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November 29, 2013
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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bipartisan Transportation Bill

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed the state’s most comprehensive transportation legislation in decades on Nov. 25, shifting funding away from a flat 12-cent gas tax, which will be eliminated as of Jan. 1, to a new financing structure that involves uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax (a tax on oil companies based on the wholesale price of gas) in a millage adjustment and making other changes in vehicle and drivers’ license fees. [More]

» Los Angeles Metro has four positions available: executive director, corporate safety & risk management; executive director, engineering & construction; executive director, finance & budget; and executive director, vendor/client management. [More]
» The Toronto Transit Commission seeks a deputy chief operating officer, subway operations. [More]
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Cities with Direct Rail-to-Airport Link See Boost in Hotel Revenue; GMs Say Transit Drives Travel Revenue

Public transit general managers say that the direct link between their agencies’ rail lines and hotels in their home city gives their community an economic competitive edge, thus confirming the results of a recent APTA report, A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth, co-released with the U.S. Travel Association. [More]

SEPTA Marks Reopening of Bridgeport Viaduct

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia marked the reopening of the 102-year-old Bridgeport Viaduct at a ceremony Nov. 18 at the agency’s Norristown Transportation Center. [More]

SFMTA Puts ‘Big Alma’ to Work on Subway Tunnel Boring

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) introduced “Big Alma,” its newest tunnel boring machine (TBM), to service Nov. 18. The new machine joins its twin, “Mom Chung,” to construct the two Central Subway tunnels that will carry the Muni’s T Third Line underneath the SoMa, Union Square, and Chinatown neigh­borhoods when the new line opens. [More]

Infrastructure Finance Bill Introduced in Senate

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) introduced a proposal at the end of November to create an independent infrastructure financing authority (IFA) that would enable state and local governments to get low-interest federal loans and loan guarantees to help build infrastructure projects. [More]

MARTA Opens Training Facility

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) recently opened its new Travel Training Facility, designed to help customers with disabilities learn how to move beyond paratransit and use the train and fixed route bus networks. [More]


Reauthorization: Let’s Organize, Energize, and Authorize for Success!
BY PETER VARGA, Chief Executive Officer, The Rapid (Grand Rapids, MI), and APTA Chair

My primary focus as APTA chair is to lead our association toward a concrete proposal for the reauthorization of MAP-21 developed through consensus by the participation of various parts of our membership. Business members, transit systems, and other members must coalesce behind a mutually agreed-upon plan. [More]


There’s No Place Like Home; General Managers Who Provide Transit Service in Their Hometowns
BY SUSAN BERLIN, Senior Editor

All public transportation general managers need to demonstrate a commitment to the communities in which they work, but some have an additional link: They provide service in the city or town where they grew up. The following comments and reminiscences are from a few of these home-grown general managers. This is the second part of a two-part article. See the first part in the Nov. 18 issue of Passenger Transport[More]


GCRTA Effort Educates About Human Trafficking

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority joined the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking to host an educational event Nov. 19 at the agency’s Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland. During the three-hour program, speakers from the seven participating organizations provided information for the public about human trafficking and how people can help each other. [More]

Wi-Fi on AC Transit’s Commuter Buses

AC Transit in Oakland, CA, recently introduced to service the first 16 of 54 new commuter-style coaches for the transbay commute to San Francisco. Amenities of the new locally built vehicles from Gillig include free Wi-Fi, upholstered high-back seats, and individual reading lamps. [More]

Congressman Tours BAE Systems

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) toured BAE Systems HybriDrive® Solutions’ new facility in Endicott, NY, in November, learning more about the company’s operations, talking with employees, and taking a test drive. [More]

TCRP Seeks Project Oversight Panel Nominees for 2014

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is accepting nominations for people interested in serving on project oversight panels for Fiscal Year 2014 research projects. The deadline is Jan. 20, 2014. [More]

Public Transit Collects Food Items

With the approach of Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the end-of-year holiday season, numerous public transportation agencies and businesses are collecting food and other items and conducting other efforts to support their communities. Here are a few examples. [More]


Meet Donna DeMartino!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Donna DeMartino, general manager/chief executive officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA; member, APTA Human Resources, Bus and Paratransit CEOs, Awards, Access, and Legislative committees; Authorization Task Force; and Leadership APTA, Class of 1999. [More]


Meet Sherry Brown!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Sherry Brown, administrative assistant, safety and security, Member Services Department. [More]


2013 Public Transportation Fact Book Now Available

The 2013 APTA Public Transportation Fact Book is now available.

This reference book, published annually, contains national aggregate statistical data covering all aspects of the public transit industry in the U.S. and Canada. Major sections include an overview of U.S. transit facts, transit finances and operating statistics by modes of travel, transit vehicle characteristics and deliveries, facts and numbers relating to federal grants and the Federal Transit Act, and statistical trends of Canadian transit operations. [More]

Database Reveals Trends in Public Transportation Vehicle Fleets

Public transit agencies are constantly investing in vehicles and technologies that make the experience better for riders. Here are some examples, as reported in the 2013 APTA Public Transportation Vehicle Database. [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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