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The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) was founded in 1957 for the purpose of “building and validating knowledge in supply chain and operations management.” Today, APICS is an international organization with over 40,000 members that provides training and educational opportunities in the form of professional certifications, professional courses, workshops and resource materials for supply chain management professionals. One of the certifications offered by APICS is the CSCP, or Certified Supply Chain Professional. The certification is often required by employers for key personnel in charge of managing the production and distribution of their products.

Definition of Supply Chain Management

While supply chain management incorporates logistics, its scope is far greater.
  1. A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, technologies, activities, information and resources involved in moving materials, products and services all the way through the manufacturing process, from the original supplier of materials supplier to the end customer. Supply chain management is the supply and demand management of these materials, products and services within and across companies. This includes the oversight of products as they move from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. Some companies use the term "logistics" interchangeably with "supply chain management," while others distinguish between the two terms. The distinction is that supply chain management does not just oversee the tracking of materials or products through shipment, but spans all movement and storage of raw materials, works-in-process, finished goods and inventory from the point of origin to the point of consumption. It involves the coordination of processes and activities with and across other business operations into a cohesive and high-performing business model.

Strategies

Storing large amounts of inventory is expensive and can expose a company to losses.
  1. The ultimate goal of a successful supply chain management strategy is to insure that products are available when they are needed, thereby reducing the need to store large amounts of inventory. Supply chain management strategies must incorporate the distribution network configuration. Distribution networks consist of the number and location of suppliers, production facilities, distribution centers, warehouses and customers. These must be integrated with all the information systems that process the transfer of goods and materials, including forecasting, inventory and transportation.

Supply Chain Operational Flows

While there are only three primary operational flows, supply chain management can be extremely complex.
  1. Supply chain management oversees three primary flows. Product flow involves the movement of goods and materials through the manufacturing process from suppliers through consumers. Information flow involves the transmitting of orders and the tracking of goods and products through delivery. Financial flow consists of payment schedules, credit terms, consignments and title ownership agreements.

Learning the Basics from APICS

APICS will assist you in determining which of their programs best suits your needs.
  1. APICS’s Basics of Supply Chain Management is an online course that is designed to prepare you for the BSCM exam. APICS also offers several course options on supply chain management in preparation for certification. What APICS calls "Foundational Courses" are not for individuals seeking certification, but rather for those who want to develop skills and knowledge on supply chain and operations management. "Certification Review Courses" are designed for those seeking CSCP designations. Workshops are offered for continuing education. Continuing education is a requirement of maintaining CSCP certification, which must be renewed every five years. APICS also publishes several manuals that provide an overview of the curriculum, test specifications, test-taking advice, key terminology and demo questions with their answers.

Sat, 15 Aug 2020 11:02:00 -0500 en-US text/html https://smallbusiness.chron.com/apics-basics-supply-chain-management-41462.html
Killexams : Transportation as Litmus Test for Lagos Government

Chiamaka Ozulumba writes that one of the areas the new Lagos State Government should look at is the inadequate number of Bus Rapid Transit in the Lagos, which explains the long queues at each terminal, especially during rush hours

On a typical Monday, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) terminal at Ikorodu Roundabout usually witnesses an influx of passengers. Scratch that! Every day of the week, the scenario plays out the same way. To board the bus however, the passengers have to form a queue that sometimes extends even longer than the terminals.

On a latest Monday, commuters were as usual stranded for hours during the morning rushhour due to unavailability of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles, with long queues of passengers observed at designated BRT bus stands/terminals.

Passengers who spoke to THISDAY, lamented the insensitivity on the part of the management of the Bus Rapid Transit scheme, especially on Mondays which usually witnesses high turnout of people eager to get to their work place and business destination.

Speaking to THISDAY anonymity, one of the commuters at Haruna terminal, said because he works in a company on Lagos Island, he had to rent an apartment there while his family stays in Ikorodu. According to him, because of the long commute, he stays in his Ikoyi apartment during the week and then goes to join his family over the weekend in Ikorodu before heading back to the Island every Monday morning.

That fateful morning however, even though he left home early for the BRT terminal, luck wasn’t on his side as he was on the queue for well over two hours waiting for a bus to pull up.

He said most of his colleagues that work on the Island also do the same thing as they don’t like the idea of being stuck in traffic in the mornings and evenings as well, hence some of them make contributions towards renting an apartment together as flatmates or renting a self- contained apartment as the case maybe, all in a bid to avoid the ever present Lagos gridlock on major roads.

