More than 145 exhibitors showcased products and 64 vehicles were on display, including an unprecedented four electric vehicles. Safety and paratransit were major topics of focus in the educational sessions, which featured an expanded program this year.
We visit a sampling of projects, from Maryland MTA’s Purple Line, which was approved to be delivered via public-private partnership, to Perth, Australia, where a 14-mile network is being planned.
The Airport TRAX, which has six stations, is now on full schedule, with trains from downtown to the airport running every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. It travels at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
Many operators are breaking away from typical 80-hour classroom/
behind-the-wheel-type training programs and are providing additional training to increase safety; improve vehicle efficiency; or better prepare drivers to perform in unique, area-specific driving conditions.
Executive-level professionals are retiring in greater numbers. Industry organizations and agencies are putting training and mentoring programs in place to instill leadership skills and attract and advance more women and young people. Young employees say more work is needed to raise the industry’s visibility to bring in talent.
Making more sustainable choices for fuel, power and water can save big money.
Based in San Diego, SmartDrive Systems provides commercial operators and transit agencies a safety solution focused on identifying specific areas of risk within a fleet.
The deaths of two track workers forced BART to end its “simple approval” method that allowed workers to walk along the tracks in pairs, with one person serving as the lookout.
The STMMerci app uses precision marketing to provide local event and product offers exclusive to transit riders based on their preferences and locations.
For both a Congress and an Administration that agree they should encourage more private sector investment in infrastructure development, they almost could not undermine this goal any more if they tried.
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