December/January Industry News

AC Transit Gets new Buses

The transbay bus commute to San Francisco has now become smoother and more luxurious with the purchase of 54 state-of-the-art commuter-style coaches.

The dark green Gillig buses are the third in a series of locally-built coaches acquired as part of the agency’s “A Better Ride” campaign and its Buy American Goods policy. In March, 60 low-floor 40-foot Gillig buses were put into service. In June, 23 New Flyer 60-foot, articulated buses were added to the fleet. Now: the 16 commuter buses with 38 more due before spring.

The commuter bus’s low floor minimizes the potential for boarding missteps. Once aboard, passengers will enjoy high back upholstered seats, individual reading lamps, free Wi-Fi, luggage racks and great views of the Bay.


Omaha Metro Gets New Fareboxes

Metro Transit introduced new fare collection equipment on its bus and paratransit fleet.

The SPX Genfare Odyssey Fareboxes replace an outdated 23 year-old onboard system. The Odyssey provides Metro the ability to increase efficiency and on-time performance with improved boarding times, less maintenance and confirmation the correct fare was paid.


DART Starts D-Link Service

D-Link buses began circulating through downtown Dallas. The free shuttle – a partnership among DART, the city of Dallas and Downtown Dallas Inc. – connects major tourist attractions and employment centers in the city center.

D-Link is designed to complement current and future transit services.


Arboc Specialty Vehicles Produces 1,500th Bus

Arboc Specialty Vehicles produced the 1,500th bus at its Middlebury, Ind., facility in November.

As the 1,500th bus rolled out of the plant, Arboc’s dealer, Wes Woods of Crestline as well as representatives from the city of Calgary were on-site to accept the keys to their Spirit of Freedom Bus.


CDTA Announces BRT Expansion

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) was joined by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to detail the development of its “40 miles of BRT” route network.

BusPlus is a premium, limited-stop service that combines a quicker ride with enhanced customer amenities, such as large stations, real-time information, transit signal priority and security features. BusPlus has increased ridership on Route 5 in Albany, N.Y., to more than 4 million boardings. The additional service is expected to continue the growth.


CAT Dedicates Bus Shelter to Local Activist

Capital Area Transit (CAT), along with Bismarck Early Childhood Education Program (BECEP), dedicated a bus shelter in honor of former Head Start teacher and director MaryAnn Anderson.

More than 40 family members, friends, BECEP employees, CAT employees and community members gathered at BECEP for the dedication. This is the first CAT bus shelter to be dedicated.


MTD Art Featured at Illinois Terminal

MTD’s Illinois Terminal has a new installation featuring “MTD ART.”

The program features artwork on all MTD buses. Over the last year, riders have been treated to 16 works of art from the area’s finest artists. The new installation on the first floor of Illinois Terminal features larger prints of the same works being showcased on buses each quarter.


IndyGo Adds Simme Seats to Stops

IndyGo installed 12 Simme Seats at Indianapolis area bus stops.

IndyGo also recently worked with People for Urban Progress (PUP) to nearly double the number of PUPstops, which use refurbished and repurposed Bush Stadium seats as benches at bus stops.


Palm Tran Recognized for safety record

Palm Tran received the first-place Unit Safety Award for transit systems operating more than 100 buses at the Florida Public Transportation Association’s (FPTA) annual conference.

This is the fourth consecutive year Palm Tran was recognized as having the safest transit system in the state.


TTC Welcomes 29 Billionth Rider

The Toronto Transit Commission welcomed its 29 billionth customer.

Chair Karen Stintz, CEO Andy Byford and Chief Customer Officer Chris Upfold presented the rider with a free Metropass.


MTA Unveils Veterans Bus

In honor and gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces, Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority unveiled a fully wrapped veterans bus.

The interior of the bus has placards showing the history of wars the United States has fought in from the Revolutionary war to the Afghanistan War.

The veterans bus will be on the road full year, on various routes throughout the community.


Franklin Transit Introduces Girl Scouts Transit Patch in Tennessee

Preston Elliott, chairman of the Franklin Transit Authority and Debbie Henry, executive director of the TMA Group, presented a framed Girl Scout Transportation Patch to the city of Franklin.

The Transportation Patch was developed by the Franklin Transit Authority’s board members and the Girl Scouts Middle Tennessee Council. This the first transportation patch available for Girl Scouts in the state of Tennessee.

The Transportation Patch teaches alternative methods of transportation.