JANUARY 2010

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Motorcoach Top 50 Tough Out Economy
By Nicole Schlosser, Associate Editor

FirstGroup America tops the list in METRO’s annual motorcoach survey, with 8,326 vehicles. The recession had business down overall, but operators forged ahead with more contract work and acquired new technological tools.



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Features

Top 10 Most Viewed Stories in 2009

Top viewed stories included "Is Enough Being Done to Stop the Assault on Bus Operators?,"Women In Transportation," and "Federal Transit Funding Key to Rebuilding Economy."



Freight and Passenger Rail: Friends or Foes?

Freight and passenger rail operators share two goals: enhanced infrastructure and efficient transportation. Can they attain those goals while sharing tracks? Both sides emphasize the necessity of balancing needs and working together to receive funding.



Daimler Begins New Era of Leadership, Innovation

Continued success and innovation are on tap for new President/CEO Richard Ferguson’s regime, as the company prepares to roll out vehicles with engines that meet EPA 2010 standards and, down the road, looks to introduce new innovative vehicles.





DEPARTMENTS

N.Y. to boost efforts to curb sexual harassment on subway

Although numbers reported reflect success combating sexual harassment on New York's subway system, advocates and police officials agree those numbers may not tell the whole story.



Peter Pan debuts new look, targets younger demographic

Peter Pan’s redesigned coach exterior creates a sleeker, updated look, while still featuring the company’s iconic green and white color scheme.

Taking the distractions out of driving

Why do we allow ourselves to be distracted? Most often it's because we're impatient and lose focus on the road conditions around us. However, when we drive regularly (and some of us do it for a living), we also develop a trait called "muscle memory." Or in other words, our minds are simply driving on "auto pilot" and not actively concentrating on driving. The result is boredom.



Biggest issues of 2009 likely to dominate 2010

Unless enough consensus emerges to finally get a full, six-year bill, look for a series of short-term extensions — and more challenges — throughout 2010.

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