METRO Magazine - June 2014

COVER STORY:

2014 Top Rail Projects Survey

Alex Roman, Managing Editor

With a reported $16.5 billion in projects, New York City Transit again tops the list, with the amount of streetcar projects in North America continuing to grow. Total project purse grows nearly 50% over 10 years.

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2014 Top Rail Projects Survey
With a reported $16.5 billion in projects, New York City Transit again tops the list, with the amount of streetcar projects in North America continuing to grow. Total project purse grows nearly 50% over 10 years.

Pub Perspective: The most important P in PPP is the last one
The first thing to understand about P3s is that they are primarily a money-saving strategy and are still expected to earn a return on investment.

Contractors: Not Just About Running Trains
Taking a one-stop-shop approach, these companies help enhance services by forming strategic partnerships with local companies and focusing on regional needs. They can also improve fleet reliability and offer technological innovations and safety programs.

Transit systems tap video’s storytelling ability to attract, inform riders
As a growing number of riders and the general public look to online videos for information and entertainment, some transit systems are producing their own videos to more effectively reach out to and inform their customers.

Tech Report: Kinetic energy storage system increases efficient use of rail power
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently completed the installation of a VYCON kinetic energy storage system at Metro’s Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park station.

Historic St. Paul Depot Revived as Modern Multimodal Hub
The revamped design incorporates new modes, such as bicycle, bus and light rail, along with added emphasis on vehicular interfaces to the depot, which was not originally designed for modern vehicle operations.

How to Improve Motorcoach Customer Satisfaction
As competition gets tougher, many motorcoach operators are exploring ways to both maintain and grow their customer bases, including taking action on items mentioned in customer surveys and diversifying both their business models and fleets to be able to move into niche markets.

BART Reaches Out to Customers to Get its 'Fleet of the Future' Right
Prior to the contract with Bombardier, BART started a public outreach and design process, collecting feedback on current and proposed designs via email, online surveys and public events.

Former T&I Chairman and champion of ‘intermodality’ Oberstar dies
James Oberstar, former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) and long-time transportation advocate, died in May at age 79.

Transit systems work to preserve trees along rail lines
Transit systems planning rail lines, such as Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, are working with their communities to preserve trees in the paths of proposed routes.

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