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July 22, 2014
Most Calif. bus crash victims died of smoke inhalation, coroner says

Most of the victims killed in a fiery crash in Northern California between a college-bound bus and a FedEx freight truck in April survived the initial impact, only to die from smoke inhalation as a fire tore through the carriage.



MARTA developing real estate as way to generate revenue, riders

The agency has pushed forward with plans to develop under-used parking lots at three stations into mixed-use commercial and residential buildings.



Study: Travelers’ use of personal electronic devices rising sharply

The study — the fifth in an annual series by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development — collected data from 7,034 passengers on 106 bus, train and plane departures during February to June 2014 and made comparisons with a similar sample from 2013.



Switching Fleet to CNG Was Carefully Weighed Decision for DART

Switching our bus fleet to compressed natural gas from liquefied natural gas and diesel was a carefully weighed decision at DART. But in the end, it was a no-brainer: go with the fuel source that will promote clean air while saving taxpayers $120 million in fuel costs over the next 10 years.



Pierce Transit adding system to track security, crime issues

The Web-based reporting system will increase accountability and efficiency, and allow the department to respond more quickly to crime trends at transit stations and on buses.


'Shabby Road' - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Clip from late-night satirical television program The Daily Show features host Jon Stewart discussing how funding for America's aging infrastructure hits a few roadblocks when the federal Highway Trust Fund runs out of money.


New CapMetro BRT route to serve UT campus

The fleet underwent a full-scale system test earlier this month, where all 15 MetroRapid 803 buses operated like a regular service day, to make sure the technology and route timing works.


Pa. agency adds Stertil-Koni lifts

Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority's new lifts will be used at its recently completed, state-of-the-art bus maintenance facility.


Voith supplying Gillig's Pittsburgh transmissions

Will be delivered later this summer, with final delivery of the buses to the Port Authority of Allegheny County occurring near the end of the year.


Volvo, ABB team for electric bus project

The first joint project will be the implementation of Volvo Electric Hybrids and automatic e-bus chargers in the Luxembourg public transport system.

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Providing Service for Those Who Served

When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America hold the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia from August 12-17, SEPTA will have the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to those who have served the Armed Forces. The Authority will provide transportation for the more than 500 veterans with spinal cord injury, amputations and neurological disorders that will travel to Philadelphia from across the country and the United Kingdom to compete.

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Louie Maiello
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How to know when your driver trainees are ready to roll

There should come a time during each new student’s training bus instruction, when instructor-led skill development turns to student demonstration and “Show Time” begins. It is during this time the student must perform for the instructor. I call this a “Show Me” day.

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