METRO Magazine - September/October 2012


Top 100 Bus Fleets: Meeting Demand, Challenges

By Alex Roman, Managing Editor

Implementing a fuel transition program and buying used buses are some tactics this year’s respondents are turning to.

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Top 100 Bus Fleets: Meeting Demand, Challenges
Implementing a fuel transition program and buying used buses are some tactics this year’s respondents are turning to.

2012 Women In Transportation: Norma Zamora
GM Brownsville Metro Brownsville, Texas

2012 Women In Transportation: Bronwyn Wilson
President International Motor Coach Group Inc. Overland Park, Kan.

2012 Women In Transportation: Helena Williams
President Long Island Rail Road New York, N.Y.

2012 Women In Transportation: Tina Quigley
GM Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Las Vegas

2012 Women In Transportation: Margaret O'Meara
VP, Client Services and Business Development, Northeast Region Parsons Brinckerhoff Boston

2012 Women In Transportation: KellyAnne Gallagher
Director of Member Services American Public Transportation Association Washington, D.C.

2012 Women In Transportation: Lisa Farbstein
Public Affairs Manager – Strategic Communications/Public Affairs Transportation Security Administration Arlington, Va.

Pub Perspective: Begin next authorization preparation now
A lot will be dictated by the outcome of the election, which is also why we need to start making, or rather restating, the case for public transportation investment.

Transit Implements Control Tactics to Combat Fare Evasion
Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and Atlanta are putting an end to ‘free rides’ with fare inspection crackdowns. L.A. Metro, like Atlanta, is locking its fare gates, ending the unofficial honor system.

What Are The Real Costs, Value of High-Speed Rail?
With impacts including a shrinking number of vehicles and less road congestion currently being ignored when the financial feasibility of projects is being studied, a new economic value added model must be used to illustrate the total realizable benefits that can be obtained.

MAP-21 Impacts Motorcoach Safety, Planning Role
Bill includes N.Y. Sen. Charles Schumer’s well-publicized “Grading System,” changes in how safety measures will be implemented and how the industry does business with public transit agencies.

What Really Helps U.S. Manufacturers in the Public Transportation Industry
Do government interventions help foster American manufacturing in public transportation? By and large, they help only marginally, say those who have been involved with the industry for decades.

50 Traits of A Great Transit Manager
What traits and skill sets are important to becoming a great public transportation leader? METRO surveyed more than 200 transit executives to find out. Being a skilled communicator and listener were the most commonly cited attributes.

GM Survey: Budgets stabilize, revenue alts sought
The average transit executive spent 23 years in the industry, with an average annual salary of $113,000, according to METRO’s seventh annual survey.

California has a high-speed rail project
California’s state legislature authorized the first sale of $4.6 billion of the $9 billion voter-approved 2008 Proposition 1A High-Speed Rail (HSR) bonds. That matches and commits the state’s $3.4 billion federal HSR stimulus grant.

5 Questions: Omnitrans' Milo Victoria
Established in 1976, Omnitrans carries approximately 15 million passengers each year throughout its 480-square-mile service area, covering 15 cities and portions of the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Pa. transit scavenger hunt educates children
Schuylkill Transportation System took children throughout Schuylkill County on a tour designed to teach them about public transit.

Revamped paratransit program saves $25 million
As part of its revamped paratransit program, Metro provides travel training and outreach to customers with disabilities to teach them about the accessibility features of the bus and rail systems.


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METRO Magazine - September/October 2012