METRO Magazine - July 2012

COVER STORY:

Consultant Roundtable: Industry Focusing On Gains

By Alex Roman, Managing Editor

While it is easy to blame the lack of dedicated funding for slowing down projects and causing uncertainty, consultants remain optimistic that they can help public transit agencies fill the gap by utilizing its expertise from other regions around the world. Many are hopeful the younger generation entering the workforce will help grow public transit usage.

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Consultant Roundtable: Industry Focusing On Gains
While it is easy to blame the lack of dedicated funding for slowing down projects and causing uncertainty, consultants remain optimistic that they can help public transit agencies fill the gap by utilizing its expertise from other regions around the world. Many are hopeful the younger generation entering the workforce will help grow public transit usage.

Motorcoach Operator Q&A: Contending with Change
Operators discuss how they are adapting to evolving equipment, tighter competition and different customer needs and weigh in on proposed safety regulations.

Shift in consultant use shows greater reliance on private sector
Can private sector professionals help with the challenges? Absolutely!

Sustainability and safety key for flooring company
Altro is a supplier and manufacturer of safe and hygienic interior surfaces that are easy to clean and maintain. Their products’ focus keeps passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design and engineering.

Information Management Bolsters Transit Safety & Security
PSIM technology provides an integrated “cockpit” view of different security, safety and operational systems, and analyzing and correlating information across these different sub-systems in real-time.

Vendor Managed Inventory: Benefits of a Transit Supply Chain Network Realized
Working with a partner with similar goals and interests has been a rewarding experience for the eight transit system members of the VMI partnership, with parts price savings averaging around 15% to date. Part 3 of 3 in a series.

Contractors Helping Operators Manage Tighter Budgets
Using CNG, bus tracking software and customized local solutions, private contractors are stepping up to the challenge of saving even more money for transit operators.

U.S. High-Speed Rail: Despite Political Railroading, Supporters Optimistic
Regardless of confusion over what the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program was defined as and political pressure being applied, the Obama Administration’s $10 billion-plus investment in the nation’s rail network has seen some success as many projects, including California’s “true” high-speed rail program, continue moving forward.

Consultant Project Profile: AECOM
High-speed rail.

Consultant Project Profile: STV Inc.
WTC Transportation Hub

Consultant Project Profile: InfraConsult LLC
Public Private Partnership Delivery

Consultant Project Profile: Parsons Brinckerhoff
SunRail Commuter Rail

Performers compete for chance to entertain N.Y. passengers
In May, several hundred musicians auditioned for the MTA's Music Under New York program.

Copper wire thefts hinder rail services
Metal scavengers have stolen copper wires from SEPTA's tracks. The agency is spending up to $500,000 yearly to repair and replace the damaged equipment.

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