News and stories by Alex Roman

Alex Roman

Managing Editor

University of Arkansas' Razorback Transit Partners to fill Crucial Need

University of Arkansas' Razorback Transit Partners to fill Crucial Need

May 3, 2018

To combat a shortage in qualified maintenance technicians, Razorback Transit teamed with NWTI to create an internship-type program. 

Key Steps to Finding a New Public Transit CEO

Key Steps to Finding a New Public Transit CEO

April 24, 2018

While the basic requirements essentially remain the same, the changing face of public transportation’s role in communities is having an impact on transit boards when they are searching for a new leader.

BusCon to Honor Top Maintenance Directors, Innovations

BusCon to Honor Top Maintenance Directors, Innovations

April 23, 2018

The event takes place Oct. 1 to 3 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Q&A with Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes

Q&A with Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes

April 23, 2018

METRO Magazine Managing Editor Alex Roman talked to Forbes about the agency’s workforce development program, its route maximization project, and his plans for the future of Palm Tran.

9 Tips for Planning Your Bus Charging Infrastructure

9 Tips for Planning Your Bus Charging Infrastructure

March 20, 2018

While adding a few charging stations to support pilot projects is relatively straight forward, transit agencies will need to consider several factors when planning to implement infrastructure that can support hundreds of electric buses, or more.

As Tech Matures, Transit Agency Usage of Electric Buses Evolves

As Tech Matures, Transit Agency Usage of Electric Buses Evolves

March 20, 2018

With many early pioneers now moving to larger implementation, advances are making it more possible for the vehicles to be used in a variety of service applications, although how to install the infrastructure necessary for large-scale operations is a task that needs to mastered.

Q&A with Lextran GM Carrie Butler

Q&A with Lextran GM Carrie Butler

March 19, 2018

METRO Magazine’s Managing Editor Alex Roman spoke to Butler about Lextran’s day-to-day challenges, its alternative-fuels program, and how the lack of federal funding could impact the agency and the community it serves.

TCS named 2018 Innovative Operator of the Year at ABA Marketplace

TCS named 2018 Innovative Operator of the Year at ABA Marketplace

January 29, 2018

Since 2012, the family-owned coach company has experienced an approximate 20% growth year-over-year, which has come from new business and some small acquisitions, and expanded its fleet from 18 to 61 motorcoaches.  

Top 50 Motorcoach Fleets Focused on Growing Business, Recruiting Drivers

Top 50 Motorcoach Fleets Focused on Growing Business, Recruiting Drivers

December 29, 2017

While finding drivers and maintenance personnel is still a real issue for operators, many have not only used the web to revamp their approach to recruit drivers, but also market their operations to increase utilization rates. New for 2018, this year’s list is ranked by most motorcoaches, rather than most vehicles as it has in the past.  

MARTA Focused on Providing a High-End Customer Experience

MARTA Focused on Providing a High-End Customer Experience

October 9, 2017

In 2016, voters passed a $2.5 billion ballot measure to increase both MARTA bus and rail service.

Motorcoach Roundtable: Focused on Driver Shortage, Long-Term Business Growth

Motorcoach Roundtable: Focused on Driver Shortage, Long-Term Business Growth

October 3, 2017

Despite the ongoing issues with attracting talent, business is still thriving and moving forward at a rapid pace. To deal with the growth, operators are taking a measured, more deliberate approach.

Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Exploring New Options, Technologies to be Part of Multimodal Solution

Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Exploring New Options, Technologies to be Part of Multimodal Solution

September 25, 2017

From testing autonomous vehicles to piloting on-demand transportation, transit agencies are looking for new ways to complement their bus services. In conjunction, many are also adding technologies such as mobile apps that can help plan a complete trip using a host of transportation options.

NAU’s Shuttle Connects Students to Campus, Public Transit

NAU’s Shuttle Connects Students to Campus, Public Transit

September 11, 2017

the university provides campus shuttle service to help students, faculty, and staff get around campus, while also looking to minimize the amount of driving and traffic that often occurs around a university campus.

2017 Rail Project Focus: Detroit, Phoenix, and Seattle

2017 Rail Project Focus: Detroit, Phoenix, and Seattle

June 12, 2017

An in-depth look at the recently completed QLine streetcar in Detroit, as well as rapid expansions and community support for Ariz.’s Valley Metro Rail and Seattle’s Sound Transit, where both agencies are spearheading aggressive plans to grow their rail systems.

2017 Consultant Roundtable: Industry Focused on Full Transportation Network Thinking, Finding Funding Solutions

2017 Consultant Roundtable: Industry Focused on Full Transportation Network Thinking, Finding Funding Solutions

June 12, 2017

Today, projects are being planned with an eye on how they will fit into the larger multimodal transportation picture, rather than simply moving people along its route. 

San Diego MTS Begins Transition of Smaller Vehicles to Propane Autogas

San Diego MTS Begins Transition of Smaller Vehicles to Propane Autogas

April 13, 2017

Long a proponent of alternative fuels, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) recently added 31 minibuses and 46 paratransit buses to begin transitioning its smaller vehicle fleet to propane autogas.

Delivering Customers the ‘Best Possible Experience’ Drives Pacific Coachways

Delivering Customers the ‘Best Possible Experience’ Drives Pacific Coachways

April 13, 2017

The father-son team of Tom and Michael Giddens, recently named METRO Magazine’s Operator of the Year, has added new technologies that have helped them increase efficiencies and improve regulatory compliance.

Motorcoach Expo Offers Glimpse of Industry’s Tech Future

Motorcoach Expo Offers Glimpse of Industry’s Tech Future

March 7, 2017

With an aim to help operators prepare for the changing landscape, technology was a big focus at 2017 UMA Expo, which also included a fond farewell to long-time President/CEO Vic Parra.

Indiana’s Royal Excursion builds diverse fleet to ‘tackle any type of work’

Indiana’s Royal Excursion builds diverse fleet to ‘tackle any type of work’

September 15, 2016

With a range of vehicles, which includes sedans, minibuses, party buses, limousines and motorcoaches, Kaser explains that his company is diversified enough to tackle any type of work.

Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations

Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations

September 15, 2016

Expanding into other forms of transportation services, such as shuttle, scheduled or corporate work, helps create new revenue streams and builds a more balanced business overall.

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