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October 16, 2014

Amtrak taps Siemens for static frequency converter work

Order includes the delivery, installation and commissioning of two 30-megawatt converter units as...

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October 16, 2014

APTA announces AdWheel Award winners

Over 500 entries competed this year in the five categories of print, electronic, campaign, special...

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October 15, 2014

Question of the Day: EXPO Wednesday

How has social media positively and negatively impacted your agency?

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October 15, 2014

Capitol Metro Puts the Health of Its Employees at Forefront

The agency enacted an innovative, holistic, technology-based Employee Wellness Program, which was...

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FEATURES

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.


2014 Women In Transportation: Eve Williams

CEO/President Dikita Enterprises Dallas




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

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.



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.

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.



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.

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