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August 26, 2014
DART eyeing BRT for Cotton Belt service

The portion of the Cotton Belt service DART will operate in Dallas, Denton and Collin counties is seen as key to connecting Fort Worth, the airport and cities along or between DART’s Green and Red lines.



Pedestrians, commuter rail users happiest says study

Cycling (82%), driving (77%), metro riders (76%) and bus riders (75.5%) rounded out the top six categories, according to a study by McGill University that examined of the modes for work travel users are most satisfied with.



The Rapid launches BRT line

The FTA contributed approximately $32 million toward the $40 million total Silver Line project cost, including $19 million through its Capital Investment Grant Program and $13 million through its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program.



New requirements keeping elderly off MBTA paratransit

Nearly two years ago, the MBTA began to require that all applicants for The Ride attend an in-person evaluation, rather than mailing a lengthy application and a doctor’s note. Since the interview requirement began, only 22% of applicants have come from the oldest age brackets.



KCATA to open CNG fueling station

The station allows buses to be fueled in less than seven minutes and will enable KCATA to fill more than 200 buses nightly.


Who should be included in METRO's Most Influential People of the Decade?

METRO Magazine will be profiling influential contributors to the public transportation industry in the September/October issue. Let us know who should be recognized in this special feature!


MCI delivers J4500s to Ala., Ga.

The J4500, which also recently underwent a design change, additionally offers standard features including flat-screen video monitors, tiered theatre seating and LED lighting, plus performance features including an optimized powertrain for better fuel economy.


TriMet, GlobeSherpa, INIT partner for eFare system

Designed to incorporate leading edge electronic payment technologies to make travel on transit more convenient for customers, the system will provide the region’s transit agencies with a more efficient and secure fare collection platform.


First Transit wins Conn. paratransit contract

The newly awarded contract with the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency is for four years with total projected contract revenue of over $7 million.


Ram ProMaster offerings feature accessible options

Robert Hegbloom, head of Ram Commercial, said the the ProMaster and ProMaster City vehicles can now be set up with special equipment to serve paratransit fleets or other commercial customers with limited mobility.

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Tackling Rail Maintenance 'Blitz'-Style to Minimize 'Down' Time

Maintenance and construction projects can present quite the conundrum for transportation organizations with rail operations: shut down a major portion or entire line in one shot to get the work done while offering substitute service for riders? Work overnights and weekends for long stretches of time? One solution to the maintenance/construction puzzle is the “blitz” — a balancing act between productivity and customer inconvenience.

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How 'Safety Blitzes' Help Test Bus Operators for Compliance

Think of a safety blitz as seeking confirmation that bus operators are in compliance, or non-compliant, with your standard operating procedures during an unannounced "spot check" of a specific skill set. A blitz may also be initiated in response to a sudden spike in unsafe actions being reported, observed or indicated by video review.

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