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October 4, 2013
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Foxx Addresses Annual Meeting in Video Message; Shutdown Now ‘Sidelining’ Key Projects
BY DEBORAH BONGIORNO, Senior Managing Editor

 MAP-21 provides predictable funding, guarantees public transit representatives a seat at the table with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and establishes a transit asset management system that “will help communities make strategic investments to bring transit systems into a state of good repair,” said DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in a videotaped address for a Sept. 30 General Session at APTA’s Annual ­Meeting. [More]

» MTA New York City Transit has job opportunities for general superintendents, safety and environmental management. [More]
» The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, headquartered in San Francisco, is seeking a secretary of the district. [More]
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Emanuel: Transportation Key to Chicago’s Growth
BY SUSAN BERLIN, Senior Editor

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—a frequent rider of public transportation—described the city’s efforts to improve existing service and provide additional service to the more than 1,500 people attending the Sept. 30 Opening General Session of the 2013 APTA Annual ­Meeting. [More]

Federal Shutdown Affects DOT

The partial shutdown of the federal government, which started at midnight on Sept. 30, is having an uneven impact on DOT employees and the programs they oversee. [More]

KCATA Opens Midtown Transit Center

 In ceremonies Sept. 27, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) joined the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS, in ceremonies to open the KCK Midtown MetroCenter along the State Avenue corridor. The facility officially opened for service two days later. [More]

Millennials Want Multimodal Options

The largest generation in U.S. ­history—which is also the most multi­modal—could be a game changer for public transportation and the U.S. transportation network. [More]

Fernandez Joining VTA As General Manager

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, CA, has named Nuria I. ­Fernandez as its next general manager, effective in early December. [More]

Tillman Dies; Public Transportation Engineer

Col. Erland A. Tillman, 101, a member of the APTA Hall of Fame who began a 28-year career in ­public transportation engineering following his retirement from the U.S. Army, died Sept. 6. [More]

Garbacz Dies: WMATA Planner, Designer

Joseph Frank Garbacz, 97, former deputy chief of design and construction at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), died Sept. 23. [More]


Los Angeles Metro Begins Restoration of Historic Depot

Los Angeles Metro launched a major restoration project at the historic Southern Pacific Lankershim/North Hollywood train depot on Sept. 20. The depot, with a history dating back to the late 1800s, is located adjacent to the Metro Orange and Red lines in North Hollywood. [More]

Celtics Join MBTA to Announce Green Line Improvements

Boston Celtics first round draft pick Kelly Olynyk joined Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey at a Sept. 19 event to encourage Celtics fans to use the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to TD Garden this season. They boarded the Green Line at Kenmore Station—where the MBTA activated electronic message boards, displaying information about which Green Line trains will be the next to arrive—before traveling to North Station. [More]

New York MTA Increases Number of MWBE Underwriters

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors has increased the number and percentage of minority- and women-owned business enterprises that will participate in the issuance of MTA bonds, approving a large group of firms that will underwrite the bonds used to finance the MTA capital program. [More]

Atkins Projects Honored as Among the Best in Past 100 Years

Two major projects on which Atkins was a participant—the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Channel Tunnel project—recently received recognition from the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) for being among the best consulting engineering achievements of the past 100 years. [More]


Meet Maryanne Roberts!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Maryanne Roberts, senior advisor, communications and public affairs, U.S., Bombardier Transportation, Horsham, PA, a member of the APTA Board of Directors and Awards, High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail, and EXPO committees. [More]


Meet Erin Cartwright!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Erin Cartwright, communications and marketing specialist, Communications and Marketing Department. [More]


APTA to Honor Veterans on Nov. 11

Again this year, APTA and the public transportation industry will pay tribute to the nation’s veterans for their tremendous sacrifices and dedicated service on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. [More]

TCRP Issues New Reports

The Transportation Research Board recently released several new Transit Cooperative Research Program reports. [More]

APTA Welcomes Its Newest Members Who Joined Between May 1 and September 30, 2013

Here's a list of the most recent members to join APTA. [More]


Innovation Drives Public Transit in Chicago
BY JORDAN SMITH, Program Manager-Communications

With the Chicago metropolitan region providing nearly two million bus and rail rides a day, local operators are increasingly relying on innovation to maximize the use of public transit, improve efficiency, fight congestion, expand access, and serve residents more effectively.  [More]

Penalosa: Transit, Bikes, Walking Need to ‘Be Friends’
BY JORDAN SMITH, Program Manager-Communications

Walking, bicycling, and public transit need to work together to ensure the maximum benefit to communities, said urban expert Gil Penalosa, featured speaker at a General Session sponsored by APTA’s business members during the Annual Meeting. [More]

Public Transit Must Keep Pace with Growing Populations
BY SUSAN BERLIN, Senior Editor

APTA Chair Peter Varga joined a panel reporting on the ways ­public transportation must change to gain and keep the support of the Millennial generation—roughly, those born between 1982-2003—at an Oct. 1 session during the APTA Annual Meeting. [More]

APTA Renews Key International Agreements

During the recent APTA Annual Meeting in Chicago, APTA signed renewals of agreements with public transit organizations in Canada and Japan. [More]

2013 AdWheel First-Place and Grand Award Winners

Here is the complete list of first-place winners in the 2013 AdWheel Awards competition. [More]

Scenes from the Annual Meeting

Here are more scenes from the 2013 APTA Annual Meeting in Chicago. [More]


America's Infrastructure: Ways to Finally Get Rolling?

There’s never been a better time to build the highways, rail lines, bridges, fiber-optic networks, and other varieties of infrastructure we need for a successful America. [More]


Who's Doing What in the Industry

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

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