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SEP-OCT 2014

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Saft supplies OEM train manufacturers and railway operators with nickel-based batteries and complete battery systems. Saft solutions provide reliable energy for auxiliary back-up, high power for engine-starting and hybrid traction systems in multiple railway applications including heavy rail, light rail, metros, tramways & tram-trains, electric & diesel locomotives and high speed trains. Saft also supplies Li-ion battery systems for regenerative hybrid traction and emergency backup. © Saft - N° IB 042-2-14 - © Photos : Fotolia – R352 APTA 's Expo Houston, TX Booth # 1 7 2 7 Saft batteries, meeting the railway challenges of today and tomorrow 52 < m ETRO m AGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 program, which won APTA's Innovation Award in 2008, re- lieves the agencies' budgets, provides the individuals mobil- ity, and improves both ridership and fare revenue. In 2011, Setzer led Transdev's — then Veolia — success- ful creation of a public-private operating partnership to op- erate the former Long Island Bus system, which saved Nas- sau County, N.Y. millions, while preserving vital service to the community. Now as CEO of that system, dubbed the Nassau Inter- County Express (NICE), Setzer introduced the very frst mo- bile ticketing system in the New York City area, which pro- vides passengers with a more convenient and safer way to pay fares through the use of their smart phones. In addition to his successes building and growing public transportation systems and ridership, Setzer has also served as coach and mentor to many of today's industry leaders, as well as several on this very list, including Michael Melani- phy, Keith Parker and Paul Jablonski. ROD DIRIDON Former executive director Mineta Transportation Institute Before retiring last June from his position as executive director of the Mineta Transporta- tion Institute in San Jose, Calif., a position he making it convenient for people traveling to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as for people who work at or near the airport. "Opening a project of this complexity early and under budget is a great testament to the work of our DART team and our colleagues at DFW Airport," Tomas told METRO shortly before the station's opening. "Support from the Fed- eral Transit Administration and Federal Aviation Admin- istration was also crucial to beating the targeted opening." MICHAEL SETZER CEO Transdev, Nassau County With more than three decades in the industry, Setzer served as GM of a number of large transit systems, including Min- neapolis' Metro Transit, where he opened the state's frst new passenger rail system, the Blue Line. While being responsible for both construction and operation of the new sys- tem, Setzer was able to launch the service six months early that was also on budget. In 2007 he created the Ever ybody Rides Metro (ERM) foundation in Cincinnati, which uses donated funds to provide discounted transit rides to needy individuals through the agencies that serve them. Te MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

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