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Bus operator: Stimulus purchases create unfair competition

Bus| September 28, 2010
One company received federal stimulus grants for the purchase of new vehicles. Another operator, providing trips along the same route, says this represents unfair competition.

Canadian company plans to sell buses assembled in China

Bus| September 28, 2010
Transplus plans to design transit buses in Canada, buy brand-name components from across North America, assemble those components in China and sell the vehicles at a discount.
Bus| September 28, 2010

Agency brings first hybrid bus to South Dakota

An $85,000 federal grant covered 80 percent of the purchase cost, with the remainder covered by donations and employee matching. In service for about a week, the bus is being monitored for mileage and performance.
Bus| September 28, 2010

UQM to supply electric propulsion systems to Proterra

The initial term of the supply agreement is one year. Deliveries totaling $627,500 are scheduled to begin in October. Additional deliveries permitted in the agreement during its one-year term could raise the total value of the contract to over $1 million.
Bus| September 28, 2010

Denver RTD awards smart card contract to ACS

As part of a four-year, $15 million contract with ACS, public transportation users will receive smart cards free of cost from the city, load them with a pre-paid amount. The new system consolidates the different fare options now used by the RTD.
Management & Operations| September 28, 2010

MCI joins APTA ‘Telling Our Story’ initiative

Manufacturer put its Commuter Coach, featuring APTA’s signature campaign graphics, front and center in a caravan at the rally that converged on Capitol Hill last week, urging Congress to increase funding for public transportation by passing a multi-year surface transportation authorization bill.
Bus| September 28, 2010

WebTech Wireless' NextBus awarded L.A. Metro contract

Under the $1.6M contract, NextBus will use its patented technology to process data obtained from all buses in LA Metro’s fleet equipped with GPS devices, then provide real-time, predictive bus arrival information to users by interfacing with the Southern California 511 phone- and website-based traveller information service, LA Metro’s own public website, the website, as well as cell and smartphone text messaging.
Accessibility| September 27, 2010

U.S. DOT grants $9.2M to improve transportation safety, sustainability

The awards to seven University Transportation Centers were made by the DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Recipients are using new technologies and developing innovative approaches to improve transportation systems throughout the U.S.
Motorcoach| September 27, 2010

NHTSA: Highway safety programs saved thousands of lives in 2009

Two new reports estimate that seat belts saved more than 72,000 lives during the five years between 2005 and 2009, while child restraint systems and minimum drinking age laws saved hundreds more during 2009.
University| September 27, 2010

Oxford U. installs GPS, cameras on shuttle buses

GPS system will allow real-time bus tracking via the Web and smartphones, while cameras will record audio and video as a security measure.

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