December 19, 2014
President Signs CR-Omnibus Bill

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed the combined Omnibus Appropriations and Continuing Resolution that will fund the federal government through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015). The measure passed the Senate Dec. 13 by a 56-40 vote. [More]

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Industry Records 2.7 ­Billion-Plus Trips in Third Quarter; Investments, Technology Lead To Greater Access, Quality

Riders took more than 2.7 billion trips on U.S. public transportation in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 1.8 percent over the same quarter last year and the highest third-quarter ridership figure since 1974, states APTA’s recently issued ridership report. [More]

L.A. Metro Debuts Bus Service; Valley-Westside Express Saves Time

Los Angeles ­Metro’s new Valley-Westside Express bus service, launched Dec. 15, uses the recently completed network of carpool lanes on I-405 to provide frequent, nonstop bus ­service between the ­Sepulveda Metro Orange Line Station in Van Nuys and ­Westwood—­saving ­riders at least 20 minutes each way compared with current bus ­service on local streets. [More]

APTA's Committees Address Industry Issues, Opportunities; Chairs Reflect on Key Themes, Activities

What were the industry’s major issues, challenges, and opportunities this past year and how is APTA addressing them on behalf of its members—organizations ranging from rural transit agencies to multinational corporations? [More]

APTA's New Strategic Plan Addresses Industry's Transformational Issues

APTA’s Board of Directors adopted the association’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5. [More]

Cleveland State BRT Line Enters Operation

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) introduced service on the new Cleveland State Line, its second BRT line, in early December. [More]

New CEOs Named

Two public transit agencies have announced new chief executive officers. [More]

Heil, Retired McDonald CEO, Dies

Louis L. (Larry) Heil, 80, a founder and longtime chief executive officer of McDonald Transit Associates in Fort Worth, TX, died Dec. 5. He was named to the APTA Hall of Fame in 2006. [More]

Industry Veteran MacGillivray Dies

Hugh MacGillivray, a public transportation professional with more than 45 years experience, died Dec. 3 in Tracy, CA. [More]


Openings and Ground Breakings; ­Improvements and Acquisitions

Public transportation agencies and businesses achieved numerous milestones during the past year. Here’s a month-by-month look at these events as they appeared in Passenger Transport. For additional news and photos of members’ milestones, see Year In Review Photo Spread. [More]

APTA Milestones Focus on Member Services: Advocacy, Research, Conferences, Standards

Learn about a few of APTA’s key initiatives and ­programs.

The Year in Photos

These photos represent a sampling of public transportation’s most notable people, places and news for 2014, a year that included openings, special events, and advocacy. [More]

In Memoriam: Public Transportation Looks Back

The public transportation community said goodbye during the past year to public transit professionals, including two former APTA chairs, the architect of ISTEA, an author of SAFETEA-LU, the executive director of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and a former commissioner of New Jersey DOT. Here is how they were remembered in the pages of Passenger Transport, in chronological order of their deaths. [More]


Stand Up for Transportation Day

It’s official. Thursday, April 9, is APTA’s Stand Up for Transportation Day, a national day to highlight and advocate for a long-term, sustainable, reliable federal transportation bill. [More]

APTA Welcomes New Board Member

APTA Chair Phillip Washington, Denver Regional Transportation District general manager and chief executive officer, recently welcomed new APTA Board Member Maxine Wortham, vice chair, Board of Trustees, Greater Peoria (IL) Mass Transit District (CityLink). [More]

APTF Seeks Donations for New ADA Scholarship

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) is seeking donations through March for a new scholarship to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The goal of the campaign is $100,000. [More]

Help for the Boss from BOSS

Frontline workforce recruitment and development are ­perennial challenges for many public transportation agencies, especially when it comes to bus operators. What does an effective selection process look like? [More]


Meet Nuria Fernandez!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Nuria I. Fernandez, general manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA, a member of the APTA Board of Directors; co-chair, Authorization Task Force; and a member of the Legislative, Rail Transit, and Public-Private Partnerships ­committees. [More]


Meet Rachelle Jezbera!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Rachelle Jezbera, senior program manager, Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) and Early Career Program (ECP), Communications & Marketing Department, a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2007. [More]


Gov. Malloy Tours CTfastrak BRT Route

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy spoke to the press Dec. 16 in Hartford before boarding a bus to tour Connecticut Transit’s CTfastrak BRT line in advance of its public opening in March. [More]

Riverside Reports Safety Milestone

The Riverside (CA) Transit Agency recently announced that its more than 50 mechanics, groundskeepers, and supervisors in the Maintenance Department’s two facilities have achieved 500-plus days without a lost time injury—and the next goal is 1,000 days. [More]

Public Transit Agencies, Business Members Celebrate Anniversaries

APTA members mark key anniversaries. [More]

COTA Participates in Ohio Rosa Parks Tribute

COTA officials help unveil a portrait of civil right pioneer Rosa Parks at the 10th annual Ohio Statewide Tribute. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here's a roundup of news from public transportation's agencies and private sector companies. [More]

Denver Union Station Bus Concourse Earns LEED Gold Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Gold certification to the Denver Union Station Bus Concourse, a 22-gate underground facility for Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses.

Student Artists Create Bus Panels for MVTA

Students in the multimedia graphic design class at Eastview High School in Burnsville, MN, display the award-winning interior panels they created. [More]

Students Vote on Foothill’s Class Pass

Students at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, voted ­overwhelmingly to approve a per-semester fee that will allow Foothill Transit to continue its Class Pass program. [More]


Highway Funds Fall Low Enough That Republicans Seek Taxes; Governors Share Strategies

Falling fuel prices, crumbling roads and bridges and a gridlocked ­Congress have U.S. states, even those run by Republicans, debating higher taxes. [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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