Expo 2008 Product Recap
New Innovations to Long-Distance Commutes Unveiled
Motor Coach Industries (MCI) unveiled its best solutions to the demand for cleaner, safer, tech-friendly transportation. MCI launched its next-generation Hybrid diesel-electric commuter coach and showcased new safety features, styling enhancements and optional equipment that are part of its clean-diesel model lineup. These coaches also allow transit agencies to move 57 passengers with only one driver while occupying only 45 feet of valuable curb space.
As more cities and counties battle to cut carbon-dioxide emissions, MCI is the only intercity coach builder to offer an ultra-low-sulfur diesel-electric Hybrid. Based on the MCI D4500 (45-foot) model, the high-capacity Hybrid coach comes equipped with a smaller clean-diesel Cummins engine and an Allison Electric Drive Propulsion System. Equipped with forward-facing seats for 57 passengers, the MCI Hybrid also uses less fuel.
Taking the green theme a step further, MCI’s Hybrid coach uses a specially developed, electrically driven, semi-hermetic compressor to run the A/C from shore power without idling the coach for even greater fuel and carbon savings.
Lift Leader Makes Environment Top Priority
Stertil-Koni introduced a 98 percent recyclable, self-regenerating lift. The Envirolift was introduced just three weeks ago at the Automechanika International Trade Fair in Germany and has more than seven distinct features that significantly decrease energy consumption and the overall environmental impact.
The recyclable materials used to create the Envirolift include its nylon, steel and, most notably, its batteries. The batteries used, also known as deep-cycle marine batteries, are known for being extremely robust, energy-efficient and 100 percent recyclable.
Apollo Video Technology Launched Real-Time Video and Mapping Interface
Surveillance video from public transit vehicles can now be accessed in real time through an interactive map that combines graphical route information with vehicle GPS data and video feeds. The breakthrough innovation was launched by Apollo Video Technology.
Officials monitoring the speeds, routes, and ADA compliance of vehicles can search an interactive map to locate a route, intersection or speed threshold, and examine live or historical video feeds. The feature is contained in Apollo Video Technology’s iSM (Interactive Speed and Mapping) interface within the Roadrunner Mobile Video System.
Learning Management System
Bombardier and Xpan recently signed an alliance agreement that pairs the platform that Xpan has built with the knowledge that Bombardier has of transit maintenance, operations and safety to deliver a turn-key solution to transit operators. It includes the Learning Management System (LMS), all course material, implementation and training for your staff on how to use the system.
Bombardier is currently producing “off-the-shelf courses” that address workplace safety, wheel inspections and general railroad orientation. These courses are available upon request and come at a lower price than “custom” courses. Custom courses are highly recommended as they address the unique requirements of each transit authority. These courses are developed to meet your particular needs and are very comprehensive.
The Bombardier LMS is a “hosted” solution, not integrated with your existing IT infrastructure. All of the data is hosted on an external server with 24/7 access and is fully secured and has redundancies providing extremely high uptime. The hosted solution reduces the cost of implementing the software and reduce the time and complexity of the installation.
First Transit Announced Latest Partnership
First Transit’s innovative, customized solutions are now part of daily life at the historic and world renowned Princeton University. Tiger Transit, Princeton’s new shuttle solution, provides state-of-the-art student and faculty transportation. Partnering with the Princeton Community, First Transit designed and provided customized buses with GPS tracking, automatic vehicle location devices, passenger counting systems and other equipment designed to enhance the safety, quality and reliability of the Tiger Transit system.