For majority of them who make their way home on Friday evenings to relax from the bustle of work life but are stuck in traffic, the emergence of the BRT scheme was a welcome idea at its incision but of the inadequate buses on ground.

But since, it has become evident that there is still a lacuna given the number of queues witnessed at each BRT terminal. Checks revealed that the same traffic scenario was evident at most BRT stands/terminals from Garage, Aruna, Agric, Itowolo, Majidun, Mile12, Ketu, Ojota, New Garage, Obanikoro, Maryland, Idi-Oroko, Palmgrove, Fadeyi routes, all along the arterial Ikorodu corridor which THISDAY plied on a that certain Monday to observe the intra-city transport situation in the Lagos metropolis.

Commuters who spoke to THISDAY, decried this artificial transportation scarcity that is most peculiar to Monday mornings from experience and repeated observations as other days of the week experience lighter traffic and minimal rush hours.

Some evenings often have its own slice of traffic as commuters jostle to get home after the day’s work. Some major BRT bus stands/terminals get filled up, from C.M.S, Costain, Barracks, Stadium, Ojota, New Garage, Palmgrove, Obanikoro, Fadeyi, Idi-Oroko, Maryland, Ketu, Mile12, queues resurface as passengers struggle to go home.

A commuter who spoke to THISDAY lamented the lost manhours she spends while standing in line for a bus. Mrs Chinwe Ezeoke, a secondary school teacher at Oshodi decried the number of hours she wastes while waiting for a BRT bus. Often times, she gets to her school quite late no matter how early she leaves her house to get to the bus stand at Aruna Bus stop in Ikorodu.

On a good day she would get a bus after about 20-30 minutes of waiting in line, while on bad days she could spend up to an hour thirty minutes to about two hours when on the queue. Most times she forgoes sitting down to stand to save time if the bus takes too long in other to meet up with her appointments.

Ezeoke added that she hates having to stand all through the transit as her whole body aches almost everyday from the speed bumps and potholes the driver tries to maneuver on the way, which makes the journey less desirable.

Mr. Obinna Mbajunwa, another commuter who regularly takes the Palmgrove to C.M.S route also experiences the same issue as he also stands in line for hours before he gets a BRT bus. Although he saves money while using the BRT, he always looks disheveled any time he is unable to get a seat and has to stand throughout the journey even with the air-conditioning blasting at the highest.

When standing, people are packed so close together you have little wiggle room and most often stands in a spot until people start disembarking at various bus stops which is often not the case especially when you enter a BRT bus that is going straight, it rarely makes stops like the Costain to Ikorodu that hardly makes any stop till it gets to Majidun and Ogolonto before those passengers standing can get any few respite from being on their feet and getting a seat when someone disembarks.

But to Miss Endurance Evulukwu using the BRT is always a welcome idea anytime no matter the hours spent in a queue. According to her, she would rather stay in BRT buses instead of using ‘danfos’ rickety buses who at the slightest spike in traffic hike up bus fares through the roof with out pity.

In danfos, passengers are squeezed four in a row on rickety seats. Commuting from Agric to CMS using the BRT Bus Transit would cost you N250 while danfos charge as high as N300 to N400 on a good day, meanwhile from Aruna to Ojota with the BRT is N150, danfos charge N200-N300.

Most people patronise the BRT due to price stability and because they have their own dedicated lanes that makes them evade traffic gridlock. Thus, commuters spend less hours on the road unlike danfos and private cars that spend hours just commuting a short distance whenever there is traffic jam.

Although the long queues appear at the close of work and the wait begins, the minute a BRT pulls up the jostle renews irrespective of the queues as some unscrupulous commuters try to cut corners by jumping the iron bars in order to get to the boarding point.

Despite efforts of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) to tackle this traffic situation which varies between traffic log-jams and dearth of BRT buses, Mondays have remained a nightmare for many Lagos commuters along the popular routes from the hinterland to the mainland and island axis.

A BRT official who did want his name in print, blamed the scarcity on the persistent absence of diesel used to power the buses, rendering quite a number of these buses immobile further compounding the woes of Lagos commuters of possible longer queues, loss of significant manhours and the never ending scuffles at the bus stands/ terminals.

