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Intercity Curbside Bus Management

Managing Curbside Bus Operations
November 4, 2011
Philadelphia, PA

Ron Thaniel
Executive Director, National Association of City Transportation Officials

Rina Cutler
Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, City of Philadelphia
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The Buses Are Coming: The Growth of Curbside Bus Operations
This session traces the birth of the curbside bus industry in the United States from a chartered van service for Chinese immigrants to an operation that served more than 4.2 million in 2007 and includes more than 2,500 trips a week between New York, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston.

Nicholas J. Klein, a Rutgers University graduate student writing a doctoral dissertation on curbside buses, will present the history of this industry.
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Emergent Curbside Intercity Bus Industry: Chinatown and Beyond (Klein, 2009)

How Are Cities Responding to the Fast-Growing Curbside Bus Operations?
Cities are encouraged to share their experiences with curbside bus operations and impacts associated with its growth such as congestion, idling, vendors, and litter.

What Federal Tools Are Available to Assist Cities with the Rapid Expansion of the Curbside Bus Industry?
Tim Cotter
Division Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
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The Curbside Bus Industry, A Discussion with Operators
Bus operators present their plans to help cities mitigate impacts of the curbside bus operations including congestion, idling, vendors, parking, and litter.

David Hall
General Manager, Greyhound Lines/Bolt Bus
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John Emberson
Southern District General Manager, Coach USA
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Key Policies and Strategies for Limiting Negative Impacts of Curbside Bus Operators: Next Steps
For consideration by the NACTO Board, participating cities will discuss long-term policies and strategies such as regulating and permitting of the curbside bus industry. In addition, cities will discuss key themes they have heard in the meeting and discuss next steps.