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August 29, 2014

Fla. agency approves route optimization, service change plan

The Route Optimization Initiative allows the JTA to overhaul the fixed-bus route system in Jacksonville,...

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August 27, 2014

Study: Hillsborough must expand bus service before seeking rail grants

The study, which was conducted by AECOM, has reportedly dismayed advocates of a plan to put a tax-for-transportation...

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August 26, 2014

KCATA to open CNG fueling station

The station allows buses to be fueled in less than seven minutes and will enable KCATA to fill more...

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August 26, 2014

The Rapid launches BRT line

The FTA contributed approximately $32 million toward the $40 million total Silver Line project cost,...

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FEATURES

A/C Trends: Rooftop Systems Impacting the Marketplace

Manufacturers continue to examine industry trends and requirements to provide the latest green, lightweight and efficient rooftop units in response to customer demand.


How Contractors are Providing Solutions for Transit’s Challenges

Whether reallocating fleet assignments or revamping an organization’s safety culture, private contractors are tapping innovative technologies and programs to create solutions for the challenges faced by today’s public transit systems.


Transit systems tap video’s storytelling ability to attract, inform riders

As a growing number of riders and the general public look to online videos for information and entertainment, some transit systems are producing their own videos to more effectively reach out to and inform their customers.


2014 Bus Maintenance Survey: Technician Staffing, Training Issues Grow

METRO’s annual Bus Maintenance Survey sees a growth in workforce issues compared to the first three installments, while more than 60% of the agencies who responded say they are buying more parts because they have to hold onto buses longer.




PRODUCTS

Safety switches

EAO’s E-Stops feature easily noticeable red twist-to-release actuators, industry compliant yellow bodies and foolproof design for added user protection. Durable and rugged, they provide immediate and reliable shutdown in critical situations through safe/positive break contacts. E-Stops are available in 16 mm and 22.5 mm sizes; as a single piece with built-in switch elements; or with separate actuators and elements for plug-in, solder, screw, ribbon cable or PCB terminal connections. Accessories include shrouds, guards and a variety of emergency stop labels offered in a multitude of languages.



Automatic Tire Chain System

Without having to stop the vehicle, the Onspot Automatic Tire Chain System offers the traction of a single set of conventional snow chains at the flip of a dashboard switch. An electric switch mounted in the cab provides 12 volts to an air solenoid mounted in the vehicle's frame rail. Designed for ice, packed snow and up to six inches of snow, the chain system eliminates wheel well damage from broken conventional chains. Other benefits include more hauling force, faster acceleration and a reduced stopping distance. DOT-approved in all 50 states.



DEPARTMENTS

Pub Perspective: The most important P in PPP is the last one

The first thing to understand about P3s is that they are primarily a money-saving strategy and are still expected to earn a return on investment.



Illinois transit group urges patent reform legislation

The call seeks to protect the industry, and subsequently other industries, from patent trolls — shell companies that purchase patents with no intention of innovating, but instead sue those who do.

Utah creates Google Glass transit tracking app

A small group of UTA riders who are part of Google’s Glass Explorer Program are testing OnTime for Glass, which provides customized real-time arrival information.



Cities taking the lead on climate change

Hopefully, as the trust funds are going bankrupt, Congress will address not only that issue but also answer the call for a long-term policy on at least coping with the risks of climate change.

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