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June 2011 Issue

Chicago Railcar Testing Reaches the Home Stretch

Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

The Chicago Transit Authority has been in-service testing 10 5000-Series railcar prototypes, manufactured by Bombardier Transportation, for the past year. Final designs of the new railcars will feature onboard video surveillance, aisle-facing seating and AC propulsion.

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Chicago Railcar Testing Reaches the Home Stretch
Rail| May 18, 2011

Chicago Railcar Testing Reaches the Home Stretch

The Chicago Transit Authority has been in-service testing 10 5000-Series railcar prototypes, manufactured by Bombardier Transportation, for the past year. Final designs of the new railcars will feature onboard video surveillance, aisle-facing seating and AC propulsion.
Bus| May 19, 2011

Yes, rail investments produce jobs and growth!

Eliminating all FY 2011 dollars for high-speed and intercity rail is therefore more than short-sighted. It sets the stage for an attack on the whole program.
Railcar Suppliers Look to Offer Range of Services
Rail| May 19, 2011

Railcar Suppliers Look to Offer Range of Services

Vehicle suppliers are stepping up to offer services for every facet of ownership, from installation of rail to refurbishment and modernization. Also, many are focusing on practices already in place throughout the world, where risk of ownership is actually transferred back to the company, enabling the rail operator to operate the system on an established fixed cost.
Travel Training Options Help Take the Pressure Off Paratransit Services
Accessibility| May 18, 2011

Travel Training Options Help Take the Pressure Off Paratransit Services

Transit agencies are relieving some of the costs coming from paratransit programs with travel training mobility centers, in-person assessments and more flexible bus routes.
Utah Rail Plan Key to Greener, More Sustainable Communities
Rail| May 18, 2011

Utah Rail Plan Key to Greener, More Sustainable Communities

As one component of a comprehensive plan to improve mobility and air quality and decrease traffic throughout the Wasatch Front, the commuter rail line and four light rail lines in the Frontlines Program will add 70 miles to the Utah Transportation Authority's existing 64-mile rail network.
Improving Bus Service Cost and Efficiency Using Indoor Location Systems
Bus| May 18, 2011

Improving Bus Service Cost and Efficiency Using Indoor Location Systems

The new efficiencies in service that automatic vehicle location brings are being extended into transit yard operations using systems that can provide very accurate vehicle location through covered parking garages and maintenance facilities.
Using Driver Training Simulators to Enhance Coach Safety
Motorcoach| May 18, 2011

Using Driver Training Simulators to Enhance Coach Safety

Equipment provides a safe environment for drivers to learn good driving habits and correct unsafe ones. Use of simulators is also expected to save operators on fuel and training costs.
Rail projects top $83 billion in U.S., Canada
Rail| May 18, 2011

Rail projects top $83 billion in U.S., Canada

Despite the quick decline of high-speed rail projects and a $4 billion dip compared to 2010, this year's Top Rail Projects survey features four new projects, including Honolulu's $5.3 billion light rail project. The Toronto Transit Commission again tops this year's list, with Canadian projects, overall, putting together a strong showing.
Bus| May 18, 2011

Public transportation's reckoning is coming soon

Cliff Henke, a contributing editor to METRO, is senior analyst at PB. His views herein are solely his own.
5 Questions: Stephanie Negriff, Director, Big Blue Bus
Bus| May 18, 2011

5 Questions: Stephanie Negriff, Director, Big Blue Bus

Stephanie Negriff rose through the ranks of the Big Blue Bus (BBB) to become its director in August 2002. She recently announced her decision to retire from her position in October 2011 after 25 years of service with the City of Santa Monica.
Riverside Transit tests hydraulic hybrid system
Bus| May 18, 2011

Riverside Transit tests hydraulic hybrid system

RTA's ElDorado National vehicle is being used to test Eaton's hydraulic hybrid system, which was installed by Riverside, Calif.-based Complete Coach Works.
BART launches mobile seat lab to elicit customer feedback
Accessibility| May 18, 2011

BART launches mobile seat lab to elicit customer feedback

The mobile seat lab took several months to create and contains four stations, each equipped with several different seats.
Transit agencies heighten security in wake of bin Laden killing
Rail| May 18, 2011

Transit agencies heighten security in wake of bin Laden killing

The New Jersey Transit Police Department maintained close communication with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; the FBI; and agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels.

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