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Transit Vehicles

Everything you always wanted to know about transit "rolling stock".

How Much Does A Bus Cost to Purchase and Operate?
This article describes how much it costs transit agencies to purchase and then operate a bus in daily service.

What Are the True Operating Cost Differences Between bus and Light Rail?
This article examines the operating cost differences between bus and light rail and concludes that the data show that buses are considerably cheaper to operate than light rail vehicles.

Merger of New Flyer and NABI, Good for the Industry?
This article examines if the June 2013 merger between New Flyer and NABI will be good for the industry.

Bicycles on Transit
This article examines the issues of bikes on transit.

Large Objects on Transit
This article examines how transit agencies can (and should) deal with large objects on transit vehicles.

How Transit Agencies Decide on What Buses To Purchase, Part 2: Propulsion System
This is the second in a series or article examine how transit agencies decide on what kind of bus to purchase. This entry describes how transit agencies determine what kind of propulsion system to buy.

How Do Transit Agencies Decide on What Buses to Purchase, Part 1: Bus Size
This is the first in a series or article examine how transit agencies decide on what kind of bus to purchase. This entry describes how transit agencies determine what size of bus to buy.

How Transit Agencies Decide on What Buses to Purchase, Part 3
This is the third in a series or article examine how transit agencies decide on what kind of bus to purchase. This entry describes how transit agencies determine whether to buy high or low floor buses, and what manufacturer to buy from.

How Long Do Buses (and Other Transit Vehicles) Last?
This article discusses how long transit buses and other vehicles are expected to last in the United States and other countries.

What Happens to Buses After Their Useful Life Is Over?
This article describes what happens to buses when their useful life is over.

Where Do People Like to Sit in the Subway?
This article examines a study which examined where people like to sit in the subway.

Destination Signs
An article describing transit vehicle destination or headsigns.

Transit 101: The Spare Ratio
This article explains what the spare ratio is in transit, how much the spare ratio usually is, and factors that can affect the spare ratio.

How Can We Speed Up Local Bus Service?
This article examines four ways that we could speed up local bus service: preventing cash fare payment on buses, removing bus stops, installing signal priority, and installing bus lanes.

Electric Buses - An Introduction
This article describes everything you would like to know about electric buses - how they work, how much they cost, the advantages and disadvantages of using them, and the prognosis for their future usage.

Fuel Cell Buses
A review of fuel cell buses.

Demise of the Streetcar in the United States
This article describes six major reasons why streetcars were replaced by buses in the United States, why streetcars, also called trams, continue to be used extensively in Europe, and the recent trend towards construction of new streetcar and light rail lines.

The Use of Gondola Lifts and Aerial Trams in Public Transportation
This article examines how gondola lifts and aerial trams, usually found only in ski resort settings, are used more broadly for public transportation.

New Flyer Industries
Website of transit bus manufacturer New Flyer.

North American Bus Industries (NABI)
Home page of transit bus manufacturer North American Bus Industries

Gillig Corporation
Home page of transit bus manufacturer Gillig Corporation.

Bombardier
Home page of railcar and airplane manufacturer Bombardier.

Orion
Home page of transit bus manufacturer Orion.

Nova
Home page of transit bus manufacturer Nova

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