04/04/2017

 

 



 


  Las Vegas officials rethink bus ads, security after shooting
 

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas public transportation system is investigating how it uses surveillance video and vehicle advertisements, a week after a fatal shooting and barricade situation on a public bus shut down the Strip hotel-casino district for hours.

Sally Ho - Associated Press / Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas public transportation system is investigating how it uses surveillance video and vehicle advertisements, a week after a fatal shooting and barricade situation on a public bus shut down the Strip hotel-casino district for hours.

Angela Castro, spokeswoman for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, said in a statement Saturday that the agency is working with Las Vegas police to examine those issues from the March 25 incident.

Police said Rolando Cardenas, 55, fatally shot one man and wounded another on the double-decker bus in front of the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino before barricading himself inside for more than four hours. Cardenas now faces murder, attempted murder, battery and firearm charges. His lawyer has already raised mental competency as a possible defense in the case.

Gary Breitling, 57, of Sidney, Montana, was shot in the chest and soon died at a nearby hospital. The other man hurt was treated and released.

Police said Cardenas was sitting in the back on the second level of the bus traveling on Las Vegas Boulevard when he opened fire. All those aboard were able to flee. But during the barricade, authorities were uncertain if there were any victims held hostage and struggled to get a good view of the suspect inside.

"Based on the shooting on (the) Las Vegas Strip, we are currently working with law enforcement and our transit contractors to hopefully resolve the issues that reduced law enforcement's ability to see inside the bus," Castro said.

The bus on one side, including the windows, was covered in a white vinyl film that advertised for the local outlet shopping mall. The transit agency is searching for an alternative material to improve visibility from the outside, Castro said.

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  IL agency to add 26 Champion Challenger paratransit vehicles
 

From:  Metro:

Ill.’s Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD) entered into a contract with Central States Bus Sales Inc. for the purchase and delivery of 26 new paratransit (CityLift) vehicles.

The new vehicles are Ford E450 body-on-chassis with a Champion Challenger body. They will have the capacity to accommodate up to 14 passengers and numerous wheelchairs. The contract GPMTD entered into with Central States Bus Sales Inc. for the 26 vehicles, includes an option to purchase an additional 14 paratransit vehicles over the next five years.

“We are confident that the new paratransit vehicles from Central States Bus Sales Inc. will improve CityLift service from an operational standpoint, and it will also better the passenger experience. These vehicles have a specially designed roof to increase passenger safety and the latest enhancements in seatbelt and wheelchair securements,” said Andrew Dwyer, CityLink director, mobility.

GPMTD was awarded a paratransit vehicles grant in June 2016 from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Buses...  READ MORE >

 
 
 

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