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Transit Dispatches

Engaging Young Riders is Key to Transit’s Continued Growth

The number of younger people getting drivers’ licenses has continually declined since 1996 and that adults between the ages of 20 to 30 are more likely to stay in cities rather than move to suburbs, according to the United States Public Interest Research Group. This data, then, would indicate that the millennial generation (the largest generation) is a major contributor to the surge in ridership transportation organizations across the country are experiencing.

Safety Corner

Are your bus operators square?

If you are in transit, you know this question has nothing to do with lifestyle and everything to do with left hand turns. And in transit, we prefer squares. For the sake of clarity, we are talking about the difference between taking extra care to square off a left-hand turn as opposed to simply rounding the turn. A square turn involves setting up the pivot point of the bus and by its very nature requires the operator to conduct the turn at a much slower rate of speed.

Green Views

Va. transit fleet kicks off major CNG transition

GRTC is a member of the Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) coalition, which over the years has hosted a variety of workshops, webinars and other training opportunities for fleets interested in transitioning to CNG. Another coalition member — the City of Richmond — inaugurated its fleet of CNG refuse haulers in 2011, which set the stage for GRTC’s transition. View the YouTube video to see how VCC helped the city implement its CNG fleet.

Safety Corner

Delivering Rail Safety's Message to the Public

The national focus in transit safety has increased, particularly in the wake of several high-profile train collisions on rail transit systems over the last decade. But, it is important to remember that 71% of transit-related fatalities in 2012 were pedestrians, trespassers or occupants of cars that collided with transit vehicles.

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Emergency Plans: How Transit Prepares for the Worst

What constitutes a “normal” day in the transit industry? In an instant, regular service can be halted due to an accident, fire or unattended package. In most cases, these incidents are quickly resolved and routine operations are restored after minor disruption, but there is always a chance that a situation can escalate into a large-scale event, requiring the response of a transit agency’s emergency and operations personnel, working alongside a community’s first responder units.

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