12/3/08

Innovations in Public Transportation

Every day billions of people across the country benefit from mass transit. Not only is it a smart choice given the current economic downturn – it’s also a great way for people to reduce their carbon footprint.

But for many, using public transportation isn’t a reality.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon want to change that. So they’re collaborating with the University of Buffalo on a project to make public transportation more accessible for everybody.

How? By combining computer science technology and the principles of universal design.

The team will use advances in machine learning to develop software that can assist riders in reaching their destinations. They’ll also focus on the interior design of and access to the Pittsburgh buses.

By partnering with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) in Buffalo and the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, they’ll be able to collect input from transit users.

The next time you step up the stairs into your vehicle or read the route map posted inside, remember that with your support, our researchers are behind innovations making public transportation a reality for all riders.

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