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"Transit Matrix" by Xerox is revolutionizing CAD/AVL

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 […]

Indian Trails veterans honored for safely going the distance

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 […]

Demystify the cloud and make it work for you

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 […]

The Rapid comes full circle with Avail Technologies

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 […]

Open architecture and system integration

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 […]

Mercedes-Benz launches autonomous city 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 […]

Heavy-duty buses ramp up accessibility

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 […]

Avoiding the pitfalls of workers' comp

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 […]

Fleetmatics connects with ECS Transportation

OFFICIAL BUSRide Field Test: Fleetmatics connects with ECS Transportation When the Connecticut operator needed a better way to track vehicles, he turned to Fleetmatics By Richard Tackett For Gene Horne, president of ECS Transportation, Norwalk, CT, a two-minute GPS refresh rate just wasn’t sufficient for his burgeoning school transportation business. For years his company used […]

Genfare links with Porterville Transit

OFFICIAL BUSRide Field Test: Genfare links with Porterville Transit A small, urban agency pioneers technology at the level of major metropolitan systems By Richard Tackett Porterville Transit was in search of an upgrade. Rather, two upgrades: more fare payment choices for passengers, and more options for passengers to quickly and conveniently pay for service. “We […]