04/24/2018

 





  DOT's new BUILD program makes $1.5B in funding available

From Metro:

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

BUILD Transportation grants will replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

(TIGER) grant program. As the Administration looks to enhance America's infrastructure, FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation.

"BUILD Transportation grants will help communities revitalize their surface transportation systems while also increasing support for rural areas to ensure that every region of our country benefits," said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments.

To reflect the Administration's Infrastructure Initiative, DOT intends to award a greater share of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria than to such projects in urban areas. The notice highlights..............  READ MORE >...

 
  Prevost predicts strong 2018 with new equipment, services

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

SAINTE-CLAIRE, Quebec - Prevost is rolling into 2018 on a high note, with well-received recent product improvements and plans for new equipment and service features.

"Right now we're looking at a very bright outlook for 2018," said Jack Forbes, vice president of North American sales for Prevost.


SAINTE-CLAIRE, Quebec - Prevost is rolling into 2018 on a high note, with well-received recent product improvements and plans for new equipment and service features.

Coming attractions in 2018 include introducing the electric fan drive cooling system in the H3-45 early in the year after a successful rollout in the X3-45 in mid-2017; a new entertainment system on both lines; and a planned new service center in Orlando, to name a few.

Improvements ahead for the Volvo 9700 motorcoach, which Prevost distributes as a member of the Volvo family, include floor rails for sliding passenger seats, starting with third quarter 2018 deliveries, and building on sales of the 9700's introduction into Canada in.................. READ MORE >

 
 
 
  Operators, Suppliers Share Solutions at School Bus eXchange

From School Bus Fleet:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - School bus driver shortage, alternative fuels, and student behavior on the bus were key topics of discussion at the 2018 School Bus eXchange (SBX).

The event, produced by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and School Bus Fleet, took place Monday to Wednesday in Scottsdale.

More than 30 public and private school bus operators and 25 manufacturers and supplier companies participated in the 2018 edition of SBX.

The event kicked off with a keynote address by Linda Bluth, a special-needs transportation expert and past NAPT president. In a follow-up to her presentation at last year's SBX, Bluth discussed the policies of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is a proponent of school choice, charter schools, and vouchers to enable students to attend private schools with public funding.


The event, produced by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and School Bus Fleet, took place Monday to Wednesday in Scottsdale. More than 30 public and private school bus operators and 25 manufacturers and supplier companies participated in the 2018 edition of SBX.

Bluth noted that transportation has been found to be a barrier to school choice - for example, charter and magnet schools often don't provide school bus service. If more parents choose to send their children to those types of nontraditional schools, one of the side effects could be that fewer students will ride school buses.  Bluth exhorted SBX attendees - and the industry in general - to find ways to contribute their expertise on safe transportation to the school reform efforts.

In another SBX session, NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin led a discussion of school bus driver shortage, which remains a top challenge throughout the industry. Martin asked attendees what has been working for them when it comes to recruiting and retaining drivers.

Greg Jackson, executive director of transportation and fleet services for Jefferson County (Colo.) Public Schools, said that one of his efforts related to driver retention has been aimed at improving student discipline. His department partnered with...........   READ MORE > 

 


 

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