APTA | Passenger Transport
August 3, 2009

In This Issue

In this weeks Classifieds, you'll find:

6 DBE opportunities


11 RFPs


Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2010 THUD Bill

On July 30, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a 30-0 margin to approve the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010. [More]

DHS Announces $78 Million in ARRA Funds for Transit Security

On July 29, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced nearly $78 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) funding for approximately 240 new law enforcement officers at 15 transit systems across the country. [More]


Seattle Hails Long-Awaited Central Link Light Rail

The Seattle region waited 40 years for the event that occurred July 18: the opening of Sound Transit’s new Central Link light rail line. More than 92,000 passengers rode free during the first weekend of service, approximately 45,000 of them on opening day. [More]

‘Moving Cooler’: Bundling Strategies Works Best
By JOHN R. BELL, Program Manager-Communications

A groundbreaking report on how the United States can move toward a more sustainable transportation strategy was introduced by several members of Congress and representatives of nonprofit organizations at a July 28 event in Washington, DC, attended by more than 200 people. [More]

Mineta Honored for a Lifetime of Disability Advocacy

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, and APTA honored former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta for his lifelong commitment to accessibility and disability rights at a July 26 event in Washington, DC. The event also commemorated the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). [More]

Sun Metro Breaks Ground at Two Facilities

Sun Metro in El Paso, TX, broke ground in July for the future Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage and the Mission Valley Transfer Center, both scheduled for completion in 2010. [More]

AATA Names Ford as CEO

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) in Ann Arbor, MI, has named Michael G. Ford as its new chief executive officer, beginning July 20. Ford has more than 25 years of experience in both public and private transportation. [More]

Senate Confirms Nominations

On Friday, July 24, the Senate confirmed several transportation-related nominations. [More]


Sustainability: Is It Easy ‘Being Green’?

When I started to write this commentary, I thought I’d show how technologically savvy I am, so I Googled “sustainability”—and received over 30 million hits.

This issue is, clearly, on more than a few people’s minds! [More]


Sustainable Actions, Green Results
By SUSAN R. PAISNER, Senior Managing Editor

“For too long,” President Barack Obama said recently, “federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development.”

Transit professionals are hopeful that a reversal of such policy will appear in the next authorization bill. [More]

Case Study: Los Angeles: Creating Sustainability in Paradise
BY CRIS B. LIBAN, D.Env., P.E., Environmental Compliance and Services Department Manager, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

How can a public transportation agency contribute to Los Angeles’ sustainability? How are we helping this paradise adapt to the issues of climate change and energy challenges? [More]

Sound Environmental Practices Essential to TriMet’s Newest Light Rail Route: The Green Line
BY BEKKI WITT, Public Information Officer, TriMet, Portland, OR

When Portland’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) began construction on its fifth light rail line, the agency took “green” practices to a whole new level. The construction of TriMet’s new Green Line, which opens in September, includes the reuse of materials, incorporation of renewable energy, and installing stormwater treatment features, making the line a model of the agency’s commitment to environmental stewardship. [More]

Hampton Roads: Out in Front with Sustainable Solutions
BY SCOTT DEMHARTER, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability, Hampton Roads Transit, Hampton, VA

When Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) became one of the first public transportation agencies in the nation to sign on to APTA’s Sustainability Commitment, in January 2009, it would have been easy to see it as its first step toward a more socially responsible and environmentally friendly future. However, this medium-sized transit agency in southeastern Virginia already had begun working toward sustainability principles. [More]

King County Metro: Poised to Go for Gold
BY KEVIN DESMOND, General Manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

The Pacific Northwest region that is home to King County Metro Transit boasts a wealth of natural resources and beauty, and the area’s residents strongly support efforts to protect our cherished environment. King County Metro Transit has long shared the public’s commitment to environmental stewardship; we have been doing our part by helping to build a robust public transportation system and by adopting green operating practices throughout our agency. [More]

Foothill Transit Reports Success with Sustainability
Special to Passenger Transport

Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA, is a leader in the movement toward sustainable transportation. [More]

