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SECURITY & SURVEILLANCE

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Camera surveillance systems: Where’s the evidence? By Colin Smith Why do agencies use camera surveillance systems on buses? We can ultimately consolidate their uses into two major categories: enhancing visibility and affecting crime. While many providers tout these as true, we often lack evidentiary knowledge. Let’s examine further. First, let’s examine the claim that cameras […]

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OFFICIAL BUSRide Road Test:

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The Van Hool TDX25 Improvements to the double-deck round out the 2015 Van Hool line By David Hubbard On any weekday, shiny Van Hool double-deck coaches are on the move in the San Francisco Bay area, transporting employees to and from their occupations along State Highway 101. Such high-end employee shuttle service on luxury coaches […]

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SEAT (SEAT SAFETY-PART TWO)

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Fire-Resistant Cushioning Adding Safety to Bus Interiors By Anthony Tomasello & Alicia Dixon Safety is naturally a major concern when it comes to public transportation. Compliance to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards is often assumed to be sufficient in keeping passengers safe. But what if there is more that should be done, specifically with […]

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SEAT (SEAT SAFETY-PART TWO)

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Lap and shoulder belts aid maintenance By Roberto Montoya The need to provide greater protection for intercity and touring passengers has been a priority in recent years for the North American motorcoach industry. Years of analysis, testing and joint efforts between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and various representatives of the industry have […]

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SEAT (SEAT SAFETY-PART TWO)

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The science of the three-point seat belt By Jürgen Mill Since the majority of new over-the-road buses will need FMVSS 210-compliant three-point-safety belts, it’s important to note that they are perhaps the greatest single device in making transportation safer. When the first three-point seat belts became mandatory for motorcoaches in many European countries about 25 […]

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INTERNATIONAL REPORT

Volvo launches all-electric bus  Chinese manufacturers have made the greatest progress in developing and introducing full size all-electric transit buses, capable of all-day operation. In Europe, the major manufacturers have been slower to go down the all-electric route. The main manufacturers make their own diesel engines, often shared with much higher truck volumes, and understandably […]

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TRANS IT

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Setting performance targets for key indicators By Mary Sue O’Melia You have decided on key performance indicators (KPI), identified data sources and started collecting data. You can now monitor if you are getting better or worse relative to prior periods. But how do you know if you are good and getting better or are just […]

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JOB LISTING: Director of Facilities

Director of Facilities VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, TX is seeking a Director of Facilities. The successful candidate will direct the facility engineering and maintenance functions to ensure agency objectives of efficiency and effectiveness are achieved. Oversees lifecycle activities of VIA’s passenger, operating and administrative facilities including but not limited to: planning, design, construction, […]

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The right tool for the job – paratransit diversification

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A diversified fleet helps ensure that all services are not only rendered, but done so efficiently.

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How reliable is your service?

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When a customer waits at a bus stop, what is their expectation of when the bus will arrive?

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