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

Sustainability| April 17, 2015

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%.

L.A. Metro launches campaign to prevent sexual harassment

Security and Safety | April 17, 2015

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.

Rail| April 16, 2015

Metra adopting 'confidential close call reporting system'

According to the FRA, which has promoted the adoption of the system by a handful of railroads so far, the system complements existing safety programs, builds a positive safety culture, creates an early warning system, focuses on problems instead of people, provides an incentive for learning from errors and targets the root cause of an issue, not the symptom.

Rail| April 15, 2015

Cost of 3-week Cincinatti streetcar delay could total $2M

Additionally, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority has reduced its estimates by $569,000 for both streetcar fare revenue and what it believes it can capture from those who want to advertise on the vehicles.

Rail| April 15, 2015

The case for driverless trains by the numbers

Some of the benefits discussed by a CityLab report, include a 70% savings in staff, higher frequencies, significant operational savings and more room for passengers.

Rail| April 15, 2015

State lawmakers urge Metro Transit to step up fare enforcement

While an audit found that one of every 10 light rail passengers may not be paying fares, Metro Transit reports 94% compliance on its Green Line and 97% compliance on its Blue Line. Moving away from an honor system and installing turnstiles could cost the agency $107 million, according to the report.

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