October 16, 2015
Industry Leaders Gather for Annual Meeting

More than 2,200 public transportation professionals gathered in San Francisco Oct. 4-7 to network, share best practices, discuss trends and innovations, learn about industry products and services and participate in sessions focused on industry challenges during the APTA 2015 Annual Meeting. [More]

» The Ventura County Transportation Commission is looking for a public transit director. [More]
» The Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) has an opening for a director of finance. [More]
» The Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis/St. Paul) is requesting proposals for 27 low floor light rail vehicles, with an option to purchase up to 50 additional vehicles. [More]
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Volvo Breaks Ground for Nova Bus, Prevost Customer Delivery Center

Volvo broke ground Sept. 29 in Plattsburgh, NY, for a new customer delivery center serving Nova Bus and Prevost, bus manufacturers and members of the Volvo Group. [More]

JTA's Ford Named Champion of Change

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., chief executive officer, Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA), was honored Oct. 13 honored as one of 11 White House Transportation Champions of Change—and the only one representing ­public transportation. [More]

Cuomo, De Blasio, Prendergast Agree on MTA Capital Funding; $26.1 Billion Committed for Nation's Largest Transit System

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Tom Prendergast announced an agreement Oct. 10 on the remaining funding for the MTA Capital Program: the state has committed to provide $8.3 billion and the city $2.5 billion, comprising $1.9 billion from direct city sources and $600 million through alternative non-tax-levy revenue sources. [More]

LANTA Opens Transit Center in Easton, PA

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA), Allentown, PA, recently dedicated its new Fred A. Williams Transit Station in downtown Easton. [More]

FTA to Oversee WMATA's Metrorail Safety Operations

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on Oct. 9 that he has directed FTA to immediately assume safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrorail operations. [More]

New CEOs Named

A public transportation agency and an association supporting community transportation have announced new chief executives. [More]


Snohomish County Adds Capacity with 'Double Tall' Buses

Community Transit in Snohomish County, WA, recently introduced four of its 22 new Double Tall double-decker buses to service on commuter routes to downtown Seattle. [More]

Wabtec Acquires Track IQ

Wabtec Corporation, Wil­merding, PA, has acquired the assets of Track IQ, a manufacturer of wayside sensor systems for the global rail industry, with annual sales of about $15 million. [More]

In the Pink: CDTA Fights Breast Cancer

The Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany, NY, is joining the American Cancer Society in its fight to bring attention to the disease by turning one seat pink on each of its BusPlus BRT buses during October. [More]

'The Comet' Provides Support Following Columbia, SC Flood

Residents of Columbia, SC, are beginning to recover from the catastrophic flooding that struck Oct. 3-4—and the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (the Comet) has been pitching in to help since the emergency began. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are a few news highlights from APTA public transit agencies and business members. [More]


Welcoming Remarks from Valarie J. McCall

The following remarks were delivered by APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall at the Opening General Session of the APTA Annual Meeting ­October 5 in San Francisco. [More]


Meet Madeline Chun!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Madeline Chun, partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, a member of the APTA Board of Directors; chair, Legal Affairs Committee; and member, Procurement Steering Committee. [More]


McCall Assumes Chair; Calls for More Collaboration

In the Opening General Session, McCall, a member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees, listed collaboration among all sectors of the industry—public transit agency employees, board members, business members and other organizations—as the way to stay current and successful and meet the future. [More]

Kanter: Moving Forward with Investment

Author and Harvard business professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, second from right, spoke about the future of U.S. infrastructure at “MOVE: America’s Transportation Future,” a General Session sponsored by APTA’s business members. [More]

A Conversation with FTA

Acting FTA ­Administrator Therese McMillan brought more than an abundance of news to the 2015 Annual Meeting. She also brought a large contingent of senior FTA staff—a tangible demonstration of her commitment to two-way communication. [More]

'Generation Y is Why'

Demographer Ken Gronbach said understanding the future of public transportation in the U.S. is all about the math—particularly counting millennials and Latinos, two population groups that promise to have a greater impact on society than baby boomers. [More]

Public Transportation: 'The Great Enabler'

Henrika Buchanan-Smith, FTA associate administrator for program management, moderated the Closing General Session, “Public Transportation: A Pathway to Health,” which focused on the connection between healthcare and public transit. [More]

Photos from the Annual Meeting

More than 2,200 public transportation professionals gathered in San Francisco to participate in the 2015 APTA Annual Meeting. Click here to see a photo spread showing APTA members networking, attending educational sessions, questioning speakers and learning about new public transit technologies and services. [More]

Integrated Mobility and Transformative Technology

“Not since the invention of the automobile has transportation technology seen so much change.”

That statement by Kim Green, executive director of business development for Genfare and APTA secretary-treasurer, was the main thesis of “Integrated Mobility/Transformative Technology: Positioning Public Transportation in a World of Game-Changing Innovation.” Green presided at the session, which was sponsored by Accenture. [More]

ADA: An Industry Game-Changer

APTA celebrated the 25th anniversary of ADA at a General Session that featured a panel of access advocates and industry leaders who discussed the civil rights act as a game-changer for public transportation, systems and businesses and individual riders—one that has resulted in technological innovations, ridership growth and social benefits. [More]

Diversity Council Holds Listening Session

Numerous Annual Meeting attendees participated in the APTA Diversity Council’s lunchtime listening session regarding ways that public transportation professionals can enhance inclusiveness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the workplace and in community and stakeholder outreach. [More]

2015 APTA AdWheel Grand Award and First-Place Winners

APTA celebrated excellence in marketing and communications initiatives during the annual AdWheel Grand Awards at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [More]

Lessons on Collaboration

APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall noted that “collaboration begins at home” in her Annual Meeting opening speech and then brought that idea to life by moderating a concurrent session titled “Strengthening Public Transportation through Strategic Collaboration,” where she assembled public officials who work with various constituencies in cities with strong public transit systems. [More]

APTA Awards Honor Industry's Best

APTA bestowed its highest honors on six exemplary industry professionals and two organizations during a special ceremony at the Annual Meeting. [More]

APTA Celebrates Tomorrow's Leaders

Three groups of current and emerging industry leaders gathered at the Annual Meeting to celebrate their accomplishments and milestones: Leadership APTA’s graduating class of 2015, incoming class of 2016 and the recipients of scholarships bestowed by APTF, the association’s foundation. [More]


Who's Doing What in the Industry

Click here to see the latest 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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