May 16, 2014
Senate EPW Committee Passes Highway Bill; APTA 'Loans to Lenders' Proposal Included

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee approved on Thursday, May 15, a six-year highway reauthorization bill by voice vote, which it then sent to the full Senate. [More]

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APTA Issues Ground-Breaking Analysis: Public Transportation Boosts National Growth Potential

APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy addressed a packed room on Capitol Hill May 15 to announce the results of a new report that says public transportation investment powers significant productivity gains. [More]


Biden Promotes Transit at Cleveland RTA

Vice President Joe Biden traveled to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority on May 14 to stress the importance of investing in infrastructure in an event that marked Infrastructure Week. [More]

BRT Enters Service In Fort Collins, CO

Transfort in Fort Collins, CO, introduced service May 10 on MAX, the region’s first BRT line. The service is operating fare free until Aug. 24. [More]

Rani, Gillis Named White House 'Champions'

APTA members Susan Park Rani, president, Rani Engineering, Minneapolis, MN, and Greer Gillis, Washington, DC, area  manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), were among the 10 individuals honored by the White House as “Champions of Change” for Transportation at a May 13 event. [More]

Parkersburg, WV, Renews Tax Levy

Voters in Parkersburg and Vienna, WV, overwhelmingly approved a May 13 ballot measure to renew a property tax levy for two years to support the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority (MOVTA) in Parkersburg, which operates the Easy Rider system. The measure received more than 77 percent of the vote in Parkersburg and more than 80 percent in Vienna. [More]

Denver RTD Opens Multimodal Union Station Bus Concourse

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its partners welcomed hundreds of guests May 9 to ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Union Station Bus Concourse—part of the multimodal Union Station Transit Center. [More]

Caltrain Opens Grade Separation in San Bruno

Caltrain commuter rail marked the completion May 10 of a grade separation project in downtown San Bruno, CA, that improves safety by elevating the train tracks over three streets. The railroad has served the city for 150 years. [More]

APTA Productivity Report Released at Infrastructure Event

APTA joined several other organizations at a May 15 event during Infrastructure Week, May 12-16, to release its latest research measuring for the first time the positive impact of public transportation on productivity. [More]

HMM Acquires Coast & Harbor

Hatch Mott MacDonald, based in Pleasanton, CA, recently acquired Coast & Harbor Engineering, a professional engineering firm that focuses on coastlines, port and harbor infrastructure, and navigation-related projects. [More]

May 22 DOT Webcast

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx will speak at a May 22 webcast highlighting the major public transportation priorities and new programs in the administration’s four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal, known as the GROW AMERICA Act. [More]

Coast RTA, Norton-Dew

The Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority (Coast RTA), Conway, SC, has named Julie Norton-Dew its interim general manager/chief executive officer following the departure of Myers Rollins. [More]


Leaders Explore Latest Advances in Bus Industry

The nation’s leading public transportation policymakers, experts, and analysts shared their insights into what’s ahead for bus and paratransit operations during APTA’s annual Bus & Paratransit Conference in Kansas City, MO, May 4-7. Brief reports of their General Session remarks follow. [More]

From Cow Town to Uptown: Kansas City's Transformation

The Host Forum at the APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, “From Cow Town to Uptown,” showcased a diverse panel of Kansas City leaders who discussed the city’s remarkable transformation over the past decade. [More]

Advocacy Campaign Gains Traction Nationwide; APTA's Initiative Supports Federal Authorization for Transit

 Quick! Think “public transportation.” What comes to mind first? If you answered “growth,” you’d be among the vast majority of Americans who said it is their top priority, according to a recent Pew Research Foundation poll. [More]

APTA Presents Awards for Bus Safety and Security

APTA Chair Peter Varga and APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy announced the winners of the 2014 Bus Safety and Security Excellence Awards during the Opening General Session. The presentation also marked the 100th anniversary of APTA’s safety and security awards. [More]

SEPTA Wins Grand Champion Award in Bus Roadeo

If driving a bus full of passengers while keeping track of increasingly congested streets, watching out for distracted pedestrians and drivers, and maintaining a calm, pleasant, and customer-friendly demeanor was an Olympic event, APTA members would win the Gold every day. [More]

What's New with Buses

The 2014 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, May 4-7 in Kansas City, MO, brought together nearly 760 bus and paratransit professionals for educational sessions and networking opportunities, more than 300 vendors and exhibitors, and 340 participants for the International Bus Roadeo. The program also featured graduation ceremonies for the first class of the Early Career Program, the Business Member Networking Breakfast, the annual Customer Service Challenge, Walk and Roll, and dozens of APTA committee members. See a panorama of conference scenes here. [More]

Additional Conference Highlights

Here are a few more highlights from the 2014 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference. [More]


Meet Doreene England!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Doreene England, accounting specialist, Finance Department. [More]


Register Now for Rail Conference

Register now for the 2014 APTA International Rail Rodeo, June 12-15, and Rail Conference, June 15-18, at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, QC, Canada. [More]

APTA's Practicum Explores Funding, Financing Models

APTA is hosting an in-depth, interactive workshop to explore emerging funding and financing strategies June 12-13 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, immediately before the annual Rail Conference, also in Montreal. [More]

Deadline Nears for Leadership APTA

Leadership APTA is accepting applications through June 27 from public transportation professionals interested in joining the Class of 2015. [More]

Submit AdWheel Entries by June 6

APTA member organizations can gain the recognition they deserve at the 2014 AdWheel Awards competition. [More]


Valley Metro Repurposes Retired Bus as Mobile Market

Valley Metro in Phoenix has joined in a fresh food initiative that transports a mobile produce market to underserved neighborhoods. The initiative offers fresh, affordable fruit and vegetables out of a retired Valley Metro bus. [More]

Puget Sound Agencies Launch Visitor Day Pass Pilot Program

Puget Sound area public transit agencies recently began a six-month pilot program for its Visitor Day Pass, which allows riders to travel by bus, train, streetcar, or water taxi all day for a single price. Passengers who already have the ORCA regional smart card can load one or more days’ worth of passes onto the reusable card. [More]

New Tunnel Boring Machine in Seattle

Sound Transit in Seattle recently dedicated the first tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Northgate Link light rail line. [More]

Honolulu Opens Information Center

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) recently unveiled a new rail transit information center at Ala Moana’s satellite city hall to provide updated information on the project’s progress. [More]

Anaheim Facility Receives AIA Award

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, currently under construction, recently received the American Institute of Architects 2014 Technology in Architectural Practice Building Information Modeling Award. [More]

CATA Hosts 15th Annual Health Fair

The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), Lansing, MI, recently partnered with local organizations for its 15th Annual Community Health Fair at the CATA Transportation Center. Co-sponsors of the event were the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Integrated Medicine and the Tri-County Office on Aging. [More]

Little Rock Moves Toward CNG

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) in North Little Rock recently entered into two contracts as it moves toward operating CNG buses: $6.9 million to Gillig LLC for purchase of 15 new CNG buses and $2.1 million with Trillium CNG for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a CNG fueling station. [More]

Metra Billboard Wins Chicago Addy

 A digital billboard touting Metra commuter rail as the Chicago area’s “Real Expressway” recently received a local Silver Addy award from the American Advertising Federation. [More]


Finding Our Way: Time to Move Forward on Federal Surface Transportation Authorization

It’s crunch time for those of us in the infrastructure industry. This summer the nation must once again navigate a federal surface transportation authorization process in a deeply divided Congress following a brief 27-month reprieve. [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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