As affected passengers continue to groan due to loss of manhours, analyst expect that the completion of road and rail construction projects on other popular routes like the Agege Motor road; the Lagos-Badagry Expressway; and the Light-rail Scheme and the enhanced Ferry Services on the Inland waterways would help lessen the agony of commuters and ensure smoother, free-flowing traffic and overall transportation on Lagos roads.

Also, going by the key derivatives of the new government in power, traffic management and transportation is one of the areas it intends to address. To address this and other boiling issues, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu rolled out a template known as T.H.E.M.E which stands for Traffic Management and transportation, Health and environment, Education and technology, Making Lagos a 21st century economy, as well as

Entertainment and tourism.

Under traffic management and transportation, he said, “Our plan is to integrate road, rail and water transportation in Lagos to solve the problem of commuting within the metropolis. We will fix all bad roads and expand our road infrastructure. We will complete existing road projects and fix inner city roads. We will Boost navigation on our waterways to facilitate water transportation and promote private investment. Part of our plan is to complete the ongoing Blue Line rail project from Okokomaiko-Marina and kick-start the Red line from Agbado to Marina.”

Hopefully, when all the above listed are tackled, it would ameliorate the situation in Lagos.

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 12:00:00 -0500 en-US text/html https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/19/transportation-as-litmus-test-for-lagos-government/
Killexams : Transportation Infrastructure Thu, 13 Oct 2022 14:49:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.cnbc.com/transportation-infrastructure/ Killexams : Letter: Transportation matters

Through the past two years, the divide between individuals with two houses and those with two jobs has increased across our community. Daily, it is more difficult to call our community home for many who are the backbone of the service and hospitality sector. They are the individuals who contribute significantly to making the magical experiences of our valley what they are.

One area that we can take immediate action on is transportation. We can approve a regional transit authority that would make it easier for people to travel to their jobs and schools across the valley. If someone has secured housing in our valley, they should have the ability to get to their place of employment. We all win if they do. Please join me in supporting the adoption of the regional transit authority this fall. It will have a massive impact.

Seth Ehrlich
Edwards

Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:56:00 -0500 en-US text/html https://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/letter-transportation-matters/
Killexams : Slide in Transportation Stocks Flashes Warning About Economy

Shares of transportation companies are falling twice as fast as the hard-hit U.S. stock market, reflecting investors’ expectations that a recession is likely ahead. 

The Dow Jones Transportation Average, which tracks 20 large U.S. companies ranging from airlines to railroads to truckers, has declined 12% this month. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are down about half that much.

Sun, 25 Sep 2022 02:42:00 -0500 en-US text/html https://www.wsj.com/articles/slide-in-transportation-stocks-flashes-warning-about-economy-11664060409
Killexams : Chronicle: Public Transportation

As the Omaha Streetcar Authority gets ready for a vote on the streetcar's route, we take a deep dive into Omaha's public transportation system.

Chronicle: Public Transportation

As the Omaha Streetcar Authority gets ready for a vote on the streetcar's route, we take a deep dive into Omaha's public transportation system.

