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September 2016 Issue

2016 Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Stepping Up to Solve First Mile, Last Mile Issue

Alex Roman, Managing Editor

Agencies are providing real-time bus information and mobile apps, as well as partnering with ride-, car- and bike-sharing groups to help customers better plan multimodal trips.

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2016 Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Stepping Up to Solve First Mile, Last Mile Issue
Bus| September 15, 2016

2016 Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Stepping Up to Solve First Mile, Last Mile Issue

Agencies are providing real-time bus information and mobile apps, as well as partnering with ride-, car- and bike-sharing groups to help customers better plan multimodal trips.

Transit Infrastructure Must Be Made Resilient to the Effects of Climate Change
Sustainability| September 20, 2016

Transit Infrastructure Must Be Made Resilient to the Effects of Climate Change

The transportation system of metropolitan New York was significantly impacted by Superstorm Sandy — including New York City subway and Amtrak rail tunnels damaged by flooding — and the after effects are still being addressed.

Kansas City's Starter Streetcar Line is Sustainable, 'Smart' Endeavor
Rail| September 20, 2016

Kansas City's Starter Streetcar Line is Sustainable, 'Smart' Endeavor

Since voters green-lit the project by approving its major funding source in 2012, some $1.7 billion in economic development has initiated around the 2.2-mile streetcar line.

Electrification Enhances Bay Area Commuter Rail, Sets High-Speed Stage
Rail| September 20, 2016

Electrification Enhances Bay Area Commuter Rail, Sets High-Speed Stage

The new system will be equipped with high-performance, multiple-unit electric trains that operate from overhead catenary.

SoCal Extension Breathes New Life Into Congested Corridor
Rail| September 20, 2016

SoCal Extension Breathes New Life Into Congested Corridor

The 91/Perris Valley Line is expected to replace thousands of vehicle trips along I-215 as well as I-15 and connecting State Route 91 and SR 60.

Crossrail Transforms London Transport to Move Millions
Rail| September 20, 2016

Crossrail Transforms London Transport to Move Millions

As one of Europe’s largest construction projects, Crossrail will transform rail transport in London, increasing rail capacity in central London by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the capital.

Automated and Connected Vehicle Tech Offers Promise for Transit Agencies
Management & Operations| September 20, 2016

Automated and Connected Vehicle Tech Offers Promise for Transit Agencies

Automated and connected vehicle technology has the potential to change all aspects of mobility and disrupt both public and private transportation as we know it. As Google, Uber, the automobile industry, and other organizations continue to make rapid technological advances in connected and automated vehicle technology, it is vital that public transit agencies consider these changes in their strategic planning.

5 Passive Design Strategies to Help Condition Transit Facilities
Sustainability| September 19, 2016

5 Passive Design Strategies to Help Condition Transit Facilities

Establishing a function-first facility that then integrates passive design strategies can lead to more operationally and energy efficient transit facilities.

Best Practices for Long-Term Transit Project Communication
Management & Operations| September 19, 2016

Best Practices for Long-Term Transit Project Communication

If well managed, the political, public and stakeholder engagement process — where all of the key people involved are vested in the vision and goals of the project — can form the groundwork for timely project delivery.

2016 Women in Transportation: Valerie J. McCall
Management & Operations| September 15, 2016

2016 Women in Transportation: Valerie J. McCall

McCall values her position with the city because of the opportunity it affords her to positively impact the lives of the average Clevelander.

Government Issues| September 15, 2016

Pub perspective: 2016 referendums could be game changer

A record number of such measures are on ballots across the country, reflecting an increased interest in meeting the growing demand for public transportation by local and state action.

Indiana’s Royal Excursion builds diverse fleet to ‘tackle any type of work’
Motorcoach| September 15, 2016

Indiana’s Royal Excursion builds diverse fleet to ‘tackle any type of work’

With a range of vehicles, which includes sedans, minibuses, party buses, limousines and motorcoaches, Kaser explains that his company is diversified enough to tackle any type of work.

How Puerto Rico transformed transit and its planning process
Management & Operations| September 15, 2016

How Puerto Rico transformed transit and its planning process

With its limited budget, too few vehicles and aging infrastructure, PRITA faced some serious challenges.

Mobile Surveillance Systems Improve Customization, Integration Options
Management & Operations| September 15, 2016

Mobile Surveillance Systems Improve Customization, Integration Options

Realizing it can be expensive for fleet operations to upgrade their entire system at once, suppliers are providing a variety of options to help them reap the benefits of high-definition cameras and new DVR technology in a cost-effective manner.

8 Open Source Benefits Every Agency Should Know
Management & Operations| September 15, 2016

8 Open Source Benefits Every Agency Should Know

Lower cost is one of the chief reasons agencies should consider open source, which unlike proprietary licensed software, is a base platform that any agency can use free of charge and adapt to meet its specific needs.

2016 Women in Transportation: Margareth Bonds
Management & Operations| September 15, 2016

2016 Women in Transportation: Margareth Bonds

Bonds' efforts on behalf of the industry includes outreach to educate elected officials on the need for a balanced approach to funding our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

2016 Women in Transportation: Victoria Learn
Management & Operations| September 15, 2016

2016 Women in Transportation: Victoria Learn

Learn's main focus is ensuring that all buses are kept up to FTA standards, as well as employee and public safety, which she considers to be her biggest responsibility.

2016 Women in Transportation: Susan Dreier
Management & Operations| September 15, 2016

2016 Women in Transportation: Susan Dreier

Sue Dreier began her transit career on the ground floor as a part-time bus operator for Lane Transit District (LTD) in 1990 in Eugene, Ore., as she went back to school to earn her BA in public administration while also raising her two daughters.

Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations
Motorcoach| September 15, 2016

Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations

Expanding into other forms of transportation services, such as shuttle, scheduled or corporate work, helps create new revenue streams and builds a more balanced business overall.

NYC Transit Uses New Tech, Tests Real-Time Train Arrival
Rail| September 15, 2016

NYC Transit Uses New Tech, Tests Real-Time Train Arrival

Countdown clocks take the guesswork out of waiting for a train, offering a reduction in stress levels for harried New Yorkers.

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