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September 30, 2011 - Safety Corner

'Missing the Boat' With Your Transit Simulator?

Simulator training within the 'transit industry' is unique in its application as an affordable and necessary option. Those of you who feel that teaching bus operator basic skills on a simulator cannot be done are missing the boat! You are short-changing yourself and your operators. I firmly believe that basic skill development is its primary function and the most effective way to utilize your simulator when dealing with new hires.
September 27, 2011 - Transit Dispatches

OCTA CEO: Kick-starting new routines this fall for commuters

Rideshare Week, which kicks off Oct. 3, is an annual event that focuses on the importance of commuters sharing the ride to get to where they need or want to go. It encourages employers and their employees to take the bus or train, vanpool, carpool, walk or ride a bike.
September 23, 2011 - From the Editor's

Is public transit doomed for good?

To mark this week's "Don't X Out Public Transit Day," the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a new survey that focused on what the consequences would be on public transportation riders and systems around the country if a House of Representatives-proposed cut of more than one-third of federal funding for public transportation actually took place.
September 20, 2011 - Transit Dispatches

From farm to table via public transit

In Philadelphia, where more than 35 percent of the population relies on public transit as its sole means of transportation and about 25 percent of residents live below the poverty level, accessing affordable, fresh and healthy foods is a challenge. SEPTA is working with the City and The Food Trust to help make farm fresh fruits and vegetables a staple of Philadelphians’ diets.
September 9, 2011 - Transit Dispatches

5 key ingredients to a new bus operator training program

During the course of my presentations to large groups, I have come to believe that they are some of the most exciting and inspiring events for transferring critical information regarding bus operator training and safety. Large group presentations are an excellent time to unveil new training concepts and strategies. There is a distinct feel and energy to the room that cannot be duplicated in any other setting.
August 31, 2011 - Transit Dispatches

OCTA CEO: Getting America back to work

More than 250 people gathered today in Orange, Calif. for a first-of-its kind summit to discuss factors that create jobs and offer solutions to expediting transportation projects for America’s future.
August 26, 2011 - Transit Dispatches

Is Transit Ready for the ‘Big One?’

What a week for the East Coast! First, the region was rocked by a "surprise" 5.8 earthquake, now it is looking in the eye of Hurricane Irene — a "once-every-100-years event," which is expected to impact down south in the Carolinas all the way up to Maine. Through it all, public transportation has been there and plans to continue to be there to transport customers and help provide evacuation efforts.
August 18, 2011 - Transit Dispatches

The State of SEPTA’s 'State of Good Repair'

FTA Administrator Rogoff gets an up-close look at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s infrastructure issues.
August 12, 2011 - From the Editor's

Economic situation feels like a bad movie

When I think of the economic situation this country is in, I can't help but to feel like Michael Corleone in "Godfather III" when he says "Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in!"
August 4, 2011 - Safety Corner

Making the most of a training bus opportunity

During these tough economic times there may be a friend or loved one you know who is waiting to be called to begin a career in transit, perhaps as a bus operator. To make the best of that opportunity, I will provide some information to share with them.

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