APTA | Passenger Transport
August 31, 2009

In This Issue


The APTA web site is undergoing some changes, effective Sept. 1. To access the classifieds after that time, click here.


Alan Kiepper Dies; Past APTA Chair, Hall of Famer

Alan F. Kiepper, 81, of Annapolis, MD, APTA chair in 1990-91 and a member of the APTA Hall of Fame, died Aug. 26. [More]


Governance Changes Endorsed by APTA Executive Committee

At a special meeting held Aug. 2 in Salt Lake City, the APTA Executive Committee endorsed in concept a proposal to change APTA’s governance structure. The changes, proposed to enhance APTA’s governance and ability to support the objectives of TransitVision 2050, will expand opportunities for participation in the organization’s governance process. [More]

ARRA Funds Continue to Support Transit

What agencies do public transportation American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds go to? And how do the agencies use those funds? The answer to both questions is: it depends. [More]

Grant Funding Deadline Nears; Applications Due by Sept. 15 for TIGER Program

The Federal Transit Administration reminds American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) recipients that Sept. 15 is the application deadline for a $1.5 billion multi-modal discretionary program for major capital transportation infrastructure investments. The interim notice on funding availability, which appeared in the May 18, 2009, Federal Register, included criteria for selection under this program—Grants for Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery—or TIGER Discretionary Grants. [More]

U.S. DOT Summit Scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in DC

U.S. DOT has announced that Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 are the dates of its summit to determine the best ways to reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving—including on public transportation. [More]

Canada Line: A New Portal to Vancouver

As Vancouver, BC, prepares to welcome the world to the 2010 Winter Olympics, TransLink, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, introduced service Aug. 17—three and a half months ahead of schedule—on its newest rapid transit line. With a total of 16 new stations, the 19-kilometer SkyTrain Canada Line connects downtown Vancouver to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport. [More]

Public Transit vs. Cars? Mineta Institute Examines Trends

Which benefits welfare recipients more when it comes to obtaining and keeping jobs—public transportation or owning a car?  According to a new report from the Mineta Transportation Institute in San Jose, CA, Public Versus Private Mobility for the Poor: Transit Improvements Versus Increased Car Ownership in the Sacramento Region, the answer is: public transit. [More]

COTA Breaks Ground for Paratransit Facility

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) began construction of its new paratransit facility at ceremonies July 29 attended by COTA officials, community leaders, and users of Mainstream, the agency’s demand-response service for persons with disabilities. [More]

Gibson Heads Reno’s RTC

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) in Reno, NV, has named Lee Gibson as the agency’s executive director. He succeeds Greg Krause, who retired in February. [More]

TRANSED 2010 Conference Scheduled for Hong Kong

The 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010) will be held in Hong Kong, China, from June 2-4, 2010. The Transportation Research Board is co-sponsor of this event, to be hosted by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation. Michael Winter, a transportation program analyst with the Federal Transit Administration, serves on the TRANSED Steering Committee. [More]


Maintaining Public Transit Safety Requires a Comprehensive Approach
BY DONNA AGGAZIO YOUNG, Special to Passenger Transport

Aristotle once said: “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” The same can be said for the commitment required to keep public transportation systems safe for their passengers and employees.

What follows is an overview of the array of “parts” involved in a system-wide approach that most effectively ensures the continued safety and reliability of public transportation. [More]


More Sessions, Speakers Confirmed for 2009 Annual Meeting

Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, will address “The Future of Transit in a Green Economy” at an Oct. 7 General Forum during the 2009 APTA Annual Meeting, Oct. 4-7 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. The session will examine the impact of a “greener” new economy on the public transportation industry. [More]

‘Virtual Trade Mission’ Highlights Opportunities in Brazil

Public transit agencies and businesses interested in expanding their opportunities into Brazil can participate in an hour-long “Virtual Trade Mission” Sept. 17, hosted by APTA, the Federal Transit Administration, and U.S. Commercial Service. The program begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time. [More]

Amy Coggin Dies; Longtime Former APTA Employee

Amy Allison Coggin, 53, an employee of APTA from 1988 to 2003, passed away Aug. 15 at her home in Mt. Vernon, VA, following a brief illness. [More]


In Cleveland, Going Green Inside—and Out
BY DANIELLE WILLIS, Planning Team Leader/Sustainability Coordinator, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) knows what it takes to become a more sustainable organization: it has been recycling paper, fuel, antifreeze, metal, tires, fluorescent bulbs, and other products over the years. [More]

Specter Visits Lancaster's Red Rose Transit Authority

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) recently visited the Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) in Lancaster, PA, to announce a $5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to support renovation of the authority’s 30-year-old administrative, maintenance, and fleet storage facility. The remaining $3 million cost of the project will come from other federal transit formula programs and state-issued bonds. [More]

First Transit Agency Receives Environmental Honor in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality recently honored a First Transit property, the City of Monroe Transit System, with its 2009 Environmental Leadership Program Municipality Achievement Award in pollution prevention. [More]

Transit Art in Grand Rapids

The Rapid in Grand Rapids, MI, recently dedicated the final art installation at Rapid Central Station: a sculpture called Journey Home, by internationally renowned sculptor Dennis Oppenheim. [More]


Doug Eadie on Leadership: The Board Chair’s Perspective: Talking with CTA’s Carole Brown

High-impact governing is a team sport if there ever was one, and the best-governed public transportation organizations I’ve come across over the past couple of decades have been led by a really cohesive “Strategic Governing Team” consisting of the governing board, CEO, and senior executives. These governing teams tend to function best, in my experience, when they are co-led by a board chair and CEO working in close partnership. [More]

© Copyright © 2008 American Public Transportation Association 1666 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Telephone (202) 496-4800 • Fax (202) 496-4321

Unsubscribe | Search Back Issues