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September 2, 2014

N.J. to test solar-powered commuter pods

The pods essentially operate as mini, personal trains. They travel point-to-point along the rail...

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September 2, 2014

BART introduces security app

Riders have been asking for a safe, silent and discreet way to communicate with BART when they are...

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September 2, 2014

Valley Metro lower fare vending machines

The adaptation was prompted by a Phoenix councilmember after a local veteran in a mobility device...

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September 2, 2014

NYC lawmakers want more transparency on bed bugs

Bed bugs were reportedly been spotted again on some New York City subways last week, with an N train...

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FEATURES

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

Nine industry experts weigh in on key transportation topics. 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

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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