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August 29, 2014

Md. MTA Purple Line approved for engineering phase

Entry into the New Starts Engineering phase is the final milestone required before FTA can sign...

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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 28, 2014

Cleveland opens new Rapid Station

The new station, near Case Western Reserve University, replaces an aging rail station and bus terminal,...

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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

Consultant Roundtable: Leading the Charge to Capitalize on New Transportation Mindset

Nine industry experts weigh in on key transportation topics. Whether it is maintaining and growing ridership on public transportation or taking advantage of new project delivery methods, many believe it is important to embrace today’s more modern approach to living, working and playing.


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.


2014 Top Rail Projects Survey

With a reported $16.5 billion in projects, New York City Transit again tops the list, with the amount of streetcar projects in North America continuing to grow. Total project purse grows nearly 50% over 10 years.


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.




PRODUCTS

Safety training DVD set

Transit & Paratransit Co.’s new training course, Safety Leadership, is designed to provide guidance for managers to influence safe driver behaviors. The course consists of seven interactive DVDs that cover topics, such as accidents and why people have them; understanding human behavior and behavior-based safety; and leadership principles and techniques. The course takes approximately four-and-a-half hours to complete and costs $2,500.



Wireless fleet software

REI introduced two new wireless fleet software add-ons for its mobile video surveillance system: A.R.M.O.R. - Auto Pilot and A.R.M.O.R. - Diagnostics. A.R.M.O.R.  - Auto Pilot manages wireless downloading, reporting and automated notification of video events the operator defines, as well as video download requests made while the vehicle is off or in the lot. A.R.M.O.R.-Diagnostics is a vehicle, DVR and camera diagnostics software tool that allows proactive monitoring of your fleet's health status. With the J1939 CAN-BUS option, an operation can monitor excessive idling through RPM detection, fuel usage, mechanical issues, check engine lights, tire and oil pressure, and historical maintenance records.



DEPARTMENTS

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.

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.



Former T&I Chairman and champion of ‘intermodality’ Oberstar dies

James Oberstar, former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) and long-time transportation advocate, died in May at age 79.

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