11/08/2016

 

 




  CCW begins bus delivery for First Group's Calif. system
 

CCW begins bus delivery for First Group's Calif. system

CCW begins bus delivery for First Group's Calif. system

Complete Coach Works (CCW) began delivery of buses to First Group for City of Cerritos, Calif.

The contract, which calls for the rehabilitation of five buses, was awarded earlier this year. Two of the five buses have been completed and delivered to City of Cerritos.

The scope of work varied from bus to bus depending on the initial inspection; they are being inspected for repairs while other parts are already scheduled for replacement. Some of the components being replaced include engines, transmissions, suspension parts, radiators, batteries, power steering pumps, surge tanks, and exhaust components.

The project is scheduled to be completed early-2017.   READ MORE >

 
  Feds extend comment period for speed limiting device rulemaking
 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a 30-day extension on the public comment period regarding a Sept. 7, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

This would require all newly manufactured U.S. trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiting devices.

Feds extend comment period for speed limiting device rulemaking

The new public comment deadline of Dec. 7, 2016, will provide all interested parties sufficient opportunity to fully develop and submit comments and evidentiary materials to the agencies via www.regulations.gov.

Requiring speed limiting devices on heavy vehicles could save lives, as well as an estimated $1 billion in fuel costs each year, according to both NHTSA and the FMCSA.    READ MORE >

 

  Campus transit system combines Uber, fixed-route, light rail
 

Campus transit system combines Uber, fixed-route, light rail

Campus' on-demand transit system "mashes up" Uber, fixed-route, light rail

Passengers could be trying out a new urban mobility system on the University of Michigan's North Campus as soon as summer 2017.

Its creators say it could deliver riders to their destinations in as little as half the time of the existing bus system at a lower cost, eventually using a fleet of autonomous shared vehicles. The limited test deployment would likely mark the world's first on-the-ground implementation of such a system.

Called Reinventing Public Urban Transportation and Mobility (RITMO), the proposed system mashes up aspects of Uber-style ridesharing, fixed-route buses, and light rail into a single system called "hub-and-shuttle." It would combine high-frequency buses serving the busiest transportation hubs with a fleet of about 50 on-demand shared shuttles to get riders to and from those hubs.

Passengers would hail rides using a smartphone app that would calculate the most efficient journey for a given destination — it could be a direct shuttle ride from A to B, a shuttle followed by a bus trip or any similar combination. The app would track the progress of each passenger and each vehicle, feeding data to a back-end system that would be optimized in real time to minimize congestion and maximize efficiency.

The on-demand vehicles would have human drivers at first, but the designers hope they would eventually be replaced with autonomous vehicles, lowering costs further, says RITMO lead research Pascal Van Hentenryck, the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at U-M.

Development of the system is funded with a $1.4 million grant from the Michigan Institute for Data Science. If the test deployment is successful, the team plans to expand the system across U-M's campus within a year, to all of Ann Arbor within three years and eventually to the Detroit area as well.

"It's similar in some ways to the ride sharing that's available now, but much more sophisticated," Van Hentenryck said. "Obviously you can't have everyone using something like Uber because that would cause massive.............   READ MORE >

 
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