APTA | Passenger Transport
December 1, 2008

In This Issue


APTA Meets With Obama Transportation Transition Team

Earlier this week, APTA President William W. Millar met with members of President-Elect Barack Obama’s Transportation Transition Team to discuss a wide range of issues facing the incoming Administration. [More]


Public Transit Agency Officials Continue to Seek Help For Long-Term Leasing Agreements

Officials from 11 public transit agencies met in Washington in late November to urge Congress to intervene on their behalf with the U.S. Treasury, lest an unforeseen effect of the credit crisis halt public transportation operations across the nation in the coming weeks. [More]

Economic Stimulus Bill Still in Limbo

The economic-stimulus and automaker-bailout package considered by Congress during its short-lived lame duck session may be up for reconsideration in a second, early-December lame-duck session. [More]

Kerry-Specter Bill to Provide Up to $23 Billion for High-Speed Rail

Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) have introduced a new bill that would add more than $23 billion to the $1.5 billion earmarked for new high speed rail corridors in another recent bill. [More]

Washington, DC Area Transit Systems Gear Up for Inauguration Day

Estimates vary, but on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, Washington, DC metropolitan area public transit systems expect to transport at least 1 million people. [More]

From Colorado to Capitol Hill, Experts Propose a Public Transportation ‘Wish List’

What will a new president and a Congress with Democratic gains mean to public transportation’s future?  This question is being debated, discussed, and presented across the country in a range of venues, from Illinois to Colorado – and Capitol Hill. [More]

Infrastructure Finance Commission Readies Final Report

The National Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission met this week in Washington, DC to proceed with finalizing its report on critical transportation funding issues.  The report is expected to be released before the end of the year. [More]


States, Cities Step Up Climate Change Responses
By Neal Peirce

Before the fiscal crisis, there was the global climate crisis. After the fiscal crisis, we’ll still have the global climate crisis—for the rest of our lives. [More]


Smart Grids and Wayside Energy Storage: Opportunities for Transit
By Karen Holmes
Special to Passenger Transport

The emergence of “smart grid” technologies and systems for monitoring and controlling electric power flows will have important implications for rail transit agencies, including the potential to significantly impact the way agencies purchase electric power, typically one of the largest items in their budgets. [More]


London Transport Museum Celebrates 100 Years of Poster Design
By Susan R. Paisner
Senior Managing Editor

These days, when a public transportation agency wants a poster, it likely hires an advertising agency.  And the posters likely suggest that you travel on public transit. [More]

Hybrid Paratransit Cars Save San Jose-Area Agency Money, Reduce Pollution

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has replaced 75 gasoline-powered vehicles used for paratransit – a move the agency says will cut its greenhouse-gas output by 385 tons, as well as save 121,000 gallons of fuel per year. [More]

Final Weld Made in Historic Twin-Cities Light Rail Link

The event that has been compared to the driving of the last spike on the transcontinental railroad – the final weld to the beginning of an extension to a shared multimodal station the light rail line now shares with a commuter rail line in downtown Minneapolis – took place in early November. [More]

‘Transit Is Lifeblood’ Ad Campaign Hits New York

In support of New York State public transportation, the Environmental Defense Fund has launched a new ad campaign that features a photo of a blood transfusion bag alongside the message: “Transit Lines are Lifeblood. Stop the Bleeding.” [More]

FTA Leads Study Mission to India
By Cheryl Thole
Special to Passenger Transport

In September the FTA organized a study mission to India, during which the delegation visited four cities and met with government officials. [More]

LYNX Blue Line Wins FHWA Award

The Charlotte Area Transit System received the Federal Highway Administration’s Award of Excellence for the LYNX Blue Line light rail station at I-485 and South Boulevard.  [More]

BART Likely On Track for Reach Silicon Valley Extension

Bay Area Rapid Transit’s long-awaited extension to Silicon Valley may come to fruition soon, if Measure B—an ballot initiative to raise the sales tax in Santa Clara County by one-eighth of one cent—is deemed to have passed on Nov. 4 by the required two-thirds majority. [More]

Saving Money by Hiring Drivers?
By Allison Hewitt
Special to Passenger Transport

It seems that at every recent transit industry gathering, a major topic of conversation revolves around the question of how to meet rapidly rising demand with shrinking revenues.  [More]

First Light Rail Tracks Laid in Hampton Roads Region of Virginia

The first tracks of The Tide – the new light rail system in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia – were laid Nov. 19 in Norfolk, near the eastern end of the planned line. [More]


APTA Chair Convenes Blue-Ribbon Panel on Workforce Development

APTA Chair Beverly A. Scott, General Manager of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, has established a one-year, blue-ribbon panel tasked with promoting workforce development in the public transportation industry.  [More]

2009 BMBG Meeting to be Held in Florida

Sharon Greene, the new chair of APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG), has announced that the first business member meeting of 2009 will be held January 14 – 16, 2009 in Orlando, FL. [More]

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