JUNE 2013

COVER STORY
 
SunRail Service to Transform Florida's Commuter Culture
By Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

The $1 billion, 61.5-mile system, being built by the Florida DOT, will utilize an existing rail corridor. The 32-mile first phase will serve 12 stations and link DeBary, to Sand Lake Road, just south of Orlando. Service is expected to begin in 2014.



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REI celebrates 75th anniversary

METRO Magazine spoke to REI’s President Scott Hays, who reflected on the company’s years in business and discussed its future.



2013 Top Rail Projects Total Reaches $99B

With $14.3 billion in projects, New York City Transit tops this year’s list, followed closely by the Toronto Transit Commission. Three new projects in Tucson, Ariz.; Detroit and Orlando, Fla., totaling $948 million, make their debut.



2013 Top Rail Project Profiles

As part of this year's Top Rail Projects feature, METRO focused on three projects in the works in Houston, Detroit and Tucson, Ariz.



Smaller Bus Systems Face Funding Issues for Replacement, Expansion

Constrained federal funding is exacerbated in smaller areas where agencies are forced to do more with less. Interestingly, this has not impacted operations as much as it has their plans to purchase more vehicles and complete capital projects.



Apps Helping to Enhance Riders' Experience

For the increasing number of customers with smartphones and tablets, safety is enhanced. New features, such as mobile ticketing, crowd-sourced information and even shopping, further improve the ride.

Minneapolis' Metro Brings Wind-Powered Rail Travel

Metro Transit bought approximately 71,000 kilowatt hours of wind-generated electricity from energy supplier Xcel Energy’s Windsource program as part of an Earth Day event. This was just one of many components of its Go Greener initiative.



How to Develop a Successful Transit Facility Project

Part one of a two-part series, this article discusses some factors that should be considered — funding sources, feasibility and site viability — before an organization issues a Request for Qualifications or a Request for Proposal.



Track Maintenance Equipment Gets the Job Done Faster, Safer

Whether transit agencies are looking to procure equipment or hire a contractor, the evolution of track maintenance technologies and services have made it possible to do certain tasks in less time, while keeping workers out of harm’s way.



What Motorcoach Operators Need to Know about Web Responsiveness

Mobile devices are surpassing PCs in popularity, becoming the new method for customers to access information about your operation. Responsive web design ensures customers using mobile devices get quick, easy access to all the information on your site.

DEPARTMENTS

APTA Bus Roadeo test skills, fosters learning

This year, SEPTA won the overall Grand Champion Award, which recognizes the system with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team combined score.



IndyGo recycles stadium seats for bus stops

In partnership with Ecolaborative, Indianapolis Fabrications and Recycle Force, PUP is facilitating the refurbishment of the stadium seats, while a strategic relationship with IndyGo is bringing the rehabbed stand-alone benches to bus stops around Indianapolis.

Pub Perspective: Many rail policy shoes to fall after MAP-21

We need to give officials who support us some cover for some pretty tough calls they will have to make with their more conservative colleagues. We also need to call out the ones who don’t support us.

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