OMAHA NEWS-LEADER CHRONICLING THE STORIES AND PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS KETV NEWS WATCH SEVEN’S CHRONICLE. GOOD MORNING. THANKS FOR JOINING US ON ROB MCCARTNEY. TOMORROW, THE OMAHA STREETCAR AUTHORITY IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE A ROUTE FOR WHAT WOULD BE A NEW STREETCAR FOR THE CITY. TAKE A LOOK AT THE LATEST PROPOSED ROUTE TO THE WEST. IT’S ALONG FARNAM AND THE HARNEY FROM A 10TH TO 42ND ON THE EAST END. OR I WOULD TAKE THE STREETCAR NORTH ALONG 10TH. JUST JUST PASS A HEALTH CENTER, CONVENTION CENTER, THEN BACK SOUTH INTO A CLOCKWISE LOOP IN THE NEW RIVERFRONT AREA ON EIGHTH STREET. DEVELOPERS SAY ONE STREETCAR COULD MAKE THE ENTIRE TRIP IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES. NOW, THE IOC MEETS AT 130 IN THE CITY’S LEGISLATIVE CHAMBERS. THE STREETCAR IS JUST ONE PART OF THE CITY’S PUBLIC TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE. AND TODAY WE’RE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW IT PLAYS INTO URBAN DESIGN PLANS. FIRST, THOUGH, LET’S TALK ABOUT STREET, BECAUSE YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT OMAHA STREETCAR AUTHORITY, GENERAL JAY, THANKS FOR BEING HERE TODAY. APPRECIATE. A PLEASURE. GOOD TO SEE YOU. BUT THANK YOU SO. FIRST OFF, THIS PROPOSED ROUTE THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT HAS A LITTLE BIT OF A CHANGE FROM WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT, INCLUDES THAT LITTLE LOOP. WHY THIS WRAPPED? WELL, THE ROUTE REPRESENTS THE AREA THAT HAS THE GREATEST DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL. SO WE WANT TO PUT THE STREETCAR IN A POSITION TO FOSTER AND PROMOTE MORE DEVELOPMENT. THE ADDITION WILL SERVE THE NEW PARK IS BECAUSE THE NEW PARK IS GOING TO BE THERE AND THE ROUTE WAS THE EARLY DESIGN IS FOR THE ROUTE AND LOTS FOR THE ROUTE WERE DONE PRIOR TO THE PARK. SO IS IT YOU PUT THE STREETCAR HOPING THERE WILL BE DEVELOPMENT OR DO YOU HOPE THERE’S DEVELOPMENT? AND THEN YOU PUT THE STREETCAR WHERE IT IS? WELL, IT’S BOTH. WHAT WE KNOW NOW IS THE EARLY RETURNS ON THE STREETCAR AND THE ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY FAVORABLE. AND THERE’S AN AWFUL LOT OF DEVELOPMENT INTEREST AND COMMITTED DEVELOPING NOW ALONG THE PROPOSED ROUTE. SO THE MEETING IS TOMORROW. DO YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO GET APPROVED? DO YOU THINK? I BELIEVE IT WILL. I MEAN, IS THERE ANY REASON IT WOULDN’T? I DON’T THINK SO. YOU KNOW, COUNCILMEMBER JUANITA JOHNSON, SHE HAD TALKED AND ASKED ABOUT POSSIBLY LOOKING INTO EXPANDING THE ROUTES EVEN FURTHER. ANY CHANCE OF THAT HAPPENING? NOT WITH THIS INITIAL PHASE, BUT THERE’S SERIOUS CONSIDERATION AND REALLY A COMMITMENT TO EXPAND THE SYSTEM WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT AND WHEN IT’S AFFORDABLE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO GO NORTH, SOUTH AND EAST OVER THE RIVER AND SERVE ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF COUNCIL BLUFFS AS WELL. YOU KNOW, YOU’VE BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF BASICALLY GROUND WON’T BE BROKEN UNTIL THE FUNDING IS SECURED. TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. WHAT’S GOING TO GO INTO THAT? WELL, IN ORDER FOR THERE TO BE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR THE STREETCAR PROJECT, BONDS NEED TO BE SOLD. AND SO ONCE THE CITY IS SUCCESSFUL IN SELLING BONDS, WHICH WON’T HAPPEN AT THE EARLIEST. NOW AND UNTIL THOSE FUNDS ARE SOLD, UNTIL THOSE BONDS ARE SOLD, THERE ISN’T A REVENUE SOURCE OR THERE ISN’T A FUNDING SOURCE TO PAY FOR THE STREETCAR. THERE’S ALSO TIFF. TIFF WILL BE USED AS THE SOURCE OF REPAYMENT FOR THE BONDS. SO THE BONDS ARE OFFERED FOR SALE. THE REPAYMENT SOURCE WILL BE IDENTIFIED AS TAX INCREMENT PROCEEDS FROM NEW DEVELOPMENT, WHICH IN TURN WILL SERVICE THE DEBT AND REPAY THOSE BONDS. BECAUSE I SAY ALL THIS TO LEAD UP TO THE QUESTION, SOME PEOPLE HAVE IT. MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID TO ME, THIS IS A WASTE OF MONEY. IT’S A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. WE DON’T NEED SOMETHING LIKE THIS. WHAT DO YOU SAY? WELL, THERE’S A THERE’S A FEW THOUGHTS. THE FIRST IS THE STREETCAR ITSELF SHOULD BE THOUGHT OF AS URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE, DESIGNED AND INTENDED TO PROMOTE MORE DEVELOPMENT AND