JULY 2011

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Firetrace provides reliable, cost-effective automatic fire suppression systems

Today, Firetrace systems can be found in transit and military vehicles, wind turbines, fume hoods, electrical cabinets and laboratory applications focusing on the protection of micro-environments, targeting the heart of the fire.



Transit Funding, Elections Loom Large Over the Industry

With the lack of funding already beginning to take its toll, consultants believe the 2012 elections and pending reauthorization will play a huge role in how public transportation agencies are viewed down the road. Despite the outcome, many believe a new approach is needed for completing capital projects.



Consultant Achievements: NYC No. 7 Line Subway

The extension of the No. 7 line will provide a connection to an expanded Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Hudson Yards area.



Consultant Achievements: Valley Metro Rail's Phoenix West project

InfraConsult staff members have been involved with the development of the METRO system since the early planning days and are currently providing public involvement and communication strategies services for an 11-mile planned extension of the system, the Phoenix West project.

U.S. Rail Ready For Security Challenges

Taking a proactive approach to potential rail attacks, agencies such as Amtrak and L.A. Metro have been fortifying their resources and outreach programs for years. As a result, they were ready and able to help riders feel safe when recent terrorist threats loomed.



Coach Carriers Find Stable Work in Sports Contracts

Operators able to get work from professional and college teams say that it is high-stakes and regimented, but well worth it for its steadiness and free publicity. Going beyond transportation by creating an event experience helps.



Contractors Go High Tech to Boost Transit Operation Efficiency, Productivity

Contracting out transit services are not only a cost-savings solution, but also a way to maximize the efficiency and productivity of transit operations through the use of technology and innovative operational practices.



Consultant Achievements: DART Green Line extension

STV has worked with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) since the mid-1990s to bring a light rail network to the Dallas area.

DEPARTMENTS

RIPTA to bring accessible taxicabs to area

Originally planning to begin the program in September, RIPTA had settled on buying Chrysler minivans. However, because RIPTA plans to buy 10 vans, the vehicles must pass Altoona testing; a process which the vans previously selected had not gone through.



Committees make progress on transportation authorization bill

EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer and House T&I Chairman John Mica both hope to have their bills introduced and marked up by the Fourth of July Congressional recess.

Private sector investment won't cover whole gap

Many policy makers are looking to various proposals to involve private capital to close the growing gap between the available tax revenues — especially at the federal level, but also, state and local taxes dedicated to transit — and what is needed, especially to maintain rail and bus systems adequately.



Consensus emerging on streamlining federal project reviews

Cliff Henke, a contributing editor to METRO, is senior analyst at PB. His views herein are solely his own.

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