AUGUST 2011

COVER STORY
 
Paratransit Operators Cite Ever-Higher Demand
By Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

What’s new? Not much. Ridership is still high, and funding is still vanishing. Many providers are still looking to technology to cope and some are including new types of vehicles in their fleets. Travel training, which appears to be growing in popularity, may be a partial solution.



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Steps to Help Transit Systems Get On the Road to Financial Viability

One option to help keep costs down is replacing older vehicles through an accelerated vehicle acquisition plan that uses municipal leases. With tight credit markets and limited access to capital markets, this is an efficient, less costly option.



Improving Fire Safety of Buses and Coaches

About 1 percent of all buses suffer some form of fire incident each year. For many years, the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden has been at the forefront of research on improving bus fire safety. The organization has an ongoing project with the intention of creating an international standard for fire suppression systems in engine compartments of buses and coaches.



School Budget Woes Challenge Coach Operators with Student Transport Contracts

School budgets are declining, leaving many with no choice but to cut activities such as class trips and summer school. Carriers are negotiating fuel payments and benefiting from alternative vehicle scheduling.



Construction Firm Building America’s Transit Future

Major challenge is the surge of competition that has surfaced in the industry vying for a piece of the high-speed rail industry, which hasn’t materialized yet.

METRO's Annual Bus Showcase

Finding the right bus to fit your needs can use up time and energy that you should be spending elsewhere.



BusCon to Present Products, Tools for Growth

The 115,000-square-foot show floor will feature the latest vehicles and products on the market, while educational sessions focus on sustainability, university transit topics and safety.



Spotlight: Apollo’s surveillance products expand capabilities, efficiencies

RoadRunner line of mobile surveillance equipment can be found in more than 315 public transportation agencies across the nation. As mobile video surveillance dominates the transit technology conversation, the newest trend sees transit managers turning to software to extend their capabilities, increase efficiencies and save money.



On Paratransit: ESPA offers tools for paratransit

Increasing cutbacks in fixed-route systems has placed a strain on both paratransit operations and people with disabilities who rely on public bus and rail systems to get to work, social activities and other places.

DEPARTMENTS

Washington State enhances transit driver safety monitoring

If all 132 drivers become involved — including the 25 Dial-a-Ride, 60 vanpool and 47 bus drivers — the cost would be anywhere from $132 per month for the basic plan to $462 per month for the more detailed plan.



More transit agencies looking to sell naming rights to generate revenue

Last year, Philadelphia's Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reached a five-year, $5 million agreement with AT&T for the naming rights to one of its busiest stations near the city's professional baseball and hockey stadiums.

Get out and get to know BusCon and your peers

While virtual relationships are the rage, nothing replaces the energy of face-to-face interactions.

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