APRIL 2014

COVER STORY
 
2014 BRT Survey: Projects Abound, Bring Economic Benefits
By Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

Connecting to jobs and other transit modes as well as supporting economic development were big boons cited. Last year’s sequestration hurt some projects, but not enough to keep this from being a strong year for the mode, with 10 new lines opening.



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Features

Atlanta Revisits its Streetcar ‘Routes’ to Help Revitalize City

The 2.7-mile Atlanta Streetcar will provide improved connectivity between existing MARTA heavy rail, express bus services, planned light rail and locations not well-served by transit today.



Sustainable Service: Planning a Green(er) Line for Boston

The Green Line Extension will include seven new stations, the addition of 4.5 miles of light rail track and the development of two facilities, with emphasis placed on developing and implementing sustainable solutions wherever possible.



UMA Expo 2014: Partnerships, Upgraded Vehicles Make Impact

With a focus of building on the co-located show with the NTA, understanding and growing new business relationships across the whole travel and tour industry is a key theme. Meanwhile, new vehicle models, including some new to the private bus market, make their debut.



Husband and Wife Team Named Motorcoach Operator of the Year

Spotting opportunities in difficult times and diversifying their products to meet customers’ changing needs has made Larry and Lorna Hundt’s tour and coach operation a continued success for more than 30 years.



Mobile Surveillance Helping Transit Agencies Operate More Efficiently

While often being used to provide driver and passenger safety, solutions can offer even more capabilities, such as improving headways, with the film itself also able to be used as a training tool.

Colo. BRT project controls growth, cultivates development

In addition to improving mobility in the region, Fort Collins, Colo.-based Transfort’s new BRT route, the MAX, will help manage growth and spur economic development.



Q&A: Shuttle Service Providers Talk Efficiencies, Hurdles

Converting to alternative fuels is one popular savings tactic, while recruiting and retaining great drivers is a shared concern.



Assisting and Securing Passengers with Disabilities

Key guidelines to follow include not making assumptions about your customer’s intellectual or physical capabilities.



Switching to Propane Pays Off for Mich. Fleet

Currently, Livonia has four ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-450 Cutaway buses that are used for its Community Transit system.

DEPARTMENTS

Seattle aerial gondola system proposed

The system, which can move 1,800 passengers per hour each way, would link Seattle’s waterfront with downtown’s convention center.



Utah creates Google Glass transit tracking app

A small group of UTA riders who are part of Google’s Glass Explorer Program are testing OnTime for Glass, which provides customized real-time arrival information.

Cities taking the lead on climate change

Hopefully, as the trust funds are going bankrupt, Congress will address not only that issue but also answer the call for a long-term policy on at least coping with the risks of climate change.

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