Passenger Transport April 2019 Vol 77 No 8 - 1

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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019 | VOLUME 77, NO. 8

Valley Metro Prepares TriMet Unveils Electric Bus
To Open New Station Powered by Wind Electricity

AS PASSENGER TRANSPORT went to press, Valley

Metro in Phoenix was preparing for the opening of the 50th
Street/Washington Light Rail
Station, the first additional station built along the existing
Valley Metro Rail line.
The new station is the
first completed project under
Transportation 2050, a voterapproved initiative passed in
2015 to invest in the city's
transportation infrastructure
through 2050.
"Four years ago, Phoenix

voters from all corners of
the city made the choice to
expand and enhance our community investment in a total
transportation plan," said
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.
"Phoenix's first light rail project funded through Transportation 2050 will add a station
near Ability360, one of our
state's largest and most comprehensive disability resources
centers, sending a message that
Phoenix values inclusivity;

VALLEY METRO CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

The platforms at Valley Metro's new 50 th Street/Washington light rail station
are wide enough to allow two wheelchairs to easily pass by each other.

Counting Down to Mobility Conference
APTA'S UPCOMING MOBILITY CONFERENCE,
May 19-22 in Louisville, KY, will explore the changing
environment in which bus and paratransit systems operate
in today's mobility landscape and how public transportation providers can strategically position themselves for the
future.
And while you're at the conference, discover the latest in
public transportation technology and innovation at the Bus
Display and Products & Services Showcase. See the exhibitor
list in the center of this issue of Passenger Transport.

B

attery-electric buses powered 100 percent
by renewable wind energy will advance the
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation
District of Oregon's (TriMet) commitment to a
non-diesel bus fleet by 2040, TriMet and its partner, Portland General Electric (PGE), announced
at a recent event in Portland that included the
unveiling of their first zero-emission, batteryelectric Xcelsior CHARGE bus from New Flyer.
The 40-foot bus will operate on a 13-mile route
in the Portland metropolitan area, connecting
two transit centers. It is the first of five TriMet
ordered in 2017, with the others scheduled to
enter service this summer. PGE will purchase,
own and maintain six chargers and related
infrastructure. The program was funded in part
with a $3.4 million grant from FTA's 2016 Low
and No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle Deployment
Program.
PGE's Clean Wind Commercial & Industrial
program purchases renewable energy certificates
from a mix of local and national wind farms,
with a minimum 25 percent guaranteed from
the Pacific Northwest. Generation locations for
2018 included Oregon, Washington State and
Idaho.
"Transit inherently plays an important role
in reducing emissions and easing congestion,"
said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey. "Now,
as our first all-electric bus rolls into service

TriMet unveils its first zero-emission, battery-electric bus,
which will operate with 100 percent renewable wind energy.

powered by the wind, we are furthering our
commitment to the environment and are at the
forefront of a cleaner future, both for TriMet and
the Portland region."
New Flyer President Chris Stoddart said, "We
congratulate the exceptional teams at TriMet and
PGE for successful integration of zero-emission
electric buses, along with clean renewable
energy, in their transition from conventional
clean diesel propulsion to zero-emission buses."

Commuter Rail Systems
Continue to Advance Toward
PTC Implementation
WITH VIRGINIA RAILWAY EXPRESS
(VRE) in Alexandria having recently implemented Positive Train Control (PTC) on all its
trains, seven commuter railroads have now
reached this milestone ahead of FRA's Dec. 30,
2020, deadline. The other fully operational systems are North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA; TriMet, Portland, OR; Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), Los
Angeles; Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Jersey City, NJ; Sound Transit in Seattle;
and Metro Transit in Minneapolis.
"Safety is always our top priority at VRE,"
said Chief Executive Officer Doug Allen. "The
implementation of PTC takes system safety to
the next level and continues our commitment

PTC IMPLEMENTATION CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

PTC implementation requires a coordinated effort involving
commuter and freight railroads, engineers and vendors.



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