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Proterra grows market share with new FTA grant announcements

Sustainability| February 9, 2015

Six transit agencies awarded grants to purchase Proterra battery-electric buses and chargers.

Winnipeg operator adds MV-1

Accessibility| February 9, 2015

The Winnipeg Taxi Board initially denied Sunshine Transit Services an accessible limousine license in 2012. With the signing of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, help from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities and the Public Interest Law Center, Manitoba's one and only accessible limo license was granted to Sunshine Transit Services in August 2014.

Management & Operations| February 9, 2015

Maryland Transit launches bus tracking system

My MTA Tracker for Bus uses GPS already installed on MTA buses to predict their arrival time at specific stops and routes. MTA engineers worked for more than one year to develop this technology by creating compatibility between state-of-the-art software and three separate operator logon systems currently utilized in MTA buses. 

Accessibility| February 9, 2015

Ga. agency changes paratransit eligibility process

The goal of the updated process is to ensure that only persons who meet the regulatory criteria are regarded as eligible for paratransit service, making this vital service more efficient. Eligibility is based on limitations to an individual’s abilities, not just the presence of a disability.

Management & Operations| February 9, 2015

More Anchorage, Alaska residents fly to work than take transit, survey says

The federally funded Regional Household Travel Survey results, which are still being finalized, show that 2.2% rode bikes to work as their usual means of commuting, 1.8% flew in an airplane, and 1.7% took public transit. About 11% of respondents carpooled to work, but the vast majority, 74%, drove alone.

Motorcoach| February 6, 2015

CH Bus delivers full-, mid-size Temsas to Atlanta

Constructed entirely from stainless steel for extra durability and strength, Temsa’s vehicles are wholly integral full-size coaches that offer a luxurious and spacious interior for passengers and driver. All Temsa coaches are exclusively equipped with the Cummins/Allison drivetrain, providing both power and optimum serviceability.

Sustainability| February 6, 2015

FTA awards $55M in grants for zero-emission buses

Newly established under MAP-21, the LoNo program focuses on deploying the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses designed to cut carbon pollution and other traditional pollutants.

Rail| February 6, 2015

PATCO to install new electronic signage

One glitch is that the signs won't provide real-time information on train arrivals until an overhaul of PATCO's 120-car fleet is completed around 2017. The upgrade of the trains will provide the equipment necessary for the trains to communicate with the signs.

 

Management & Operations| February 6, 2015

Bay Area public transportation usage decreasing

With more people riding Bay Area Rapid Transit and Caltrain rail lines and fewer using Bay Area buses, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is unable to explain why the trend is occurring, however, service cuts and sprawling growth in suburban areas were cited as possible factors.

Management & Operations| February 6, 2015

Detroit DOT sat for years on millions for ride program

But not until last summer did DDOT launch the rides program for Detroit residents. Why DDOT didn't set up the program earlier was not immediately clear this week.

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