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DEC 2014 -JAN 2015

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58 | Mass Transit | MassTransitmag.com | DECEMBER 2014/JANUARY 2015 PUBLISHER'S COMMENT Advertiser's Index ARBOC Specialty Vehicles .......... 19 Brookville Equipment ................. 43 CCI Thermal Tech ......................... 45 Complete Coach Works ............... 41 Conductix-Wampfer ...................47 Creative Bus Sales ....................... 35 Crosspoint Kinetics ..................... 29 EDM Inc .......................................... 56 Grafti Shield, Inc. ........................37 Grand Rock Co .............................. 25 Hutchinson Aerospace ................33 Keolis America ................................5 Mobility Ventures LLC.................. 21 National Railway Supply ............ 18 Noble Pine Products ................... 55 ORX ................................................60 Q'Straint ......................................... 13 Quester Tangent ........................... 15 Railquip, Inc. ................................. 20 Rosco Vision Systems ................. 25 Seon Design .................................. 59 SKF ........................................... 27, 49 Snake Tray .................................... 54 SPX Genfare Division .....................2 STV .............................................14, 51 Transdev North America ...............3 Vehicle And Track Events........... 39 ZF Group ........................................... 7 s we roll into the new year, some of us take this opportunity to take stock, and if course cor- rections are warranted, resolve to shape up in the coming months. I see this every January at the health club as a stream of new members wander around the weight machines or hang on the support bars of a slow moving treadmill hoping that being towed will leave a few extra pounds behind. By the end of February the crowd thins and those who remain tend to be dedicated to regular exercise or committed to embracing a new lifestyle motivat- ed by professional coaches, better information and new tech gadgets for tracking progress. Te newer exercise technology ranges from a simple activity monitoring device to a sophisticated wristwatch/ computer that monitors heart rate, swim stroke, bike cadence, power output and more. It's easier to make changes and tackle those big goals when you have the right information and technology to engage, motivate, guide, and even entertain you. Inform, engage, motivate, guide and entertain seems like a good way to approach change and improve systems and we hope that Mass Tran- sit does this for readers. In our cover stories this past year, we profled the best practices of transit agencies across the U.S., Canada and Lyon, France, plus the project management experience of new- ly installed secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx. Our feature stories provide the "point A to point B" of large and complex projects, from the planning and timelines to the latest equipment and technologies, all yours to incorporate into your operations. We focus on these best practices because in risk-adverse transit, where reliability is paramount, proven always trumps promises. We include insights and an- ecdotes from people who in - spire new ways of thinking about solving problems. Like losing weight, facing challenges in transit won't be easy. As is the case nearly every year, transportation funding remains uncertain and far from resolved. Can we hope to someday have a long-range plan, in the range of fve to 10 years? It's up to all us to make the transit story clear — that transit is an investment in our future that pays immediate dividends in jobs, congestion reme- diation, healthy lifestyles and livable neighbor- hoods. Tese objectives are proven outcomes of transit projects and should be the basis for justi- fying expenditures in our national transportation infrastructure. When you have the opportunity in the coming year I hope you will tell our story to your congressmen so we can build support at the federal level that rivals local enthusiasm for transit, and the will to pay what it takes to build. I'll be making a few modest resolutions in the coming weeks, such as keeping up with email and creating more folders to keep all the documents sorted. By the end of January we'll see how that's working. (It may take me that long to fgure out all the functions of my new training device, too). We wish you a healthy, fulflling and produc- tive new year. A New Year to Tell Our Stor y The start of a new year brings a new chance to tell the public of transit's importance. John Hollenhorst, Publisher A Mass Transit's goal is to inform, engage motivate, guide and entertain. THE TRAMS in Lyon carry 260,000 passengers per day on its 5 lines. Alstom Transport

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