FEBRUARY 2013

COVER STORY
 
Proterra to Power S.C. town
By Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

The bus manufacturer is helping the City of Seneca reach its goal of having an all-electric bus fleet by the summer. The city partnered with nearby Clemson Area Transit to obtain a grant to fund the four vehicles and charging infrastructure.



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Features

Five Questions-APTA Chair Flora Castillo

Officially became the 2012-2013 chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) at the start of the APTA Annual Meeting last October in Seattle. Castillo, APTA’s first Latina chair, is a member of the New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) board of directors, having been appointed by former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman in 1999, and reappointed by three different governors.



Future Federal Policy Will Depend On Available Resources

Although Congress just enacted a new transportation bill, the next one will soon need to be debated.



New Flyer, DesignLine discuss electric bus offerings

New Flyer has a contract with Chicago Transit Authority for two XE40 buses and received funding for a few Winnipeg Transit buses. Meanwhile, the ECO Smart is available in 30-, 35- and 42-foot versions.



Passengers Seek More Ways to Pay Fares

Transit agencies across the country are discovering that passengers want to pay for fares the same way they pay for everything else — with their own bank cards or smartphones.

'Smart' Telematics Solutions Increase Efficiency, Affordability

With the development of smart devices and open data platforms in the transit market, fleet efficiency solutions are becoming much more diverse. Rather than buying a telematics suite, customers can mix and match to keep costs low.



2013 METRO Operator of the Year: Young Transportation

Overcoming a struggle early on to keep his father’s business going following his death, T. Ralph Young relied on persistence, determination and willingness to apply the ideas of his team to make his operation one of the most respected in the industry.



2013 UMA Expo Begins New Era

Co-located Travel Exchange aims to bring together motorcoach and group tour and travel industries to help form both partnerships and business relationships. Meanwhile, several companies mark major milestones on the show floor.

DEPARTMENTS

Community Transit aims for 25% ridership boost

Has cut its service by 37% over the past three years, but hopes to increase ridership by making its services more productive.



Kentucky proposes transit safety bill

Would reclassify and upgrade some crimes from Class B to Class A misdemeanors.

Pub Perspective: Remember the Economy

We need to redouble our efforts to get what the country’s economy needs passed into law, not just this year and next, but beyond, in the form of a stable source of revenue for the Trust Fund to fully fund the program.

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