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17 in operation for less than one year, and COTA is continuing to train drivers to record bike boardings by means of the AMDTs. Some bus operators raised initial concerns about the extra task of keying in each bicycle boarding. However, operator training sessions include instruction about using the touch pads, and operators are reported to be using them fairly consistently. A potential improvement to the bicycle-on-bus monitoring system could be to record each time a bicyclist takes their bicycle off the bus, but this would add com- plexity to the task of monitoring bicyclists. BICYCLE ACCESS TO TRANSIT The comfort and safety of bicycle facilities at transit stops and stations is an important aspect of integrating bicycles and pub- lic transportation. In many jurisdictions, the transit agency has limited control over conditions on streets and roadways sur- rounding transit stops and stations and must work with other governmental agencies to make improvements. Nine of the 56 participating agencies reported that they had established part- nerships with other agencies to plan and make improvements to bicycle facilities in areas surrounding transit stations (see Table 2). These types of partnerships have the potential to improve bicycle access to transit services (see Figure 9). Directing bicyclists to transit stops and stations is another component of transit access. Several agencies in Maryland have developed successful partnerships with local jurisdictions to improve wayfinding signage to transit stations and bike parking at the stations. King County Metro (Seattle, Washing- FIGURE 9 Shared-use path adjacent to Washington ton) and the California DOT (Caltrans) have identified bike sta- Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rail station. (Source: Toole tion locations on their transit system maps, and Los Angeles Design Group.) Metropolitan Transit Authority (Los Angeles MTA) plans to show the local bikeway network on its new transit maps. common issues that transit agencies address when implement- ing bicycle programs, including funding, marketing, estab- SUMMARY lishing policies, and monitoring performance. The following chapters will provide more in-depth information about bicy- This chapter provided general descriptions of different types cle on bus, bicycle on rail, bicycle on other types of transit, of bicycle and transit integration. It also summarized several and bicycle parking services.