Held for the first time in Indianapolis, this year’s event featured several electric and new propane autogas vehicle debuts, while in the classroom, safety was a major focus, with sessions discussing technology integration and training.
Policymakers are calling for tougher Buy America procurement rules, which largely ignore how the real marketplace works and could undermine the very employment opportunities that these proposals seek to expand.
With intercity routes forming the core of the agency's route network, the new fleet features high-back reclining seats and Wi-Fi.
Nine industry experts weigh in on key transportation topics. Whether it is maintaining and growing ridership on public transportation or taking advantage of new project delivery methods, many believe it is important to embrace today’s more modern approach to living, working and playing.
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.
The agency has so far revamped its fleet with 210 new buses, created task forces to focus on areas such as on-time performance, reducing accidents and decreasing road calls. Additionally, it’s long-awaited East Bay BRT project is making headway.
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.
More agencies are going mobile with fares. As many others plan to replace aging fare collection equipment, they take steps such as open fare and closed-loop payment systems while planning for mobile ticketing.
While business was up for 62% of survey respondents, this percentage is lower than the last two years. However, the average increase operators experienced came in at about 30%, and every carrier who made the list plans to buy more vehicles this year.
More than 145 exhibitors showcased products and 64 vehicles were on display, including an unprecedented four electric vehicles. Safety and paratransit were major topics of focus in the educational sessions, which featured an expanded program this year.
Alternatively-propelled vehicles total 16,434 and make up 25% of the fleet totals reported for 2013, with natural gas leading the way.
CH Bus Sales, the exclusive distributor of the Turkish vehicle manufacturer’s 30-foot and 35-foot models, is helping to accommodate the trend toward smaller charter and tour groups.