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November 17, 2008

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Transit wins big at the ballot box!

Q&A with FTA's James Simpson

TARC provides a Ride to Safety


Breaking News

Metro Settlement Reached in Lease-Back Deal

WMATA had Saught District Court Protection from Belgian Bank
The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) appeared Nov. 12 in U.S. District Court along with a Belgian bank to determine whether the bank can demand $43 million immediately from the agency and its guarantors.  [More]


An FTA Team Begins to Depart -- And We Thank Them
William W. Millar

November 14 marked James S. Simpson’s last day as FTA Administrator, after two and one half years. During that time, Jim proved to be a strong and dedicated advocate for public transportation.  In an administration that believes the federal government should have only a very limited role in public transportation, we were lucky to have an appointee so aggressively supportive of our industry and of APTA. We will miss his insight, commitment, and his sense of humor. [More]

News Headlines

FTA Administrator Simpson Steps Down

With FTA Administrator James Simpson’s announcement that he would leave his position    Nov. 14, Passenger Transport conducted an “exit interview” with him last Thursday. From his views about the fuel tax to his plans for “after FTA,” what follows are excerpts from our Q&A with him. [More]

Voters Shout “YES!” on 73 Percent of Transit Ballot Measures
Susan R. Paisner, Senior Managing Editor

While the major focus of last week’s election was no doubt on the presidential outcome, there were 32 public transit-related ballot measures initiatives in 16 states that attracted a great deal of attention – and set a new record for approval.  Voters approved 23 of 32 ballot measures (73 percent) – which authorizes expenditures of nearly $75 billion – once again signaling their support for transportation-related investment.  [More]

Honoring Veterans on November 11

Tuesday, November 11, was Veteran’s Day in the United States, Armistice Day in the United Kingdom, and Remembrance Day in Canada. [More]

Bill Hurd Dies; Transit Leader, APTA Hall of Fame Member

William H. (Bill) Hurd, a longtime former chairman of the Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) Board of Directors in Alexandria, VA, and a member of the APTA Hall of Fame, died Oct. 25 at the age of 93. Hurd retired from the DASH board in 2006. [More]

A Much Needed Ride to Safety
Susan R. Paisner, Senior Managing Editor

There is little more terrifying than facing a violent partner – knowing, as so many domestic violence victims do, that they have no means of transportation to escape.  [More]

MBTA Appoints New Transit Police Chief

The MBTA Board of Directors appointed Acting Chief Paul MacMillan, with the Transit Police Department since 1983, as its Chief.  [More]

APTA Customer Service Challenges

Ask any public transportation general manager what is most important in the day-to-day workings of the agency, and the answer invariably comes back as “customer service.” [More]

Transit Operators Help Rescue Missing Children

Public transportation employees in Nevada and Virginia went beyond the call of duty to help rescue children who had been reported missing with Amber Alerts. [More]

Holiday Train Show Returns to Grand Central Terminal

The New York Transit Museum’s Seventh Annual Holiday Train Show opens Nov. 24 at the museum’s Manhattan Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal, and remains open through Jan. 19, 2009. The show is free. [More]

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