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Choosing a zero-emission bus technology: Key consideration

By Jennifer McNeill Heightened public concern surrounding climate change, air quality and the supply of fossil fuels has certainly accelerated the testing and adoption of zero emission buses (“ZEBs”) throughout North America over the last couple of years. A zero-emission transit bus is able to eliminate 1,690 tons of CO2, 10 tons of nitrogen oxides, […]

Focus On: Fare Collection

Mobile ticketing– demand is on the rise   BUSRide interviewed Darren Dickson, president of Genfare, about mobile ticketing. Genfare is a leading provider of fare collection solutions for transit agencies of all sizes. Dickson speaks about the prevalence of mobile ticketing, as well as its benefits and challenges. Finally, he discusses the main drivers behind […]

Hybrid or NVR: Making the right choice for a surveillance upgrade

By Lori Jetha On-board video technology is in the midst of an important transition in image quality, or what I like to call a ‘resolution evolution.’ The introduction of the Network Video Recorder (NVR) into the fixed surveillance market several years ago, brought with it the promise of higher quality images, as well as remote […]

Official BUSRide Roundtable Discussion: Fare Collection

BUSRide spoke with experts in the fare system industry to hear their thoughts on the current state of fare collection, notable trends and projections for the future. This roundtable discussion featured the following panelists: Darren Dickson, president – Genfare Jordan Medlin, senior product manager – INIT   How important is it for transit systems to provide […]

Access enjoys strong relationships and durable vehicles

Building on a partnership with ElDorado lasting 23 years, the Cincinnati paratransit agency prides itself on distinctive, long-lasting vehicles By Richard Tackett Beginning in 1994, the relationship between ElDorado, a subsidiary of REV Group, and Access, the paratransit service provided by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), remains as durable as the vehicles which […]

Bridging the gap – paratransit costs, demand response and transportation network companies

By Jeff Zarr Transit agencies are in constant battle with operating costs. Most fixed route operations only lose a few dollars on a single trip. But, paratransit trips potentially cost an agency up to $70. Normally, you wouldn’t keep this service operating if you were losing that much money on a single transaction. So, why […]

Royal Excursion buys with purpose and vision

CH Bus Sales responds with world-class TEMSA coaches and attentive aftermarket care By David Hubbard Fresh out of college in 1998, Shannon Kaser had no experience with motorcoaches, but he knew that he wanted to run his own business. Kaser  could see a likely niche for a few vans in his hometown of Mishawaka, IN. […]

Buying an electric bus? Early planning is critical

By David Warren With a battery-electric bus, reducing emissions and greenhouse gases in our communities is the ultimate goal.  Pilot programs for electric buses are being planned at small to large transit fleets across North America. Each opportunity for electric buses has unique considerations when it comes to the operating duty cycle and transit service […]

DART streamlines its data

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority uses TransTrack Manager to collect and analyze its wealth of data By Richard Tackett Despite a wealth of information coming in from various “smart” transit solutions, Elizabeth Presutti, chief executive officer of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), says her agency was having a difficult time managing […]

Bus leasing essentials

  BUSRide spoke with a select group of financial thought leaders in the bus and motorcoach industry for a roundtable discussion about bus leasing essentials – when to lease, when to buy, and how to make sense of an increasingly complex topic.       Craig Lentzsch, executive chairman of All Aboard America! Holdings and […]