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October 31, 2014

L.A. Metro's VYCON system reducing energy consumption

The Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Subway station is realizing nearly 20% in energy consumption....

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October 31, 2014

Report: Alabama not funding public transportation

The report claims a lack of investment in public transit results in the isolation of people who...

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October 31, 2014

Canadian bus driver safety bill gaining momentum

Bill S-221 would amend the Criminal Code to require courts to consider it an aggravating circumstance...

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October 31, 2014

Sun Metro celebrates grand opening of BRT

The 8.6-mile Rapid Transit System provides a high-capacity transit service to El Paso, Texas for...

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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

Mobile video camera

The Buddy BX1500 by tt-i is a simple-to-operate plug and play in-vehicle mobile video camera for paratransit buses that encourages safe driving. Using a high-resolution color camera at 30 frames per second, an internal three-axis shock sensor and built-in GPS, the camera allows users to record detailed data throughout every drive. Once the data is recorded, the BX1500 playback software enables users to search, view and save the data to a computer. A G-force sensor monitors driver braking and is captured in reports, reducing maintenance costs on braking systems. Files are recorded directly to a 32GB secure digital card.  



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.



DEPARTMENTS

N.C. Transit Agency Bans So-Called 'Saggy Pants' on Buses

Recently, the N.C.-based City of Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) adopted a new rule that calls for people who wear so-called “saggy pants” to pull them up or risk being barred from riding the system.



Pub Perspective: Too much reliance on consultants?

Many times, agencies feel they need to hire the least expensive consult team to help guard taxpayer money. My consultant contacts tell me this approach may violate state and federal laws.

Practicum focuses on innovative funding, financing solutions

The event was hosted by APTA and CUTA and held prior to APTA’s Rail Conference in Montreal in mid-June.



Following string of incidents, FRA 45-day Metra investigation to focus on safety

Set to focus on Metra’s program of operational tests and inspections for all its operating crews, with special emphasis on training, qualification and testing of locomotive engineers.

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