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August 19, 2014

Topeka transit to add bike-sharing as 'route extension'

Each $1,250 bike, provided by bike-sharing start up Social Bicycles, has an onboard transaction...

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August 19, 2014

U.S. DOT takes connected vehicle program to next level

Supports report with research findings in several key areas including technical feasibility, privacy...

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August 18, 2014

Huffer to resign from Kansas City GM post

Has served as GM since 2000 and positioned the agency to begin the implementation of an organization-wide...

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August 18, 2014

Penn. St., transit system expand discounted pass program

Users of the program receive a mass transit pass valid on all CATABUS routes at the reduced rate...

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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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