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November 25, 2014
After streetcar plan defeat, Arlington looks to better buses

The city already evaluated a potential enhanced-bus line for Columbia Pike, back in 2012, as a possible alternative to the streetcar.



Exclusive: Bus Fires- Best Practices for Reducing the Risk

SP Fire Research is leading the way for more effective fire suppression systems by establishing a certification process and test method for testing fire suppression systems against known fire threats and environmental conditions specific to bus engine environments.



Appeals court rejects San Diego's highway, transportation plan

Environmental groups contend the plan far exceeds state targets for greenhouse gas emissions and too heavily favors more roads.



Ann Arbor approves bus buys, paratransit contract

The board voted to award Select Ride Inc. a three-year contract to deliver paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities beginning May 1, 2015, for a not-to-exceed price of $10.7 million.


KCATA adopts new brand, improved paratransit services

The RideKC brand will be the umbrella brand used by all the region’s transit agencies and will be used to provide unified marketing and communication for multiple modes of transit, including local bus service, rapid bus service and the future streetcar.


Michigan Flyer adds 7 luxury coaches

Safety features include an electronic stability system that enables drivers to avoid danger on slippery roads; an engine fire-detection and suppression system; two GPS systems; and a tire pressure monitoring system.


Kiel partners with MCI to deliver seating for Houston Metro

APTA relied on several of the 45-foot, clean-diesel MCI Commuter Coaches with Kiel seating for shuttle service during EXPO 2014, October 13 to 15 in Houston, allowing attendees to experience the comfort and amenities of the newest members of the METRO fleet first hand.


MV-1 successfully completes new round of crash testing

The number of successful crash tests performed on the vehicle to date exceeds 50. The MV-1 includes an ADA-compliant side-entry ramp design and meets all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards direct from the factory with no further modifications required.


Alexander Dennis to build facility in Ontario, Canada

The move follows a deal with Metrolinx to supply over 250 new, low-height double-deck buses over the next five years. The agreement also includes an option for an additional 150 vehicles should they be required.


Cubic, Calgary Parking strike collaborative marketing agreement

Cubic will integrate ParkPlus technology with its payment processing facilities, giving users the benefit of a simpler customer experience with the ability to manage a single transportation account for transit and parking.

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Engaging Young Riders is Key to Transit’s Continued Growth

The number of younger people getting drivers’ licenses has continually declined since 1996 and that adults between the ages of 20 to 30 are more likely to stay in cities rather than move to suburbs, according to the United States Public Interest Research Group. This data, then, would indicate that the millennial generation (the largest generation) is a major contributor to the surge in ridership transportation organizations across the country are experiencing.

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Are your bus operators square?

If you are in transit, you know this question has nothing to do with lifestyle and everything to do with left hand turns. And in transit, we prefer squares. For the sake of clarity, we are talking about the difference between taking extra care to square off a left-hand turn as opposed to simply rounding the turn. A square turn involves setting up the pivot point of the bus and by its very nature requires the operator to conduct the turn at a much slower rate of speed.

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