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Making sustainability a 'core principle' helps transit's bottom line

| March 1, 2017

The success of the SEPTA’s first Sustainability Program Plan has resulted in the passage of a second-generation plan —“SEP-TAINABLE 2020”— and made sustainability a core principle for the Authority’s day-to-day operations. Even seemingly easy changes, like replacing fluorescent lights with LED lights have made a difference to the triple bottom line. The plan was recently approved by the SEPTA Board.

Digital Signage Advances Help Deliver Info to Riders in Real Time

Management & Operations| February 28, 2017

Improvements on tap include readability, customization, and solar-powered products, while passenger information display options range from service arrival times and weather updates to surveillance footage.

Management & Operations| November 18, 2016

Calif. city installs 56 new Tolar Manufacturing Co. bus shelters

The City of Lynwood's custom shelters will feature a variation on Tolar’s Signature Sunset Series line and include curved sunroofs, custom branded steel strap bus benches, and trash receptacles.

Sustainability| November 3, 2016

San Antonio's VIA wins sustainability award for transit center

The site incorporates an underground water storage system and a solar panel collection.

Mobility| October 26, 2015

Clemson U. honored for parking innovations, sustainable practices

The award was based on a range of programs implemented in the last year to maximize Clemson’s limited parking supply, better define where visitors can park, distribute costs equitably among users and enhance sustainability.

University| July 6, 2015

U. of Delaware to study solar use on hybrid fuel-cell shuttle buses

The program currently includes two 22-foot, 22-seat transit buses equipped with nickel-cadmium batteries to meet the power demand of the buses and hydrogen-fueled proton exchange membrane fuel cells to maintain the state-of-charge of the batteries.

Sustainability| April 17, 2015

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

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%.

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.

Mobility| December 4, 2014

Solar roadways, 'Internet of Things' to shape highways of the future

As well as highways evolving, the report foresees that patterns of ownership will change in the coming years, with commuters more likely to purchase access to a vehicle rather than the vehicle itself.

Accessibility| September 2, 2014

N.J. to test solar-powered commuter pods

The pods essentially operate as mini, personal trains. They travel point-to-point along the rail network to the destination you input via an interactive touch screen.

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