APRIL 2010

New BRT Projects Gather Momentum Across the U.S.
By Nicole Schlosser, Associate Editor

Several projects are in the planning stages, many of them on the West Coast. Although funding is once again a common hurdle, with financial support hinging on tight application deadlines, transit agencies are pushing ahead.

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Transit Industry Invests in Innovative Ways to Go Green

The focus on environmentally friendly practices in the transit industry continues, with the help of economic stimulus grants and support from industry association programs and events.

Will U.S. High-Speed Rail Systems Finally Ride Off Into the Sunset?

The $8 billion in ARRA funds awarded to 13 high-speed rail projects in January will impact about 31 states and is only the beginning of a new transportation vision by the Obama administration.

Red Carpet Charter's Polzien Rides High on Success

A CPA-turned coach company owner, METRO Magazine's Operator of the Year award winner, Jeff Polzien, president of the Oklahoma City-based operation, built his own business using his knack for selecting the best people for the job, and committing to core values.

Air Conditioning Modifications Meet Changing Transportation Needs

Use of new refrigerants to comply with emission standards, lighter weight materials, and electric and roof-mount system designs show the changes that are taking place in the industry.

Daimler Unveils EPA 2010-Compliant Orion Model

Employs SCR technology to meet EPA emission standards on the new Orion VII vehicle, which is also a showcase for new customer options such as BRT roof styling. Less visible changes were also made, including the standardization of various components.


Snowstorms halt D.C. transit services

Metro officials said the last storm approaching this year's in magnitude occurred in 2003.

BART asks customers what they want in new police chief

BART riders said increasing police presence should be a top priority for the next chief.

Vancouver transit systems achieve ridership gains from Olympic Games

TransLink SkyTrain ridership was up 54 percent during the first week of the Olympic Games.

TIGER grants show preview of Obama's transportation vision

Many believe that the president will put a 'TIGER-like' program in his surface transportation authorization proposal. Given the urgent need for investment out there, his proposal will come not a second too soon.

Motorcoach, tour and travel industry outlook

Peter Pantuso, CTIS, is the president and CEO of the American Bus Association.


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