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   AlphaStruxure Celebrates Launch of Integrated Microgrid


The 6.5 MW microgrid includes bus-height solar canopies, renewable natural gas-ready on-site generation, battery energy storage, and over
4.14 MW of charging capacity. Photo: AlphaStruxure

  From Metro:

AlphaStruxure and Montgomery County, Maryland (County) officials celebrated the launch of the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot microgrid, an integrated electric bus charging infrastructure project in Silver Spring, Md., according to the company's news release.

Leaders from AlphaStruxure were joined by county leadership, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Transportation Polly Trottenberg, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation at the Department of Energy Michael Berube for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and "first plug-in" of a County electric bus............................


March 2022 - Official Commercial Blue Book and Official School Bus Blue Book!

   FAX, Vontas Partner for ITS Modernization Project

By upgrading its CAD/AVL software, FAX gains enhanced detour management and route tracking, device management, an improved dispatch,
and supervisor user experience with text-to-speech and turn-by-turn directions. Photo: FAX

  From Metro:

Vontas announced its partnership with Fresno Area Express (FAX) to upgrade its Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

According to Vontas' news release, this upgrade includes the latest version of its CAD/AVL software, reporting capabilities, Generation 8 Integrated Vehicle Logic Units (V8 IVLU), color touch Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs), and a new cellular-based network.

"We look forward to bringing these innovative technology changes to FAX in order to provide a faster, more convenient, and more reliable service to their customers," said Ed Baldzicki, VP of sales at Vontas. "With these updates, FAX can make informed decisions with real-time data connections between vehicles, operators, and the back office to keep operations on track whether it's business as usual or not.".................................

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   NASDPTS Conference: Buses - Not Cars - More Common in Pupil Transportation Deaths

The majority of loading and unloading fatalities during the 2021-2022 school year happened during the morning route. Photo: Canva/School Bus Fleet

  From School Bus Fleet:

In two-thirds of pupil deaths that occurred during loading and unloading during the previous school year, the child's death was related to a school bus, as opposed to a passenger vehicle. That's according to the 2021-2022 National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey, conducted annually by the Kansas State Department of Education. Results of the survey were released during the annual conference of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).

Six students were killed in loading and unloading-related incidents. The survey normally only includes deaths involving kindergarten through 12th grade students. However, this year's data included a 19-year-old..................................




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