MAY 2012

COVER STORY
 
Long Beach Transit Takes Innovative Path
By Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

Adding CNG vehicles to its diverse fleet, building a fueling facility and refurbishing its maintenance garage are some of the projects the system has on its plate.



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Maintenance Shops: Learning Curve Continues to Grow

Second annual Bus Maintenance Survey finds that many agencies around the nation are experiencing difficulties with alternative propulsion, as they continue to add new equipment in the shop to service as well as learn new ways to make repairs to the vehicles. Meanwhile parts issues, including concerns about availability, lead times and frequent failures, remains the biggest issue.



6 Tips for Diversifying Your Coach Offerings

Careful budget planning in advance, cross-utilizing resources, strategic partnerships and tapping into local employers are some ways to ensure a smooth expansion into new bus markets.



A-Train Breaks the Mold

The agency goes from inception to launching the 21-mile commuter rail system in approximately nine years. The project was built without the use of any federal funds.

Enhancing independence through transit travel training

The ability to live a self-sufficient life is important to everyone, and the ability to travel between home and destinations of choice is an integral part of self-sufficient living. Some people with disabilities use paratransit services to get where they need to go while others use fixed-route systems.



Inventory Management: Building a Transit Supply Chain Network

The business case for building a new materials supply chain is strengthened by the clear cost savings derived by adopting unified sourcing, delivery and storage techniques.

DEPARTMENTS

Bus safety app makes data more accessible

SaferBus provides access to safety records on approximately 6,000 interstate commercial passenger carriers operating in the U.S., which includes privately operated motorcoach, school bus and tour bus companies.



MBTA converts station, tunnel into training facility

Using grant money from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), MBTA will convert the Oak Street railway into a “mock” train station to carry out drills, which will also be accessible to emergency responders from all surrounding cities and towns.



Workshop broadens transit emergency response awareness

Created specifically for communicators, APTA's Marketing and Communications Workshop Crisis Communications session, held in Miami in February, walked attendees through a scenario consisting of three incidents.

Nonprofit's interest in public transit could break gridlock

While no substitute, this nongovernment, non-federal approach could be a welcome alternative strategy to the slow progress of reauthorization of federal policy on Capitol Hill.



Bentech pilots driver’s door designs in N.J., N.Y.

Bentech recently acquired a design contract valued at about $150,000 with New York City Transit to install 100 driver’s doors.

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