METRO Magazine - April 2014

COVER STORY:

2014 BRT Survey: Projects Abound, Bring Economic Benefits

By Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

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.

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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.

Colo. BRT project controls growth, cultivates development
In addition to improving mobility in the region, Fort Collins, Colo.-based Transfort’s new BRT route, the MAX, will help manage growth and spur economic development.

Q&A: Shuttle Service Providers Talk Efficiencies, Hurdles
Converting to alternative fuels is one popular savings tactic, while recruiting and retaining great drivers is a shared concern.

Assisting and Securing Passengers with Disabilities
Key guidelines to follow include not making assumptions about your customer’s intellectual or physical capabilities.

Switching to Propane Pays Off for Mich. Fleet
Currently, Livonia has four ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-450 Cutaway buses that are used for its Community Transit system.

Mobile Surveillance Helping Transit Agencies Operate More Efficiently
While often being used to provide driver and passenger safety, solutions can offer even more capabilities, such as improving headways, with the film itself also able to be used as a training tool.

Cities taking the lead on climate change
Hopefully, as the trust funds are going bankrupt, Congress will address not only that issue but also answer the call for a long-term policy on at least coping with the risks of climate change.

Husband and Wife Team Named Motorcoach Operator of the Year
Spotting opportunities in difficult times and diversifying their products to meet customers’ changing needs has made Larry and Lorna Hundt’s tour and coach operation a continued success for more than 30 years.

UMA Expo 2014: Partnerships, Upgraded Vehicles Make Impact
With a focus of building on the co-located show with the NTA, understanding and growing new business relationships across the whole travel and tour industry is a key theme. Meanwhile, new vehicle models, including some new to the private bus market, make their debut.

Sustainable Service: Planning a Green(er) Line for Boston
The Green Line Extension will include seven new stations, the addition of 4.5 miles of light rail track and the development of two facilities, with emphasis placed on developing and implementing sustainable solutions wherever possible.

Atlanta Revisits its Streetcar ‘Routes’ to Help Revitalize City
The 2.7-mile Atlanta Streetcar will provide improved connectivity between existing MARTA heavy rail, express bus services, planned light rail and locations not well-served by transit today.

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.

Seattle aerial gondola system proposed
The system, which can move 1,800 passengers per hour each way, would link Seattle’s waterfront with downtown’s convention center.

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