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April 15, 2014
FedEx truck not on fire before striking motorcoach

NTSB investigators have requested a list of the contents of the FedEx truck’s semi-trailers and will determine if any possibly hazardous materials could have been on board.



Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

Many of the 40 or so students aboard a bus that had collided with a tractor-trailer truck squeezed through a kicked-out window before the vehicle burst into flames.



Lawyers argue case of Fla. transit chief firing

An attorney for Danny Ours, former executive director of Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, claimed that board members didn’t ask additional questions after an internal investigation that led to his firing in 2011. A lawyer for the transit system said there was "turmoil, chaos and low morale" under Ours' leadership.



OCTA debuts ‘Adventure Series’ videos to boost transit awareness

The seven short videos are designed to entice new riders to sample the range of public transportation options available in Orange County, and take viewers along for the ride aboard vanpools, carpools, trains, buses and bikes. The series has attracted more than 6,000 unique visitors over the last three weeks.


Senate group reaches agreement on reauthorization plan

Principles agreed upon by the bipartisan Environment and Public Works Committee include passing a long-term bill, as opposed to a short-term patch.


2014 BRT Survey: Projects Abound, Bring Economic Benefits

Connecting to jobs and other transit modes as well as supporting economic development were big boons cited. Last year’s sequestration hurt some projects, but not enough to keep this from being a strong year for the mode, with 10 new lines opening.


Half of D.C. Metro stops inaccessible for riders with disabilities

Instead of hopping on the next Metrobus, riders with disabilities have to make reservations for the more expensive MetroAccess service.


Utah creates Google Glass transit tracking app

A small group of UTA riders who are part of Google’s Glass Explorer Program are testing OnTime for Glass, which provides customized real-time arrival information.


Pa., Minn. operators add MCI J4500s

New coaches for Klein Transportation and Rustad Bus Service include 110-volt outlets, three-point seat belts and Wi-Fi.


Champion's FlexBus to be tested for usability

The study, organized and conducted by the Dallas Smith Corp. and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University of Buffalo, is part of a five-year project to evaluate current bus models and recommend improvements for future designs.


ABC delivers Van Hools to Minn., Mich.

Northfield Lines' 2014 ADA-equipped CX45 is powered by a Detroit DD13 engine coupled to an Allison B500G5 transmission, while Air Bear Travel's order consists of two Van Hool TX45s and two CXs, which are driven by DD13 engines coupled to Allison B500G5 transmissions.


Hampton Jitney adds Temsa TS 35

Coach is wheelchair equipped with two tie-downs. Additional quality features include 110-volt plugs, Alcoa Dura Bright rims, an REI audio video system and a rear camera.

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Transit tech's future showcased at ITS World Congress

The Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress only occurs in the Americas once every three years and this Sept. 7 to 11 our industry returns to its origins. Five months from now in Detroit, 10,000 of the world’s high tech transportation leaders will gather to discuss and showcase the technologies that are driving the future of transportation.

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Apple Transportation Program Stuck in Past

For years, Steve Jobs and company seem to have been our reliable guides to new technology and a better tomorrow. However, Apple’s decision to build a mammoth new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. – miles from public transportation and adequate housing – amounts to a corporate denunciation of sustainability.

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