Tech Report: Kinetic energy storage system increases efficient use of rail power

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently completed the installation of a VYCON kinetic energy storage system at Metro’s Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park station.

Transit systems work to preserve trees along rail lines

Transit systems planning rail lines, such as Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, are working with their communities to preserve trees in the paths of proposed routes.

BYD bus completes Altoona Testing

The 40-foot BYD Electric Bus is just the first of three different size options that will be offered to the U.S. for 2014/2015 deliveries. Next at Altoona will be the 60-foot articulated BYD all-electric bus.

Fla. LYNX names new GM

In her new position, Susan Black will lead the agency’s administrative division, including engineering, human resources, information technology, marketing, planning and development, and safety/risk, departments.

Caltrain issues electrification RFQ for San Fran.-to-San Jose line

Key components of the project include an electric power infrastructure and replacing diesel trains with high-performance electric trains.

TIGER grant applications total $9.5B

Altogether, the U.S. DOT received 797 eligible applications, compared to 585 in 2013, from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

AC Transit Builds ‘A Better Ride’ with New Buses, Enhanced Services

The agency has so far revamped its fleet with 210 new buses, created task forces to focus on areas such as on-time performance, reducing accidents and decreasing road calls. Additionally, it’s long-awaited East Bay BRT project is making headway.

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