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April 17, 2014

Metro-North names 3 to top operating posts

Glen Hayden named VP, engineering; Michael J. Yaeger as chief mechanical officer; and Kevin J. O’Connor...

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April 17, 2014

Public transportation users save $10,174 annually

The monthly APTA Transit Savings Report examines how an individual in a two-person household can...

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April 16, 2014

Metra releases names from 'patronage files'

Handwritten index cards reflecting patronage hiring at the agency dating back 30 years contain recommendations...

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April 16, 2014

MTA awards contracts for East Side Access Manhattan tunnels, caverns

Contractors will line more than 10,000 linear feet of newly excavated tunnels with permanent structural...

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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.


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.


Telematics Tech: Tapping Vehicle Intelligence to Make Good Fleets Great

Systems are becoming more sophisticated with the ability to generate and analyze more data, allowing transit systems to improve safety, efficiency and cut costs.




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

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.



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.

Montreal transit app rewards riders with personalized offers

The STMMerci app uses precision marketing to provide local event and product offers exclusive to transit riders based on their preferences and locations.



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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