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Smart Cities and Smart Mobility

2018-07-24T12:12:21+00:00 July 20th, 2018|On-Demand Transportation, Self driving cars, Technology|

It turns out that everyone, including the UN might be wrong about cities. At least how many people are living in them, according to new research using high-resolution satellite images, today 84% of the world's population or 6.4 billion people live in cities right now. If we expect to improve the lives of the vast majority of the global population, [...]

How to Replace Greyhound in Western Canada

2018-07-11T15:27:25+00:00 July 11th, 2018|News, On-Demand Transportation|

Greyhound Canada has recently announced it is pulling out of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and BC this year, their senior vice-president in an interview with Canadian Press said, "simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada — specifically Western Canada — are just not sustainable anymore." This failure of a business model is [...]

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Pantonium On-Demand Transit Project Begins in Belleville Ontario

2018-04-10T13:50:50+00:00 April 10th, 2018|News, On-Demand Transportation|

Pantonium is announcing a joint project to improve access to public transit buses in the town of Belleville using mobile applications and new scheduling software. This is a new approach to an old challenge for public transit in low density public transit areas, attempting to improve upon the "dial-a-bus" model without replacing or undercutting the existing transit infrastructure.  The goal [...]

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Controlling Autonomous Vehicle Fleets

2018-03-26T15:14:18+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Self driving cars, Technology|

“We are approaching the end of the automotive era… the end of the line for the automobile because travel will be in standardized modules. The end state will be the fully autonomous module with no capability for the driver to exercise command.” – Bob Lutz (former Vice Chairman of General Motors), “Kiss the good times goodbye,” Automotive News, November 2017. [...]

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NEMT News in 2018

2018-01-26T11:35:27+00:00 January 24th, 2018|News, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation|

We all know the story, in the US, every year 3.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries “miss or delay healthcare” due to transportation problems. This causes a knock-on effect through the healthcare system. Therefore $2.9 billion is spent by the government on non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) to provide roughly 103 million NEMT trips annually. After some quick maths, your average NEMT trips costs [...]

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Veyo Terminates State NEMT Contract Early: What It Means for Providers

2017-11-16T16:31:13+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Non-Emergency Medical Transportation|

Pantonium has been following the market for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) in Idaho closer than most people watch their fantasy basketball teams. This is because this relatively small state took part in an experiment, one that now looks to be coming to an ignominious end. Not only is this interesting for the future of Idaho medical transportation, but is a [...]

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Contract Drivers in People Transportation

2017-07-13T16:53:27+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Public Transit|

Cha-Cha-Cha Changes: There is a confluence of news these days on changes in the transportation network company (TNC) industry. These stories are centered around Uber, which is still reeling after the removal of CEO Travis Kalanick and ongoing slew of bad press. Naturally, they are trying to shake things up. There is a push to increase driver satisfaction, specifically a [...]

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Operational Changes Transportation Directors Should Consider

2017-11-16T16:15:51+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|On-Demand Transportation, Public Transit, Technology|

Let’s consider a laudable goal, public transit systems offering integrated mobility that is accessible enough to make people want to ride buses again, and flexible enough to get people to ditch their habits of using single occupancy vehicles.  This can be done in the "short term" of less than five years, at a large scale, across a metropolitan area. All [...]

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