March People & Places

March 8, 2017
The latest top news in the transit industry.

New Amenities for St. Louis MetroBus Stops in Chesterfield

The completion of a bus stop enhancement project is creating a more convenient and accessible transit experience for MetroBus riders traveling through West St. Louis County. Metro transit representatives joined St. Louis County Councilman Mark Harder and Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation to officially introduce the upgraded bus stops, which feature new shelters, seating, signage and improved Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility.

These upgrades were paid for by the Chesterfield Transportation Development District (TDD). Metro provided planning, engineering and administrative support for the project, in collaboration with the City of Chesterfield and St. Louis County.

Alstom Signs Two-Year Extension Contract to Support Train Availability in San Francisco

Alstom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) have signed a two-year extension contract for an inventory control program, called Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), which enables SFMTA to improve fleet availability. The contract extension is worth approximately $15.60 million.

The VMI program identifies the most-critical and the most-used parts, manages the purchase of trains parts as well as the control and flow of the inventory, and provides reverse engineering for parts that are unavailable or obsolete.

Area Organizations Receive Retired DART RideShare Vans

Three area non-profit organizations received retired RideShare vans through the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority's (DART) van donation program. The van donation program was started by the DART Board of Commissioners in 2014 to help meet transit needs of community organizations by donating RideShare vans that were being retired from DART’s fleet.

IAA to Purchase 6 All-Electric ZEPS Buses

Complete Coach Works (CCW) has announced that it has been chosen as the contractor that will provide the Indianapolis International Airport (IAA) with six Zero-Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS), all-electric 35 foot remanufactured buses. This will be the largest fleet of electric buses at any airport in the United States.

Laketran Installs Propane Detectors to Prepare for Fleet Arrival

V.L. Chapman Electric Inc. was awarded a contract by Laketran for the supply and installation of 21 indoor propane gas detectors. The propane gas detectors will be purchased using 80 percent federal grant funds with a 20 percent local match.

The 30,000-gallon outdoor propane fueling station’s construction was completed in November. Laketran will next equip the 122,000-square-foot vehicle storage garage with sensors to detect any possible buildup of propane gas.

UCI to Acquire All-Electric Buses

The University of California-Irvine (UCI) Anteater Express shuttle service is acquiring 20 buses from BYD for $15 million. The vehicles will roll onto campus for the 2017-18 academic year and will make the fleet all-electric.


The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) has awarded Motor Coach Industries a three-year contract for 139 commuter coaches, including 10 options per year for a total of 169 coaches.

Voith is celebrating its 150th anniversary and will be marking it with events at each of its 160 locations worldwide.

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is funding five new shuttle routes with Measure A Local Shuttle Program funds to better serve high-traffic corridors in San Mateo County.

North County Transit District awarded MV Transportation Inc. the contract to operate and maintain its combined fixed-route paratransit and specialized transportation services.

Luminator introduces standalone rear view camera for transit buses.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority reached a milestone; its buses have used the equivalent of 1,000,000 diesel gallon equivalents of compressed natural gas since starting to use the fuel in August 2014.

Amtrak offers improved high-speed broadband Wi-Fi, with enhanced connectivity and reliability, at Baltimore Penn Station.


Elaine L. Chao

U.S. Department of Transportation

Elaine Chao was sworn in as the 18th Secretary of Transportation. Chao served as the 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009 and is the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in American history. Secretary Chao has a distinguished career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of eight speaking no English, she received her citizenship at the age of 19. She earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Carolyn Flowers


Aecom announced Carolyn Flowers will lead the firm’s transit practice in North America. Most recently Flowers served as acting administrator in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Prior to joining FTA, she served as chief executive officer/director of public transit for the Charlotte Area Transit System, where she was responsible for countywide bus and rail transit planning and management. She began her career in public transportation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in 1993.

Rob J. Slimp

HNTB Holdings Ltd.

Robert J. Slimp, P.E., has been named chairman, president and CEO of HNTB Holdings Ltd. He has held a number of leadership roles within HNTB since joining the firm in 2005. He continues to serve in his role as chief executive officer for HNTB Corp., a post he has held since 2013. Slimp has more than two decades of industry leadership and client service experience on large-scale infrastructure and transportation programs throughout the U.S. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

Taiwo Jaiyeoba

HNTB Corp.

Taiwo Jaiyeoba joined HNTB Corp. as regional business development manager. Jaiyeoba will expand HNTB’s client service throughout the firm’s Southeast Division, primarily focusing on the transit market sector. Additionally, he works closely with HNTB’s national transit and rail practice leadership on local and national pursuits. He has 26 years of experience in planning, managing major land-use and transit studies, and capital projects throughout the U.S. Prior to joining HNTB, he served as transit planning market sector lead for another consulting firm.

Immanuel Triea

Gannett Fleming

Immanuel Triea, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP-ISSAP, SSCP, GICSP, GREM, has joined Gannett Fleming as the senior director of information security. Triea will provide cybersecurity and compliance consulting services for the firm’s hydropower, transit and utility clients. Triea brings more than 24 years of information technology and compliance experience, including network design, administration and implementation, regulatory advisement, risk assessment, project management and strategic planning. He is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Inc. and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.