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October 16, 2014
Diesel usage for public transit higher than heavy-duty trucking

Diesel technology is being utilized by transit buses at a faster pace than other large vehicle sectors, according to the director of policy for the Diesel Technology Forum Ezra Finkin.



Amtrak taps Siemens for static frequency converter work

Order includes the delivery, installation and commissioning of two 30-megawatt converter units as well as the integration of the multilevel traction converter into the existing Amtrak 25-Hertz traction power supply network to enable parallel operation with the existing converters.



New Flyer to develop 60-foot, electric Xcelsior model

The electric drive bus will allow the fuel cell to operate at a relative steady-state, while the batteries will be able to both capture breaking energy and provide power for acceleration.



APTA announces AdWheel Award winners

Over 500 entries competed this year in the five categories of print, electronic, campaign, special event and social media.


BYD Passes Altoona Testing, Set to Make Big Leap Into the Market

As transit agencies continue to look at ways to both improve their environmental footprint and save money, the interest in all-electric buses has steadily increased.


Clean Energy offers lower cost NGV Barrier for garages

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.


Cleveland RTA adds propane autogas paratransit shuttles

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has added 20 propane autogas para-transit shuttle buses to its fleet and expects to recoup its investment in about a year, according to ROUSH CleanTech.


For Transit Operators: Facts About Epilepsy and Seizures

Approximately one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives, and as a result, may not be able to drive.


ICOM North America opnes tech, training center

The training center officially opened in late September with a special event at the new facility, which increases Icom North America’s building footprint by 50%. The company manufactures a full range of patented Icom liquid propane autogas injection systems.


Red Coach adds service to Jacksonville, Fla.

Roundtrip fares from Jacksonville to Orlando start at $20, with fares from Jacksonville to Tallahassee starting at $30.

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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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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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