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October 22, 2014

Detroit M-1 streetcar reaches construction milestone

The first nearly 900 cubic yards of concrete was poured along a section of Detroit's M1 Rail on...

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October 22, 2014

FTA, MARTA studying new light rail line

Though voters defeated the so-called TSPLOST transportation sales tax on July 31, 2012, the need...

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October 22, 2014

MBTA taps Chinese company for new railcars

The Alliance for American Manufacturers — a national labor group — blasted the deal in a letter...

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October 22, 2014

Alstom to supply 12 Citadis trams

They will serve the Illkirch-Graffenstaden town center, which has considerably been expanded over...

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FEATURES

Bus Fires: Best Practices for Reducing the Risk

SP Fire Research is leading the way for more effective fire suppression systems by establishing a certification process and test method for testing fire suppression systems against known fire threats and environmental conditions specific to bus engine environments.


Q&A: FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan

Prior experience working with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the San Francisco Bay Area prepared her well for tackling transportation and transit issues on the national stage.


2014 Women In Transportation: Sanja Zlatanic, PE

VP, Chief Tunnel Engineer HNTB Corp. New York City


2014 Women In Transportation: Vicki Woolridge

Government Affairs Manager South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Pompano Beach, Fla.




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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