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October 23, 2014
2014 Transit Bus Fleet Survey: Top Fleets Taking Steps to Attract Growing Markets

With usage amongst millennials and Baby Boomers gaining popularity, many agencies are reporting measures to pull more of these segments onboard, including targeted marketing programs and increased technologies. Meanwhile, the amount of alternative-fueled vehicles has nearly doubled over the last 10 years.



Time Square bus driver goes from suspect to hero

An investigation found that a mechanical failure caused the bus to lurch forward, at which time the driver was able to steer the bus away from a crowded sidewalk, thereby averting serious injury to those on the sidewalk.



Toronto mayoral debate focusing on transportation

The major talking point is each of the three candidates’ views on subway versus surface rail lines



Silverado Stages, Silver State Coach announce merger

Silver State, with operating authorities in Nevada and California, operates a fleet of some 40 motorcoaches from terminals in Placentia, Calif. and Las Vegas.


Parsons Brinckerhoff to push Hillsborough County plan

The county’s transportation policy leadership group outlined a public outreach effort that will be carried out by the firm that will include eight community and two regional meetings along with speaking engagements by county leaders.


TriMet unveils newly designed Siemens rail vehicle

The S70 light rail vehicle was designed and manufactured at Siemens’ Sacramento, Calif. plant and includes new features that increase the comfort and safety for the public, make the operation of the vehicles easier and more efficient, and improve the maintenance process.


Micro Bird's Quebec facility attains ISO certification

The new International Standards Organization designation underscores the company’s commitment to safety, quality, durability, serviceability and assures that customers continue to receive the highest level of quality buses.


Kiel products unveiled at APTA EXPO

Aside from introducing new seating options to the market, the company's products were prominently displayed on MCI's Commuter Coach and Bombardier's railcar for BART.


Valley Metro extends Alternate Concepts' rail management contract

During its years of service in Arizona, ACI has continuously delivered strong on-time performance (OTP) for VMR, including 99% OTP during the first nine months of 2014.

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Transit Dispatches
Selling Naming Rights Helps Transit Stay in the Game

Across the country, limited capital budgets are forcing transit agencies to find creative ways generate revenue to address their perpetually growing list of needs. Every dollar counts. Selling naming rights for properties (and routes, like Cleveland’s HealthLine) is one option for generating new income. In Philadelphia, SEPTA just announced its second station renaming — Jefferson Station, which serves SEPTA’s Regional (commuter) Rail in downtown Philadelphia.

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Louie Maiello
Safety Corner
Learn how to create a comprehensive driver training program

This year I’ve been given the opportunity to present a session with my colleague, Steve Mentzer. Our session will take place on Tuesday morning, Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m. and is entitled: “Creating a Driver Training Program from Start to Finish.” This discussion will appeal to those of you seeking to create an end-to-end driver training program utilizing an array of resources to bridge all learning modalities.

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