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April 2015 Issue

2015 BRT Survey: Routes Tap Technology to Improve Regional Mobility

Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

Fifty-four percent plan to use hybrid-electric propulsion for their vehicles, while 36% plan on using CNG. One-third plan on tapping clean diesel for their fleet and only one operator plans to use trolleys.

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2015 BRT Survey: Routes Tap Technology to Improve Regional Mobility
Bus| March 30, 2015

2015 BRT Survey: Routes Tap Technology to Improve Regional Mobility

Fifty-four percent plan to use hybrid-electric propulsion for their vehicles, while 36% plan on using CNG. One-third plan on tapping clean diesel for their fleet and only one operator plans to use trolleys.

New GoMotorcoach Program Emphasizes Sales, Marketing
Motorcoach| March 30, 2015

New GoMotorcoach Program Emphasizes Sales, Marketing

In the process of a rebrand from the Motorcoach Marketing Council, the group is developing tools and training to help operators develop their own programs to grow and expand the services they provide in the communities they serve.

What to Consider When Planning Campus Transportation
University| March 30, 2015

What to Consider When Planning Campus Transportation

BusOps spoke with consultant Bob Bourne of Bourne Transit Consulting LLC about some things colleges and universities should consider when building routes, as well as some of the issues they may experience when embarking on the process of creating a transportation network on campus.

How to Avoid Drowsy Driving
Security and Safety | March 30, 2015

How to Avoid Drowsy Driving

While drowsy driving doesn’t carry the same stigma as driving while intoxicated, its consequences are just as deadly. The remedy is simple — a good night’s sleep.

Is Your Garage Ready for Alt Fuels?
Sustainability| March 30, 2015

Is Your Garage Ready for Alt Fuels?

Figuring total cost-of-ownership — including infrastructure, garaging and maintenance — is an important step in choosing the right fuel and can help you avoid unforeseen expenses.

Omnitrans' sbX Green Line Service
Bus| March 30, 2015

Omnitrans' sbX Green Line Service

The 16-mile BRT line, which began passenger service in April 2014, includes over five miles of dedicated lanes, 16 station locations, and four park-and-ride lots. It serves major activity centers, including two hospitals, two universities, numerous trade schools, city and county government centers, and employment centers, along with major shopping, hospitality and entertainment venues.

New Technology Raises the Bar for Digital Signage
Security and Safety | March 30, 2015

New Technology Raises the Bar for Digital Signage

From clearer and brighter screens that adapt upon light exposure to multi-functional devices that reduce cost and effort, innovative operational ideas for the transit industry have emerged.

L.A. Metro’s Art Leahy Talks Growing Rail and Next-Generation Recruits
Management & Operations| March 30, 2015

L.A. Metro’s Art Leahy Talks Growing Rail and Next-Generation Recruits

Upon leaving the agency after six years, the outgoing CEO discusses his successes, including five new rail projects currently under construction and a sixth just recently approved by the feds, and his future plans.

SoCal transit center incorporates innovation with sustainable design
Sustainability| March 30, 2015

SoCal transit center incorporates innovation with sustainable design

Constructed at a cost of $135 million, the 67,000-square-foot ARTIC terminal allows 10,000 daily riders to move seamlessly between transit services that include Amtrak, Metrolink, OCTA and intercity buses.

Engagement helps temper negative customer feedback via Twitter
Management & Operations| March 30, 2015

Engagement helps temper negative customer feedback via Twitter

A recent study, “Planning and Social Media: A Case Study of Public Transit and the Stigma on Twitter,” which analyzed an estimated 64,000 tweets about public transit agencies, police departments, parks and airlines, found that Twitter has been less than favorable to public transportation systems.

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