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April 22, 2014

Okla. transit to cut routes, raise fares

As part of city budget cuts, Tulsa Transit is being pushed to raise its fares and slash bus routes....

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April 22, 2014

TriMet police make arrest in ticket fraud case

Suspect may have forged more than one thousand passes over the past several months.

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April 22, 2014

D.C. Metro’s sustainability plan to cut vehicle energy use by 15%

Other targets set by the new initiative include increasing Metro ridership 25% by 2025; increasing...

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April 22, 2014

N.Y. transit hub attains LEED certification

The Hub, which was designed by QPK Design and constructed by Bette & Cringe, opened in September...

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FEATURES

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.


Mobile Surveillance Helping Transit Agencies Operate More Efficiently

While often being used to provide driver and passenger safety, solutions can offer even more capabilities, such as improving headways, with the film itself also able to be used as a training tool.


Sustainable Service: Planning a Green(er) Line for Boston

The Green Line Extension will include seven new stations, the addition of 4.5 miles of light rail track and the development of two facilities, with emphasis placed on developing and implementing sustainable solutions wherever possible.




PRODUCTS

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

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.



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.

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.



Seattle aerial gondola system proposed

The system, which can move 1,800 passengers per hour each way, would link Seattle’s waterfront with downtown’s convention center.

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