08/08/2017

 

 




  NYCT to add 377 New Flyer Xcelsior buses
 

New Flyer of America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., announced the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) awarded the company with a contract for an additional 377 Xcelsior® 40-foot, heavy-duty transit buses.

The contract, which includes 367 clean diesel and 10 diesel-electric powered Xcelsior buses, will deploy buses into the NYCT network over the next two years as part of its 2015-2019 Capital Program.

The MTA is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut.

The Capital Program’s mandate is to rejuvenate and expand the NYCT public transportation fleet across the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which operates subways, buses, commuter trains, bridges, and tunnels to transport over two billion riders per year.

"Since 1988, New Flyer has delivered over 2,300 buses to NYCT," said Wayne Joseph, president of New Flyer of America. "As NYCT rebuilds and expands its transportation infrastructure, New Flyer will deploy buses with enhanced safety and comfort, better driver visibility, pedestrian turn warning, Wi-Fi, and USB ports to improve the bus rider experience."

The MTA is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut.  

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  Electric buses, training key focuses for 2nd annual Transit
  Maintenance Forum
 

Topics include the shaping of zero-emission bus procurement and workforce development training standards, with the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Jeff Hiott and the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium's Nina Babiarz, which will provide an update on APTA's work to create standards for the procurement of electric buses, as well as how the industry is working to develop new courses to fill the need for both basic and advanced training.

After a successful inaugural launch last year, METRO Magazine and BusCon announced the Transit Maintenance Forum (TMF) for senior transit maintenance professionals will return to this year's conference.

The conference will be held at Indianapolis' Indiana Convention Center Sept. 11 to 13 with an expanded program that begins Monday afternoon with a training session each from Cummins and Allison Transmission officials.

Topics include the shaping of zero-emission bus procurement and workforce development training standards, with the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Jeff Hiott and the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium's Nina Babiarz, which will provide an update on APTA's work to create standards for the procurement of electric buses, as well as how the industry is working to develop new courses to fill the need for both basic and advanced training.

Meanwhile, "A Look at Conductive and Inductive Charging of Electric Buses," featuring Michael Masquelier, CEO for WAVE, and David Warren, director, sustainable transportation, for New Flyer, will give attendees a look at the latest technologies on the market that use both conductive and inductive methods to charge vehicles, including how these solutions work, how they are evolving, and how they are being implemented at other operations. 

The program continues on Wednesday with a federal regulatory update from Federal Transit Administration officials on both the Transit Asset Management Rule and bus testing. Also on Wednesday, "How the Industry Can Tackle Labor and Staffing Needs" will discuss how training programs have been developed both regionally and at individual transit agencies to keep technicians on pace to growth their skills and careers.

For an economical $98, attendees have the opportunity to not only attend the Transit Maintenance Forum, but also all of BusCon's networking events and the Keynote Address - How Connected/Automated Vehicle Technology Will Impact Transportation - with WSP USA's Scott Shogan.

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  NAPT Launches School Bus Driver Safety and Risk Index

From School Bus Fleet:

ALBANY, N.Y. - The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) has partnered with consulting firm The Dash Group to create a customized way for employers to assess a school bus driver's capacity for sound judgment.

The School Bus Driver Safety and Risk Index is designed to measure a current or prospective driver’s decision-making ability.  The assessment is available online and is expected to take most job applicants no more than 10 to 12 minutes to complete. Afterward, employers receive a confidential, downloadable report.

According to NAPT, the report gives employers a sense of the candidate’s abilities and capacities in such areas as problem solving; dependability; work ethic; dealing with difficult people and situations; concentration; and following directions.

 

"Most school transportation service providers check a driver's police and DMV records and test for drug use, but haven't previously had a specific way to assess an intangible like good judgment that is unique to each individual,"said Keith Henry, president of NAPT.

"We see this as an important additional component of driver recruitment and training."

Dash Group CEO Catherine Hickem added, "Just as we assume and expect airline pilots behind the locked flight deck door to have good judgment as things unfold at 35,000 feet, parents expect no less of their child's school bus driver.

Knowing more about someone's capacity to exercise good judgment is an important piece to mitigating risk out on the road."NAPT said that the School Bus Driver Safety and Risk Index can be used as a first-line assessment in hiring. If a driver candidate scores poorly, the process can stop before money is spent on DMV checks, background checks, or drug screenings. The index can also be used to assess current employees and to help employers ensure that those employees receive...................  READ MORE >

 


 

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