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FACT 2014

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Page 27 of 123 24 < m ETRO m AGAZINE FACT BOOK 2015 2013 Metro 10-year timeline fuel economy that is 1.8 to two times higher than diesel or CNG buses. Agencies partnering, subsidizing to help curb paratransit costs May – With paratransit service de- mand and costs continuing to escalate, several transit agencies tell METRO they are partnering with non-prof- its, instituting travel training programs or subsidizing taxi trips to help better control those costs. A major beneft for paratransit users are increases in both options and travel fexibility. REI celebrates 75 years June – Family-owned, Omaha, Neb.- based Radio Engineering Industries celebrated its 75th anniversary, with a host of events throughout the year. When discussing REI's history as well as its future, President Scott Hays told METRO that the industries the compa- ny serves have embraced technology and realized the sky is the limit. Rail projects top $99 billion June – Forty transit agencies from the U.S. and Canada reported a total of $99 billion in projects in the latest in- stallment of METRO's rail survey — a $16 billion jump from the previous year. Leading the way is New York City Transit with $14.3 billion in projects. Minneapolis Metro harnesses wind June – As part of its "Go Greener" program, Minneapolis' Metro Transit powered its Hiawatha light rail trains DART opens 2 new rail segments January – Dallas Area Rapid Tran- sit opened two more rail segments, ex- tending the Blue Line to Rowlett and the Orange Line farther into Irving and closer to DFW International Airport. Te 4.5-mile, $365 million Blue Line extension completes the build out of the northeast corridor, while the Or- ange Line will continue being built to eventually reach the airport. Proterra powers S.C. town with all- electric feet Feb./March – Te City of Seneca, S.C. switched its three-vehicle feet to four, 35-foot Proterra EcoRide BE35 all-electric buses, to be operated by Clemson Area Transit. Te buses run on a fare-free express route from Sene- ca to Clemson. Funding for the project comes from the South Carolina DOT and the FTA, which provided $4 mil- lion for two buses and the charging in- frastructure. Hydrogen fuel cells gathering steam in transit industry April – With transit agencies con- centrating on being more sustain- able, several, including Oakland, Calif.- based AC Transit and Austin, Texas' Capital Metro, take part in the FTA's National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which is attempting to advance the commer- cialization of fuel-cell technology in U.S. transit buses. A report by the U.S. DOE fnds that fuel-cell buses have a using wind energy. Te 10 wind-pow- ered railcars traveled during the morn- ing peak period and served 19 stations, providing 31,000 rides along the way. Proposal allows transit, motorcoaches to share stops August – Te San Francisco MTA proposed a plan that would enable private carriers transporting passen- gers to companies including Facebook and Google to share some of the agen- cy's Muni bus system stops. Te plan to create a pre-approved network of more than 100 Muni zones would al- low the agency to keep the private car- riers from using stops with high fre- quencies and layovers as well as those used for BRT. Intercity bus travel growing Sept./Oct. – A series of high profle expansions by scheduled intercity bus operators began shaking up the com- petitive landscape of U.S. intercity trav- el. BoltBus and Megabus combined to grow by more than 25% in an 18-month span, while new lines out west began to pop-up and grow rapidly. Electric vehicles charge BusCon Nov./Dec. – Electric vehicles made a major showing at BusCon. Vehicles range from a 14-passenger shuttle bus to 40-foot public transportation buses, with one model also featuring wireless advanced vehicle electrifcation charg- ing technology. METRO: 2004-2014 April 2013 July 2013 August 2013 A p r i l 2 0 1 3 J u l y 2 0 1 3 A u g u s t 2 0 1 3

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