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October 14, 2014
Public Transportation Industry Descends on Houston for EXPO

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) welcomed thousands of attendees to Houston for the start of EXPO 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Monday.



Melaniphy talks 'broadening footprint, EXPO

It is nearly three years to the day that the Michael Melaniphy took on the role as president/CEO of APTA. Read on to find out his thoughts on federal funding, future initiatives and what he’s looking forward to at the EXPO.



APTA Expo takes off in Houston, spotlights city’s transit transformation

The General Session kicked off Monday morning in the George R. Brown Convention Center as APTA welcomed the crowd to a city undergoing a transportation renaissance. Speakers emphasized the transformation happening in public transit across the U.S., with exponential ridership growth and the challenge to gain a stable funding source to plan so many in-demand projects.



Innovation Challenge showcases transit’s forward thinkers

A handful of contestants were given five minutes each to pitch their ideas on innovations for the industry and potentially secure business opportunities. Winning innovations were a ground transportation system electrification method, a people conveyor system and sensor-based technology that tells potential riders whether there are seats on a bus.



Knockout Downtime with Rotary Lift’s New MOD35 Inground Lift

MOD30 has been the best-selling lift in its class for 12 years, with more than 1,100 installed. The MOD35 Series continues the “championship” reign by adding best-in-class lifting capacity and clear bay space, patent-pending pendant controls and a lower installation cost.



Micro Bird Launching New Image, Revamped Logo, Updated Website

Micro Bird Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of commercial buses for up to 25 passengers, built with superior durability providing the best cost of ownership in the marketplace.


Trans/Air Displaying Low-Profile Climate Control Units

The RT65 is a compact, low-profile, roof-mounted unit designed for commercial vehicles as well as school buses. The Streamline SL900 is a light-weight, low-profile roof-mounted unit designed for heavy-duty application on motorcoaches and transit buses.


Luminator INFOtransit system is more than an LCD screen

INFOtransit can provide route listing and next stop information to the passenger, as well as rider alerts, public service announcements, video and static messages.


Question of the Day: EXPO Tuesday

What has changed at your operation since 2011’s EXPO?


Houston's light rail expansion moves forward with Purple Line

Also known as the Southeast Corridor line, the 6.6-mile, 10-station Purple Line begins downtown and travels southeast along Capitol and Rusk to the Palm Center near MLK and Griggs.


SinglePoint, DoubleMap partner for SingleTRAK

The DoubleMap solution will be used to power SingleTRAK,SinglePoint’s software that provides real-time bus and train location details via the passengers' Web browser or handheld device.


Streetcars Making a Resurgence in the U.S.

Whether you call them streetcars, cable cars, trolleys or trams, those nostalgic, street-level transit lines not seen in many cities since the 1950s are making an unprecedented resurgence across the U.S. and around the world.


5 things to consider when naming and designing brand identities

As cities work to become more relevant to new generations and attract diverse visitors, ensuring transit systems’ naming and branding systems are well-designed will become increasingly important.

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