May 15, 2015
In Aftermath of Amtrak Accident, Commuter Rail Confirms Commitment to PTC Implementation

In the aftermath of the tragic May 12 derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia, which resulted in eight deaths and more than 200 injuries, APTA released a statement affirming the commuter rail industry's 100 percent commitment to implementing Positive Train Control (PTC), which would prevent derailments from trains moving too fast and collisions between trains. [More]

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MAP-21 Deadline Looms; Congress Debates Extension

As Congress prepares to go on recess May 22 and as MAP-21 approaches its May 31 expiration, members and other policy makers are debating the law’s next iteration. [More]

Industry Leaders Gather for Annual Bus Conference

Approximately 800 bus and paratransit professionals ranging from public transit agency officials to operators and maintainers and private company executives gathered May 1-6 in Fort Worth for APTA’s International Bus Roadeo and Bus & Paratransit Conference.  [More]

APTA Participates in Infrastructure Events on Capitol Hill

APTA, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Regional Councils conducted a Capitol Hill briefing on May 13 during Infrastructure Week to call attention to public transportation’s impact on the nation’s competitiveness, its contributions to economies based on knowledge and information and its ability to help attract high-tech employers and a skilled workforce to communities across the nation. [More]

PART Breaks Ground for 'Coble Transportation Center'

At ground-breaking cere­monies May 13 in Greensboro, NC, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) honored former Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) by announcing that its new intermodal center, located beside the PART Administrative Office. [More]

PATH Opens New Platform at World Trade Center

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) opened its second new platform at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan on May 7. [More]

Metra Opens Outbound Side of Ravenswood Station

Metra commuter rail in Chicago opened the outbound side of its new Ravenswood Station May 10. [More]

LYNX to Break Ground for LYMMO Lime Line

As Passenger Transport went to press, LYNX, Orlando, FL, was preparing to break ground May 14 on its third BRT line, the LYMMO Lime Line. [More]

New CEO Named: Miller, Arizona Transit Association

The Arizona Transit Association Board of Directors has named Becky Miller, an association employee since 2005, its new executive director. She succeeds Jim Dickey. [More]

SU4T Momentum Continues to Roll

The 23,300-plus signatures on an online petition APTA collected in the run-up to Stand Up 4 Transportation Day, April 9, were released on the day public transportation officials and advocates gathered for a rally on Capitol Hill to kick off Infrastructure Week, May 11-15. [More]


I Stand With My Colleagues For America's Future

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx and Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, recently released comments about the need for infrastructure investment. [More]


Host Forum: 'A City of Cowboys and Culture'

The May 4 Host Forum, “Fort Worth: A City of Cowboys and Culture,” brought together representatives of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and other community groups. [More]

CEOs Share Experiences

Public transit agencies should learn from other governmental agencies and determine how they can work together to achieve common goals, Ken McDonald, chief executive officer of Long Beach Transit, said at the May 5 “CEOs Report” session. [More]

Honoring Bus Safety and Security

APTA presented its annual Bus Safety and Security Excellence Awards to public transportation agencies that have implemented programs or projects with documented success in addressing specific safety or security areas. [More]

COTA Takes Grand Champion Title at Bus Roadeo

The Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus received the Grand Champion Award at the 40th Annual APTA International Bus Roadeo, an award that recognizes the public transportation agency with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team score. [More]

What's New in Buses

Click here to see photos from throughout the 2015 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference in Fort Worth. [More]


Rail Conference Session: The Race For America's First Subway

A highlight of the schedule for the 2015 APTA Rail Conference, June 21-24 in Salt Lake City, is a June 23 ­General ­Luncheon about the race to build America’s first subway, featuring Doug Most, author of The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway[More]

Nine Members Achieve Higher Levels In Sustainability Commitment; Three Agencies Join Effort

APTA has announced that nine public transportation organization signatories have achieved a higher recognition level in its Sustainability Commitment and three member agencies have become signatories since the 2014 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO. [More]

AdWheel Award Entries Accepted Through June 5

APTA is accepting nominations through June 5 for the 2015 AdWheel Awards competition.

The annual awards recognize excellence in public transportation marketing, advertising, promotion and communications. APTA members are encouraged to submit their best work for judging in one of the five main categories: print, electronic media, campaign, social media and special event. [More]

Foxx Discusses BRT at IndyGo

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently visited IndyGo in Indianapolis to discuss plans for future BRT as part of “LadderSTEP,” a DOT technical assistance program that will help seven cities foster sustainable economic development related to planned transportation projects. [More]

Mass. DOT Breaks Ground for 'New Balance' Station

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack joined representatives of New Balance at May 12 ground-breaking ceremonies for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Boston Landing Station, located near the company’s headquarters. [More]

RTS Begins Installing High-Tech Bus Shelters Near Medical Center

The Regional Transit Service, Rochester, NY, recently began installing six innovative bus shelters that will make up the Mt. Hope Stations Transit Center. [More]

RTC Partners in 'Look Up and Look Out' Campaign

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) in Reno, NV, has joined the cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County and Nevada DOT in presenting a pedestrian and driver safety campaign for local television and social media. [More]

Meet Darryl Irick!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Darryl Irick, president, MTA Bus Company; senior vice president, New York City Transit, Department of Buses, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a member of the Clean Propulsion and Support Technology Committee. [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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