METRO Magazine - June 2013

COVER STORY:

SunRail Service to Transform Florida's Commuter Culture

By Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

The $1 billion, 61.5-mile system, being built by the Florida DOT, will utilize an existing rail corridor. The 32-mile first phase will serve 12 stations and link DeBary, to Sand Lake Road, just south of Orlando. Service is expected to begin in 2014.

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SunRail Service to Transform Florida's Commuter Culture
The $1 billion, 61.5-mile system, being built by the Florida DOT, will utilize an existing rail corridor. The 32-mile first phase will serve 12 stations and link DeBary, to Sand Lake Road, just south of Orlando. Service is expected to begin in 2014.

Pub Perspective: Many rail policy shoes to fall after MAP-21
We need to give officials who support us some cover for some pretty tough calls they will have to make with their more conservative colleagues. We also need to call out the ones who don’t support us.

Minneapolis' Metro Brings Wind-Powered Rail Travel
Metro Transit bought approximately 71,000 kilowatt hours of wind-generated electricity from energy supplier Xcel Energy’s Windsource program as part of an Earth Day event. This was just one of many components of its Go Greener initiative.

How to Develop a Successful Transit Facility Project
Part one of a two-part series, this article discusses some factors that should be considered — funding sources, feasibility and site viability — before an organization issues a Request for Qualifications or a Request for Proposal.

Track Maintenance Equipment Gets the Job Done Faster, Safer
Whether transit agencies are looking to procure equipment or hire a contractor, the evolution of track maintenance technologies and services have made it possible to do certain tasks in less time, while keeping workers out of harm’s way.

What Motorcoach Operators Need to Know about Web Responsiveness
Mobile devices are surpassing PCs in popularity, becoming the new method for customers to access information about your operation. Responsive web design ensures customers using mobile devices get quick, easy access to all the information on your site.

Apps Helping to Enhance Riders' Experience
For the increasing number of customers with smartphones and tablets, safety is enhanced. New features, such as mobile ticketing, crowd-sourced information and even shopping, further improve the ride.

Smaller Bus Systems Face Funding Issues for Replacement, Expansion
Constrained federal funding is exacerbated in smaller areas where agencies are forced to do more with less. Interestingly, this has not impacted operations as much as it has their plans to purchase more vehicles and complete capital projects.

2013 Top Rail Project Profiles
As part of this year's Top Rail Projects feature, METRO focused on three projects in the works in Houston, Detroit and Tucson, Ariz.

2013 Top Rail Projects Total Reaches $99B
With $14.3 billion in projects, New York City Transit tops this year’s list, followed closely by the Toronto Transit Commission. Three new projects in Tucson, Ariz.; Detroit and Orlando, Fla., totaling $948 million, make their debut.

REI celebrates 75th anniversary
METRO Magazine spoke to REI’s President Scott Hays, who reflected on the company’s years in business and discussed its future.

IndyGo recycles stadium seats for bus stops
In partnership with Ecolaborative, Indianapolis Fabrications and Recycle Force, PUP is facilitating the refurbishment of the stadium seats, while a strategic relationship with IndyGo is bringing the rehabbed stand-alone benches to bus stops around Indianapolis.

APTA Bus Roadeo test skills, fosters learning
This year, SEPTA won the overall Grand Champion Award, which recognizes the system with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team combined score.

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