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August 2016 Issue

Victor Valley Transit Cultivates Services 'Connecting Community to Opportunity'

Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

The agency’s Route 15 service linking Barstow to Victorville has gone from being a three-day-a-week “lifeline” providing access to medical services to a six-day-a-week intercity route, which recently began using 40-foot, ENC-branded CNG buses to accommodate demand.

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Victor Valley Transit Cultivates Services 'Connecting Community to Opportunity'
Bus| August 15, 2016

Victor Valley Transit Cultivates Services 'Connecting Community to Opportunity'

The agency’s Route 15 service linking Barstow to Victorville has gone from being a three-day-a-week “lifeline” providing access to medical services to a six-day-a-week intercity route, which recently began using 40-foot, ENC-branded CNG buses to accommodate demand.

BusCon Returns to Indianapolis Bigger and Better
Bus| August 15, 2016

BusCon Returns to Indianapolis Bigger and Better

Featuring a larger show floor with 80-plus vehicles and all the latest technology, as well as the inaugural Transit Maintenance Forum, BusCon will return to Indianapolis’ Indiana Convention Center Sept. 19 to 21.

Yale Turns to Hybrid Tech to Meet Sustainability Goals
University| August 15, 2016

Yale Turns to Hybrid Tech to Meet Sustainability Goals

Recently, Yale University’s 23rd president, Peter Salovey, instituted a first-ever pilot program to put a price tag on the use of carbon, with prominent campus buildings and the university’s vehicle fleet playing a role in the intra-department carbon tax implementation.

10 Steps for Transit Agencies Starting Travel Training Programs
Accessibility| August 15, 2016

10 Steps for Transit Agencies Starting Travel Training Programs

Although traditionally offered through public transportation agencies, schools, senior service agencies, non-profit organizations and mobility managers may also conduct professional travel training.  

Both parties address infrastructure funding — poorly
Government Issues| August 15, 2016

Both parties address infrastructure funding — poorly

I wrote last time that, once again, everyone agrees that funding for infrastructure must be increased but disagree on how to pay for it. Since then, both major U.S. political parties’ platforms have been voted on in this presidential election year, and they were true to the previous pattern, but could not be more different this time.

How is the Motorcoach Industry Tackling the Driver Shortage?
Motorcoach| August 15, 2016

How is the Motorcoach Industry Tackling the Driver Shortage?

The crisis has pushed operators to use new workforce development tactics, including adding full-time human resources departments, increasing marketing and advertising, and enhancing their benefits package to be more attractive to job hunters.

What to Look for When Choosing a Vehicle Wash System
Bus| August 15, 2016

What to Look for When Choosing a Vehicle Wash System

To keep both fleet and image squeaky clean, some key factors to consider are combining brushes with high-pressure water systems; knowing how many vehicles will need to be washed both today and tomorrow, and finding a system that is easy to use and maintain.  

First Hill Streetcar Launch Moves Seattle Closer to Connected System
Rail| August 15, 2016

First Hill Streetcar Launch Moves Seattle Closer to Connected System

Although a stand-alone system, the $134 million, 2.5-mile streetcar is part of a broader city vision that entails a network that will provide new urban mobility options, support economic growth
and strengthen connections.

2016 Paratransit Survey: Soaring Costs, Demand Remain Key Issues
Accessibility| August 15, 2016

2016 Paratransit Survey: Soaring Costs, Demand Remain Key Issues

Development of travel training programs to offset some demand continues growth, while taxi usage is steady.

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