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April 18, 2014

BYD electric bus approved for Canadian sales

The bus can also drive up to 155 miles and up to 30 hours in heavy city traffic on a single night-time...

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April 17, 2014

Veolia safety program honored for innovation

The DRIVE program focuses on improving safety at the company’s locations and is administered by...

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April 17, 2014

S.F. MTA budget increases service, maintains affordability

Also provides for a continued two years of free transit service for low to moderate income youth,...

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April 17, 2014

Foxx continues bus tour with NABI manufacturing facility visit

NABI Bus, a division of New Flyer Industries Inc. and a major employer in northeastern Alabama,...

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FEATURES

Colo. BRT project controls growth, cultivates development

In addition to improving mobility in the region, Fort Collins, Colo.-based Transfort’s new BRT route, the MAX, will help manage growth and spur economic development.


Q&A: Shuttle Service Providers Talk Efficiencies, Hurdles

Converting to alternative fuels is one popular savings tactic, while recruiting and retaining great drivers is a shared concern.


Switching to Propane Pays Off for Mich. Fleet

Currently, Livonia has four ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-450 Cutaway buses that are used for its Community Transit system.


2014 BRT Survey: Projects Abound, Bring Economic Benefits

Connecting to jobs and other transit modes as well as supporting economic development were big boons cited. Last year’s sequestration hurt some projects, but not enough to keep this from being a strong year for the mode, with 10 new lines opening.




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

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.



Local business in best position to advocate for HTF fix

Our private sector organizations need to tell their story, forcefully, about the jobs and the lost business activity at stake if contracts are cancelled, delayed or suspended.

‘Polar Vortex’ freezes up public transit service

Amtrak suffered some service disruptions and delays, with three trains halted about 80 miles from Chicago, when drifting snow and ice made the tracks impassable.



Transit partners to offer first-, last-mile options

In January, Portland, Ore.’s TriMet began offering another transportation option after creating a new joint program with car sharing company Zipcar Inc., while the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) started a nonprofit, Fort Worth Bike Sharing, to make cycling an easy way for riders to fill in the gaps of a trip.

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