APTA | Passenger Transport
August 16, 2010

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Nominating Committee Fills in 2010-2011 Slate; Scanlon, Thomas, Ford Are Proposed as APTA Officers

APTA’s 2010 Nominating Committee convened Aug. 6 in Denver to select nominees for APTA officer and director positions. After a review process that APTA Past Chair and Nominating Committee Chair Dr. Beverly Scott described as “many weeks of preparation,” which included a review of more than 90 individual nominations and APTA’s recently adopted bylaws changes, the committee announced a slate of 47 nominees to lead the association in 2010-2011. [More]

LaHood ‘Optimistic’ About Transportation Legislation; Sees High-Speed Rail Serving 85 Percent of U.S.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced at an Aug. 10 forum that he is “more optimistic than ever” about the timing of major transportation policy legislation in Washington. Building America’s Future, a national and bipartisan coalition, hosted the forum titled “America’s Infrastructure at a Crossroads.” [More]

Study: Living Near Transit Means Living Healthier and Longer

Residents of communities with high-quality public transportation drive less, exercise more, live longer, and are generally healthier than residents of communities that lack quality public transit, according to Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, a survey of current research conducted by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute on behalf of APTA. [More]

Easter Seals Project ACTION Paratransit Online Dialogue; Reactions and Thoughts from Around the Country on ADA’s 20th Anniversary

Easter Seals Project ACTION commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with an “online dialogue” between July 26 and Aug. 6, seeking comments on issues related to the future of paratransit operations. [More]

AECOM Technology to Acquire Davis Langdon

AECOM Technology Corporation has agreed to acquire Davis Langdon, a global cost and project management consultancy firm, in a $324 million transaction. Davis Langdon’s 2,800 employees serve clients around the world, with a strong presence in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. [More]

Grand Central Seeks Artifacts for Centennial Exhibition

MTA Metro-North Railroad and the New York Transit Museum invite railroad aficionados to share artifacts related to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal for an exhibit commemorating the centennial of this landmark building. The exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall, the terminal’s former Main Waiting Room, will open Feb. 1, 2013, the 100th anniversary of the official opening of the terminal. [More]

Rep. Jones Visits IMPulse

IMPulse NC LLC in Mount Olive, NC, told its story of transit manufacturing and the importance of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) when it welcomed Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) to a site tour Aug. 4. [More]

Cubic Helps Queensland Celebrate One Millionth ‘Go Card’

Cubic Transportation Systems-Australia, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, recently helped the state of Queensland, Australia, reach the one million mark in distribution of its “go card”—just two years after the introduction of the smart card system to a transit network covering more than 10,000 square kilometers. [More]

Help 'Tell Our Story' to Congress; Sign and Promote the National Public Transit Petition

We need your signatures! As part of APTA Chair M.P. Carter’s signature initiative, “Telling Our Story,” the public transportation industry is out in full force this summer collecting signatures for the National Public Transit Petition. [More]

Transit Board Members, Support Staff Meet; Discuss Jobs, Economy
BY LYNNE MORSEN, APTA Senior Program Manager

More than 100 board members and support staff heard from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and other speakers during the 2010 APTA Transit Board Members Seminar and Board Support Employee Development Workshop, July 17-20 in Eugene, OR, hosted by the Lane Transit District (LTD). The senator discussed the role of public transportation in creating jobs and supporting the U.S. economy. [More]

Creating a ‘Sustainability Culture’ Theme of Sixth Annual Workshop

“Creating a Culture of Sustainability” was the theme of APTA’s sixth annual Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop, July 25-27 in New York City, attended by 170 participants from across the nation. [More]

Sabato to Address Closing General Session at APTA Annual Meeting

Dr. Larry J. Sabato, professor of politics at the University of Virginia and director of the university’s Center for Politics, will speak at  the Oct. 6 Closing General Session at the APTA Annual Meeting, “Election 2010—What Does It Mean?” [More]

Save Money This Summer by Taking Transit Instead of Driving

Riding public transportation saves individuals, on average, $9,381 annually and $782 per month compared with driving, according to the most recent Transit Savings Report released monthly by APTA. [More]

TCRP Releases Three Reports

The Transportation Research Board recently released three new Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) publications. [More]

Comments Sought on Standards

The APTA Standards Development Program will accept public comment through Aug. 31 on two standards documents. [More]

N.Y. MTA Unveils Innovative ‘Dashboard’ to Track Capital Projects

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has unveiled a new online “Dashboard” that will allow the public to track the progress of its various capital projects. [More]

SunLine Introduces Self-Service Pass Vending Machine

The SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, CA, unveiled its newest piece of high-tech equipment—an automated ticket vending machine (TVM)—during a public event July 30 at the agency’s Division 2 facility in Indio, CA. [More]

SFMTA Transitioning from Paper Passes to ‘Clipper’ Smart Cards

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has begun eliminating most paper passes and Regional Transit Connection stickers for San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) service. By next spring, Muni will accept Clipper(SM), the successor to the TransLink®  regional farecard, in place of the stickers and all passes except the Lifeline pass made available through human services agencies. [More]

Will New York’s Bus Rapid Transit System Cause a Bus Revolution?

Vive la bus! The biggest non-rail form of mass transit has long suffered from an image problem, but now buses are beginning to see a comeback. [More]

People on the Move

Passenger Transport announces the following hirings and promotions in public transportation agencies and suppliers. Items appear in People on the Move in the order in which they are received. [More]

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