February Industry News

Metrolink Opens New Transit Center in downtown Rock Island

Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit (Metrolink) opened a new $2.1 million transit station Jan. 13 in downtown Rock Island, Ill.

The station replaces the current on-street transfer site located at 16th Street and 3rd Avenue. It provides nearly 2,000 square-feet of enclosed waiting area, a passenger information kiosk and a 52-inch monitor displaying bus arrival information.



DCTA Kicks off I-35E Construction Marketing Campaign for A-Train

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) launched a marketing campaign as an alternative for transportation during the construction along the I-35E corridor.

The agency wants to increase A-train ridership by encouraging potential passengers to use it to avoid heavy construction traffic on I-35E.



SEPTA to Install Second Hybrid Energy Storage System

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) will install a second ABB Enviline energy storage and recovery system for DC rail transportation.

The system will incorporate a hybrid approach to energy storage to recover train braking energy to reduce system electricity consumption.



AVTA Buys Two Electric Buses

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) purchased two BYD electric buses which will be in service by April.

AVTA intends to hire a project engineer to help facilitate the electric bus demonstration project and lay the groundwork for bus rapid transit.



OCTA Starts BikeShare Pilot

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) kicked off a bike-sharing pilot program to provide commuters with emissions-free transportation option.

There will be a 90-day testing period for the public to try the system and provide feedback on their experience.



PSTA Breaks Ground on New Transit transfer Center

Elected officials gathered at the PSTA transfer facility in Pinellas Park Dec. 2 to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Pinellas Park Transit Center.

The center will feature a customer service window along with fully equipped and maintained restrooms.



VctC, RoadRunner Test Electric Buses in Ventura

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and Roadrunner Shuttle tested the county’s first pure-electric transit bus.

The retrofitted Gillig bus features an all-electric zero-emissions propulsion system. It made two trips along VISTA’s 25-minute-round-trip CSUCI-Camarillo route, carrying approximately 80 passengers in the process.



Plymouth & Brockton Congratulated on 125th Anniversary

The year 2013 marked the 125th anniversary of the Plymouth-based Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Co.

The company held an anniversary event and also hosted a chamber of commerce event with area leaders.



MTD Receives Governor’s Sustainability Award

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) was presented with the Governor’s Sustainability Award.

The award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to environmental excellence through innovative sustainability practice.



Viao Rio Vermelho Launches Electric Bus Pilot in Salvador

This first long-range electric bus was approved for evaluation testing by Viao Rio Vermelho in the Bahia capital.

The testing line was from the airport to Lapa and ran until Dec. 21.



Miami-Dade Buses Undergo ‘Clean’ Makeover

Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is replacing the original fabric-covered seats on Metrobus with fiberglass inserts to help maintain the cleanliness.

The new fiberglass bus seats are stain-resistant, easy to clean and comfortably contour the passenger’s body while on their trip.



NJ Transit to get 84 CNG Coaches

MCI announced that NJ Transit has awarded it a contract for 84 compressed natural gas-fueled MCI Commuter Coaches with wheelchair lifts.

NJ Transit got its first CNG coaches in 1999 as part of a pilot program.



Metro Receives 7000 Series Kawasaki Railcars

The first 7000-series train has arrived for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro).

The cars will be tested over the next several months, and Metro will send data back to Kawasaki to finalize the railcar design process.



Palm Tran runs ‘Pink Bus’ to create Breast Cancer Awareness in the community

Palm Tran unveiled the 2014 pink breast cancer awareness bus at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach on Jan. 7.

The pink bus was used primarily on Route No. 1 which travels via US1 from the Palm Beach Gardens Mall to Camino Real in Boca Raton during the month of January.