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April 2009 Issue

Rethinking The Greening of Transit

Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

Sustainability is being looked at in a more comprehensive way, with a new focus on economic and social impacts in addition to environmental. Growing trends include committee development and creating long-term strategies.

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Rethinking The Greening of Transit
Sustainability| April 2, 2009

Rethinking The Greening of Transit

Sustainability is being looked at in a more comprehensive way, with a new focus on economic and social impacts in addition to environmental. Growing trends include committee development and creating long-term strategies.
Vehicle Wash Systems: Keeping Fleets Clean & Green
Bus| April 2, 2009

Vehicle Wash Systems: Keeping Fleets Clean & Green

Applications range from simple, single-brush models to fixed drive-through options. In an effort to go 'green,' some company's systems reduce the amount of water or chemicals used and feature high-efficiency motors to reduce energy usage.
Implementing BRT: Making the Busway Work for You
Bus| April 2, 2009

Implementing BRT: Making the Busway Work for You

Flexible in the extreme, BRT can be implemented in stages and allowed to develop its ridership over time -- either as an end unto itself or as a prelude to a rail system. That underlying reality is one of BRT's most appealing virtues: even in the most difficult of financial times, small and large metropolitan regions alike still need public transportation.
Charter Rules Position Motorcoach Industry on Fast Track to New Business
Motorcoach| April 2, 2009

Charter Rules Position Motorcoach Industry on Fast Track to New Business

Many in the motorcoach industry say that the new opportunities are excellent for generating new revenues and working cooperatively with other operators and even local transit properties.
Securing Rail Systems From The Ground Up
Rail| April 2, 2009

Securing Rail Systems From The Ground Up

Austin, Texas' Capital Metro and Phoenix-based Valley Metro employed special crime prevention tactics when designing their systems, as well as CCTV cameras and manpower to secure their rail systems' passengers, trains and other infrastructure.
Bus| April 2, 2009

BRT Projects Roll Along Despite Economic Slump

Across the U.S., bus rapid transit system plans are moving along at a healthy speed. While funding is a concern for many, two newly operating systems are already experiencing unanticipated ridership increases.
Motorcoach| April 2, 2009

Motorcoach travel: the greenest

In a green time, motorcoach travel holds its weight.
Bus| April 2, 2009

Buy America gets challenged again

Countries all over the world recognize the need for government investment to jump-start their economies, build their heavy industry, and keep or add more higher-wage jobs.
Management & Operations| April 1, 2009

S.D. MTS develops 30-second commercial

The MTS' 30-second spot, created by multimedia production company Groovy Like A Movie, coincided with "National Dump the Pump Day" and attempted to boost ridership at a time when gas prices soared over the $4.50 per gallon mark.
Management & Operations| April 1, 2009

Cell phone bus tracking applications developed

A new cell-phone based system enables transit agencies, such as King County Metro, to enable riders to track the status of their bus in real-time.
Management & Operations| April 1, 2009

Operators slow to receive funds for Hurricane evacuations

Although some operators have begun to receive funds for Hurricane Gustav, Ike evacuations, many are still left waiting.

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