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Doug Jack: Global bus and coach industry loses an ‘icon’

Doug Jack, the widely respected bus and coach industry consultant, has died aged 78. He passed away peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, September 2 after a short illness. Doug’s passion for the bus and coach industry began at an early age and remained with him throughout his life. He was a familiar face […]

QUANTUM Enhances Passenger Accessibility

Green Bay Metro partnered with Q’STRAINT to install the QUANTUM automatic wheelchair securement station on their buses. We later discussed with Green Bay Metro directors and mobility passengers to hear their thoughts on the QUANTUM. WATCH: GREEN BAY METRO ON THE QUANTUM “When I saw the QUANTUM I liked it. I like innovative things. I […]

Prairie Hills Transit pioneers with LiquidSpring

Barb Cline founded the service now known as Prairie Hill Transit in 1989 while working as the director of a nutrition program for senior citizens in Spearfish, South Dakota. While delivering meals, she would often hear from seniors who said they would travel to a central dining location if they only had transportation. Operating with […]

SolTrans optimizes services with Avail enterprise transit management solutions

With the aid of Avail Technologies, Solano County Transit manages its operations efficiently and effectively By Richard Tackett Solano County Transit (SolTrans) serves California’s southern Solano County, providing nearly 1.5 million annual trips via fixed-route, paratransit, and subsidized ride-sharing services. For the SolTrans staff handling that trip volume – while spread across two administrative buildings […]

How to Meet the Demands of High-Quality Video

By Alicia Delgado High-quality video is becoming increasingly popular for mobile video providers and customers. As video technologies and specifications progress, end-users are eager to improve their current surveillance system or establish a new one at paramount standards.  On any given day, Account Executives (AEs) at Safety Vision, LLC (a mobile video provider) receive requests […]

JTA and Florida State College at Jacksonville sign agreement for automated vehicle partnership

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) President Dr. John Avendano officially signed a memorandum of understanding to expand the JTA’s autonomous vehicle Test & Learn program on FSCJ’s Cecil Center Campus. The expansion includes the use of FSCJ’s Commercial Drivers License Test Track […]

Exclusive: RATP Dev USA renews with SmartDrive after reduced claims, improved safety

In an exclusive interview with BUSRide Magazine, representatives from RATP Dev USA and SmartDrive Systems detail how video-based analytics have improved safety nationwide Thanks to a nearly 25-percent reduction in insurance claims since 2018, transit service provider RATP Dev USA has renewed a multi-year contract with SmartDrive Systems to provide its comprehensive video-based safety and […]

COTA Secures with Safety Vision

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides fixed-route and paratransit services for greater Columbus and Central Ohio — orchestrating more than 19 million annual passenger trips for the area’s 1.2 million residents. COTA has around 1,170 employees and maintains a fleet of 321 fixed-route transit vehicles, 75 paratransit vehicles, and 12 micro-transit vehicles. As such, […]

Collision Repair, Refurbishment, and Remanufacturing: Know Before You Go

Last month BUSRide Maintenance convened a remote meeting to discuss the intricacies of bus collision work, the benefits of refurbishment and remanufacturing, and the dangers of miscalculating major repairs. These are the results of that discussion. Our panelists: Ed Harmon – National Director of Operations, Southwest Region – ABC Companies Steve Walther – Collision Manager […]

Only EVIR® by Zonar verifies inspections and compliance

By Richard Tackett In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, safety — and, notably, sanitization — is paramount for bus passengers and transportation. Comprehensive maintenance and safety procedures are critical not only for day-to-day operations, but for the public’s faith in group transportation. The pre-trip vehicle inspection is of greater concern than ever before. Verifiability […]