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September 2009 Issue

GM Survey: Recession Impacting Operations, Capital Programs

Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

Fourth annual survey finds that one out of four respondents tabbed stimulus funds for operating assistance, while one-third plan to buy vehicles with the money. Meanwhile, the average GM salary is $156,605.

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GM Survey: Recession Impacting Operations, Capital Programs
Bus| September 15, 2009

GM Survey: Recession Impacting Operations, Capital Programs

Fourth annual survey finds that one out of four respondents tabbed stimulus funds for operating assistance, while one-third plan to buy vehicles with the money. Meanwhile, the average GM salary is $156,605.
Bus| September 30, 2009

Women In Transportation

This year we profile the achievements of seven women, who have used skills in planning, business, leadership, communications and industry advocacy to make their mark on the industry.
Management & Operations| September 30, 2009

What sustainable practices have you adopted?

See GM's response to this question.
Bus| September 17, 2009

Facing the real 'crisis' in public transportation

What I am suggesting is that maybe it is time, especially when we are trying to figure out what our next authorization bill will look like, to look at international examples.
Bus| September 15, 2009

Despite Stimulus, Funding Issues Remain for Top 100

Sixty-five percent of this year's respondents report difficulty providing services due to steady ridership demands and decreased funding. New York City Transit holds down number one slot.
Rail| September 15, 2009

Budget, taxes will determine next transportation bill

Some D.C. observers believe that the outcome of larger issues, like health care reform and energy policies, will affect transportation funding.
Digital Signage Delivers On-the-Spot Information
Bus| September 15, 2009

Digital Signage Delivers On-the-Spot Information

Displays with predicted arrival times in shelters and stations have led to increased rider convenience, allowing for better time management and possibly increased ridership. New features include intensity controls, multi-color displays and customizing messages for service changes.
Transit Art Optimizes Form and Function
Bus| September 14, 2009

Transit Art Optimizes Form and Function

From initial station design to final installation and opening to the public, the process of incorporating works of art into transit systems involves both transit and art professionals, as well as community members.
Bus| September 14, 2009

Health and Wellness Programs Help Keep the Doctor Away

Experience has shown that employees do react when employers make wellness a priority. Building blocks to a good wellness program may include providing personal leadership, access to nutrition classes and incentivizing healthy lifestyles.
Hiring Practices, Training Key to Effective Transit Security
Bus| September 14, 2009

Hiring Practices, Training Key to Effective Transit Security

For some larger metropolitan areas a transit police force is necessary, while other agencies often work with their local police departments. Other agencies may choose to hire a private security firm with the authority to enforce a transit agency's rules and regulations.
What Europe Can Teach America about HSR Development
Rail| September 14, 2009

What Europe Can Teach America about HSR Development

European and Asian success in this mode have the essential elements that California and the U.S. seek to emulate: strong government funding and policy oversight roles that show consistent public commitment over decades. All this must also be coupled with private sector funding participation, project delivery and service operation in a managed competition.
TOD Poised to Push Past the Recession
Bus| September 14, 2009

TOD Poised to Push Past the Recession

Walkable urban communities are growing in popularity, due to changing demographics and the current economic climate. As a top economic driver, transit is in an optimal position to help bring the route to recovery closer to home.
Bus| September 14, 2009

Tire leasing contracts help agencies save cash

A significant cost for many transit agencies, some in the industry have begun leasing tires and reaping a large savings, annually.
Motorcoach| September 14, 2009

Report: Unsafe motorcoach carriers "reincarnate' to resume risky service

Many operators, such as the operator involved in a crash in Sherman, Texas in August 2008, continue to operate under new name or sometimes even the same name.

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