APTA | Passenger Transport
July 6, 2009

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Climate Bill with Limited Transit Funding Passes House

The climate change legislation—the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES)—that passed the full House by a seven-vote margin on June 26 includes provisions that will benefit public transportation agencies. [More]

FTA Awards $2.22 Billion in Recovery Act Grants

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has now awarded 221 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants totaling $2.22 billion to public transit agencies across the U.S. Another 346 grants worth a total of $3.8 billion are pending. [More]

ARRA Funds Benefit Many Modes of Transit

As the Federal Transit Administration releases more American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to public transit agencies, here is information on how some of the grant recipients are using their funds. [More]

WMATA Collision Spurs Talks on Infrastructure Investment
BY SUSAN R. PAISNER, Senior Managing Editor

The June 22 fatal rail accident on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Red Line has sparked renewed discussion and debate about the need for increased federal investment to keep our nation’s public transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair, particularly as systems age. [More]

Largest Transit Public Works Project in Nation Breaks Ground; NJ Transit, Port Authority Partner on Trans-Hudson Connection

The largest transit public works project in the nation broke ground in June with the launch of the $8.7 billion Mass Transit Tunnel project between New York and New Jersey. New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey are partnering on this effort, which ultimately will include two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River and an expanded New York Penn Station. [More]

CCAP Study: Improved Transportation Choices Mean Better Air, More Savings

While many greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction studies fail to include smart growth and improved transportation choices, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) study—Cost-Effective GHG Reductions Through Smart Growth & Improved Transportation Choices: An Economic Case for Strategic Investment of Cap-and Trade Revenues—shows how these policies can reduce by 10 percent per capita from 2005 levels the amount Americans need to drive, as measured in vehicle miles traveled (VMT). [More]

Reports Illustrate Economic Benefits of Clean Energy

The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts has released two complementary reports that demonstrate how clean energy can lead to economic growth and increased living standards. [More]

Kempton Leaves Caltrans to Head OCTA

Will Kempton, head of California DOT (Caltrans) for the past five years, is joining the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in Orange, CA, as its next chief executive officer. He plans to begin Aug. 3 and succeed Art Leahy, who left OCTA to head Los Angeles Metro. [More]

'Parade’ Poll Considers Transit Authorization Bill

The question of whether to shift some federal highway and bridge funding to public transit is stirring up enough interest that it is the topic of an opt-in poll conducted by Parade magazine. [More]


July 10 Webinar Focuses on APTA Governance Proposal

APTA invites and encourages its members to participate in a July 10 webinar that will describe recommended changes in the make-up of the association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. [More]

Deadline Nears for 2009 APTA Officer and Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee that will recommend individuals to fill APTA leadership positions to the membership for approval has been appointed by APTA Chair Dr. Beverly A. Scott and is now accepting nominations for office. [More]

Activities Planned at Board Members Seminar, July 18-21

APTA has planned an in-depth and comprehensive series of activities for the 2009 Transit Board Members Seminar and Board Support Employee Development Workshop, July 18-21 at the Westin Cincinnati, hosted by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Metro. [More]

Federal Speakers at Workshop on Sustainability and Transit

Representatives of the federal government will offer their perspectives on “greener communities” at the Aug. 3 Opening Session of APTA’s fifth annual Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop. “Making the Business Case for Sustainability” is the theme of the conference, Aug. 2-4 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, UT. [More]

Wireless Technology at Workshop

APTA is joining with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and U.S. DOT to present the ITS International Best Practices Workshop: “Wireless Communications,” July 13-14 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. [More]

Conference to Study Role of GIS in Public Transit

APTA is joining the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the Urban and Regional Information System Association to present the Fifth National GIS in Transit Conference, Nov. 16-18 at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL. NCTR is part of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. [More]

APTA HR Committee Launches “9000 in ’09” Student Outreach

The APTA Human Resources (HR) Committee, in collaboration with APTA’s Workforce Development Blue Ribbon Panel, recently launched its “9000 in ’09” student outreach initiative. The goal of this effort is to communicate personally job and career opportunities available in public transportation to 9,000 students of all ages during calendar year 2009. [More]

