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May 2015 Issue

Sacramento RT Begins Transformation with Bus Upgrades, New Rail Services

Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

In addition to adding 30 new CNG buses built by Gillig, the agency is developing a 3.3-mile streetcar line to complement its existing light rail services.

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Sacramento RT Begins Transformation with  Bus Upgrades, New Rail Services
Bus| May 11, 2015

Sacramento RT Begins Transformation with Bus Upgrades, New Rail Services

In addition to adding 30 new CNG buses built by Gillig, the agency is developing a 3.3-mile streetcar line to complement its existing light rail services.

2015 Bus Maintenance Survey: Issues with Engine Tech, Staffing Are Growing Trends
Management & Operations| May 11, 2015

2015 Bus Maintenance Survey: Issues with Engine Tech, Staffing Are Growing Trends

One hundred percent of respondents say filters are the parts they buy most often, while both diesel and alternative-fueled vehicle usage is growing, compared to last year.

INIT Reduces Environmental Impact Through Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Certification
Sustainability| May 12, 2015

INIT Reduces Environmental Impact Through Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Certification

In an effort to conduct business in a more environmentally-friendly manner, the company took on the daunting task, which at the height, yielded better results than anyone had expected.

Five Questions with the Ventura County Transportation Commission's Darren Kettle
Management & Operations| May 12, 2015

Five Questions with the Ventura County Transportation Commission's Darren Kettle

METRO spoke to Ventura County Transportation Commission Executive Director Darren Kettle about the new vehicles, as well as the agency’s current challenges and new service plans.

Does Your Transit, Motorcoach Battery Pack Enough Power?
Management & Operations| May 12, 2015

Does Your Transit, Motorcoach Battery Pack Enough Power?

Newer generation batteries are spill-proof, eliminating the added costs and risks of traditional flooded lead-acid batteries, while also providing high vibration resistance and flexible orientation.

Upgrading a Bus Facility for CNG: What You Need to Know
Sustainability| May 12, 2015

Upgrading a Bus Facility for CNG: What You Need to Know

An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas project is the garage upgrade. Upgrades are necessary to ensure safe operation with CNG vehicles in existing maintenance or vehicle storage facilities.

A New Wave of Fire Suppression On Board Public Transportation Vehicles
Security and Safety | May 12, 2015

A New Wave of Fire Suppression On Board Public Transportation Vehicles

New and improved systems help detect any signs of a fire, even before flames come into play. Better detection leads to a quicker and more efficient response to out-of-the-ordinary conditions with different modes of suppression, depending on the needs of the vehicle.

Motorcoach Industry Selling More than Price
Motorcoach| May 12, 2015

Motorcoach Industry Selling More than Price

While a demand/yield pricing model helps keep an operator’s eye on their bottom line, many in the industry focus on selling their operation as a service rather than a commodity.

Sacramento RT's 'Long-Awaited' Blue Line Rail Extension on Track to Connect Region
Rail| May 12, 2015

Sacramento RT's 'Long-Awaited' Blue Line Rail Extension on Track to Connect Region

The 4.3-mile project, one of the highest priority transit initiatives
in the region, features an eight-berth transit center, two light rail bridges, four new stations and a multi-use hike-and-bike trail.

Thousands nationwide 'Stand Up 4 Transit'
Government Issues| May 11, 2015

Thousands nationwide 'Stand Up 4 Transit'

In an attempt to galvanize support for long-term federal transportation funding, more than 350 organizations participated in more than 150 community events on “Stand Up For Transportation Day” in April.

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