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Designer envisions 'magic' electric bus for TTC

Bus| June 4, 2015

The Xoupir (pronounced "super") is a fully-electric bus powered by wireless electricity, with four rear wheels to provide extra traction.

NHTSA mandates anti-rollover tech in buses

Security and Safety | June 4, 2015

Requirement will save up to 49 lives, prevent up to 1,759 crashes each year, and provide net economic benefits of more than $300 million annually.

Rail| June 3, 2015

Operation Lifesaver introduces new video PSA

Operation Lifesaver launched the “See Tracks? Think Train!” campaign in 2014 and developed this new VPSA in response to an increase in 2014 railroad crossing incidents. Preliminary 2014 statistics from the FRA cite an increase of 8.9% in crossing incidents and 16.4% in crossing-related deaths; crossing-related injuries fell 13.3%.

Rail| June 3, 2015

PATCO unveils newly refurbished railcars

The cars are being rehabilitated by Alstom Transport in Hornell, N.Y. The improvements include the cars’ interiors (flip-up seating for wheelchairs and bicycles; new seats and slip-resistant floors; new lighting; new windows and HVAC systems) and exteriors and operating systems, including new braking systems that conserve energy by returning the power generated in braking to the cars’ power systems.

Rail| June 3, 2015

Railway copper thefts rise with price of metal

Copper, which now hovers at $3 a pound on the scrap market compared to about 80 cents a decade ago, is essential to the running of commuter railways, carrying electrical power from substations to the live third rail.

Security and Safety | June 3, 2015

Most commuter rail systems won’t meet positive train control deadline

Some commuter rail agencies will need another three to five years to complete PTC installations because of the scale and complexity of the systems and the resources needed, according to American Public Transportation Association President/CEO Michael Melaniphy.

Management & Operations| June 2, 2015

MTA New York City Transit President Bianco to retire

Carmen Bianco, 63, became acting president of New York City Transit in April 2013 and was permanently appointed to the position in September 2013 following a nationwide search. He had previously served since March 2010 as sr. VP, Department of Subways.

Security and Safety | June 2, 2015

No mechanical problems found in Amtrak crash, NTSB says

The train was travelling at 106 mph when it entered a 50 mph-restricted curve. As the train entered the curve, the engineer applied the emergency brakes.

Sustainability| June 2, 2015

Central Ohio Transit adds first of new Gillig CNG buses

COTA replaces one-twelfth of its fleet each year, based on the average 12-year life span of a bus. COTA’s average fleet age is 4.7 years, compared to the national average of 7.8 years (based on 2013 data)

Motorcoach| June 2, 2015

ABA forms Bus Maintenance and Repair Council

BusMARC's mission is to raise the level of maintenance awareness in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry, providing shop managers with the tools they need to build and improve their existing programs.

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