VTrans Funds Three New or Expanded Public Transit Routes

first_imgVTrans Funds Three New or Expanded Public Transit RoutesMONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has announced that it will grant three public transit providers a total of $350,000 so that they can fund new or expand popular public transit routes.The funding will establish new bus routes along Route 103 as well as Interstate 91. Expansion of an existing bus route will occur along Interstate 89. Many of the routes include stops at Park and Rides so commuters can easily access the service.”Improving Vermont’s public transportation system is one of our priorities,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill “These new routes are an important step in helping Vermonters not only maintain their independence but also save money as they can now use a bus to get to work, the hospital and even one of Vermont’s signature ski areas.”New or expanded routes include:* Expansion of the I-89er through Stagecoach Transportation Services. The increased service will reduce headways (bus wait time) from one hour to 30 minutes. In addition, the expansion will double the seating capacity on this very popular route, which begins in Randolph Center and travels south along Interstate 89 with stops at park & rides in both Randolph and Sharon on its way to Bethel, White River Junction and finally into Lebanon, NH. The service will include stops at the VA Hospital in White River as well as both Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.* New service along Route 103 from Rutland through Ludlow to Bellows Falls and Springfield. This route will serve Okemo Mountain Resort on weekends during ski season. Service will be provided by a joint effort from Marble Valley Regional Transit District and Connecticut River Transit.* New service along I-91 from St. Johnsbury to White River Junction and then onto Lebanon, NH. Stopping at designated park and rides along the way as well as Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Service will be provided by Rural Community Transportation.When new service will begin, as well as exact bus schedules, are still being developed. Travelers should go to connectingcommuters.org for links to each public transit service provider who can provide more detail.last_img read more

808s and Fast Breaks: Basketball analytics complicate discussion

first_imgWhile I’m sure the rating has some legitimacy, the harmful nature of the post was the fact that just one line after supposedly praising Bogdanovic as one of the league’s best shooters, the post claims that the odds of the Utah forward generating a positive return on investment is 0.04%.  Analytics have become so ingrained in the music industry that even top executives have begun to recognize that quantitatively measuring artists is reaching sad extremes. On the surface, the adopted practice maximizes efficiency and minimizes risk, but in reality, using numbers as the sole factor in making decisions leads to head-scratching moves and a lack of innovation. Just ask the music industry and its obsession with streaming numbers.  With that said, analytics in basketball are spiraling out of control.  First off, what is a total three-point gravity rating? Revisit that sentence, and add the same two words omitted from Durant’s earlier quote in between “what” and “is”.  The NBA basketball season tipped off earlier this week, and with its return comes a number of supplementary aspects that have become staples of the culture, like NBA Twitter and ‘Inside the NBA’.  Look no further than a recent debate on the efficiency of mid-range jumpers between NBA writer Matt Moore and NBA superstar Kevin Durant. After about thirty minutes of back and forth, Moore referred Durant to a simple, but also understandably confusing, axis data set. Durant spoke for the majority of the basketball community with his response: Posts like that should spark a combination of anger and fear in  fans of the sport for two reasons.  The supplement I reference is the use of analytics in basketball conversations and, on a greater scale, player-personnel decision making. Defined as information resulting from the systematic analysis of data and statistics, analytics play a major role in basketball and anywhere else where statistics are relevant (more on that second part later). Music companies signing two new artists per day seems fine initially, as it is logically assumed that more artists equals more opportunity. However, with so many new artists coming in like clockwork, new talents are actually receiving less of an opportunity than they would have had they remained independent or stuck with a small label.  The interaction between the two prominent basketball figures illustrated a developing problem in the sport — analytics have become too advanced for basketball’s own good. For example, the Basketball Index, a website respected for providing unique data models, posted an analysis of how Utah Jazz small forward Bojan Bogdanovic ranked above the 93rd percentile in total three-point gravity last season.  In other words, it’s the demand for more songs with less support for said songs. center_img I omitted two words between “who” and “wants” from Durant’s actual response, but you can use your imagination. The first was “the,” just in case you’re struggling.  Rolling Stone reported that major record companies — Sony, Universal and Warner — are signing nearly two new artists per day in 2019 just to keep up with the demand of long-tail income from streaming services. Long-tail income is defined by Investopedia as a period when sales for less common products can return a profit due to reduced marketing and distribution costs. Taj Mayfield is a sophomore writing about the connections between music and sports. His column, “808s & Fast Breaks,” runs every other Friday. Major artist manager Ian Montone summarized the problem best: “I’ve been in label meetings when they’ve literally said, ‘Sorry, the song’s not working.’ The song’s been out literally a day — what are you talking about? ‘Nope, we’ve read the numbers — we’re going to move on.’” As someone whose career is directly linked to data points such as number of clicks, bounce rate and unique visitors, I understand the power of analytics. When used correctly as a means of finding trends to see what works and what falls flat, analytics can be game-changing. However, when advanced analytics aren’t backed by advanced observation, bad decisions are made — like giving up on an artist after one song flopped or thinking one of the best shooters in the league is somehow worth less than his peers. “One big difference today is that the industry has bought into this idea that we have to keep on feeding distribution and the [streaming] platforms,” Gerson said in an interview with Music Business USA Magazine. “But there is only so much music that can be brilliant.” Jody Gerson, the CEO and chair of Universal Music Publishing Group and the person responsible for signing artists such as Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Khalid and Post Malone, has actually spoken out against music labels spreading their bets across a number of artists rather than investing long-term in an artist’s development. “Who … wants to look at graphs while having a hoop convo?” One of those “staples,” though, is treading a dangerous line between insight and excessiveness.  This trend of over analyzing to the point of bad decision-making seems primed to become commonplace in basketball, as it allows executives to operate in a safe numerical comfort zone rather than potentially risking their job by signing a player based off observation. last_img read more

We’ll shock the Black Stars: Adebayor

first_imgInfluential Togolese captain  Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor   believes the Sparrow  Hawks will make  Ghana’s qualification a difficult one  by beating Ghana in Tamale to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.The Hawks must secure an unlikely win over the Black Stars in their final AFCON qualifier in Tamale on Wednesday to clinch one of the two automatic qualification slots available in Group E.Togo are highly unlikely to secure the surprise result especially after falling to a 3-2 defeat to Ghana in the first leg encounter back in September.But the Tottenham Hotspurs striker is urging his international teammates to draw inspiration from that defeat to secure their qualification for next year’s finals to be staged in Equatorial Guinea.“What Ghana came to do in Kégué [back in September], we can and must do in Tamale. We can do,” Adebayor said. “It will be a tough game, but we must give one hundred percent to win the qualification.”A draw will be just enough for Ghana to sail through, but Togo needs an outright win on Wednesday on away grounds to make the finalsThe Kick off the game is @ a 16:00 GMT and 4:00pm(local time)last_img read more