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July 21, 2014
The project is funded by the Regional Transportation Authority and through federal and other regional...
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The program is a student-run free clinic and combines health education with physical therapy. It...
The fleet underwent a full-scale system test earlier this month, where all 15 MetroRapid 803 buses...
A $350,000 grant from the Virginia DOT, as well as subsidies from UVa’s department of parking and...
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.
Converting to alternative fuels is one popular savings tactic, while recruiting and retaining great drivers is a shared concern.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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