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New Flyer opens innovation lab for advanced bus technology

Bus| October 19, 2017

The Vehicle Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art manufacturing lab, featuring virtual reality learning spaces, driving simulators, and other interactive exhibits.

Secretary Chao reminds APTA crowd about FTA safety oversight deadline

Government Issues| October 12, 2017

Federal law requires states with rail transit systems to establish an FTA-certified SSO Program by April 15, 2019 or risk having federal funds to public transportation agencies throughout that state withheld until certification is achieved.

Sustainability| October 11, 2017

New Flyer lands LA Metro contract for up to 100 60-foot electric buses

The decision was spurred by Metro’s commitment to all-electric transit buses by 2030, and was supported by the Federal Transit Administration Local Labor Hiring Pilot Program.

Government Issues| October 5, 2017

[Video] Transit Asset Management with the FTA's Mshadoni Smith

A hot topic from last year's Transit Maintenance Forum, the FTA's Transit Asset Management Rule is now a reality that many transit agencies have to tackle. The FTA's Mshadoni Smith discusses the rule after her session at BusCon 2017.

Bus| October 5, 2017

[Video] Altoona Testing Updates with FTA's Marcel Belanger

The FTA's Marcel Belanger and his team discussed changes to the administration's Altoona Testing bus program at BusCon 2017.

Government Issues| October 3, 2017

U.S. DOT awards funds to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria repairs

As of Sept. 22, FTA has awarded $8.4 million in critical grant funding to Puerto Rico to support their transit systems on the island as part of the Department's efforts.

Sustainability| September 26, 2017

New Minn. Metro Transit BRT line to include New Flyer electric buses

The buses will be among the first 60-foot battery-electric articulated buses put into service in the U.S.

Rail| September 20, 2017

Honolulu officials submit new light rail plan to FTA

The total project cost included in the new plan remains at $8.165 billion for capital costs exclusive of finance charges, with full revenue service scheduled for December 2025.

September 20, 2017

The Transit Industry's Workforce Challenge is Still Real

Where are we today with the great anticipated retirement wave? It looks like it may finally be starting, if not fully underway. It seems at least a couple times each month we here of a transit CEO who is retiring, technical staff who are leaving, and the difficulty in filling maintenance and operations positions with skilled workers for those who have retired.

Sustainability| September 18, 2017

FTA awards $55M in Low-No bus grants

Projects were selected on a competitive basis using evaluation criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, such as community needs, project benefits, and local technical and financial capacity.

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