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June 2015 Issue

Dubai Tram System: Alstom's Innovative Rail Tech Takes Off

Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

The six-mile tramway, featuring 11 vehicles and 11 air-conditioned stations, provides a key link to the fast-growing urban oasis in the United Arab Emirates.

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Dubai Tram System: Alstom's Innovative Rail Tech Takes Off
Rail| June 17, 2015

Dubai Tram System: Alstom's Innovative Rail Tech Takes Off

The six-mile tramway, featuring 11 vehicles and 11 air-conditioned stations, provides a key link to the fast-growing urban oasis in the United Arab Emirates.

Rail agencies adopt FRA's system for reporting close calls
Rail| June 17, 2015

Rail agencies adopt FRA's system for reporting close calls

Close calls are safety-related issues or concerns, which could be anything from a passenger car door that opened on the wrong side of a train to a distracted conductor who was almost struck by a car being coupled in a rail yard.

Consultant Roundtable 2015: Execs Foresee Changing Federal Role
Government Issues| June 17, 2015

Consultant Roundtable 2015: Execs Foresee Changing Federal Role

With nothing but short-term extensions predicted for the immediate future, the consultant industry stresses the need to find a long-term funding mechanism, while also looking at states and localities to play more of a role in financing capital projects.

Electro Wire connects rail industry with cable needs
Rail| June 17, 2015

Electro Wire connects rail industry with cable needs

Its facilities, automated equipment and lean manufacturing process reduce labor content and minimize waste resulting in significant cost savings for standard or custom cable assemblies, box builds or other electromechanical builds.

Transit Contractors Leveraging Tech to Help Fleets Work 'Smarter'
Management & Operations| June 17, 2015

Transit Contractors Leveraging Tech to Help Fleets Work 'Smarter'

Four executives explain how they work to balance the reality of limited transit budgets with increasing customer service requirements and adapting to growing paratransit service demand.

Government Issues| June 17, 2015

Pub Perspective: Alternative delivery depends on good outside expertise

This issue contains our annual rail projects survey as well as our annual focus on consultants. Great rail projects have always depended on good outside expertise that the best engineering and planning consultant teams have provided to project owners.

Are Increased Roadside Motorcoach Inspections Missing the Point?
Motorcoach| June 17, 2015

Are Increased Roadside Motorcoach Inspections Missing the Point?

While many acknowledge that the feds efforts to clean up the perception of the industry following some high-profile crashes has been effective, many are alarmed with the inconsistency that has come with increased inspections as well as how they are being used to create a score that  is viewable by the public.  

2015 Top Rail Project Cost Reaches $91B
Rail| June 17, 2015

2015 Top Rail Project Cost Reaches $91B

New York City Transit tops this year’s list with $16.5 billion, while several projects, including the Second Avenue Subway and Sound Transit’s University Link, hit major milestones. Meanwhile streetcars continue to make an impact, with one from 2014 successfully launching and three more set to open in the next year or two.  

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