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ECS Transportation forges ahead with Fleetmatics

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After installing Fleetmatics REVEAL™, ECS Transportation reports it has seen reduced costs, smarter routing and an improved corporate culture By Richard Tackett In the most recent installment of this three-part series, Connecticut-based ECS Transportation installed Fleetmatics REVEAL™, the flagship product of its new partner Fleetmatics. Fleetmatics worked weekends and off-business hours while installing its solutions, […]

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Official BUSRide Field Test: DART lights up its message

INFOtransit combines next-stop information and route ladders with public service information, advertising, news, weather, local event notifications, audio announcements and security.

DART lights up its message Working with longtime partner Luminator, the Dallas agency is using passenger information to connect with its community By Richard Tackett In 2011, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) was in the midst of rolling out new vehicles and developing a new fleet with the expressed intent of providing a fresh feel […]

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“Transit Matrix” by Xerox is revolutionizing CAD/AVL

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Operating a big city public transit system is a management challenge of staggering proportions. With the large and complex systems necessary to run it, it has generally been a challenge to collect and distribute the necessary data to make effective real-time decisions. That’s changing rapidly with the latest generations of advanced computer-aided dispatch and automatic […]

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Indian Trails veterans honored for safely going the distance

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Presented by Prevost, the BUSRide Safe Driver Hall of Fame recognizes three more million-mile veteran drivers for Indian Trails, Inc., Owosso, MI. This family-owned motorcoach operator has honored its million-mile safe drivers for 27 years. All have gone the distance without an avoidable accident. Ernest Nieman drove coaches part time for 10 years while running […]

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Demystify the cloud and make it work for you

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By Mark Anderson What do transit operators need to know about the cloud that they don’t already know? While many people use the cloud, not everyone understands its tremendous benefit to company operations. It takes some demystifying and a few illuminating Ah-ha moments to realize the cloud is a much better solution, and using it […]

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The Rapid comes full circle with Avail Technologies

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By Richard Tackett The Rapid operates fixed route, demand-response and car and vanpooling programs among other services in the Grand Rapids, MI, area. Although the relationship between the agency and Avail Technologies isn’t young, it’s managing to yield its most incredible results yet. Initial contact Avail Technologies, State College, PA, began work with The Rapid […]

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Open architecture and system integration

Open architecture’s prevalence is on the rise in North American transit.

Open architecture and system integration Avail Technologies, State College, PA, is an intelligent transportation systems (ITS) solutions provider for transit operators in the United States, specializing in CAD/AVL solutions for fixed route and paratransit. In an interview with BUSRide, Rick Spangler, chief technology officer at Avail Technologies, answers a few critical questions about open architecture […]

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Mercedes-Benz launches autonomous city bus

Hands and feet free! Note the screen on the pillar giving the driver a view of everything alongside and behind the bus.

Mercedes-Benz launches autonomous city bus Friends who work in Daimler Buses sometimes express regret that their company does not appear to be keeping pace with European competitors on the development of transit buses with alternative fuels and driveline technology. I can understand their concerns, but the company has forged ahead with very strong sales of […]

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Heavy-duty buses ramp up accessibility

Some heavy-duty vehicles, like the pictured EZRider II, feature dual wheelchair ramps placed at the front and center doors of the vehicle.

Heavy-duty buses ramp up accessibility By Mike Ammann In this installment of Equal Access, Mike Ammann, vice president of sales for ENC (formerly Eldorado National California and now a division of the REV Group), responds to questions on his company’s philosophy in regards to making heavy-duty vehicles more accessible. How are transit bus OEMs improving […]

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Avoiding the pitfalls of workers’ comp

Worker’s compensation is often the “first line of defense” for owner-operators.

Avoiding the pitfalls of workers’ comp By Tim O’Bryan The continuing series with Tim O’Bryan, president of Service Insurance Agency, Richmond, VA, now focuses on workers’ compensation claims – specifically, the pitfalls of workers’ comp and how motorcoach operators can avoid them. What’s one of the biggest pitfalls that motorcoach operators don’t foresee when dealing […]

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