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September 30, 2014
NYU imagines future of transportation

The four include in automated highway in Atlanta, “tiny Google pods” in Los Angeles, on-demand BRT in New Jersey and autonomous bikes in Boston.



APTA: 2.7B trips taken on public transportation

New report on second quarter of 2014 shows a 1.1% increase over the same quarter last year, representing an increase of 30 million more trips. Public transportation ridership outpaced urban vehicle miles traveled, which grew at 0.97% for this quarter.



L.A. Metro breaks ground on Regional Connector light rail segment

The project will reconfigure Metro's three existing LRT lines into two lines, which will eliminate the need for riders to make cumbersome transfers from light rail to the Metro Red or Purple Line subway system, and then back onto light rail, to reach their destinations.



Memphis transit chief vows new standards for trolleys

MATA will be overhauling training and repair standards as well as trolleys in the wake of an APTA report that found agency lacking in both areas.



2014 Paratransit Survey: Ridership Sees Steady Increase, Travel Training on the Rise

Sixty-six percent of operators cited an increase in rides delivered, with an average of 13% reported. More than one-half tap travel training programs to help alleviate demand on fixed-route, while only 16% use taxis to supplement fleets.



Uber adding paratransit vehicles in Philadelphia

The fares for the wheelchair-accessible vehicles are similar to those for the company's existing car service, starting at $12. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxis in the city, says the agency is working to add 45 new wheelchair-accessible cabs this year.


Sonoma County Strengthens Commitment to CNG with New Fleet

With intercity routes forming the core of the agency's route network, the new fleet features high-back reclining seats and Wi-Fi.


Fla. agency moving forward with Clean Energy CNG contract

The agency plans to transition 100 buses from diesel to CNG over the next five years, including 40 buses that will serve the First Coast Flyer, JTA’s bus rapid transit program.


CH Bus delivers Temsa TS 35 to Mass.

All of A&A Metro Transportation's coaches are equipped with a Cummins/Allison drivetrain, and A&A’s coaches also offer quality features, such as 110-volt plugs, Alcoa Dura Bright wheels, an auxiliary preheater, rear camera, a rear window and an Elite REI A/V system.

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Heather Redfern
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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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