APTA | Passenger Transport
December 15, 2008

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Public Transit Ridership Surges in Third Quarter of 2008

Americans set public transportation ridership records in the third quarter of 2008, according to just-released APTA statistics. [More]

Senate Defeats Auto Bailout Bill with SILO/LILO Fix

The U.S. Senate voted late Dec. 11 to defeat an auto bailout bill that would have included a provision to help public transit agencies caught in the difficulties surrounding Sale-In/Lease-Out (SILO) and Lease-In/Lease-Out (LILO) transactions. [More]

Obama Transition Team Explores Possible Public Transit Options
By John R. Bell
APTA Program Manager - Communications

If his legislative history and public statements are any guide, President-elect Barack Obama will almost certainly push for increased funding for public transportation in his administration. [More]

Falling Gas Prices Do NOT Translate into Decreases in Ridership

During the months when gas prices kept rising across the U.S. and ridership on public transportation nearly went off the charts, the experts asked: What will happen when the gas prices come down? Will ridership statistics fall as well? [More]

ATU Approves Four-Year Contract in Pittsburgh

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 have voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. [More]


Looking Back on an Eventful Year in Transportation and Policy
By Art Guzzetti
APTA Vice President, Policy

As the year 2008 nears its end, we look back on the ever-shifting set of policy, political, and economic forces that affected public transportation. [More]

Rulemaking: A Look Back - and a Look Forward
By James LaRusch
APTA Chief Counsel

As we near 2009, looking toward the transition to the Obama administration and the final nine months of SAFETEA-LU, there are a number of regulatory issues that could well make dramatic changes in our industry. [More]

Communications Efforts Spread the Word About Public Transit

APTA’s communications and marketing efforts during the past year covered a very wide spectrum.  The most noticeable action was the launch of a redesigned Passenger Transport in September. [More]

The State of Rail in 2008: Good and Growing

North American rail transit systems saw extensive growth during the past year – both in hardware and riders. Total ridership for all rail systems reached nearly four billion in 2007, with that number well on the way to increasing this year. [More]

Major Trends for Buses: Hybrids, Eye Appeal, BRT

While the biggest trend for buses this year was hybrids, transit systems also tried innovative approaches of varying the appearance of their vehicles to appeal to riders, and smaller and mid-size agencies implemented Bus Rapid Transit. [More]

APTA Standards Help Improve System Performance

A critical part of APTA’s work is its coordinated efforts with public transit systems, key suppliers, consultants, and representatives of the federal government to produce a number of significant standards designed to help improve the performance, reliability, efficiency, and safety of transit systems. [More]

Workforce Development: Thinking Creatively, Encouraging Participation

What will the next generation of workforce need? What should be its priorities, programs, products? How can labor and management partner to develop a systems approach for transit training? [More]

A Busy Year for TCRP

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) had a busy 2008, publishing nine research reports, five legal research digests, two research results documents, and six syntheses. [More]


Industry Says Goodbye to Transit Leaders, Advocates

Over the past year, the public transportation industry said goodbye to sitting and former general managers of transit agencies; longtime transit employees; and members of the APTA Hall of Fame, as well as the innovator behind fuel cell technology. [More]


APTA Launches ‘Transportation Tuesdays’

“Transportation Tuesdays,” a new series of after-work transportation discussions to be held at the APTA offices in Washington the first Tuesday of the month, began on Dec. 2 and featured Robert Puentes, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative.  [More]

APTA to Welcome Transit CEOs in Santa Monica

Jim Austin, MPA/MURP, director of executive education at Decision Strategies International Inc., and Stephen Van Beek, Ph.D., president/chief executive officer of the Eno Transportation Foundation, will be among the keynote speakers at the 2009 APTA Transit CEOs Seminar, Jan. 24 to 27 at the Lowes Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.

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