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September 26, 2014

Ridesharing services face legal threats in California

The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles on Thursday accused the companies of violating...

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September 26, 2014

No indications of U.S. subway terror plot, officials say

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have no indications of an ISIS terror plot against U.S....

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September 26, 2014

Tucson streetcar ridership exceeds expectations

By the first week of September, the streetcar was averaging roughly 5,000 per day, and continues...

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September 25, 2014

UTA board members complete transit challenge, give feedback

Newly elected UTA Board Chair David Burton, who declined the challenge, said he rides public transit...

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FEATURES

'Connected' Vehicle Testing Aims to Bolster Bus Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation is testing nearly 3,000 vehicles, including transit buses, equipped with wireless communication devices that transmit a safety message indicating their position, speed and other data.


Q&A: Shuttle Service Providers Talk Efficiencies, Hurdles

Converting to alternative fuels is one popular savings tactic, while recruiting and retaining great drivers is a shared concern.


LaFrance, local transit agencies forge partnerships, reap benefits

A lack of job stability in the transit bus industry, as well as the textile industry that services the transit market, is a key reason three transit properties and their seat fabric supplier forged a bond that has proven to be mutually beneficial to all participants.


Transit Contractors Bring Efficiencies, Share Success Stories

Discussing projects ranging from university to paratransit to streetcar services, prominent players in the field customize services, use partnership models and make operations more sustainable.




PRODUCTS

Automatic Tire Chain System

Without having to stop the vehicle, the Onspot Automatic Tire Chain System offers the traction of a single set of conventional snow chains at the flip of a dashboard switch. An electric switch mounted in the cab provides 12 volts to an air solenoid mounted in the vehicle's frame rail. Designed for ice, packed snow and up to six inches of snow, the chain system eliminates wheel well damage from broken conventional chains. Other benefits include more hauling force, faster acceleration and a reduced stopping distance. DOT-approved in all 50 states.



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

Houston Metro equips buses with air sterilization device

A team of graduating seniors from Rice University created, with the help of Houston Metro, a system for public transit that would continually clear the air in the bus of pathogens.



Houston Metro equips buses with air sterilization device

A team of graduating seniors from Rice University created, with the help of Houston Metro, a system for public transit that would continually clear the air in the bus of pathogens.

Riverside Transit tests hydraulic hybrid system

RTA's ElDorado National vehicle is being used to test Eaton's hydraulic hybrid system, which was installed by Riverside, Calif.-based Complete Coach Works.



U. of Alabama grows fleet to keep pace with student population

Celebrating its fifth year, the University of Alabama’s Crimson Ride transit service recently signed a contract with Nova Bus for two buses per year over a five-year span to both replace vehicles and expand services.

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