THEREFORE MORE PEOPLE AND MORE JOBS IN THE CORE WHICH WILL STRENGTHEN THE REGION. THE SECOND COMMENT I’D MAKE IS THE FUNDS USE TO REALLY PAY FOR THIS SYSTEM ARE GENERATED FROM TAX INCREMENT DOLLARS CONTRIBUTED BY THE DEVELOPERS TO REPAY THE DEBT ON THE BONDS. SO IT’S REALLY NOT TAXPAYER DOLLARS YET. A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY NOT UNDERSTAND TAX INCREMENT FINANCING. BASICALLY IT’S THE PROPERTY TAXES GET REROUTED BACK INTO THE BUSINESS, MAKES MONEY AND THEN REROUTE SOME OF THAT MONEY BACK. THAT’S RIGHT. AND IT’S NEW PROPERTY TAXES. IT’S THE NEW INCREMENT ABOVE THE EXISTING TAXES THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING PAID. SO IT DOESN’T AFFECT THE LEVEL OF TAXES THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING PAID ON A GIVEN PROPERTY, NOR DOES IT IMPACT THE CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF THOSE TAX DOLLARS. HOW CRITICAL TO THE STREETCAR WAS MUTUAL’S? HAD MUTUAL HEADQUARTERS MOVED DOWNTOWN? COULD ONE NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT THE OTHER? THE STREETCAR COULD CERTAINLY HAPPEN WITHOUT MUTUAL. TO MOVE DOWNTOWN MUTUAL HAS SAID THEY THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO CONNECT THEIR CURRENT LOCATION AND THE WORKFORCE THAT LIVES IN THE AREA AROUND MIDTOWN CROSSING WITH THEIR NEW LOCATION. WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK THE STREETCAR IS GOING TO HAVE ON THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN DOWNTOWN OMAHA AND ALONG THE ROUTE? I MEAN, WILL IT TAKE OUT PARKING? WILL IT DISRUPT STREETCAR AND STREET? WELL, CERTAINLY DURING CONSTRUCTION, IT’S GOING TO BE DISRUPTIVE. WE’RE ALREADY WORKING ON PLANS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THAT AND REALLY MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON PROPERTY OWNERS AND CITIES AND VISITORS AND SO FORTH DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD. ONCE COMPLETE NEEDED, THOUGH I DON’T THINK IT WILL HAVE MUCH OF AN IMPACT ON PARKING ALONG THE ROUTE AND CERTAINLY IT WILL RAISE DOLLARS AN IMPROVED INTEREST STRUCTURE THAT WE CAN ALL SEE ABOVEGROUND AND ALL THE UTILITY LINES AND SO FORTH THAT ARE CURRENTLY BELOW GRADE WILL BE BELOW THE STREETS, BUT THEY’LL ALL BE REWORKED AND IMPROVED AND IN MOST CASES PROBABLY EXPAND IT TO HANDLE MORE DEVELOPMENT. IT’S A BIG SALES TOOL FOR OMAHA FOR THE REGION. IT’S HUGE. YOU KNOW, OMAHA IS AT WE’RE AT A CRITICAL, CRITICAL TIME. WE’RE IN FIERCE COMPETITION EVERY DAY FOR EVERY HUMAN BEING THAT’S GOT A TALENT IN ANY GIVEN AREA. AND THEREFORE, WE’RE IN COMPETITION WITH EMPLOYERS AND DIFFERENT CITIES AND STATES. SO THIS PUTS US ON A DIFFERENT PAGE ON THAT LIST. IT WILL MAKE THE COMMUTE PRETTY MUCH MORE DESIRABLE FOR A WHOLE GROUP OF DEVELOPERS THAT AREN’T CURRENTLY HERE TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL ATTRACT AND RETAIN TALENT AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, BRING MORE JOBS. IS THIS GOING TO BE AN AUTOMATIC RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE AND BONUS AND BENEFIT TO BUSINESSES AND TO THE COMMUNITY? OR IS IT GOING TO TAKE A WHILE FOR STREETCAR TO BE UP AND RUNNING BEFORE YOU SEE ANY KIND OF I MEAN, YOU MENTIONED HOW SOME BUSINESSES ARE ALREADY SHOWING AN INTEREST. YOU KNOW, IT I THINK IT’S AN INSTANT GRATIFICATION NATION. WE’LL SEE PEOPLE RIDING THE SYSTEM IMMEDIATELY. AND, YOU KNOW, THE SYSTEM IS FREE TO THE RIDER. SO PERSON WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE CORE OF THE CITY AND MOVE AROUND THE CORE OF THE CITY WITHOUT NEEDING TO HAVE A CAR OR CERTAINLY WE DON’T WE WON’T NEED TO PARKING STALLS, WHICH WOULD BE WHERE THE CAR IS PARKED OVERNIGHT. AND WHERE THE CAR NEEDS TO MOVE TO DURING THE DAY. SO IT’LL IT’LL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE, RIGHT AWAY. ALL RIGHT. I APPRECIATE YOUR COMING IN TODAY AND TALKING ABOUT THIS AND THE INTERESTING TO SEE WHERE WE GO FROM HERE, WHICH IS I’M BEFORE WE LET YOU GO. 2026 IS THAT STILL THE ESTIMATED START TIME? YES, IT IS. WE’RE STILL ON THAT PATH. ALL RIGHT. I APPRECIATE IT. THANKS. MY PLEASURE. BUT WHEN WE COME BACK, ANOTHER WIDESPREAD USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. THE METRO SYSTEM. METRO TRANSIT CEO JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT THEIR FUTURE DIRECTION FOR TRANSPORT NATION IN OMAHA. YOU’RE WATCHING KE

