JULY 2012

COVER STORY
 
Consultant Roundtable: Industry Focusing On Gains
By Alex Roman, Managing Editor

While it is easy to blame the lack of dedicated funding for slowing down projects and causing uncertainty, consultants remain optimistic that they can help public transit agencies fill the gap by utilizing its expertise from other regions around the world. Many are hopeful the younger generation entering the workforce will help grow public transit usage.



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Consultant Project Profile: InfraConsult LLC

Public Private Partnership Delivery



Consultant Project Profile: STV Inc.

WTC Transportation Hub





U.S. High-Speed Rail: Despite Political Railroading, Supporters Optimistic

Regardless of confusion over what the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program was defined as and political pressure being applied, the Obama Administration’s $10 billion-plus investment in the nation’s rail network has seen some success as many projects, including California’s “true” high-speed rail program, continue moving forward.

Motorcoach Operator Q&A: Contending with Change

Operators discuss how they are adapting to evolving equipment, tighter competition and different customer needs and weigh in on proposed safety regulations.



Sustainability and safety key for flooring company

Altro is a supplier and manufacturer of safe and hygienic interior surfaces that are easy to clean and maintain. Their products’ focus keeps passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design and engineering.



Information Management Bolsters Transit Safety & Security

PSIM technology provides an integrated “cockpit” view of different security, safety and operational systems, and analyzing and correlating information across these different sub-systems in real-time.



Vendor Managed Inventory: Benefits of a Transit Supply Chain Network Realized

Working with a partner with similar goals and interests has been a rewarding experience for the eight transit system members of the VMI partnership, with parts price savings averaging around 15% to date. Part 3 of 3 in a series.



Contractors Helping Operators Manage Tighter Budgets

Using CNG, bus tracking software and customized local solutions, private contractors are stepping up to the challenge of saving even more money for transit operators.

DEPARTMENTS

Copper wire thefts hinder rail services

Metal scavengers have stolen copper wires from SEPTA's tracks. The agency is spending up to $500,000 yearly to repair and replace the damaged equipment.



Performers compete for chance to entertain N.Y. passengers

In May, several hundred musicians auditioned for the MTA's Music Under New York program.

Shift in consultant use shows greater reliance on private sector

Can private sector professionals help with the challenges? Absolutely!

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