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AUG 2014

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2 < m ETRO m AGAZINE AUGUST 2014 CONTENTS Vol. 110 • No. 7 • August 2014 VP, Bus and Rail/Publisher Frank Di Giacomo Associate Publisher Mark T. Hollenbeck Executive Editor Janna Starcic Managing Editor Alex Roman Assistant Editor Kelsey Nolan Production Manager Lori Branch Senior Production Manager Sarah Paredes Art Director Yuda Chen EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Joseph A. Calabrese CEO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland Joseph Casey GM, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transporta- tion Authority, Philadelphia Rod Diridon executive director, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, Calif. Clif Henke senior analyst, Parsons Brinckerhof, Los Angeles Halsey King president, Halsey King & Associates Inc., Carlsbad, Calif. Dan Reichard retired, board member, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, Ohio Robert J. Schwarz executive vice president of communications, Peter Pan-Trailways Bus Lines Inc., Springfeld, Mass. WEBSITE E-MAIL A Bobit Business Media Publication Edward J. Bobit (Chairman, 1961-2014) President & CEO Ty Bobit VP/Chief Operating Ofcer Cyndy Drummey Chief Financial Ofcer Richard E. Johnson BUSINESS & EDITORIAL OFFICES 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503 FAX: (310) 533-2512 SUBSCRIPTION INQUIRIES U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico (888) 239-2455 CLASSIFIED AD SALES Donna Stewart (405) 260-1678 FAX: (405) 260-1684 BILLING Tess Dela Rosa (310) 533-2562 NORTH AMERICA SALES Frank Di Giacomo, VP, Bus and Rail/Publisher 49 S. Maple Ave., Marlton, NJ 08053 (856) 596-0999 FAX: (856) 596-0168 Mark T. Hollenbeck, Associate Publisher 3115 NE McDonald Lane McMinnville, OR 97128 (503) 472-8200 FAX: (503) 472-8228 Produced in U.S.A. METRO RESEARCH 14 Paratransit Survey: Ridership Sees Steady Increase Sixty-six percent of operators cited an increase in rides delivered, with an average of 13% reported. More than half tap travel training programs to help alleviate demand on fxed-route. By Janna Starcic TRANSIT 20 Sonoma County Transit Commits to CNG Fleet With intercity routes forming the core of the agency's route network, the new feet features high-back reclining seats and Wi-Fi. By Janna Starcic RAIL TRANSIT 27 Rail Projects Coping with Scarce Funding Los Angeles' Gold Line and New Jersey's River Line are two projects using creative fnancing, alternative methods of project delivery and expanded federal loan programs to knit together a funding package. By Cliff Henke EQUIPMENT 32 Annual Bus Showcase From ABC Companies to Winnebago, this vehicle showcase includes photos, specifcations and feature highlights for the most current models in the industry. SUPPLEMENT BusOps: August 2014 Serving the public and private shuttle bus industry, this issue includes a how-to on developing a natural gas fueling station, vehicle fnancing tips and a preview of BusCon 2014 in Indianapolis. Cover image: An ElDorado National-California Axess bus operated by Sonoma County Transit. Photo by Shelby Erickson. METRO (ISSN 1098-0083) (USPS 343-700) is published Monthly except for July, Dec, by Bobit Business Media, 3520 Challenger Street, Torrance, California 90503-1640. Periodicals postage paid at Torrance, California 90503-1640 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Metro, P.O. Box 1068 Skokie, IL 60076-8068. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for address changes to take effect. Subscription Prices - United States $40 per year; Canada $60 per year; Foreign $100 per year. Single copy price - $8; Fact Book - $25. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks to receive your first issue. Bobit Business Media reserves the right to refuse non-qualified subscriptions. Please address Editorial and Advertising correspondence to the Executive Offices at 3520 Challenger Street, Tor- rance, California 90503-1640. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced either in whole or in part without consent of Bobit Business Media. All statements made, although based on information believed to be reliable and accurate, cannot be guaranteed and no fault or liability can be accepted for error or omission. FEATURES PAGE 27: Rail projects learn to cope with funding challenges. PAGE 20: Sonoma Transit leads the Bay Area with its green feet. PAGE 14: What are growing trends in paratransit service industry? DEPARTMENTS On the Web 4 News 6 Point of Departure 12 Transit Business 60 Supplier Spotlight 64 Advertising Index 66 Business Briefs 69 New Products 72 People 74 Classifed Ads 75 Publisher's Perspective 76

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