Navigating the future of public transport: insights from APTA EXPO 2023
In the heart of Orlando this October, public transportation enthusiasts, experts, and industry professionals gathered at the APTA EXPO 2023, an event that offered a glimpse into the transformative potential of the American public transport sector. Continue explore our experience at the expo, and our key findings on the state of the US public transport market, ridership trends, and the role of technology in revitalising the industry.
APTA EXPO 2023: a brief overview
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo brings together industry leaders, innovators, and stakeholders to showcase the latest advancements in public transportation. This year’s expo was a beacon of inspiration for an industry eager to bounce back after the tumultuous events of the past few years.
For Teleste particularly, the expo provided an opportunity to showcase our cutting-edge passenger information and video security solutions. We want to thank the visitors at our stand for their keen interest, insightful conversations, and the shared enthusiasm for the future of public transportation!
The state of public transport in the US
Public transportation in the United States is at a pivotal juncture. Over the years, ridership has faced a decline due to several factors, including the convenience of personal vehicles and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as indicated by some key trends, public transport is poised for a resurgence:
- Sustainability: The growing interest in eco-friendly transportation modes, including electrified railways, reflects an evolving focus on environmental sustainability within the public transit sector.
- Ridership recovery: The gradual resurgence in ridership post-pandemic highlights a strong desire to not only maintain but also accelerate this positive trend.
- Increased investment: Acknowledgment of public transport’s importance in addressing congestion and environmental concerns has resulted in substantial investments in infrastructure, fleets, and services from both federal and local authorities.
- Door-to-door mobility: The rise of integrated transportation solutions promoting door-to-door mobility demonstrates an effort to create a more convenient and appealing public transit experience by seamlessly connecting various transportation modes.
Role of technology in revitalising public transport
Technology has an essential role to play in attracting riders back to public transportation. Passenger information systems, along with modern security solutions, can address some of the key concerns that may have deterred potential passengers:
- Real-time information: Passengers want to know when the next bus or train will arrive and if there are any delays. Passenger information systems provide real-time updates through smart apps, displays, on-board and at stations, making public transit more predictable and user-friendly.
- Safety and security: Video surveillance and situational awareness solutions enhance the safety and security of passengers. High-quality cameras and surveillance systems deter vandalism, protect against theft, and help in emergency response situations.
- Accessibility: Technology can also improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Apps and systems with accessibility features make it easier for everyone to use public transportation. Looking ahead, we can anticipate the development of numerous innovative services in this domain, further enhancing access for all passengers.
- Connectivity and open interfaces: Integration and open interfaces between different technological solutions are crucial for creating a cohesive and efficient public transport network. These open systems allow various components to work together seamlessly, improving the overall passenger experience.
- Cybersecurity: As technology integration increases, so does the need for robust cybersecurity measures. Protecting sensitive passenger data and critical transportation systems from cyber threats is essential for ensuring the reliability and security of public transport networks.
APTA EXPO 2023 showcased the unwavering nature of the American public transport industry. As the sector rebounds from the challenges it has faced, new technologies offer improved convenience, safety, and accessibility for passengers. With continued investment and innovation, public transportation is set to play a pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable and interconnected future for America’s cities. We’re excited to be a part of this journey and to witness the positive changes that lie ahead for public transportation in the United States.
I’m Director of Marketing and Business Development for Teleste’s Video Security and Information business unit. I have a passion for continuous improvement of business processes and collaboration across boundaries. See my LinkedIn for more information.