Hiring Our Heroes
A veteran’s job fair hosted by the American Public Transportation Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was held on June 4, 2013 in conjunction with the APTA Rail Conference.
APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy said, “The U.S. Chamber has held over 400 of these job fairs in the last two years and we’re proud to join with them for this offer today. In Washington, D.C., we’ve been working with our industry partners, such as our federal partners at the Department of Transportation and other federal agencies in a proactive initiative approach of hiring veterans.”
Alstom Unveils Citadis Spirit
Alstom recently unveiled its Citadis Spirit light-rail vehicle for the North American market. Features include a 100 percent low-floor design and the ability to operate at speeds up to 65 mph. The vehicle is modular in length and can be expanded as a city’s transportation needs grow over time.
The Citadis Spirit can be paired with one of Alstom’s off-wire power supply systems to preserve historic cityscapes and minimize the impacts on the environment.
Sun Metro Breaks Ground on Brio BRT
Brio will have uniquely branded 60-foot articulated buses in mixed traffic; free Wi-Fi at the stations and on the buses; a frequency of 10 minutes (peak service) to 15 minutes (off-peak service); stations that are about a mile apart; branded and landscaped stations with improved pedestrian amenities and signal prioritization, to name a few system amenities.
Construction along the Mesa corridor — the first of four corridors — begins this month and is expected to last about 12 months. The construction consists of the installment of 22 Brio stations.
The total project cost for the Brio Mesa corridor is $27.1 million, of which $13.5 million is funded by the Federal Transit Administration.
Attaining an Accurate Count
At the APTA Rail Conference, Init, Innovations in Transportation Inc., highlighted its automatic passenger counting system Mobile-APC and the IRMA (InfraRed Motion Analyzer) Matrix sensor, based on a matrix of 500 pixels with which it measures the distance to the object and detects it three-dimensionally. The presence and movement of persons or objects can be determined with very high accuracy, irrespective of the environmental conditions.
Init’s Andreas Rakebrandt, director business development, North America automatic passenger counting said, “It can separate between passengers, wheelchairs and bikes which is very important for engineer reporting for accurate data. People are switching over to the matrix technology for really accurate data.”
New Flyer acquires NABI
New Flyer Industries Inc. announced the acquisition of North American Bus Industries Inc. (NABI) from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management for cash consideration of approximately $80 million, virtually all for the satisfaction of affiliate debt. The acquisition excludes discontinued operations in Hungary and substantially all related assets and liabilities.
New Flyer President & CEO Paul Soubry said, “The company plans to operate the NABI bus and NABI parts operations under the names NABI Bus LLC and NABI Parts LLC, respectively, within the New Flyer group ...”
Foothill Transit Transitions to In-House Management
Foothill Transit’s Executive Board voted 5-0 in favor of establishing the agency’s first-ever in-house management team and voting to amend the agency’s contract with Veolia Transportation to transition most of the current management team to Foothill Transit’s employ.
The agency’s first employee will be Doran J. Barnes, the current executive director under the Veolia Transportation contract who has served in that role for the past decade.