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Meeting riders’ needs for increased cleanliness

By Doug Oswald Issues that negatively impact ridership levels can harm a transit authority’s credibility – even threaten its existence. A leading concern among today’s transit riders is the cleanliness of transit vehicles. People have become increasingly worried about germs that they may come into contact with – or even illnesses that they may contract […]

Event-based Recording – Is it worth it?

By Steven Winnefeld Several new options for mobile video security and surveillance have emerged in the technology marketplace.  Small, compact, event-based recorders offer video review services and driver behavior modification (DBM) reports.  Their employees look over any generated events that create a number of reports and analytics that can be displayed on a dashboard for […]

Beyond GPS – avoiding ITS pitfalls

Avail Technologies, State College, PA, is an enterprise intelligent  transportation systems (ITS) solutions provider for public transit operators in the United States, specializing in total agency solutions for fixed route and paratransit. In an interview with BUSRide, Andrew Kissel, principal staff engineer at Avail Technologies, speaks about why agencies must seek out ITS providers that […]

Zero-Emission

Zero-emission technology: next-generation bus fleets

What will the electric-driven landscape look like in 10 years? With leaders from some of North America leading manufacturers, we explore the advancements, regulations and issues surrounding zero-emission technology. Tom Webb – director, business development – BAE Systems Macy Neshati – senior vice president – BYD Heavy Industries Oscar Pardinas – regional sales manager – […]

Luxury requires seat modernization

By Michaela Oberbauer The American motorcoach market has been in a state of rapid change this past decade, moving toward increased comfort, style and enhanced passenger experiences. Improved seating is a crucial aspect of coach interior modernization, and operators must keep the following factors in mind when selecting their “seat of the future:” A tapered […]

Smart connectivity platforms – the future of transportation

By Paola Realpozo Technology in transportation has become more relevant than ever as the new opportunities and benefits that it brings are valued not only by users and operators, but also by everyone involved in the operation, maintenance and regulation of the service and vehicles. This vision for public transportation is becoming clear quickly: a […]

Understanding the chain reaction of vehicle maintenance

By Todd Ewing Picture this: Your driver has a full motorcoach of over 60 people, headed across the state to an exciting tourist attraction. Halfway through the trip, the driver sees the glow of red warning lights from the dash – the check engine and tire pressure lights. He pulls over to the side of […]

BJCTA keeps it together with Avail Technologies and Fleet-Net Corporation

By Richard Tackett When Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) was searching for a new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) suite, improved passenger information delivery was the agency’s primary goal. With the recent selection of Birmingham, AL, as host city of the World Games in 2021, the city is anticipating an influx of new transit users, […]

Intelligent Transportation Systems: Dispatch and scheduling

BUSRide spoke with Nick Ross, industry solutions manager for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) at Trapeze Group, about GPS, dispatch and scheduling technology. In a comprehensive interview, he touched on several recent significant technological advancements, the benefits of open architecture and what the future holds for these solutions. In your estimation, how can dispatch and scheduling […]

Vehicle innovation as a driver of change

How exploration and advancement of bus technologies directly influences social and environmental evolution By Lindy Norris With increasing public scrutiny on political decisions as they impact climate change, zero-emission options for public transportation are coming front and center in the consideration set for public transportation authorities. Over the past six months, climate change has established […]