The Regional Municipality of Durham on behalf of Durham Region Transit (DRT) has recently partnered with INIT for the installation of an intermodal fleet management system. DRT has a fixed-route fleet of 205 vehicles, which includes 26 Pulse bus rapid transit vehicles.
When complete, the service will feature an intelligent transportation system. transit signal priority improvements to six major intersections, two new or expanded maintenance storage and operations facilities, and a control center.
The complete INIT system will include onboard computers, touchscreen driver terminals, planning software, statistics and reporting software and onboard passenger information displays and announcements. INIT will also replace the DRT’s existing scheduling software.
The T Launches City-Wide Bike-Share Program in Fort Worth
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has become the first transit agency in the United States to develop a bike share program, as Fort Worth B-Cycle officially rolled out more than 300 bikes and nearly 30 bike stations throughout central Fort Worth.
The bike-sharing initiative began as part of a strategic plan to provide commuters and visitors with an easy and “green” way to travel short distances around the city and to cover the last mile to and from its transit services. With encouragement from the city of Fort Worth, the transportation authority developed the program with 11 other funding partners. The T received nearly $1M in grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration in 2012 to purchase the Bike Share Stations, after which the 501c3 Fort Worth Bike Sharing was spun off by The T to manage the program.
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New Flyer Introduces MiDi
The New Flyer MiDi is a medium-sized, low-floor bus that is ideal for use in medium-duty transit, community shuttle services and for connecting passengers to high-frequency transit routes. It is available in a 30- and 35-foot length. The streamlined design offers passengers excellent accessibility with one or two doors, a 1:6 slope wheelchair ramp and greater maneuverability.
As a robust medium-sized bus, the MiDi keeps up with its rigorous duty-cycle counterparts. Its purpose-built, weight-optimized steel chassis and aluminum body structure provide a durable, more fuel-efficient bus designed for a 10-year, 350,000-mile life.
Complete Coach Works Launches ZEPS
CCW launched an all-electric transit bus called the ZEPS Bus – zero emission propulsion system — which is a remanufactured transit bus providing a viable alternative to fossil fuels. ZEPS is designed to offer a recycled bus which reduces landfill pollution, conserve raw material resources and be a fraction of the cost of a new bus.
The remanufactured all-electric bus provides completely new interiors and customized color schemes to match your existsing fleet. Lightweight composite flooring, accompanied with an efficient electric drivetrain essentially cuts total interior noise by half and completely eliminates noise when stopped.
Nova Unveils Capital Metro LFX Bus
Nova Bus is providing 22 Nova LFX buses with options for an additional 58 vehicles in different configurations for Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas.
The vehicles feature Nova’ eCooling system, hePEX tubing system and the latest interior designing. The eCooling system is fully integrated and positioned on the rooftop to keep out dirt and debris. The HePEX tubing system has been used instead of copper tubes and the “heat-and-plug” components minimize costs and parts inventory and are four times less expensive than copper parts.