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February 4, 2016
D.C. Metro looking at Uber, Lyft to help improve paratransit options

The agency is looking into alternatives to MetroAccess because of the cost of the service and the fact that the number of people who need continues to grow.



Vandalia Bus Lines named Motorcoach Operator of the Year

The annual award given by METRO Magazine was presented to Dennis Streif, his mother Judy and son Phillip at this year's UMA Expo in Atlanta.



8 Wash. agencies testing Mobileye collision avoidance system

Operations have equipped 38 buses with the Mobileye Shield+ System, which combines multiple smart vision sensors manufactured by Mobileye with a driver interface manufactured by Rosco Vision Systems.


Houston Metro implements callboxes to ensure on-time performance

The 62 callboxes allow direct, real-time communication between driver and maintenance personnel, therefore streamlining the morning and afternoon “pullout.”


Spanish-based Irizar introduces new motorcoach to the U.S. market

The i6 models on display this week at UMA Expo in Atlanta are available in a height of either 12.23 or 12.89 ft. and have been fully developed to the needs of North American operators, complying with all U.S. DOT requirements and manufactured entirely in the European Union.


The Fixed-Post Bus Dispatcher...A Disappearing Act

When official-plated transit authority vehicles were scarce and basically reserved for those in upper management to go about their daily business to and from meetings, etc..., road control would be the responsibility of the “fixed-post foot dispatcher.” Not all of these positions have been eliminated, but I wonder if any readers remember the stability and sense of control that was present while the foot dispatcher was on post?


What You Need to Know about Passenger Wi-Fi

Three solution providers give best practices for connecting passengers and giving public and private transportation operations a competitive edge.


Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

The new work could help combat pesticide resistance in the unwelcome parasite.


Residents question 'fake' cemetery in path of proposed high-speed rail

Google Satellite Map images of the Acton, Calif. property from 2016 did not show any tombstones as of Monday, Feb. 1.

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