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Sacramento, Calif., to Launch Microtransit Pilot

January 16, 2018
Sacramento, Calif., to Launch Microtransit Pilot

by Tony Bizjack

Sacramento’s Regional Transit agency is about to launch an experiment that many say could open a dramatic new future for mass transportation – one that doesn’t involve walking to a bus stop and wondering when the next bus will arrive.

It’s called “microtransit,” a service similar to the rideshare model popularized by Uber but reliant on shuttle buses or vans that riders request via smartphone. The shuttles pick riders up wherever they are and drop them off where they want to go.

How Will Driverless Cars Change How We Travel?

December 06, 2017
How Will Driverless Cars Change How We Travel?

by Jocelyn Anderson

The idea of a completely autonomous vehicle is exciting — and a bit scary. As we envision future advancements on the road, many would like to know just how much driverless cars could change human travel. 

Driverless cars could be a solution to climate change—but two major things have to happen

November 17, 2017
Driverless Cars Could be a Solution to Climate Change—But Two Major Things Have to Happen

by Kat Kerlin

Driverless vehicle use worldwide could lower traffic congestion and emissions contributing to climate change by 50 percent or more in 2050, according to a 2017 report led by global transport expert Lewis Fulton at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis).

Will Driverless Vehicles Create a Better Future?

September 01, 2017
Will Driverless Vehicles Create a Better Future?

by Daniel Sperling

Maybe you use Zipcar, Lyft or Uber or know someone who does. You’ve probably seen a few electric vehicles on the streets. And you’ve undoubtedly heard and read stories about self-driving cars coming soon and changing everything.

Determining the Feasibility of Shared Mobility Services in Low-Income, Rural Areas

July 05, 2017
Determining the Feasibility of Shared Mobility Services in Low-Income, Rural Areas

by Ryan McCauley

While new mobility options have proliferated rapidly, their effects have not spread evenly across the country. And at a recent workshop called Pooling and Pricing: Harnessing the 3 Revolutions to Solve Congestion, Climate Change, and Social Equity, officials discussed how to further shift toward shared mobility.

Is the Uber phenomenon killing transit in Sacramento?

June 19, 2017
Is the Uber phenomenon killing transit in Sacramento?

By Tony Bizjak

SacRT has been losing ridership almost annually for seven years – a 30 percent decline since 2010. American Public Transit Association data show that transit ridership is dwindling in most other cities as well.

Dan Sperling, founder and head of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, who is writing a book about revolutions in transportation, says public transit in America is at a pivotal juncture.