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Page 15 of 123 12 < m ETRO m AGAZINE FACT BOOK 2015 2008 Metro 10-year timeline Newly launched BoltBus ofers non- stop service May – BoltBus, a division of Grey- hound Lines Inc. and operated in af- fliation with Peter Pan Bus Lines, be- gan non-stop service between New York and Washington, D.C. on March 27. Customers can purchase tickets as low as one dollar (plus booking fee). Bus amenities include extra leg room, free Wi-Fi and power outlets. Te highest fare will adjust based on mar- ket demand. WMATA to employ "mystery riders" to enhance service June – Te Washington Metropoli- tan Area Transit Authority plans to be- gin a "mystery rider" program and will hire a company to evaluate the quality of service on Metrobus and Metrorail. Experienced staf will rate the service from the customer's perspective — a practice commonly used in the retail, restaurant and banking industries. L.A. Metro debuts digital subway ads July – Los Angeles' Metro debuted a new electronic LED advertising dis- play on the Metro Red Line subway in May, the frst such system in North America. Te LED system is com- posed of 360 digital strips that light up at timed intervals as the train passes the subway wall, blending together to form a smooth-fowing video presen- tation. Te project will generate at least $240,000 per year. Detroit Diesel unveils new heavy- duty engine January – After nearly fve years and $1.5 billion in development, Detroit Diesel unveiled its new DD15 engine. Te heavy-duty DD15 displaces 14.8 li- ters and is a 6-cylinder, in-line design. Its advanced design will also make it ready for the upcoming EPA 2010 stan- dards with a simple downstream selec- tive catalytic reduction device that op- timizes fuel efciency while reducing harmful NOx emissions. MCI celebrates 75 years January – In its 75th year, Schaum- burg, Ill.-based Motor Coach Indus- tries (MCI) celebrated its continued success and prepares for the future, putting focus on advanced engineer- ing, greener design, luxury interiors and commuter coach transportation. Dallas considers public, private funding for light rail projects Feb./March – With construction costs threatening to delay light rail projects, Dallas Area Rapid Transit of- fcials are considering to use a com- bination of public and private fund- ing, a fundamentally new approach for building and operating future rail lines. Agency ofcials say they remain com- mitted to running rail lines through Ir- ving beginning in 2011 and reaching the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2013. Altoona to add brake, emission testing to roster Sept./Oct. – Te Altoona Bus Re- search and Testing Center in University Park, Pa., is currently preparing to add brake and emissions testing capabili- ties to its already thorough list of safety, structural integrity and durability, reli- ability, performance, maintainability, noise and fuel economy tests. BART tests cell phone fare payment Nov./Dec. – Te San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is moving closer to implementing technology that will allow riders to pay for fares us- ing mobile phones. Te transit agen- cy recently completed a trial program using technology known as near-feld- communication, deeming it a success. BusCon launches new products, boasts record turnout Nov./Dec. – BusCon 2008, which held its 13th convention at Chicago's Navy Pier, displayed 56 vehicles and hosted more than 150 exhibitors. While technical sessions and speakers ad- dressed concerns, including green technology and the impact of fuel price increases, product launches such as Freightliner Chassis Corp.'s new hy- brid-electric chassis drew signifcant attention from attendees. METRO: 2004-2014 May 2008 June 2008 November/December 2008 M a y 2 0 0 8 J u n e 2 0 0 8 N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 8

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