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July 30, 2014

Alstom locomotives attain Russian safety cert

The first vehicles should enter commercial service during autumn and will start operating in Siberia...

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July 30, 2014

San Antonio streetcar project nixed

Citing a lack of community support, the city's mayor is asking staff to draft an ordinance for City...

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July 30, 2014

MBTA adding Wi-Fi on commuter rail system

At absolutely no cost to the MBTA or its customers, inMOTION Wireless Inc. will build a $5.6 million...

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July 30, 2014

Former Toronto transit CEO to review recent SkyTrain issues

Gary McNeil has been hired to evaluate what happened and TransLink’s response to the shutdowns....

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FEATURES

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

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.


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.


Contractors: Not Just About Running Trains

Taking a one-stop-shop approach, these companies help enhance services by forming strategic partnerships with local companies and focusing on regional needs. They can also improve fleet reliability and offer technological innovations and safety programs.


Tech Report: Kinetic energy storage system increases efficient use of rail power

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently completed the installation of a VYCON kinetic energy storage system at Metro’s Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park station.




PRODUCTS

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.



Wheelchair Lift

The Mirage wheelchair lift has a low profile, cassette-type design, offering reliable operation with minimal intrusion in the luggage bay. The BayLift allows mid-ship or rear coach installation for layout flexibility. Both models feature a patented threshold warning system and are FMVSS compliant.



DEPARTMENTS

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.



Pub Perspective: The most important P in PPP is the last one

The first thing to understand about P3s is that they are primarily a money-saving strategy and are still expected to earn a return on investment.

Transit systems work to preserve trees along rail lines

Transit systems planning rail lines, such as Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, are working with their communities to preserve trees in the paths of proposed routes.



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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