September 18, 2015
Vice President Biden Visits Detroit DOT

Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Detroit DOT bus driver Brian Miller during his Sept. 17 visit to Detroit. Biden joined Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan at Detroit DOT headquarters to welcome the last four buses in an 80-vehicle order, which means the agency has enough buses running to meet its schedule for the first time in two decades. [More]

» The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority has an opening for an infrastructure manager. [More]
» Santa Cruz METRO seeks a planning and development manager. [More]
» The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is soliciting proposals for on-board video systems for its buses. [More]
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Feinberg Appears Before Senate Commerce Committee on Confirmation

In testimony at her Sept. 17 nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg described the agency's role in making sure U.S. railroads "transport [passengers] safely to their jobs each morning, to their homes and families each night and to deliver goods and products safely every day." [More]


New York MTA Opens 7 Subway Line Extension to West Side; 34 St-Hudson Yards: First Addition in 26 Years

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) opened the 34 St-Hudson Yards station—the 469th station in the MTA New York City Transit (NYC Transit) subway system—on Sept. 13. [More]

Portland's TriMet Opens MAX Orange Line

Portland’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) celebrated the opening of its newest light rail service, the MAX Orange Line, Sept. 12 and reported approximately 40,000 rides on the line that day. [More]

FTA Announces $75 Million to Expand BRT at Lane Transit

During a Sept. 11 visit to the Lane Transit District (LTD) in Eugene, OR, FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan announced the award of $75 million in federal Small Starts funds for the third expansion of the agency’s Emerald Express (EmX) BRT system. [More]

Torrance, CA, Breaks Ground for Regional Facility

The city of Torrance, CA, recently broke ground for the Torrance Transit Park and Ride Regional Terminal, a facility that will feature eight bus bays and a park-and-ride lot and is designed to pass LEED certification. [More]

FTA Announces TOD Grants; APTA Members Among Recipients

FTA has announced $19.5 million in grants for 21 organizations around the U.S. through the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Pilot Program to support projects that improve access to public transit. [More]

APTA Announces Leadership Transitions

Kathy Waters, APTA’s executive vice president for member services, announced that she will retire effective Jan. 8, following a distinguished career in public transportation that includes posts as deputy administrator at the Maryland Transit Administration, vice president for commuter rail and railroad management at Dallas Area Rapid Transit and manager and chief operating officer for Maryland Area Regional Commuter Train Service. [More]

Join the Dialogue on FTA's 'XPEDITE' Planning Initiative

FTA has launched the Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative (XPEDITE), an initiative designed to speed up planning, approval and delivery of its capital investments and better support innovative financing methods that support such investments. [More]

New CEOs Named

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia and two APTA business members have announced new chief executives. [More]


New Learning, Networking Opportunities Enhance Annual Meeting in San Francisco

APTA continues to add sessions and events to the schedule for the upcoming Annual Meeting, Oct. 4-7 in San Francisco. A few new highlights follow. [More]

Tee Up for APTF's Golf Tournament

Put together a foursome and register today for the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Annual Golf Tournament, Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Presidio, San Francisco’s award-winning golf course and a National Historic Landmark located inside a national park. [More]

APTA ISAC Receives Honor

The Public Transportation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (PT-ISAC) managed by APTA recently received recognition from the Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI), an intelligence industry association. [More]

APTA Awards Recognize Industry's Best

Click here to read about the recipients of the 2015 APTA Awards, who will be honored Oct. 6 during the APTA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [More]


Industry Recognizes 14th Anniversary of 9/11

Approximately 200 public transit workers who responded to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were honored this Sept. 9 with commemorative medals and pins for their efforts at Ground Zero in New York City. [More]

Hutchison Dies; Former Head of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus

J.F. (Jack) Hutchison, 85, director of the Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines (Big Blue Bus) from 1967 until his retirement in 1995, died Sept. 5. [More]

APTA Business Members Announce Acquisitions

Clever Devices, Woodbury, NY, has acquired Houston-based RSM Services Corporation, a provider of public transit ridership reporting software. [More]

SW Transit Expands 'Prime' Service

SouthWest Transit, Eden Prairie, MN, recently expanded its SW Prime shared-ride bus service—which began within that city in July—to serve the neighboring communities of Chaska and Chanhassen and parts of Carver and added Saturday service. [More]

SFMTA Introduces Interactive Performance Dashboards

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has introduced new, interactive online dashboards that allow the agency to better report on its performance by sharing information with the public and increasing transparency and ­accountability. [More]

Proterra Electric Bus Travels 258 Miles on a Single Charge

Proterra’s 40-foot ­Catalyst XR zero-emission battery-electric bus recently drove 258 miles on a single charge under test conditions at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds in Laurens, SC. [More]

Tri-Rail's Rail Car Built for Bikes

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail in Pompano Beach recently added its first car dedicated to carrying bicycles to its fleet of rolling stock. [More]

VIA Expands Wi-Fi Throughout System

VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio recently made free wireless Internet service available throughout its entire fleet and all its facilities and upgraded the quality of service from 3G to 4G LTE. [More]

New TCRP Reports Help Put Research into Practice

Several new reports from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) of the Transportation Research Board provide insight into a wide range of challenges and opportunities for the public transportation industry. Summaries of a few follow. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are some brief notices from APTA member public transit agencies. [More]


Connected Vehicle Pilot Programs Seek a Safer Transportation Future; DOT Invests in Programs in Three States; More Pilots to Come

Over the past year I have been visiting research labs, technology companies and manufacturers to deliver a simple message: The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to roll out the red carpet, not the red tape, for new technologies in transportation. If an emerging technology can improve safety and improve how we move, we want to see it on the market as quickly as possible. [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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