February, 2019 Photo of the Month

Showcase Time!

For our February Showcase photo, we continue our journey across the US. Where to next you ask?

” photo, we continue our journey across the US. Where to next you ask?


This month’s destination is Salt Lake City, UT & its surrounding region – served by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). The UTA operates roughly 110 fixed bus routes [including bus rapid transit (BRT) service], several light rail lines, a modern streetcar line, & a commuter rail line. The agency also possesses over 400 transit buses (mostly Gilligs, but there are some Orion & New Flyer buses as well), roughly 164 paratransit & flex vans, roughly 114 light rail vehicles, 53 commuter rail cars, & 18 locomotives (as of 2017).

The Showcase photo for this month is bus # 13036, which is a 2013 40-foot Gillig Low Floor diesel with the BRT Plus styling. While most of UTA’s buses are diesel powered, there are some diesel-electric hybrid & compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses in the fleet as well.

UTA services operate throughout the week, with many bus routes operating at least every 30 minutes during the day – with some popular routes operating every 15 minutes. Bus & rail services can vary depending on the type of route or service, destinations, & day of the week. Services may be reduced during major holidays.


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Gasparilla 2019

Pirates, & Beads, & Transit…oh my!

Post was updated on 01/26/2019.

A brief update was made to include the Cross-Bay Ferry schedule.

Yep, it’s that time again, for the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival! The Parade of the Pirates brings in hundreds of revelers each year, and along with that…tons and tons of roadway closures. So here’s what you need to know if you plan on attending the parade on Saturday, January 26, starting at 2:00pm.

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No New Funding Equals; Transit in Crisis Mode

Not having funds is not fun.

With the upcoming service changes, one would think that the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (which does business under the banner of LYNX) wouldn’t be under any sort of financial distress. However, it became clear this month that the situation is otherwise.

Note: I originally planned to only talk about LYNX’s situation in this post. However, because the ongoing federal government shutdown is affecting virtually every transit agency in the US, I decided to combine topics into one post. The first section will discuss LYNX’s situation in specific, but then broaden out to the government shutdown is affecting transit nationwide.

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Winter 2019 Service Changes

It’s that time again…

It’s that time again, time to roll out the next batch of transit system service changes. Effective dates and scope of changes will vary greatly by transit agency. For this post, I’m going to divide each of the changes by transit agency and arrange by effective date.

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NY MTA (L) Shutdown – What’s Next?

Full Shutdown Cancelled


For the past several months, many New Yorkers have been bracing for a full shutdown of the (L) line in Manhattan, as the East River tubes are in desperate need of repairs following SuperStorm Sandy in 2012. While the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was able to make critical short-term repairs to keep trains running, longer-term repairs are needed to keep service safe & efficient for years to come.

Following three years of countless tug-o-war games between agency officials, politicians, & residents over how riders & non-riders alike would cope with the impending shutdown, it seemed like everything was just about ready to go for the April, 2019 project start date. However, just as the new year rang in, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been calling a lot of shots across the MTA (since much of the New York City transit system is operated & funded through the state), made a surprise announcement that would change the entire course of the upcoming project.

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MLK 2019 Holiday Transit Schedules

“I have a dream…”


Monday, January 21, 2019 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, where we take a moment to celebrate the life and achievements of the famed Civil Rights leader. Unlike most Federal holidays, where transit services are typically limited to weekend-level services, most transit districts (such as HART & PSTA) tend to operate on a typical weekday schedule on MLK Day. Some smaller districts however may operate on a Saturday schedule or not operate at all. Please see the subsection below for agencies that will not operate.


Transit agencies not operating

Pasco County Transit, Hernando THEbus, Citrus County Transit, Polk Citrus Connection, & SunRail will not be operating on MLK Day. Because Polk Citrus Connection will not have service, LYNX will not operate Routes 416 & 427. Because SunRail will not have service, Votran will not operate Routes 31, 32, & 33 (though in past years, the agency decided to run them anyways). StarMetro & Hampton Roads Transit will operate a Saturday schedule. Gainesville RTS will operate a special holiday schedule.


For transit agencies not listed above, they will likely be operating a normal weekday schedule. If you are unsure though, please contact your respective agency directly – especially if you don’t see it listed in this post.


Disclaimer

While I’ve done my best to ensure accuracy, the listed information ultimately comes from the transit agencies themselves. If you spot an error, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can correct it.


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Waves of Change

Like Tampa International Airport, The Global Transit Guidebook is transforming.

If you’re a long-time resident of the Tampa Bay region, or visit frequently, you’ve probably seen the many transformative changes occurring at America’s Favorite Airport to bring passengers a better experience. I’ll have a blog post regarding those changes – including the SkyConnect train – in the coming weeks.

However, that’s not what this post is about. If you’ve stopped The Global Transit Guidebook during the past few weeks, you’ve likely noticed very similar transformative changes that I’ve been making to bring you a better experience. These changes include expanded content, a new website theme, & a simpler layout.

However, along with the website changes come some changes that will be made to the scope of my social media avenues – specifically my Facebook pages & groups.

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January, 2019 Photo of the Month

Showcase Time!

To kick off the month of January, I decided to go into uncharted territory. Where exactly you ask?


Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority # 3014 on Route 12.

This month’s destination was Corpus Christi, TX – home of the Corpus Christi RTA. This agency has over 50 vehicles comprising of diesel and CNG-powered transit buses, as well as CNG-powered cutaway vans like the one pictured above. This particular van is a 2015 27′ Arboc Spirit of Mobility model, built on a Chevy G4500 chassis. Arboc specializes in manufacturing cutaway vehicles for a variety of operations & is a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Flyer Industries (NFI).

The CCRTA network encompasses over 30 routes & operates service 7-days-a-week. There is no transit service some major holidays, with Sunday-level service being operated on others. Please check the CCRTA website for details on schedules & maps. Oddly enough, this is one of the few transit agencies in the US that actually shuts down on Easter Sunday.

I want to thank Global Transit Guidebook Forum member Ray C. for contributing this month’s photo. If you’d like to contribute a photo for a future “Showcase” post, please reach out to me via the Contact Form, or join The Global Transit Guidebook Forum group on Facebook. Regular photo contests are held in the group throughout the course of the year.


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