NOVEMBER 2013

COVER STORY
 
Electric Vehicles Charge Up the Show Floor at BusCon 2013
By Alex Roman, Managing Editor

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.



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Features

Light Rail Projects Make Inroads in U.S., Beyond

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.



Light Rail Line Links Salt Lake City with Airport

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.



Going the Extra Mile to Train Motorcoach Operators

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.

How sustainability can save transit agencies money, build community support

Making more sustainable choices for fuel, power and water can save big money.



SmartDrive enables operators to train drivers using ‘game film’

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.

DEPARTMENTS

Track deaths force BART to change protocol, explore options

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.



Montreal transit app rewards riders with personalized offers

The STMMerci app uses precision marketing to provide local event and product offers exclusive to transit riders based on their preferences and locations.

Pub Perspective: Barriers to private participation in 2014

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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