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August 2009 Issue

Is Enough Being Done to Stop the Assault on Bus Operators?

Alex Roman, Managing Editor

Many assaults stem from confrontations involving passengers who refuse to pay the proper fare. To help mitigate the problem, some transit systems have turned to offering self-defense training and equipping vehicles with driver shields, and supplying operators with pepper gel.

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Is Enough Being Done to Stop the Assault on Bus Operators?
Management & Operations| August 13, 2009

Is Enough Being Done to Stop the Assault on Bus Operators?

Many assaults stem from confrontations involving passengers who refuse to pay the proper fare. To help mitigate the problem, some transit systems have turned to offering self-defense training and equipping vehicles with driver shields, and supplying operators with pepper gel.
Accessibility| August 17, 2009

Striking a Delicate Balance Between Demand and Funds

Paratransit operators are once again feeling the budget pinch, with more riders boarding and funding vanishing. More providers are relying on scheduling software and the Internet to accommodate customers. New survey questions provide information on productivity, billing and denial reporting.
Bus| August 13, 2009

Find what makes you unique at this year's BusCon

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What to Consider Before Equipping Your Fleet with Video Surveillance
Bus| August 13, 2009

What to Consider Before Equipping Your Fleet with Video Surveillance

While technological advances are happening at a faster rate, when looking for a video system that fits your needs, considering the basics such as video quality, user-friendliness and video storage are still key.
Motorcoach| August 13, 2009

Motorcoach Operators See Benefits from Diverse Driver Training Options

Supplementary driver training -- including classroom, online and simulator training -- can lead to improved fuel economy, lowered maintenance and insurance costs, and accident reduction.
Rail Systems Flip the Switch on Electrification
Rail| August 13, 2009

Rail Systems Flip the Switch on Electrification

Numerous benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the ability to achieve faster speeds and accelerate more quickly, storing energy through regenerative braking and easing maintenance. The high price tag for capital costs may be the only downside.
Soubry Sets Sights on Taking New Flyer to the 'Next Level'
Management & Operations| August 13, 2009

Soubry Sets Sights on Taking New Flyer to the 'Next Level'

Employing what he calls a "participatory" style of management, Soubry has rebranded his executive leadership team, devised a new company intranet system and is writing a weekly blog. Development of a training institute, technology management and the readying for the launch of the company's first hydrogen bus fleet are in the works.
Motorcoach| August 11, 2009

Private bus and motorcoach industry working on future

Bus and motorcoach travelers generate more than $55 billion annually in economic transactions and create employment for nearly 800,000 people.
Bus| August 11, 2009

TriMet to build first multi-use transit bridge in U.S.

TriMet has chosen a cable-stayed bridge type and is in the design phase in its work on a bridge that will connect both sides of the Williamette River with transit and pedestrian access.
Rail| August 11, 2009

NTSB urges D.C. Metro to install backup safety technologies

The NTSB recently wrapped its investigation of the crash site in August.
Bus| August 11, 2009

Report: ARRA transit funds not being used effectively

A report found that only 0.9 percent of STP funds are being used on public transportation.

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