Chronicle: Public Transportation

As the Omaha Streetcar Authority gets ready for a vote on the streetcar's route, we take a deep dive into Omaha's public transportation system.

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Sun, 18 Sep 2022 03:22:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.ketv.com/article/chronicle-public-transportation/41264552
Killexams : Allegheny County to test drive a discount transportation program

For one year, some Allegheny County residents will be able to ride Pittsburgh Regional Transit at reduced prices, thanks to a pilot project announced Tuesday by the county executive’s office and the Department of Human Services. Officials will study how reducing the cost of transportation affects families with lower incomes.

Details about the program – including the number of riders who will be able to take part – are still being worked out, and likely won’t be available until the end of October. But to be eligible to participate, households must receive SNAP benefits, and complete an application. The application process is slated to get underway in November.

The cost of transportation can make it harder for people to seize opportunities and access services, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a release.

“It’s one of the biggest needs we hear,” he said. “Our goal is to find ways to help the most vulnerable in our community connect with the resources they need to benefit themselves, their families and their communities.”

Community activists, who have long called for such a move, hailed the decision.

“This is not coming from nowhere,” said Laura Chu Wiens, who leads Pittsburghers for Public Transit. “This is a rider victory, this is a community victory. It’s the outcome of years of public demand.”

Many people have trouble scraping together the $2.75 for a one-way fare, said Ken Regal, who leads Just Harvest. “That’s a huge burden on people and it isolates them in profound and important ways that should trouble all of us.”

Regal said the pilot program, and hopefully the permanent fare relief policy it will lead to, has the potential to create broad societal benefit by reducing that isolation: the central question of the project is “whether people see concrete improvements in their lives when they don’t have to ration their bus ridership,” said Regal.

Pittsburgh Regional Transit officials signaled an interest in such a program in 2021, when they released the agency’s long-range plan. They identified the creation of an affordable-fare policy as their second-most pressing priority, saying it would be “crucial to increasing and maintaining ridership.”

Several cities in the United States already offer free transit, and those that do have seen dramatic increases in ridership, as well as other benefits for low-income riders. Those riders are usually a transit system’s most loyal patrons, but the cost of transportation can eat up a disproportionate share of a household’s income.

The head of DHS, Erin Dalton, said easing access to services is one of the department's top priorities.

“We expect that this program will go a long way in helping people get to services, medical appointments, jobs or healthy food, while allowing them to spend their money on other necessities.”

The 2021 American Community Survey found that the number of City of Pittsburgh residents who live in poverty jumped by nearly five percent in the last two years. The impact of COVID-19 pandemic simply added urgency to the call for a fare-relief program.

While fare relief programs are not unique, the potential rigor of the DHS pilot is: The agency has access to a broad range of data to see how the pilot may affect numerous aspects of people’s lives. At the end of the yearlong program, officials will examine whether discounted transportation increased ridership, access to jobs and services, according to county officials.

A permanent program could launch in 2023.

The advocacy groups who have long pushed for the program, called the Fair Fares Coalition, urged the county to continue to include community members in their planning and evaluation of the pilot.

