XL Hybrids, ARBOC introduce first hybrid-electric...

From "Metro": 

XL Hybrids Inc. introduced the first-of-its-kind hybrid-electric low-floor shuttle bus with ARBOC Specialty Vehicles.

The GM cutaway buses upfitted with XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System are uniquely designed to meet ARBOC’s stringent specifications:

To optimize accessibility for paratransit and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In addition, the XL3 technology supports fleets’ sustainability efforts by lowering carbon dioxide emissions as much as 20%.

XL Hybrids, ARBOC introduce first hybrid-electric, low-floor shuttle bus

“This was truly an innovative collaboration with ARBOC,” said Clay Siegert, co-founder and chief operating officer of XL Hybrids. “We configured our fleet hybrid electrification solution for low-floor shuttle buses that are not only ADA-compliant, but also propel green initiatives for commercial and municipal fleets.”

The XL3 hybrid system adds less than 400 pounds to the vehicles and does not use any cabin space. This is critical for paratransit and ADA-compliant vehicles to accommodate wheelchairs, power scooters and other special equipment to support passengers’ mobility. XL3 hybrid electric system integrates seamlessly with OEM engines without impacting the normal routine of drivers. There is a quick adoption of XL Hybrids’ technology because it requires no driver training or fueling infrastructure.

“Accessibility for people in wheelchairs used to mean they had to be put on a lift and pushed inside buses,” said Don Roberts, president/CEO of ARBOC Specialty Vehicles. “Our low-floor buses are built on a conventional GM cutaway and include a ramp that is fully compliant with ADA criteria. Everyone uses the same door opening so that entering and exiting is safe, efficient and allows the same dignity for all passengers.”        READ MORE >

  UCSD to restrict freshmen from purchasing parking permits

From "The Guardian":

UCSD Transportation Services announced a new policy to restrict freshmen from purchasing parking permits starting in the 2016–2017 school year.

Along with this policy change come plans to build several new parking lots, to increase paystation hourly rates and to incentivize the use of public transportation.

These changes come during a time when student enrollment rates are increasing and on-campus housing will be expanded to accommodate the growing UCSD community.

The policy is meant to encourage freshmen who live on campus to consider other options for transportation to reduce the amount of parking spaces that are simply used as storage. Transportation services emphasized how housing situations will be considered when granting exceptions to the freshman-year permit ban, but encouraged students to look into alternative commute options.

“Exceptions to the new policy will be provided on a case-by-case basis and determined by a committee of students and staff,” according to Transportation Services. “We encourage all students to use the Triton U-Pass whenever possible. If you live close to campus, U-Pass will enable you to ride MTS or NCTD transit to campus easily. Even those who live further away are encouraged to find commute solutions — use free, local transit hub parking and ride transit to campus via your U-Pass whenever possible.”

Sixth College transfer Nicholas Warner described his negative experience and pointed out the lack of useful resources to remedy the situation. He believes that the policy to restrict freshmen from buying parking permits is a temporary solution that glosses over the deeper issues.

“Restricting first-year permits will open up some new student spots,” Warner told the UCSD Guardian. “This is a band-aid for the symptoms of over-enrollment which cascades into several other issues [such as] ridiculous faculty to student ratios, and devaluing the UCSD brand … it’s a short-sighted attempt at prolonging the results of a critical issue the administration is willfully trying to be ignorant of.”

Thurgood Marshall College sophomore Jasmine Sabei and the incoming director of Transportation Justice for the Student Sustainability Collective, described how the issues of housing and transportation are intertwined.

“UCSD is continuing their increase in student admissions without compensating for housing, so more and more first years will be living off-campus..............        READ MORE >


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