APTA | Passenger Transport
January 3, 2011

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Public Transit Agencies Step Up as Winter Storms Strike U.S.
BY SUSAN BERLIN, Senior Editor

Public transportation agencies went the extra mile in December as much of the U.S. dealt with heavy snowfalls, high winds, and other forms of severe winter weather. Safety was critical; moving people and equipment were paramount. Below are a few examples of how public transit responded to and prepared for inclement weather conditions. [More]

FTA: Advanced New Starts Funds

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that it is advancing a total of $182.4 million in New Starts funding for seven transit projects already under construction in New York, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Northern Virginia. [More]

FTA Grants to Finance Fuel Cell Technologies

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $10.17 million to CALSTART in Pasadena, CA, and $6.42 million to the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) in Atlanta, through the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The grants will allow CALSTART and CTE to coordinate research for new technologies among fuel cell manufacturers, engineering firms, and public transportation agencies across the U.S. [More]

‘Transit in Parks’ Funding Benefits Federal Sites

National parks, forests, and wildlife refuges in 24 states will receive a total of $27 million in federal grants for 47 public and alternative transportation projects through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program. [More]

AC Transit Supports ‘Clean and Green’ Project for Area High School Girls

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in Oakland, CA, has joined with Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (Girls Inc.) to encourage high school girls to develop clean and green public transportation ideas. [More]

MBTA Driver’s Random Act of Kindness

When Ricardo Miranda, a bus operator with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston, saw a lone passenger awaiting an inbound bus on a cold Saturday morning in December as he drove the outbound route, he made an effort to reach out. [More]

Winter Wonderland on Board

Bus operating facility employees with Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County recently decorated several buses in the fleet with scenes evoking the joys of winter celebrations. [More]


High-Speed Rail Will Be Our Generation's Legacy
BY RAY LaHOOD, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

It is difficult to imagine what America would be like without its interstate highway system. For decades, our state-of-the-art roadways have been the world’s envy—and rightfully so. They deliver products of agriculture and industry to market. They link people with schools, jobs, family, and health care. [More]


Standards Announced; Posted for Public Comment from Jan. 3 to Feb. 1

APTA’s Standards Development Program has announced the posting of 10 documents for public comment between Jan. 3 and Feb. 1. [More]

Older Transit Riders Are Subject of Webinar on Transportation Needs

APTA has scheduled a free, hour-long webinar on “Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population” for Wednesday, March 9, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. [More]

Plan to Attend TransITech 2011 in Conjunction with Fare Workshop

APTA has announced that it is holding its 2011 TransITech Conference, March 29-31 at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, FL, at the same time and location as the APTA Fare Collection Workshop. [More]


Capital Metro Mural Highlights Tobacco-Free Wellness

As part of its year-long effort to create a tobacco-free workplace, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) in Austin, TX, has dedicated a mural adjacent to the east entrance of the agency’s headquarters—an outdoor break area formerly used as a space for employee smoking. [More]

New York Subway Stations Activate Public Address ‘Countdown Clocks’

MTA New York City Transit (NYC Transit) has activated “countdown clocks” in 100 subway stations along its numbered subway lines, exceeding its original goal of having 75 stations online by the end of 2010. A similar project is underway to activate informational signs along the lettered lines. [More]

Gannett Fleming Marks 95 Years

Gannett Fleming is celebrating 95 years of operation—since its founding in 1915. Today it is an international, ISO 9001:2008 Certified company that employs more than 2,100 planners, engineers, designers, information technology specialists, program managers, construction managers, and other professionals. [More]

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