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2018 BUS & PARATRANSIT
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GCRTA Uses Technology to
Improve Safety and Service

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he Greater Cleveland Regional
Transit Authority (GCRTA) is
making every effort to remain at
the forefront of technology, according
to Chief Executive Officer and General
Manager Joe Calabrese, and the most
recent example is the "connected" technology from Battelle now in use by the
agency.
"As technology changes, we change
with it," Calabrese said, "and it is technology that is now making our city
buses safer."
GCRTA, working with Battelle,
launched a six-month project in February to evaluate enhanced safety systems
on buses. It's part of an FTA grant and
it allows the agency to test cutting-edge
safety technology in 24 buses retrofitted
with so-called "connected" features to
better avoid collisions. GCRTA installed
the Enhanced Transit Safety Retrofit
Package system and is using it at three
locations in downtown Cleveland.

During the evaluation phase, connected buses collect data to evaluate
system performance, safety impacts
and lessons learned. By reducing bus
collisions with pedestrians and other
vehicles, the technology can prevent
accidents and fatalities, reduce transit
operator costs and decrease travel interruptions, according to Battelle.
The system notifies the bus operator when a pedestrian is in or about to
enter a crosswalk in the path of the bus,
Calabrese said. It also notifies the bus
driver when another connected vehicle
is turning in front of the bus as it pulls
away from a stop.
Battelle explained that the technology project uses dedicated short-range
communications radio for vehicle-tovehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure
communication, GPS for vehicle tracking and forward looking infrared cameras for pedestrian detection.

VTA Electric Buses Will Use
Pioneering Technology
AS THE SANTA CLARA Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA) in San
Jose, CA, prepares to roll out brand new
all-electric buses, the agency is teaming
up with Prospect Silicon Valley and Bay
Area tech companies to pilot a cuttingedge system that will manage charging
those buses while keeping stress on the
state's electric grid to a minimum.
VTA recently purchased five batterypowered electric buses from Proterra,
expected to be in service on various
routes in May or June, with plans to add
another five next year.
The charging pilot project, funded by
the California Energy Commission, will
serve as a major case study for public
transit agencies throughout the country,
particularly as California approaches its
goal for all transit fleets to be zero emissions by 2040.
A system developed by Oaklandbased software company Kisensum will

optimize the charging of VTA's electric
buses. The National Renewable Energy
Lab (NREL) in Denver is driving the
research on this pioneering effort.
The public transit industry and other
transportation providers will watch
this four-year "Vehicle to Grid Integration" project as they begin planning
for their own possible fleet transitions
to electric buses. The project will apply
integrated systems to reduce charging
costs through demand management and
demand response.
"This project will provide a critical
cornerstone towards moving our entire
fleet to zero-emission vehicles," said
VTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Nuria Fernandez. "We are
excited to be partnering with nationally recognized industry experts on this
important project that will advance the
state's strategic electrification goals."

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