Diego -- advocates of public transit in San Diego can follow on twitter to get MTS news fast.
You can get these updates on your phone, in your email and online, making you in the know on San Diego's transit news. You'll always know the future of San Diego's transit and how to get from point A to point B -- though remember that using the Trip Planner or calling 511 is the best bet to get quick answers.
On San Diego MTS' twitter page, you can see who @sdmts is following. San Diego MTS Riders are always on the go -- be it to school, work or play. They are timetable savvy and they know just where they are going. Best part is, they are tweeting about it on twitter.com. We will retweet their messages when they offer travel tips for navigating San Diego's streets.
What is Twitter?
Twitter.com is a completely FREE social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (known as "tweets"), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Posts can contain links (you may shorten them at sites like tinyurl.com) and links to pictures using services like twitpic.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
what do you think of the portland mall max loop line?
Kick Gas and Go Green!
For the first time ever, an earth friendly event is not only showing you how to help save the planet but actively encouraging you to reduce your carbon footprint by getting to the event without a car.Don’t drive, take the Trolley is the Kick Gas Festival's call to action.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Inward- and Outward-facing Cameras are Newest Technological Additions to Comprehensive Public Safety Program
A copy of the press release can be downloaded by clicking HERE
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 5, 2009: Today, Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse announced the commuter rail agency’s plans to activate inward- and outward-facing video cameras in all of its locomotives. Metrolink will become the first railroad system in the nation – passenger or freight – to install inward-facing cameras, once again demonstrating its ongoing commitment to passenger and rail safety innovation.
The new Locomotive Digital Video Recorder (LDVR) System includes three cameras per locomotive – an outward-facing camera to record activity in front of the train and two inward-facing cameras to record the control panels and human activities inside the locomotive cab. The LDVR also captures ambient audio transmissions associated with the visual images. All cameras and audio devices in each of the system’s 52 locomotives will be activated this week, between October 7 and 12. LDVRs will also be included in the 57 new Crash Energy Management-equipped lead passenger cars that Metrolink will place into service in the coming year.
“The installation of video cameras inside the control cabs of our trains will provide a significant deterrent to the type of dangerous and inappropriate activity, including text messaging and unauthorized persons in the cab, revealed during the National Transportation Safety Board’s hearing on last fall’s collision,” said Millhouse. “No other rail system in America uses inward-facing cameras to protect its passengers and employees. Use of this digital technology is another important step in our multi-faceted program to reduce the risk of accidents or incidents along our rail corridors and to provide an exceptional safety environment for our passengers and crews.”
“Inward-facing cameras will help to prevent accidents and ensure that the highest level of safety is provided to the 43,000 commuters who depend on Metrolink every day,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I applaud the Metrolink Board for their decisive action to implement this crucial safety equipment quickly and efficiently.”
Metrolink has adopted stringent procedures governing the authorized usage, retrieval, preservation and disclosure of the LDVR recordings captured by the video cameras and audio devices to ensure they are used only for the purposes permitted in its policy and procedures, or as required by law. The policy outlines the express purposes for capturing recordings on its fleet, which are:
- To promote and enhance safety and security for the general public, as well as for Metrolink and contractor employees
- For incident investigation purposes
- Random testing for compliance with rules governing use of electronic devices, sleeping and unauthorized persons in the cab
- Where appropriate, to assist in Metrolink and contractor personnel discipline
- To examine and evaluate conditions on the right-of-way
“The installation of inward-facing video cameras was a key recommendation of the independent Commuter Rail Safety Peer Review Panel due to their ability to offer unique technological enhancements to our existing efficiency testing program,” said Millhouse. “The cameras provide a superior way to monitor activities already under constant observation and to document rules compliance and conditions on the right-of-way.”
While the application of inward-facing video technology is unprecedented in the commuter rail industry, it is a fairly common practice in the transit industry, particularly in buses. In Southern California, the Orange County Transportation Authority and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) have both used interior video cameras for many years as a component of their onboard public safety programs.
Chicago-based Railhead Vision Systems, a division of Railhead Corporation, is the contractor providing the outward- and inward-facing cameras and audio recording system. Railhead has extensive experience providing similar equipment to commuter and freight railroad agencies across the county. Railhead Vision Systems’ digital recording system is designed specifically for use in heavy rail and mass transit applications.
Metrolink has previously taken the lead in rail safety advancements with the purchase of the first-of-its-kind Crash Energy Management-equipped commuter rail passenger cars and its industry-leading Sealed Corridor Program. As part of its ongoing commitment to passenger safety, Metrolink has added the “second set of eyes” program as an interim safety measure on strategic routes; has installed Automatic Train Stop technology at 43 speed-sensitive locations; and is implementing an accelerated strategy to install Positive Train Control equipment on all Metrolink trains by 2012, three years before required by federal mandate for national implementation, among other safety-focused initiatives.
Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 16th year of operations. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority, a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. The agency currently contracts with Connex Railroad, LLC for the personnel that operate, supervise and manage Metrolink commuter rail service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county 512 route-mile network, serving more than 43,000 trips each weekday.