MAY 2013

COVER STORY
 
Denver RTD Generating Innovative Ideas to Fuel Expansion
By Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

Initiatives pursued include boosting sales tax revenue, maximizing assets and creating a pooled savings account, while leadership programs and partnerships have helped bolster its workforce.



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5 Questions: MCI's Patrick Scully

Began his career in the bus business when he joined Ontario Bus Industries, later acquired by Daimler Buses, as a sales representative in its service parts department. Was recently named as MCI's new executive VP, sales and marketing.



2013 Maintenance Survey: Shops Seeing Electrical Issues, Need for Training

METRO’s third annual survey finds that despite the growth in problems and lack of training, many agencies are not exploring a switch to all-electrical components. Revamped for 2013, the survey also includes information on fleet size and propulsion most often maintained, as well as amount of training and sources used to deliver that much needed education.



Partnerships, Subsidies Help Curb Paratransit Costs

While saving money is the primary driver, agency efforts are resulting in providing communities with better, more customer-focused services.



How to Grow Your Senior Customer Base

Baby boomers are more independent and tech-savvy than their predecessors and want more meaningful experiences when they travel. Operators are using more technology to reach them and offering flexibility with customizable tours.

Q&A with Denver RTD's Phillip A. Washington

Prior to Washington's transportation industry experience, he had a storied 24-year military career, retiring as a decorated active-duty U.S. Army soldier, having attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major.



Grand Central Terminal Endures as Transportation Icon

The “gateway to America” survived the threat of the wrecking ball, decline and disrepair, to emerge revitalized as a popular destination and lasting monument to New York City’s rebirth.



New report IDs human service agency link to mobility

Easter Seals study calls for developing more information and technical assistance for mobility management.

DEPARTMENTS

Transit agencies partner to prevent sexual assault

Teaming with advocacy groups to empower riders to stop sexual assault and harassment, using new campaigns and communication tools.



Tailored services take fans out to the ballpark

L.A. Metro is offering its Dodgers Stadium Express bus service for free to ticket holders, while Minneapolis’ Metro Transit brought fans to Target Field for the third year.

Pub Perspective: Congress must address MAP-21 bus problems

Both agencies and the supply side need to engage FTA officials and members of Congress to address ... upcoming bus-related issues.



Wulkan donates $50K to APTA Foundation

New scholarship will be known as the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Business Member/Janie Wulkan Memorial Scholarship, in honor of his wife who died last summer.

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