APTA | Passenger Transport
September 13, 2010

In This Issue

Classifieds in this issue include executive and managerial positions with transit agencies and vendors throughout North America! 


Obama Calls for Long-Term Public Transit Investment

President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact a long-term transportation authorization bill “that expands and reforms our infrastructure investments and returns the transportation trust fund to solvency” in a Labor Day address Sept. 6 in Milwaukee.

Congressional Action Needed in September
BY BRIAN TYNAN, APTA Senior Legislative Representative

As members of Congress prepared to return from their August district work period, much was left on its agenda with significant questions surrounding what can be accomplished prior to adjournment in October for the coming election season. Legislative successes will likely be decided very close to the Oct. 8 target adjournment date set by the House; however, the Senate target remains “to be determined.”

Foothill Transit Unveils First-in-the-World ‘Ecoliner’ Bus

Step up to “the greenest ride in town”! In an event historic to the public transportation industry, the world’s first heavy-duty, fast-charging electric bus was unveiled Sept. 3 at the Pomona, CA, facility of Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA, to more than 250 attendees.

LYNX Raises Awareness of Joint Security Effort

LYNX in Orlando, FL, and representatives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) hosted ceremonies Aug. 30 to spread the word about their joint security campaign. LYNX launched a wrapped bus depicting participants in the federal Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) effort, designed to raise public awareness about TSA’s deployment in all modes of transportation.

Pounding the Pavement, While ‘Telling Our Story’

Thousands of people have already signed the National Public Transit Petition created by APTA, but we still need more.

TRB Seeks Nominations for 'Smiling' Tate Award

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Committee is seeking nominations through Sept. 30 for the “Roger Tate Is Smiling Award,” which honors individuals with a strong commitment to improving transportation services in rural America. TRB will present the award during its 19th National Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference, Oct. 24-27 in Burlington, VT.

Brown to Head Gold Coast Transit; Linehan Retires in October

Gold Coast Transit (GCT) in Oxnard, CA, has announced that Steven P. Brown—currently the agency’s director of marketing and planning—will succeed Deborah C. Linehan as general manager following her retirement, scheduled for Oct. 5. Linehan has headed GCT for almost a decade.

AASHTO: Increase Rural Transportation Investment

Rural parts of the U.S. are too often left out of policy discussions concerning the need to improve connectivity throughout the nation, according to a new report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

APTA Welcomes Its First Polish Member: Business Group R&G

APTA announces that R&G, a privately owned technology business group dedicated to the design, development, and manufacture of operating support systems for public transportation, has become its first Polish member. The company is located in Mielec, in the southern part of the country.

New TCRP Publications

The Transportation Research Board recently released several new Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) publications.

On London’s Tube, Gardeners Compete in ‘Underground in Bloom’

Green beans and gooseberries are just some of what London Underground (LU) staff are growing as they compete in “Underground in Bloom,” LU’s annual gardening competition to cultivate the best fruit and vegetables on the Tube network. Winners will be announced Sept. 16 at London’s City Hall.

Springfield, MO, Launches New Paratransit Fleet; Uses ARRA Funds

City Utilities Transit in Springfield, MO, recently introduced five new coaches to replace its current paratransit fleet, which had been serving persons with disabilities passengers since 1997, funded with a $650,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.

HRT Rolls Out Light Rail Safety Campaign

More than 600 people attended Hampton Roads Transit’s (HRT) Aug. 28 “Safe-T Fest” in Norfolk, VA, held in preparation for next year’s launch of “The Tide” light rail service. The regional event kicked off HRT’s light rail safety campaign, focusing on children ages 5-12.

L.A. Metro Bus Mechanic Is Contestant on Television Modeling Show

How many bus mechanics could step out of the garage and onto the runway? [More]

WMATA to Upgrade Security Systems

 The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) has entered into a new five-year contract with Smiths Detection, under which the firm will continue to provide and will upgrade its existing anti-terrorism detection products in the Metrorail system.

Reactions to Obama's Infrastructure Proposal

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, President Barack Obama laid out a plan for renewing and expanding America's transportation infrastructure that combines a long-term vision for the future with new investments. Below are excerpts from reactions to the president's speech. [More]

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