April 17, 2015
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce Long-Term Solution to Address Highway Trust Fund
Reps. Jim Renacci (R-OH), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Reid Ribble (R-WI), and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing legislation that provides a long-term solution to ensure the Highway Trust Fund, which will again run out of money sometime this summer, is sustainable.  [More]
» The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District seeks a director of procurement. [More]
» Park City, Utah, announces the new position of community development director. [More]
» The Delaware County Transit Board, Delaware, OH, requests proposals for a transit development plan and funding study. {More]
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Stand Up 4 Transportation Day Galvanizes Support for Public Transportation

Every seasoned public transit rider knows when it’s time to stand up. And that’s exactly what hundreds of thousands of transportation advocates and supporters did April 9. But this wasn’t to get ready for a station stop; it was to prevent a funding stop. [More]

GCRTA Breaks Ground for Reconstructed Rail Station

As part of its Stand Up 4 Transportation Day activities on April 9, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) broke ground for a new $11.3 million reconstruction of the Brookpark Rapid Station, the last station on the Red Line before Hopkins International Airport. [More]

SFRTA, Miami-Dade Transit Open Station at Airport

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) in Pompano Beach, operator of Tri-Rail commuter rail, joined Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) April 9 in conjunction with Stand Up 4 Transportation Day, at the opening of the Miami Airport Station, part of the Miami Central Station at the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC). [More]

L.A. Metro Opens Peak Hour Bus Lanes

Los Angeles Metro and Los Angeles DOT opened five miles of peak hour bus lanes on Wilshire Boulevard on April 8, reducing travel times by up to 15 minutes for those traveling the entire corridor, Metro officials say. [More]

Foothill Gold Line Unveils Sustainability Features

The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority recently highlighted the sustainability features built into the 24-acre Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia, CA. [More]

SEPTA Breaks Ground on Terminal Renovations

Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) kicked off the West Terminal Improvements Project at its 69th Street Transportation Center with a ground-breaking ceremony April 13. [More]

Dallas Launches Modern Streetcar

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is overseeing the city of Dallas’ first modern streetcar line, which operates free on a 1.6-mile dedicated track. [More]

WMATA Welcomes New Generation of Railcars

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority introduced its newest rail cars, the 7000 series, April 14 on the Metrorail Blue Line. [More]

New, Interim CEOs Named

Pierce Transit, Lakewood, WA, has named Susan Dreier its chief executive officer. She has served since 2010 as chief operating officer for Salem-Keizer Transit, Salem, OR, and began her career in 1992 as a bus driver for the Lane Transit District (LTD), Eugene, OR, later filling managerial positions at LTD. [More]


Stand Up for Transportation Day Media Coverage

This "Commentary" section features different points of view from various sources to enhance readers' broad awareness of themes and views that affect public transportation. [More]

Regional Pass Available for Bus Conference

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority, host system for the APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, has joined with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to make its GoPass app available free to attendees from April 30-May 9. The conference is May 3-6 at the Omni Fort Worth. [More]

APTA EXPO Honored by Trade Show News Network

Trade Show News Network has announced that APTA’s 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO in Houston placed 78th among the year’s TSNN Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States. [More]

Kukushkin Dies; Rail Signaling Expert

Andrei Kukushkin, 51, senior signal engineer with HNTB Corporation in Pittsburgh, died April 6 during a vacation in Florida. [More]

TCRP Releases Reports

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) recently released the following Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) reports. [More]

Meet KellyAnne Gallagher, CAE!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is KellyAnne ­Gallagher, CAE. assistant vice president-Member Programs and Services Member Services ­Department. [More]


HART Launches 22 CNG Buses

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transportation Authority (HART) in Tampa, FL, recently welcomed 22 buses from Gillig powered by compressed natural gas. The new 40-foot buses replace diesel buses that entered service in 2001-2002 and are ready for retirement. [More]

St. Louis Metro Tests an Electric Bus

Metro in St. Louis is testing a 40-foot electric bus from BYD Co. Ltd. on its Downtown Trolley route.  [More]

Louis Berger Enters into $100 Million Saudi Contract

Louis Berger recently entered into a $100 million program management contract with the AlMadinah AlMunawwarah Development Authority (MMDA) in Saudi Arabia for implementation of the AlMadinah AlMunawwarah Public Transportation Program (MPTP). [More]

Grant Will Help OCTA Survey Unsafe Sidewalks Near Stations

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Orange, CA, will complete its survey of unsafe and obstructed sidewalks with the help of a $163,333 Active Transportation Program grant from the Southern California Association of Governments in partnership with Caltrans.  [More]

What's New in Apps and Websites

Public transportation agencies are creating and launching apps and updating their websites to better serve customers.  [More]

CityBus Opens CNG Station

The Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (CityBus), Lafayette, IN, recently opened a large fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling station from TruStar Energy in conjunction with Energy Systems Group. [More]

AVTA Introduces Digital Advertising on Bus Exterior

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), Lancaster, CA, will become the first public transit agency in California to display digital advertising on the side of a public transit bus as part of a five-year pilot program to determine if such advertising is a distraction to drivers.  [More]

BART Launches Crisis Intervention Campaign

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is joining with the Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance (BASCIA) to launch a multi-pronged campaign to address a recent increase in suicides and suicide attempts on district ­property. [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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