Developing a Healthy, Sustainable, Livable Transportation System Network
BY NINA WALFOORT, Director of Marketing, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) is not only working to make its operations and buildings less energy-consuming and more sustainable; it is also joining with community partners to make the transportation network in Louisville healthier and more livable. [More]

‘Cross-Blended’ Diesel Burns Cleaner, Cooler
BY JOHN R. BELL, Program Manager-Communications

A novel blend of fuels devised by a small public transit agency has resulted in cleaner emissions and better cold-weather reliability. [More]

Riverside, CA: A Champion of Green Technology
BY BRADLEY WEAVER, Marketing Manager, Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside, CA

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), which has provided public bus service for California’s western Riverside County for more than 30 years, has long been a champion of cleaner, greener technologies and practices in public transit. [More]

Sustainability, Community, and Capital Planning in Bridgeport, CT
Special to Passenger Transport

On April 22, 2009, Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT)—like hundreds of other public transit agencies across the U.S.—celebrated Earth Day by promoting the role public transportation plays in healthy communities. Through a series of events, the agency highlighted the environmental benefits of its bus services and broadcast them throughout the service area. [More]

Wind, Sun Provide Electric Power in San Antonio

VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, TX, has begun using wind-generated electricity for all its power needs through CPS Energy’s Windtricity® program. [More]

IndyGo Green: Numerous Sustainable Transit Initiatives Implemented in Indianapolis
BY SAMANTHA CROSS, Director of Business Development, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN

The nature of public transportation lends itself to increased individual sustainability. For years now, IndyGo, along with other public transit agencies, has been preaching the environmental benefits of riding the bus. [More]

Paratransit Inc.: A Green Good Neighbor in Sacramento
BY BETH BARKER-HIDALGO, Supervisor of Compliance & Facilities, Paratransit Inc., Sacramento, CA

Mary Steinert, deputy executive director of Paratransit Inc., has been a champion of environmentally friendly programs and activities throughout the organization’s history. She has encouraged and fostered an approach to business that promotes thoughtful consideration for the environment when processes or programs are implemented. [More]

Champaign-Urbana Creates Sustainable Partnerships
BY GRACE KENNEY, Intern, and CYNTHIA HOYLE, Transportation Planning Consultant, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

Environmental issues and sustainability have become daily headlines all over the world. In 2008, another word also appeared regularly in speeches and news features, particularly during the presidential campaign: collaboration. These two trends in public and national values have shown up in all sectors of society and, in the case of public transportation, are especially important to its future success and sustainability. [More]

Corporate Sustainability: How Green Is My Venture?
BY DIANA C. MENDES, Senior Vice President, AECOM Transportation, and Chair, APTA Policy and Planning Committee

“I never worry about action, but only about inaction,” reflected Winston Churchill as the Second World War loomed. If applied to our own impending climate change crisis, Churchill’s words would be as prescient today as they were in London in the 1930s. [More]

Ben Franklin Transit Shows Environmental Leadership
BY TIM FREDRICKSON, General Manager, Ben Franklin Transit, Richland, WA

Ben Franklin Transit (BFT), located in southeastern Washington State, has been showcasing its environmental leadership for the past 18 years. [More]


Cincinnati Hosts Seminar for Board Members, Support Staff

A variety of keynote speakers offered insights and information to board members and support staff who participated in APTA’s Transit Board Members Seminar and Board Support Employee Development Workshop, July 18-21 in Cincinnati. [More]

Four Sets of Proposed Training Standards Released for Public Review and Comment

The APTA Rail CEOs Committee approved for adoption four sets of proposed rail training guidelines at its meeting during the recent APTA Rail Conference in Chicago. [More]

Database: More Hybrid Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets

The prevalence of hybrid buses in America’s public transit fleet is increasing, according to APTA’s 2009 Public Transportation Vehicle Database. Nineteen percent of buses built in 2008 were hybrids, with a mix of fueled engine and battery power, compared to less than 5 percent of the total transit bus fleet. [More]

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