“In order for this project to have a lasting positive effect on the region’s economy and individual well-being, it must ultimately transition to a permanent zero fare program for all county SNAP recipients,” the group said in a release. “Towards that end, we look forward to actively supporting this project to ensure that ACDHS utilizes best practices and can obtain continued funding.”

How to fund a permanent affordable fare program remains a major question. PRT CEO Katharine Kelleman has said the agency wants to extend more help to riders with low incomes, but raised the question of who pays for it. Passenger revenue does not comprise the majority of revenue for transit locally or nationwide, but it’s still an important source of income. In other cities, free or reduced transit has been supported by a separate tax. Other suggested sources of support in the U.S. have included a small increase to gas tax — likely a nonstarter in PA, which has dubious honor of charging the country’s highest gas tax — and philanthropy.

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:31:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.wesa.fm/development-transportation/2022-09-27/allegheny-county-to-test-drive-a-discount-transportation-program
Killexams : Four U.S. agencies to unveil transportation decarbonization blueprint
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WASHINGTON — This week four federal agencies agreed to work collectively to decarbonize the transportation sector — the nation's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and a main cause of air pollution.

The EPA and Energy, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development departments signed a memorandum of understanding to combine efforts to advance affordable low- and zero-emission transportation options for all Americans and support President Joe Biden's goal of achieving net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

The agencies plan to coordinate on policy while working closely with states, local communities, labor unions, the private sector and other key stakeholders. They've set high-level goals such as reducing air pollution, enabling an equitable transition to clean transportation, securing domestic supply chains, supporting U.S. jobs and leading the global decarbonization effort.

"A modernized transportation sector, equipped with accessible clean energy technologies, is critical for providing commuting options that are more affordable, more secure and produce less polluting," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement Friday.

The interagency commitment "exemplifies President Biden's whole-of-government approach to bringing the benefits of a decarbonized transportation sector directly to Americans and positioning the United States to be a global leader in clean transportation manufacturing and deployment," she added.

The agreement requires the agencies to release within 90 days a comprehensive blueprint for decarbonizing the transportation sector.

That blueprint will guide policy decisions as well as R&D and other efforts in the public and private sectors, such as increasing access to clean and affordable transportation options, modernizing the grid to meet demand from electric vehicles and reducing emissions from the entire transportation life cycle, including emissions from construction.

Biden last year set an ambitious target for battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cells to make up 50 percent of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2030. He also signed an executive order to transition the federal fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

Fri, 16 Sep 2022 08:59:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/four-us-agencies-unveil-transportation-decarbonization-blueprint
Killexams : Transportation Woes Warn of Recession No result found, try new keyword!During the pandemic, record profits in the transportation sector were the subject of concern among some politicians and commentators who sought to vilify transportation companies as profiteers. Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:47:00 -0500 en-US text/html https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/09/transportation-woes-warn-of-recession/ Killexams : Arizona Department of Transportation adds new requirements to driving test

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Peter Fell turned on the car equipped with a special brake for him to use if his driving students makes a mistake. Safety is always on his mind.

He’s been a driving instructor for about 13 years and currently works for Stop and Go Driving School in Tucson.

During his time as a driving instructor, he said the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division has changed the driving test a few times.

On Thursday, the division changed the driving requirements again. Previously, they had implemented a pilot program of the new requirements in 12 field offices. They are now required state-wide.

They now require drivers to identify parts of the car like the emergency flashers, horn, windshield wipers, and emergency brakes.

“The new curriculum is just a little bit different tweaking, of really, on the inside of the vehicle,” Fell said.

Fell said the new requirements will help students identify the features and buttons on the car so they won’t attempt to find them while driving.

“Instead of….they’re driving along and constantly looking down all the time and trying to figure out where the panel is at, they’ll know it ahead of time and get to it right away. Instead of being in a down position, and that’s how accidents happen,” Fell said.

Bill Lamoreaux, the spokesperson for ADOT’s M.V.D said instructors are now required to check the vehicle’s tires, seatbelts, and windshield before the driving portion of the test to ensure everything is safe for driving.

He said driving students used to park in the M.V.D parking lot and now they’re required to park at a predetermined location during the driving portion of the test so the situation would be more realistic.

He said instructors will also have to check the vehicle’s registration and insurance and the student driver will have to locate them before the test.

Melissa Moto came down to Tucson on Thursday from New Mexico and said the new requirements are making her feel safer on the road.

“I think more time on the test gives them more information on how ready somebody really is,” Motz said.

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