"There are so many positive aspects to using CNG over diesel," says Montebello Bus Lines Director of Transportation Aurora Jackson. "We're saving on operating costs, stabilizing our fuel source, securing permanent jobs and lessening our carbon emissions."
The fuel station was built by Seal Beach-based Clean Energy. According to Clean Energy, MBL's station is unique in that it has two state-of-the-art booster compressors and two primary compressors. The booster compressors maximize the amount of gas that can be compressed and dispersed at the source before going into the primary compressors. They allow MBL to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver nearly 500 gallons of natural gas per hour to the bus yard using the same natural gas that is delivered to residential consumers. This capacity not only meets the agency's current demand, but will also be sufficient as the fleet expands.
Congresswoman Napolitano, who serves on the Congressional Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was instrumental in securing $6.1 million for capital projects, including the new CNG fuel station and CNG-fueled buses. "These new, clean-burning natural gas buses will allow people to continue to commute in comfort and at the same time improve our air quality," said Napolitano. "This fuel station will help support Montebello's growing fleet of natural gas buses."
MBL's CNG fuel station was funded by the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) federal program.
MBCR Graduates 22 from Assistant Conductor Program
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR) recently announced that 22 men and women have completed their training as an assistant conductor, where they will serve as second-in-command to the conductor while working on commuter rail trains in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The graduates join the ranks of a select group that works directly with customers and transportation managers to provide safe, reliable service. The new assistant conductors were formally inducted on March 15th during a ceremony at MBCR's training facility in Somerville.
MBCR General Manager Hugh J. Kiley, Jr. was a featured speaker at the event and focused on the importance of safety and customer service on the commuter rail.
All assistant conductors are required to complete an extensive training program, including classroom and field experience with safety, federal rules and regulations, revenue collection and customer interaction.
MBCR is a partnership of Veolia Transportation, Bombardier Transportation and Alternate Concepts.
MARTA Enhances Transit Security with New Video Surveillance
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) approved the award of a contract to Apollo Video Technology to install security cameras on the entire MARTA revenue fleet, including all bus, Mobility and rail vehicles.
"Installation of the new vehicle security camera system will provide us with an additional resource for investigating criminal activity and nuisance behavior for the safety of MARTA employees and customers," says MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham. "These cameras will also contribute to MPD's 'See Something, Say Something' campaign and will assist with crime prevention and homeland security efforts."
Apollo Video's RoadRunner on-board video surveillance system and Vehicle Information Management (ViM) Software will assist in deterring criminal activity and will serve as an invaluable investigative tool for the MARTA Police Department (MPD). The new cameras will be strategically placed throughout vehicles, and the equipment will be standardized across all fleets. These capabilities will assist MARTA Police and authorities with identifying perpetrators and investigating incidents.
"The installation of the vehicle security camera system is an important enhancement that will provide a clear layer of security for MARTA customers and employees," said MARTA General Manager/CEO Dr. Beverly A. Scott.
"The new video surveillance system will assure the community and reinforce our commitment to our customers and staff that safety and security is taken very seriously at MARTA," says Mr. Harold Buckley, MARTA Board Treasurer. "MARTA's customers will have a sense of well-being as never before."