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April 24, 2014

Cubic receives Calif. Clipper card add-on contract

The $7.5 million contract from Metropolitan Transportation Commission to expand the fare payment...

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April 23, 2014

Md. gubernatorial candidate advocates for high speed rail

If elected, Maryland State Attorney General Doug Gansler will form a task force to develop recommendations...

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April 23, 2014

Minn. Metro light rail to run 24 hours on trial basis

The schedule for the first Green Line trains, which will roll June 14, will be on a trial basis...

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April 23, 2014

Deer tracking cameras help catch N.Y. subway copper thieves

Since the police began using the trophy cameras in September, nine incidents of trespassing in the...

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FEATURES

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.


Atlanta Revisits its Streetcar ‘Routes’ to Help Revitalize City

The 2.7-mile Atlanta Streetcar will provide improved connectivity between existing MARTA heavy rail, express bus services, planned light rail and locations not well-served by transit today.


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

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

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.



Local business in best position to advocate for HTF fix

Our private sector organizations need to tell their story, forcefully, about the jobs and the lost business activity at stake if contracts are cancelled, delayed or suspended.

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