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New program eco-certifies transportation companies

Motorcoach| January 15, 2015

The eRating vehicle certification is voluntary and uses an index that measures several criteria including the use of low-emissions technology, alternative fuels and greenhouse gas emissions calculated per passenger mile.

Minn. Metro Transit driver retires after 36 years

Bus| January 15, 2015

Tony Taylor has delivered more than two million passengers to their destinations in all corners of the Twin Cities area at all hours of the day. He’s logged more than 700,000 miles without an accident and collected more than 60 driving awards, including being named the Minnesota 2013 Bus Operator of the Year.

Motorcoach| January 15, 2015

Prison bus crash kills 2 guards, 8 inmates

Officials say the bus hit an icy patch Wednesday morning on an Interstate 20 overpass, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing freight train. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate the accident.

Security and Safety | January 15, 2015

DART joins human trafficking prevention movement

It is estimated that more than 20 million men, women and children around the world are victims of human trafficking with the U.S. a source, transit and destination country.

Management & Operations| January 15, 2015

Moovit prepares for expansion, adds $50M in funding

Moovit is setting a new standard for consumer access to real-time local transit directions through a combination of its free smartphone app and a hyper-engaged community. The company, which recently opened its international headquarters in San Francisco, has already doubled its user community in the last six months.

Rail| January 14, 2015

'Electrical arcing' caused Metro car to stop, fill tunnel with smoke

One woman was killed and more than 80 passengers were suffering from respiratory problems and other health issues after the incident.

Rail| January 14, 2015

VTMI tapped for South Florida rail maintenance

The contract encompasses potential additional opportunities to provide rail infrastructure work for capital improvement projects upon request. VTMI is a Transdev company.

Rail| January 14, 2015

DCTA launching 'Where's My Ride' tracking tool

Unlike a mobile application, Where’s My Ride is an integrated Intelligent Transportation System, developed by Strategic Mapping, that uses accurate location data provided by a GPS device that is mounted inside each DCTA Connect bus and A-train railcar.

Rail| January 14, 2015

San Francisco purchasing an additional 40 Siemens railcars

In addition to the 175 Muni next generation of light rail vehicles approved last year, this purchase will allow Muni to address capacity needs as San Francisco’s population and Muni ridership continue to grow, further improve transit reliability and bolster the economy since Siemens will manufacture the vehicles in their Sacramento facility.

Rail| January 14, 2015

Caltrain to refurbish new railcars for additional bicyclists

While ridership across the board has increased with an estimated 60,000 daily commuters opting for the regional rail service, bicyclists, who report being left at the platform after getting bumped from their scheduled trains due to overcrowding during peak hours, have advocated for being given more consideration in system improvements.

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