February 20, 2015
NEWS HEADLINES
Foxx Ends Bus Tour in D.C.; Proposes Rule Safety Framework for Rail Transit
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx completed his four-day, five state bus tour on Feb. 20 at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, where he reiterated his appeal to Congress urging action on a long-term transportation bill and announced a proposed rule to increase the oversight responsibilities of State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs). [More]
Foxx Promotes Light Rail in Visit to Durham, NC

As part of his four-day, five-state GROW AMERICA Express bus tour, DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx visited Durham, NC, Feb. 19 to talk about the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. Triangle Transit in Research Triangle Park, NC, is currently conducting planning and environmental review activities for the 17.1-mile line, which ultimately will connect the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill. [More]

CLASSIFIEDS
» The Arizona Transit Association is looking for an executive director. [More]
» The city of Simi Valley, CA, seeks a transit supervisor. [More]
» The Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority requests proposals for demand-response (paratransit) bus services. [More]
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APTA's Legislative Conference to Feature Insiders' Insights

APTA’s 2015 Legis­lative Conference, March 8-10 at the JW Marriott Hotel in ­Washington, D.C., will provide an ideal opportunity for agency and business members to carry public transportation’s message to Capitol Hill, meet with peers and hear from members of ­Congress and other Washington insiders about progress on a surface transportation authorization bill. [More]

FTA Awards $29 Million in Safety Grants

FTA recently awarded $29 million in grants to 13 organizations to support technologies that will help public transportation agencies improve track worker and passenger safety, better withstand natural disasters and respond more effectively to emergencies. [More]

Snowbound in Boston

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is coping with a series of winter storms that dumped more than 97 inches of snow—that’s 8 feet—on Boston this winter season, with more than 60 inches falling in February alone, making it the snowiest month in the city’s history. [More]

CTA Opens Cermak-McCormick Place Station

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) opened its newly constructed Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station Feb. 9 on the city’s Near South Side, filling a 2.5-mile gap between CTA stations that has existed since 1977, when the previous station at that location was demolished. [More]

Houston METRO Opens Newest Station

Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County opened its 25th and newest station on the METRORail Red Line, Central Station Main, on Feb. 18. [More]

New CEOs Named

Three public transportation agencies have announced new chief executives and one other named an interim chief executive officer. [More]

Business Acquisitions

Three APTA business members have announced their acquisitions of other companies. [More]

Chicago Mayor Cuts Ribbon at Freedman Seating

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently joined Chicago Alderman Emma Mitts and Craig Freedman, president of Freedman Seating Company, to cut the ribbon at the company’s new office space on the city's West Side. [More]
APTA MEMBER PROFILE

Meet Tracy Reed!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Tracy Reed, rail activation manager, Sound Transit, Seattle; member, Leadership APTA Class of 2012; mentor, Early Career Program, 2014, 2015; and member, Human Resources, Rail Safety and Policy & Planning committees. [More]

MEET THE APTA STAFF

Meet Kamille Turner!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Kamille Turner, administrative assistant, Workforce Development and Educational Services Department. [More]

Case Study

The Outer Limits

How New Mexico's RTD Serves Diverse Needs in a Vast Landscape [More]
APTA NEWS

Stand Up for Transportation Day Is Central Feature of Transit CEOs Seminar

Public transportation chief and senior executives gathered to participate in professional development and educational sessions at APTA’s Transit CEOs Seminar, Feb. 7-10 in Phoenix. [More]

APTA Seeks Nominations for Awards

Do you, your agency or your business have what it takes to be recog­nized for exemplary operations and practices?
If so, prepare your nominations packets now for either the APTA Awards program or its Safety & Security Excellence Awards initiative. [More]

APTA Welcomes New Members

APTA welcomes new members who joined and renewed between July 1, 2014 and Jan. 31, 2015. [More]
AROUND THE INDUSTRY

FTA Seeks Comment on Emergency Relief Program Guidance

FTA is seeking public comment through April 6 on proposed guidance for the Emergency Relief (ER) ­Program it published Feb. 4 as part of the agency’s new Emergency Relief Manual: A Reference Manual for States and Transit Agencies on Response and Recovery from Declared Disasters & FTA’s Emergency Relief Program. [More]

Sound Transit Opens Permanent Tukwila Sounder Station

Sound Transit held ribbon-cutting ceremonies Feb. 18 for a permanent Sounder commuter rail station, a new regional hub that will replace a temporary structure. [More]

Business Solution Center Opens Along L.A.ís Crenshaw Corridor

Los Angeles Mayor and Los Angeles Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti spoke Feb. 9 just before ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Metro’s Business Solution Center at the entrance to the Los Angeles Urban League building, where the center is located.  [More]

TSA Commends Five Public Transportation Agencies

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has commended five APTA members for earning the highest rating of “Gold Standard” on its 2014 Baseline Assessments for Security Enhancement (BASE) for their dedication to building a strong security program. [More]

New Reports Show Value of Public Transportation

Several organizations recently released reports of interest to the public transportation community. [More]

Industry Briefs

A round up of brief news items about public transporation agencies and businesses. [More]

COMMENTARY

Why I've Just Decided to Sell My Car

Hi. My name is Amanda Eaken and I’m a walking, biking, transit-riding hypocrite. All this time I’ve been advocating sustainable transportation choices and shared mobility, and yet I still own my own car. At least for the next few weeks. …
With smart technology and an explosion of innovative mobility choices, coupled with the emergence of the sharing economy and a souring of America’s romance with the automobile, should anyone living in a city actually need to own a car? [More]

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

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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