University Transit by Metro Magazine

November 23, 2015

Synthetic drug use caused bus crash that killed Texas students, NTSB says

Also determines that contributing to the severity of the crash was the fact that, although the bus was equipped with seat belts in all seating positions, none of the passengers wore the restraints. full story

November 23, 2015
Colorado State, 5 more universities receive platinum bike-friendly certification

This year, 127 universities in 42 states were evaluated. Alongside CSU is Stanford, Portland State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of California Davis. full story

November 23, 2015
ABA, travel and tourism groups urge members to be vigilant in wake of Paris attacks

The letter also includes tips from the Bus Industry and Safety Council, which stresses pre- and post-trip security checks such as inspections of luggage bays and overhead compartments. Operators are also urged to report suspicious packages and to encourage riders to do the same. full story

November 23, 2015
Texas A&M campus experimenting with shuttle services

Two of the vans split up the route and take a set of the stops, while the third van is the cleanup shuttle that drives the route from start to finish getting students that might have been missed by the other two. full story

November 18, 2015
Cost-Effective Ways to Develop More Resilient Transit Employees

There is an epidemic of safety accidents, absenteeism and high turnover among transit’s front line employees and it’s bleeding the transportation industry billions of dollars. But the inoculation may be closer than you think. Employee engagement is the best immunization for what’s ailing the industry. full story

November 20, 2015
MBTA to ban all political ads on system

Its current advertising guidelines ban political campaign ads, which pertain to specific candidates, parties and ballot questions. The agency also does not allow ads that are considered “demeaning or disparaging” to an individual or a group. full story

November 19, 2015
S.F. Muni to restrict larger commuter shuttle buses, require greener fleet

The new regulations create an ongoing program that builds off an 18-month pilot set to expire at the end of January 2016. The fee charged to shuttle operators will increase to pay for stepped-up enforcement. full story

November 20, 2015
Peter Rogoff to lead Seattle's Sound Transit

Current Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl, who has been on medical leave, will retire in March 2016 following the opening of the University Link light rail line. Deputy CEO Mike Harbour, who did not apply for the CEO position, will continue to serve as the agency’s acting CEO until Rogoff’s arrival. full story

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