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October 30, 2014

6 transportation ballot initiatives to watch

The initiatives include Pinellas County, Fla.’s “Greenlight Pinellas” plan, which would increase...

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October 30, 2014

MCI opening new Canadian sales, service center

The new location will also feature new MCI and Setra coaches; pre-owned coach inventory; parts for...

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October 30, 2014

Chicago unveils 2 New Flyer Xcelsior electric buses

While CTA’s electric buses are the first New Flyer XE40 heavy-duty transit buses to enter into regular...

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October 28, 2014

Can you get Ebola on public transportation?

The short answer is that public transportation users either on the same train or riding after the...

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FEATURES

METRO's Most Influential People of the Decade

Whether it’s providing billions for transportation initiatives to shaping legislation, or launching an innovative bus rapid transit project, the “Influential” leaders on this list have worked to make public transportation better.


Tech Report: Increasing energy efficiency in transportation with ultracapacitors

Ultracapacitors are used in a variety of industries ranging from automotive, rail, truck and bus, amongst others.


Spotlight: Bentech meets range of public transit needs with specialized products

Bentech has worked with Bombardier to create aluminum attachment fittings for Toronto Transit Commission railcars being assembled at its Thunder Bay, Ontario plant and several transit agencies on driver's protection doors.


Motorcoach Operators, Public Transit Teaming to Offer More Options

Through public-private partnerships, both entities are able to service customers and diversify their businesses, while solving complicated transportation issues in the areas they serve.




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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