French Delegation Visits APTA Offices

APTA welcomed a delegation of representatives from French cities and local governments to its offices on June 25. [More]


Pittsburgh Event Explores Support for Accessibility

As part of an effort to generate momentum for signing and ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), people with roles in the disability movement convened a conference on accessibility issues in June at the University of Pittsburgh. APTA President William Millar addressed transportation accessibility issues during the program. [More]

In San Francisco, Local Construction is Way to Go for Cable Cars

When the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) needs to add a cable car to its world-renowned historic fleet, the system doesn’t ask outsiders to do the work. Employees of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees Muni, built the newest cable car on the line—Car 15, which entered service June 21—in-house, according to original blueprints. [More]

GO Transit Introduces Service to Niagara Falls

For the first time, GO Transit in Toronto is operating seasonal weekend and holiday rail service to the Niagara Falls region of Ontario. The service began June 27. [More]

TANK’s ‘Rosa Parks’ Bus Adds Historic Perspective to Baseball’s Civil Rights Game

For Major League Baseball’s third annual Civil Rights Game on June 20 in Cincinnati, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) in Fort Wright, KY, participated in an unusual way.  To support this game, which honors baseball’s contributions to the struggle for civil rights, TANK sent Bus #209—the same model of bus as the one in Montgomery, AL, on which Rosa Parks refused to move to a seat in the back, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955—to the city’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. [More]

Broward Invites Riders to Participate in ‘Transit Watch’ Campaign

Broward County Transit (BCT) in Pompano Beach, FL, is introducing “Transit Watch,” a public awareness campaign developed by the Federal Transit Administration and practiced by public transportation agencies nationwide to encourage the active education and participation of passengers and employees in maintaining a safe and secure transit environment. [More]

Lake Erie Transit Goes ‘Groovy’

Lake Erie Transit (LET) in Monroe, MI, wants the public to know that its new hybrid bus is not just good for the environment—it’s also fun. The bus highlights the counterculture roots of the green movement by wrapping itself in a bright design of smiley faces, recycling symbols, and peace signs. [More]

In Las Vegas, Deuce Is a Gamble That Paid Off
By ALLISON BLANKENSHIP, Public Information Supervisor, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

In Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has doubled down on its efforts to improve the rider experience. [More]

LYNX Introduces Vehicle Decontamination Machine

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) in Orlando recently used the first of its federal American Relief and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds to purchase an innovative micro-particle disinfectant machine from Zimek of Sarasota, FL. [More]

Cesar Vergara Forms Vergarastudio

Cesar Vergara, a world-renowned industrial designer of public transportation infrastructure and rolling stock, announced the creation of Vergarastudio in Ridgefield, CT. The firm will focus on industrial design projects with a specific emphasis on the design of public transportation infrastructure and rolling stock. [More]

PV Inova Receives International Award

PV Inova, a Brazilian company that offers telecommunications technologies to public transportation users and software for transportation managers, is one of the 11 honorees of infoDev’s Global Innovators 2009 Contest. infoDev is a global development financing program among international development agencies, coordinated and served by a secretariat housed in the Global ICT Department of the World Bank. [More]

Chapel Hill, NC, Named ‘Most Livable’; City Earns Honor for Its Transit Agency

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) recently presented Kevin C. Foy, mayor of Chapel Hill, NC, with first place among small cities in its 2009 City Livability Awards Program—but the city couldn’t have done it without its public transit agency. [More]


The Stakeholder-Savvy CEO: Talking with SFMTA’s Nathaniel Ford

One of the most popular breakout group exercises in the hundreds of board retreats I’ve facilitated over the years is what I call “stakeholder quid pro quo analysis.” First the breakout group makes a list of the transportation authority’s stakeholders; then the group identifies the stakes involved in each relationship. [More]

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