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Las Vegas RTC welcomes riders with increased bus frequency, high-tech COVID-19 safety plans and new online tracking tool

With a large amount of customers using its public transportation system, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is responding by increasing weekday service to a Saturday schedule beginning Monday, July 20, while also pursuing additional ways to protect riders during the pandemic. As well as continuing with its ongoing cleaning and safety measures, […]

FMCSA removes motorcoach DVIR requirements, reduces regulatory costs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it has published a final rule to reduce regulatory costs by $74 million per year by removing an information collection burden for commercial buses and other passenger-carrying motorcoaches. This measure will strengthen the industry without adversely impacting safety on the nation’s roadways. […]

RTC Washoe installs onboard mask dispensers

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County in Nevada has completed the installation of mask dispensers on its buses. Now, transit passengers can conveniently use self-service mask dispensers to receive a free mask as they board any RTC bus. The health and safety of the community and RTC’s contracted frontline transit workers and transit […]

Transdev partners with LAVTA to begin testing of Shared Autonomous Vehicle

Transdev and the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA) are excited to announce that non-passenger testing has started on LAVTA’s Shared Autonomous Vehicle (SAV) project. LAVTA is located in Livermore, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. The SAV is designed as a low-speed autonomous vehicle that has a maximum speed of 13 miles per […]

29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV electric double deckers are first step toward zero-emission National Express fleet

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe jointly announced today that their electric vehicle partnership, the UK’s leading electric bus producer, has supplied the first of 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deckers to National Express West Midlands, where they are charged entirely by renewable energy and utilise a stationery battery system to balance the load […]

Transportation Associations Come Together to Urge Congress to Support CERTS Act

More than 30 associations came together to urge Congressional leaders to support the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act (CERTS Act), introduced jointly by Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). In a letter from multiple industries critical to the U.S. national transportation network, the group stated that the CERTS Act (S.4150) provides much needed grant and […]

APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas Praises Passage of the “INVEST in America Act”

APTA APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas released this statement on July 1, 2020: “The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), on behalf of the entire public transportation industry, commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 2, the ‘Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act’ (INVEST […]

Tucson’s Sun Tran makes it easy to give riders real-time information

For Steve Spade, general manager of Sun Tran, Sun Van and Sun Link in Tucson, Arizona, transit service is about creating “raving fans.” Drawn from “Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service,” a book by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, this theory posits that all businesses should be focused on understanding customer expectations. Once […]

3 questions for the future of transit in a post-COVID-19 World

By Roger Helmy, Trapeze Group Time and time again, when we have faced adversities, we have rallied only to become even stronger. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. While COVID-19 brought new challenges to transit, it also showed us the importance of making sure transit is positioned to manage whatever challenges lay ahead. We need […]

Responding to the new normal in the transit industry

As various industries do their part to support social distancing measures, the “new normal” way of operating has posed challenges, and driven innovation. The transit industry is no exception, and as transit operators have continued to play a key role in supporting essential services and providing transport for those who need it, they have also […]