June 30, 2015
Congress Moves on Transportation Bills

Committees in both the Senate and the House took action at the end of June to advance several transportation bills. A summary follows. [More]

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2015 RAIL CONFERENCE

Industry Leaders Gather for Annual Rail Conference

More than 1,200 passenger rail professionals gathered in Salt Lake City June 21-24 to network, share best practices, discuss trends and innovations, learn about industry products and services and engage in pressing industry issues as APTA conducted its International Rail Rodeo and Annual Rail Conference. [More]

Public Transit in Utah on Fast Forward

In celebrating Utah’s recent record of enhancing public transit, speakers at the conference’s Host Forum emphasized one point: More must be done and fast. [More]

Four APTA Members Win Safety & Security Gold Awards

APTA Chair Phillip Washington recognized the four recipients of the 2015 APTA Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards ­during the June 22 Opening ­General Session. [More]

UTA Wins Top Rodeo Team Achievement Award

Teams from 17 North American rail transit systems competed June 17-21 in the 2015 APTA International Rail Rodeo, immediately preceding the Rail Conference in Salt Lake City. [More]

2015 Rail Conference Photos

More than 1,200 rail industry leaders attended APTA’s Rail Conference in Salt Lake City, June 21-24, an event that featured General Sessions, educational programs, technical forums, the Products & Services Showcase, awards presentations, committee meetings, the International Rail Rodeo and a welcome reception held by LTK Engineering Services and APTA business members. [More]

AROUND THE INDUSTRY

Feinberg: FRA Must Enforce PTC Deadline

FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg said that safe rail systems require PTC’s full implementation in testimony she provided at a June 24 hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, chaired by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA). [More]

KCATA Approves Agreement To Manage New Service

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) Board of Commissioners voted June 24 to begin managing public transit services for Independence, MO, for the first time since 2012. [More]

New Leadership Named

Passenger Transport reports on new leadership in the public transportation industry. [More]

Lynchburg Station Goes Platinum

The Greater Lynchburg (VA) ­Transit Company’s Kemper Street ­Transfer Station has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, making it one of a few so-rated public transit ­facilities on the east coast. [More]

Industry Briefs

The following news items briefly recap some recent news, events and activities in public transportation. [More]

Rail Travelís Future: Riding through Italy

In the opening chapters of her best-selling book, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert describes the pleasures of food, wine and nature on a journey through Italy.  But she missed one important pleasure; had she traveled by high-speed rail, she might have added the verb “Ride” to her title. [More]

APTA NEWS

Nominations for APTA Executive Committee and Board Now Open

APTA Chair Phillip Washington has appointed the nominating committee that will recommend individuals to fill APTA leadership positions to the membership for approval at the APTA Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers. The committee is accepting nominations through Aug. 10. [More]

APTA Signs Agreement with Spanish Group

During the recent Rail Conference, Fundación Caminos de Hierro and APTA signed a Memorandum of Understanding between their organizations. [More]

APTA Receives National Awards

APTA recently received two Association Media & Publishing (AM&P) EXCEL Awards, the largest and most prestigious award program that exclusively recognizes excellence and leadership in nonprofit association media, publishing, marketing and communications, and Passenger Transport specifically received three APEX Awards of Excellence from Communications Concepts. [More]

APTA Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Dump the Pump

It was a day of conservation on June 18, “Dump the Pump Day,” when public transportation systems and other groups across the U.S. promoted using transit instead of driving cars. [More]

APTA MEMBER PROFILE

Meet Stephen E. Schlickman!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Stephen E. Schlickman, executive director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, a member of the APTA Legislative, Sustainability, Public-Private Partnerships and Human Resources committees and the Higher Education Subcommittee. [More]
MEET THE APTA STAFF

Meet Michael Fimmano!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Michael Fimmano, legislative analyst, Government Affairs Department. [More]

COMMENTARY

Why Canít We Move? Solving Americaís Infrastructure Problems

Suffering was acute in Greater Boston this past winter. … [T]he worst blow was the shutdown of the region’s famed public transit system, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). … [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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