April-May Industry News

Cincinnati Metro Unveils First Ticket Vending Machine

Cincinnati Metro’s quest to make riding more convenient continues with the addition of its first ticket vending machine, installed downtown at Metro’s largest transit hub, Government Square. The machine provides 24/7 access to Metro passes and stored-value cards.

The SPX Corp.’s GFI Genfare machine provides easy-to-use convenience for Metro riders. It offers all Metro 30-day rolling passes including Metro/TANK passes, and $10, $20 and $30 stored-value cards.

The machine accepts cash or credit cards. It is also specially designed to offer Spanish language translation, and braille and audio-translations for our visually and hearing impaired customers.



CATA to Switch to Natural Gas

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority Board of Directors has approved the development of a compressed natural gas fueling station and the purchase of 15 new CNG heavy-duty transit buses.

The approximately $2.1 million contract with Trillium CNG is for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a CNG fueling station for CATA buses. The station is funded from numerous sources including the CATA municipal and county funding partners and grants from Southwestern Energy, the Arkansas Energy Office, and the Federal Transit Administration.

“This is a great opportunity for CATA to continue to meet the needs of our customers with the fleet they deserve. The transition to CNG reflects our commitment to remain environmentally conscious as we enhance our fleet,” stated Jarod Varner, CATA executive director.



Gentex Funds Zeeland Bus Shelter for MAX Transit

Gentex Corp. has purchased a bus shelter for use by the Macatawa Area Express Transportation Authority. The project includes the installation of a cement pad with sidewalk extensions and a bus shelter.

“On behalf of the MAX Board of Directors and our passengers, I would like to extend our gratitude to Gentex for its generosity and initiative to take it upon itself to make improvements for the betterment of the community, and to the city of Zeeland for providing guidance and support throughout each phase of this project,” said MAX Executive Director Linda LeFebre.



Vapor Electric Door Equipment on Buses for LA Metro

Vapor Bus International is supplying high-performance door actuation equipment on 550 buses for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The ETO is an advanced technology door actuation system that combines a rugged, high-torque electric motor and a smart controller that provides precise motion and door speed control. The non-back-drivable mechanism secures and maintains door panel position without power consumption. Vapor’s complete door equipment scope includes Ameriview door panels and driver’s door controller handle.


Siemens gets $225M Contract to Manufacture Cleaner, Diesel-Electric Rail Cars in California

The California Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, announced signing a contract with Siemens to manufacture 32 high-performance, diesel-electric locomotives in Sacramento. The next-generation locomotives will comply with strict federal emissions standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent.

The joint procurement contract has an estimated value of $225 million, supporting skilled and high-wage jobs in California. The locomotives, known as Chargers, will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento.

The Charger locomotives will be powered by a 4400 horsepower rated diesel-electric engine that complies with the U.S. EPA, Tier 4 emissions standards.



GTA Celebrates LEED Gold

Greensboro Transit Authority celebrated achievement of the first municipal building to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Status with its new 66,000-square-foot operations/maintenance facility and administrative offices with various green features.


Veolia Transportation Awarded Its First State-Wide Medicaid Contract

Veolia has been awarded its first state-wide Medicaid brokerage contract. In addition, Veolia has entered into an agreement with Metro Transit in Omaha to repurpose space in the transit facility with a focus toward continued transit coordination in the future reinforcing Veolia IntelliRide’s Smart Mobility Management approach.

The contract is for a three-year term and includes a possible 2-year extension. The contract is scheduled to take effect on May 1.

“This is a great opportunity for Veolia,” said Ryan Larsen, president for Veolia’s IntelliRide Division. “We are introducing new technology and processes in partnership with Ecolane which will enable us to take service to a level that has not yet been achieved in a Medicaid brokerage contract.”



Commuter Advertising Renews 5-Year Contract with Greater Dayton RTA

Commuter Advertising announced its continued partnership with the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority with a 5-year digital advertising contract. CA was founded on a contract with GDRTA five years ago when they were the first transit company to take a chance on the new idea.

“We look forward to our renewed contract with Commuter Advertising,” said Frank Ecklar, director of planning and marketing at GDRTA. “As Commuter Advertising’s first transit agency partner, they have proven to be very creative in generating revenue for our transit operations.”

With this contract renewal, CA is expanding its portfolio to include onboard digital signage allowing advertisers to reach commuters at relevant locations and times with digital display advertising via onboard video screens.



Sentry360 Announces 360-degree Camera Deployment

Sentry360 announced the successful deployment of a 360-degree surveillance camera with the Chicago Transit Authority.

In 2010, Sentry360 cameras were implemented under a pilot program funded by a Department of Homeland Security grant to retrofit the existing rail car fleet with an on-board video surveillance system. The success of the pilot enabled CTA to retro-fit the Sentry360 solution to the remainder of the fleet.



Keolis North America Wins 8-Year $2.6B Commuter Rail Contract

Keolis North America has been awarded a $2.6 billion, 8-year contract to manage, operate and maintain the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail service.

The MBTA contract awarded to Keolis Commuter Services, a division of Keolis North America, includes the option for two additional 2-year extensions. If the extensions are granted, the total contract value would rise to $4.2 billion over 12 years.

“We are extremely proud to be selected to manage the MBTA, one of the premiere commuter rail systems in the country,” said Keolis North America President Steve Townsend.

Keolis North America will begin operating the MBTA commuter rail line on July 1, 2014.