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ABC delivers Van Hools to Iowa, Calif.

Motorcoach| April 17, 2015

Iowa's Windstar Lines took delivery of five new CX2045s while San Diego's Goldfield Stages took delivery of two new CXs.

Bipartisan solution to fund Highway Trust Fund introduced

Government Issues| April 17, 2015

The Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act allows all transportation funding proposals to be considered, while simultaneously ensuring the trust fund remains solvent for no less than 10 years.

Rail| April 17, 2015

FRA invests $21.2M in PTC, grade crossing safety, passenger rail

Grants awarded are part of a Notice of Funding Availability it issued in July 2014 to distribute new FY14 Omnibus funding as well as unobligated funds from the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program.

Motorcoach| April 17, 2015

Luxury bus co. Vonlane begins offering Houston-Dallas service

The vehicles feature free wi-fi, satellite television and radio and an attendant offering drinks and amenities more common on first-class flights than intercity bus service.

Sustainability| April 17, 2015

41% of U.S. public transit buses use alt fuels, hybrid technology

APTA statistics for 2014 show that 16.9% of public transit buses were hybrid-electric. Coming in a close second, public transit systems report that 16.7% of U.S. transit buses used compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and blends. Biodiesel is used by 7.4% of public transit buses. Other alternative fuels, such as propane and hydrogen, account for 0.3%.

Security and Safety | April 17, 2015

L.A. Metro launches campaign to prevent sexual harassment

As part of the system-wide campaign, Metro upgraded its smartphone app, LA Metro Transit Watch, to include a report of “Indecent Exposure,” “Sexual Assault-Physical” and “Sexual Harassment-Non-Physical.” The app also allows a reporting person to snap a photograph of a suspect safely without activating the camera’s flash.

Sustainability| April 17, 2015

Valley Metro to tap solar power for rail ops facility

The new solar plant, which comprises 2,800 solar voltaic panels spanning 1.15 acres, is mounted at ground-level and on parking lot shade canopies. It’s capable of generating 1.3 million Kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings annually, or enough electricity to power 123 homes.

Management & Operations| April 16, 2015

Man rear ends Fla. transit bus, dies

Police said nine passengers on the bus suffered minor injuries and were transported to hospitals.There were about 25 people on the bus when it was hit, police said. The bus driver was not hurt and administered CPR to the SUV driver until rescue personnel arrived.

Security and Safety | April 16, 2015

BART launches crisis intervention campaign

Agency teams with the Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance to address the recent increase in suicides and suicide attempts on the agency’s property. The centerpiece of the campaign launch is station signage directing troubled patrons to call the toll-free National Suicide Lifeline, with the phrase “Suicide is not the route” included over the number. 

Management & Operations| April 16, 2015

Dallas' DART, Uber expand partnership

The transit systems' customers can now reach the Uber app to order their car to begin or finish their transit trip through the “Events & Offers” section of the GoPass app. Both apps are available for Android and Apple smartphones through Google Play or the App Store.

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