Wendy Silvani

Where’s public transportation going in the post-COVID world?

In March, 2020, the world changed overnight for everyone save “essential workers” and emergency trips.  Standing room only BART and Caltrain cars, city buses, and public and private shuttles emptied.  Only those with no other transportation options and whose jobs were on-site, were riding.  Across all transit agencies, ridership plummeted over 90%.  Freeways were at …

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In 2015, we created the downtown Palo Alto TMA and developed a one-of-a-kind program to improve access to transit for low-income workers.  Approximately one-third of all downtown workers were categorized as ‘low income’ and the drive-alone rate among these essential workers was the highest (over 70%).   The cost of transit and its availability early mornings …


Shuttle Diversity, Flexibility are Keys to Success

First mile shuttles link residents to local and regional transit.  Last mile shuttles link employees from local and regional transit hubs to work sites.  Longer distance shuttles carry employees who live and work in areas beyond the first and last mile directly between these destinations.  There are downtown/retail circulators; school and medical shuttles.  Some require …

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Right-Sizing Transportation

How do you provide the frequency and reliability of service that’s needed to make ‘shared’ transport (taking a bus, train, ride-share, etc.)  a viable option for people in both peak and non-peak times, when demand ranges from zero to full capacity?  It’s a difficult and delicate balance. One strategy is to “right-size” vehicles and have …

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Re-framing Time

Thirty Seconds is a Long Time Rely on public transit for a week and watch how quickly your sensitivity to time grows.  Not only do you become finely attuned to the importance of minute-by-minute timing, you become acutely aware of each travel segment:  the length of time to get from your home to your transit stop; wait …

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