New S.C. shuttle to serve college students

The Hub City Hopper, based in downtown Spartanburg will serve students living on campus or residents near University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College or Wofford College.

FRA invests $21.2M in PTC, grade crossing safety, passenger rail

Grants awarded are part of a Notice of Funding Availability it issued in July 2014 to distribute new FY14 Omnibus funding as well as unobligated funds from the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program.

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%.

L.A. Metro launches campaign to prevent sexual harassment

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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