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21 FACT BOOK 2015 m ETRO m AGAZINE > 2011 METRO: 2004-2014 used Twitter to conduct a public meet- ing to discuss the agency's proposed fare hike. An estimated 50 people tweeted 247 comments that were re- corded and entered into the ofcial public record on the UTA's proposal. METRO Bus Maintenance Survey debuts May – In its inaugural Bus Mainte- nance Survey, METRO reported a large number of maintenance managers were being asked to cut back or main- tain services in their departments with fewer resources. When asked how they are dealing with this dynamic, answers ranged from cutting overtime and watching costs closely to reshufing schedules to better suit their needs. Feds step up motorcoach safety eforts May – Te FMCSA also rolled out its new Compliance Safety Accountabil- ity program designed to identify prob- lem carriers sooner so the agency can deploy corrective actions before an in- cident occurs. Transit steps up security following bin Laden killing June – Following the death of Osa- ma bin Laden, several transit agencies heightened their security measures, although no threats to security had been reported. Te measures includ- ed increased cooperation with feder- al authorities, the re-launching of "see Something, Say Something" programs and random bag screenings, as well as New Setra touring coach unveiled January – UMA Expo attendees saw the unveiling of the new Setra S 407 touring coach. Te vehicle includes many of the same features of the Se- tra S 417, including the same "Setra Face," windows, steering system, doors and turn signal lamps, but is designed to meet North American customer re- quirements following a long and inten- sive customer survey process. L.A. Metro retires last diesel bus Feb./March – Te Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority retired the last diesel bus from its 2,228 vehicle feet, making it the frst major transit agency in the world to operate only alternative clean- fueled buses. Land use cited as top hurdle for BRT projects April – METRO's annual BRT Survey found land use coordination as the top challenge faced by transit agencies try- ing to complete projects, beating out the perennial leader, funding, by near- ly 5%. Tis year's feature also includes a mini-profle of the Aspen, Colo.-based Roaring Fork Transportation Author- ity's VelociRFTA, which will is the frst rural BRT system being built in the U.S. Utah holds Twitter town hall April – In what is thought to be a frst, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) K-9 unit deployment and an increase in plain clothes ofcers. Rail projects purse hits $83B, adds new projects June – Although the reported total purse for rail projects in METRO's an- nual survey dipped by $4 billion com- pared to the previous year, the 2011 survey includes the addition of four new projects. Te largest of the new projects is Honolulu's reported $5.3 billion, 20-mile light rail transit project, which will connect East Kapolei with Ala Moana Shopping Center via the Honolulu International Airport. Transit agencies explore selling naming rights August – Looking for ways to gener- ate much-needed additional revenue, a handful of transit agencies around the nation decide to hire consultants to help them explore the idea of sell- ing the naming rights of their bus stops, rail stations and other properties. Teir decision follows the implementation of successful naming rights campaigns in Cleveland, San Diego and Phoenix. APTA's Millar steps down, Melaniphy steps in Nov./Dec. – After 15 years serving as president of APTA, William Millar stepped down from his post at the as- sociation's triennial EXPO in New Or- leans. Michael Melaniphy, formerly of MCI, is introduced as Millar's replace- ment at EXPO. May 2011 June 2011 September/October 2011 M a y 2 0 1 1 J u n e 2 0 1 1 S e p t e m b e r / O c t o b e r 2 0 1 1

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