05/30/2017

 

 




  Proterra launches new diagnostic tool and cold weather package
 

Proterra announced the addition of the Proterra Diagnostic Tool and the Proterra Cold Weather Package to their growing suite of products and services.

From BusRide.com:

Proterra announced the addition of the Proterra Diagnostic Tool and the Proterra Cold Weather Package to their growing suite of products and services.

The Diagnostic Tool is an industry first: the only diagnostic platform that allows technicians to access all vehicle systems in one place, with one intuitive interface.  A simple dashboard displays the vehicle’s functional layout, enabling users to monitor operation levels, see faults and resolve many issues directly through the interface without physically removing bus panels.

A virtual mechanic, the Diagnostic Tool provides access to most of the vehicle’s operational features, including monitoring of the overhead charging system. Wi-Fi enabled and offering both Bluetooth and USB connectivity, the Diagnostic Tool provides untethered freedom of movement in and around the bus.  Proterra will offered Diagnostic Tool demos during the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference in Reno, Nev.

To ensure safe and comfortable operation in winter conditions, the company is also introducing the Proterra Cold Weather Package.  Already, Proterra buses operate in a variety of climates throughout the U.S.  However, since the bus is.....................READ MORE>

 

  Technology, shifts in behavior can improve urban transportation
 

Traffic and congestion remain a major focus issue for cities worldwide. While new technologies, updated infrastructure, and expanded mobility choices are surfacing to ease the hassle of traveling within urban areas, the biggest factor in improving urban travel is changing human behavior.

Nearly 40% of all respondents reported the negative
emotions of "Stressed".
 

From Metro:

Traffic and congestion remain a major focus issue for cities worldwide. While new technologies, updated infrastructure, and expanded mobility choices are surfacing to ease the hassle of traveling within urban areas, the biggest factor in improving urban travel is changing human behavior.

This is according to Conduent's Customer Experience of Urban Travel report  -  an extensive survey of mobility trends and preferences conducted in 23 cities across 15 countries.

Traffic and congestion remain a major focus issue for cities worldwide. While new technologies, updated infrastructure, and expanded mobility choices are surfacing to ease the hassle of traveling within urban areas, the biggest factor in improving urban travel is changing human behavior. This is according to Conduent's Customer Experience of Urban Travel report  -  an extensive survey of mobility trends and preferences conducted in 23 cities across 15 countries.

"Transportation is an inherently personal decision. People primarily focus on their individual situation, factoring in speed, comfort, and cost when determining how they'd like to travel," said Don Hubicki, executive VP, Conduent, Public Sector, Transportation. "Providing more choices in line with our personal situations is key to changing behavior. For example, cities should introduce more options for getting around, incentivize people to choose alternatives, and provide innovative apps that enable people to think mode-agnostically, making better decisions for themselves and everyone else."

Transportation Choice Isn't Rational

Respondents around the globe chose "driving their own car" over other modes of transport for reasons including comfort (54%), ease of access (47%), and reliability (39%).   However, driving is the mode of transportation cited most as involving frequent delays when travelling in and around the city1. Respondents experiencing delays at least one day a week shared that delays cause them to miss out on time with their family and friends (61% sometimes/frequently) or arrive late to work (51%  sometimes/frequently).

Furthermore, delays may be a large contributor to stress and frustration. Nearly 40% of all respondents reported the negative................   READ MORE>

 
 

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  Security Expert to Tackle School Bus Violence
   

From School Transportation News:

Jesus M. Villahermosa, J., founder of Crisis Reality Training and a 30-year career law enforcement officer, says the biggest security facing student transporters is how to train their school bus drivers to respond to on-board violence. Can they protect their students? Themselves? STN EXPO attendees in July will receive specific information as to their rights.

Villahermosa presents consecutive two-hour special training session on July 10 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada aimed at arming school bus drivers with the survival tactics and de-escalation methods needed in the most mundane cases of school bus fights but also, most outrageously, an active-shooter event. The sessions require special registration at stnexpo.com. (Attendees who are already registered for the full conference can log back in and select Villahermosa's sessions for an additional cost.)

Jesus M. Villahermosa, J., founder of Crisis Reality Training and a 30-year career law enforcement officer, says the biggest security facing student transporters is how to train their school bus drivers to respond to on-board violence. Can they protect their students? Themselves? STN EXPO attendees in July will receive specific information as to their rights.

Villahermosa will also end the day with an inspirational general-session keynote that celebrates school bus safety and the jobs performed each day by school bus drivers nationwide.

He is a former deputy for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Tacoma, Washington and served as a member of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department S.W.A.T. Team. A certified master defensive tactics instructor for law enforcemnt personnel in Washington state, Villahermosa is also the former director of campus safety at Pacific Lutheran University.

Despite being a regular interview subject for network and local newscasts, writing security articles, finishing a book, producing security videos, and of course training — he estimated that he's trained over 150,000 student transportation professsionals during his career — Villahermosa sat down with us recently to talk school bus security, his training sessions at STN EXPO, what registered attendees for his special event can expect to learn, and why he has so much respect for school bus drivers.

School Transportation News: In your opinion why is there so much confusion across the industry as to the rights of school bus drivers to protect themselves or students from onboard incidents?

Villahermosa: That's a great question, and after training thousands of school bus drivers across the country I think there are a few reasons. The biggest challenge any school transportation supervisor faces is: In what areas do I train my drivers? Almost all of them are going to address the technical aspects of driving a bus such as pre- and post-trip inspections, evacuation drills, skills testing on how to drive the bus safely, and proper radio procedures. Although all of those are important to the operation of the bus, the fact is that, what is on the tip of every driver's tongue is: How do I keep myself and my students safe should a man-made crisis arise on the bus? Such as a non-custodial parent attempting to remove their child from the bus at a bus stop, or the unauthorized boarding of the bus by someone with violent intent...an active shooter. Or how do I break up a fight physically mile minimizing my own risk of injury or that of the students involved and am I even legally required to physically intervene? What rights do I have as a bus driver when it comes to someone trying to attack me or my students? The list goes on, ......................  READ MORE>

 
 
 

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