November 2015 People & Places

Nov. 16, 2015

Randal Weaver


Randal Weaver joined Cincinnati Metro as senior vice president of operations/chief operations officer. Weaver is responsible for overseeing Metro’s Operations, Fleet and Facilities, Accessible Services, Transit Services Planning and Development departments, as well as the Cincinnati Streetcar. Most recently Weaver served as president of TransPro Consulting LLC. Weaver has an MBA from the Simon Business School and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Olivia Jones


Olivia Jones joined Cincinnati Metro as vice president of human resources/EEO officer. Jones is responsible for overseeing Metro’s Human Resources department and organizational training. Previously she served as assistant general manager at the Muncie Indiana Transportation System where she was responsible for employee benefits, workers’ compensation, property and casualty insurance, labor relations/negotiations, disadvantage business enterprise, and paratransit operations.

Steve Wilensky

RNL Design

Steve Wilensky has joined RNL Design as director of urban and transit planning. In this role Wilensky brings a broad range of urban design experience and a portfolio of award-winning work in both the United States and Canada. Throughout his career, he has managed and provided design leadership on a variety of multidisciplinary projects involving multimodal, transportation engineering, urban design, landscape architecture, bridge architecture and public process.

Bob Stevens

Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced the addition of Chris Cole as its deputy chief maintenance officer. Most recently Cole was director of transportation for the Central Ohio Transportation Authority (COTA) in Columbus, Ohio. Cole will be responsible for the strategy and execution of plans, training, development and analysis of the effectiveness of all maintenance efforts.

Kevin Bibby

CHK America

CHK America announced Kevin Bibby has joined the company’s design team. A recent graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Bibby earned a degree in geography with an emphasis in geographic information systems. Bibby has been involved in extensive analytical work used to evaluate the proficiency and effectiveness of local transportation networks.

Jodie McLay

Vapor Bus International

Jodie McLay has been appointed to regional sales manager – East for Vapor Bus International. Previously McLay served as East Coast sales manager for Ametek Technical Industrial Products. He reports to Vapor Vice President – Sales, North America John Condon.

Matt Allison

Central Ohio Transit Authority

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced the appointment of Matt Allison as director of transportation. Allison began his career at COTA in 1989 as a farebox collector and has held key positions in both the vehicle maintenance and transportation departments. Most recently, he served as superintendent of transportation.

Lee Jackson

Central Ohio Transit Authority

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced Lee Jackson has been appointed to the position of director of vehicle maintenance. Jackson has more than 37 years of experience in maintenance and transit, and more than 20 years of management experience. He most recently worked for Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority in Alabama as director of maintenance.

NJ Transit to Equip Trains with Mobile Video Monitoring Solution

New Jersey Transit Corp. (NJ Transit) has selected Apollo Video Technology to provide video recording systems with Railhead Corp.’s inward-facing cameras for the agency’s fleet of locomotives and rail car cabs. Coinciding with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation, the installation of inward-facing cameras will aid in accident investigations and operator performance monitoring by transit agency management.

NJ Transit currently operates 704 trains transporting more than 300,000 customers each week day. This installation will furnish the remainder of the fleet with 1,200 cameras and recording equipment across 230 locomotives, cab cars and Arrow III electric rail cars.

GRTA to Provide Xpress Riders with Real-time Technology

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) announced it has partnered with RouteMatch Software to provide riders of its Xpress commuter coach service real-time information of bus location and arrival times through a mobile app on smartphones or through the GRTA website. Customers will also be able to set up personalized text message alerts to be notified of service changes to bus locations or stop times. The new technology will be deployed across GRTA’s entire service and should be available to customers by early 2016.

Bombardier-Alstom-Indra Consortium Wins HSR Control Contract in Spain

A consortium between Bombardier, Alstom and Indra has won the contract to supply signalling systems and maintenance services for the new high-speed section of the Madrid-Lisbon railway corridor in Spain's Extremadura region. The project, awarded by Spain's Administrator of Railway Infrastructure (ADIF) has a total value of approximately $185 million (€164 million). 

The Bombardier-led consortium will deliver the design, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning of the signalling and communication systems. The project also includes a 20 year maintenance regime to commence at the end of phase one of the signalling system delivery.

First State Manufacturing Announced 5-Year Amtrak Contract

First State Manufacturing announced it has been awarded their first 5-year contract with Amtrak to provide textile support for its interior fleet renovation projects.

Cummins Ships First QSK95 Engine for the Rail Market

Cummins Inc. announced that the first production 95-liter, 16-cylinder QSK95 engine built to a rail specification has been shipped. The engine, rated at 4400 hp (3281 kW) will be delivered to Siemens manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California, where it will be installed into a Charger locomotive.

Next-Generation Seating from American Seating

American Seating introduced the next generation of its InSight seats for mass transit: Insight-Prime and Insight-Prime+.
The Insight-Prime and Insight-Prime+ seats were engineered to be lighter in weight, helping to reduce overall vehicle weights and increase fuel efficiency. The seats also were designed for optimal cleanability and aesthetics.

Insight-Prime is the primary element of InSight – a new, fundamental solution without fabric inserts, back panels and associated hardware, yielding a weight savings of more than 25 percent compared to the typical two-pass transverse seat.

Keolis Chooses HASTUS-Rail for Greater Boston Commuter Rail Network

Keolis Commuter Services has awarded GIRO a contract for a new HASTUS-Rail installation to optimize scheduling and efficiently manage daily operations of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) commuter rail system, which Keolis operates and maintains. Keolis selected HASTUS-Rail after receiving on-site demonstrations of the software handling various scenarios that showed significant efficiency gains, cost savings and flexibility to adapt to Keolis’ operations, including compliance with the Federal Railroad Administration’s hours of service regulations.

DART Chooses Vix Technology to Deliver Advanced Fare Collection System

Vix Technology has been selected by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), to implement a new comprehensive fare payment system. The solution will be delivered through Vix’s eO product: an account-based, open architecture and PCI-compliant fare collection platform. This system will allow DART customers the flexibility to pay via NFC-enabled smartphones, third-party or agency-issued transit cards, or use EMV contactless cards.

Open architecture fare collection systems are rapidly becoming a focus in large urban cities with growing public transportation needs due to scalability, ease of integration with other systems already in place, and the opportunity to add surrounding regional transit partners.

Metro Begins Construction on CNG Fueling Station

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro, in conjunction with Trillium CNG, has begun construction on a high-capacity fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at Metro’s Frontier Bus Garage.

The $5.9 million state-of-the-art facility will encompass one-and-a-half acres and feature two 250-hp compressors, producing 700 standard cubic feet per minute that will serve four fuel dispensers. A twin tower dryer, control building, electric motor and control distribution wiring and control system are also part of the project.
Metro has ordered 44 full-size buses from Nova Bus that will run on CNG.

ABB Technology Allows Streetcars in Dallas and Detroit to Move Off-Wire

ABB recently received contracts from Brookville Equipment to improve public transportation with its Liberty Modern Streetcar platform in Dallas and Detroit.
The first award is the result of an option order for two cars exercised by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) authority after commissioning Brookville’s new streetcars earlier this year. DART’s new vehicles operate on the 1.6 mile Downtown-to-Oak Cliff line.

The second award is to equip six cars for the new M1-Rail project in Detroit, which is a 6.6 mile track on Woodward Avenue in the city’s center and North End neighborhoods.

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June 22, 2012