10/30/2018

 


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  Miss. transit authorities to purchase Vicinity buses


 

From Metro:

Grande West Transportation Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of mid-sized multi-purpose transit vehicles for sale in Canada and the U.S., received a new contract to purchase Buy America Vicinity buses by a group of Mississippi-based transit authorities.

Grande West, along with U.S. distributor Alliance Bus Group (ABG), was the winning bid for a five-year contract for 30-foot heavy-duty low-floor buses.


Grande West Transportation Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of mid-sized multi-purpose transit vehicles for sale in Canada and the U.S., received a new contract to purchase Buy America Vicinity buses by a group of Mississippi-based transit authorities.

The order is for up to 63 Vicinity buses over the term of the contract. The City of Oxford, Miss., is the Executive Agent on behalf of a group of agencies listed for the procurement of the heavy-duty transit buses, under a management contract with RATP Dev USA. Each participating agency has submitted their purchase forecast for the term of this contract.

Purchase orders will be announced as they are received by the company........... READ MORE >

 
  Illinois initiative to test, research connected, autonomous vehicle tech

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) launched a new statewide, multiagency initiative to develop a testing program for connected and automated vehicles. Gov. Bruce Rauner created the initiative with an executive order directing IDOT to oversee Illinois, a program aimed at advancing the state to the forefront in research on these emerging safety technologies.

"As the transportation hub for the entire country, Illinois is ideally situated to be a leader in the research of connected and automated vehicles," Gov. Rauner said. "Working with our public and private partners, we can make our roads safer, save lives, attract investment and create new high-tech jobs throughout the state."


The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) launched a new statewide, multiagency initiative to develop a testing program for connected and automated vehicles. Gov. Bruce Rauner created the initiative with an executive order directing IDOT to oversee Illinois, a program aimed at advancing the state to the forefront in research on these emerging safety technologies.

As part of the governor's executive order, IDOT will oversee a testing program that requires a driver to remain behind the wheel, capable of taking control of the vehicle at all times.

Autonomous Illinois will connect communities interested in connected and automated vehicle testing with industry, universities, research institutions, and other technology partners. IDOT and other state agencies, including the Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, Department of Insurance, and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will assist with the program.

Autonomous Illinois will work with private industry as well to determine infrastructure, data, and support needs to further testing and implementation in Illinois.  To facilitate the dialogue, IDOT has created a new Autonomous Illinois............ READ MORE >

 
 
 
  NAPT Awards Highlight Training Efforts, Heroism
 

From School Bus Fleet News:

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  Honors for training efforts, dedication, technical feats, and a student's heroic act were handed out during the annual National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference.

Here are the association's 2018 award winners:

This year's Heroism Award, sponsored by Blue Bird, went to Karson Vega, a seventh-grader who attends La Grange (Texas) Independent School District (ISD). Vega got behind the wheel of his school bus after the driver had a medical emergency in February 2018. Upon gaining control of the bus, Vega turned the emergency flashers on and proceeded to find a safe place to pull over and stop the bus, according to NAPT.


Honors for training efforts, dedication, technical feats, and a student's heroic act were handed out during the annual National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference.

The Continuing Education Award, sponsored by Thomas Built Buses, was given to Laura Preston, the assistant director of transportation for Liberty (Mo.) Public Schools. Preston is currently working toward her Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT) through NAPT, and plans to take more of the association's personal development (PDS) courses, according to NAPT.

Winning the School Bus Driver Training Award, sponsored by IC Bus, was Jimmy Lacy, supervisor of training and safety for Kanawha (W.Va.) County Schools. Lacy was honored for developing the district's nine in-service training programs, including pre- and post-trip inspections, air brake checks, and railroad crossing training, according to NAPT.

The Special Needs Transportation Award, sponsored by Q'Straint/SureLok, was presented to Peggy Stone, supervisor of Transportation Exceptional Students for Kanawha (W.Va.) County Schools. As the lead trainer for all new and existing school bus operators and monitors, Stone has created her own training manual to provide instruction on how to secure wheelchairs and to emphasize....... READ MORE >

 



 

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