April 15, 2016
SEPTA to Launch PTC April 18; First Commuter Line in U.S. to Run ACSES

FRA has given ­Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority written authorization to start provisional revenue service operations for its PTC system. [More]

» The Beaver County Transit Authority is seeking an operations manager. [More]
» Chatham Area Transit has an opening for a director of maintenance. [More]
» The Capital District Transportation Authority requests proposals for a new intelligent transportation management system, [More]
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Peer Performance: Three California Agencies Convene to Collaborate, Network, Learn

In mid-March, three west coast public transit agency general managers and members of their staffs traveled to Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District headquarters for a meeting of peer agencies to share experiences, network and learn from each other. [More]

Mayors and GMs: Collaboration Moves Cities Forward

The most successful public transit agency general managers are masters of collaboration who build partnerships with transportation stakeholders as diverse as real estate developers, community activists, small business owners and engineers.

But perhaps their most important partnership is with their mayor. Every component of public transit, from infrastructure to fares and service hours to routes, has an impact on a city’s overall well-being. [More]

Sound Transit Opens New Platform at Mukilteo

Sound Transit marked the opening of the new south platform and pedestrian overpass at the Mukilteo Sounder commuter rail station at ceremonies April 11. [More]

FTA Issues Advisory on Stop Signal Overruns

On April 7, FTA issued Safety Advisory 16-1 to collect information on the frequency of stop signal overruns in the rail transit industry and the actions being taken to address these occurrences. [More]

JTA to Take Over Ferry

As Passenger Transport went to press, the Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) was preparing to  commemorate its acquisition of the St. Johns River Ferry with an April 16 event featuring free ferry rides, live music, games, face painting, balloon art and food, co-sponsored by the city of Jacksonville, the St. Johns River Ferry Commission and Friends of the Ferry. [More]

U.S. Sen. Hoeven Visits MCI Pembina Plant

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) recently toured the Pembina, ND, manufacturing hub of Motor Coach Industries (MCI) with Bryan Couch, MCI vice president and general manager of operations. [More]

New CEOs Named

New Jersey Transit Corporation and LYNX in Orlando, FL, have announced the appointments of new chief executives. [More]

TSA Commends 13 Agencies for Highest Security Levels

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently recognized 13 U.S. public transit agencies for earning its highest rating of “Gold Standard” on their 2015 Baseline Assessments for Security Enhancement (BASE) for building strong security programs. [More]

New St. Louis Pedestrian Bridge Serves MetroLink

St. Louis Metro opened the new Spruce Street Bridge on April 10; the project, which provides access to Busch Stadium, includes a flight of stairs from the platform of the Stadium MetroLink Station. [More]

In Memoriam: Murray, Longtime Rail Professional

Harold Francis Murray, 91, a railroad professional in Canada for more than half a century, died April 4. [More]


Meet Diana C. Mendes!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Diana C. Mendes, AICP, senior vice president/director, DCS Americas Transit/Rail, AECOM, Arlington, VA, a member of the APTA Board of Directors, vice chair of the Legislative Committee and member of the Policy and Planning, High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail and Sustainability committees. [More]


Melaniphy Accepts Sustainability Award

The Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition recently recognized APTA for its leadership and support of sustainability issues with an award presented to APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy at the 2016 Sustainable Infrastructure: the Next Generation Forum, hosted by the coalition and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. [More]

Build a Workforce Pipeline with APTA's Career Day

Does your organization have a steady pipeline of new employees?

Now’s the time to introduce K-12 students to careers in public transportation, says APTA’s Human Resources Committee, which is sponsoring the association’s 6th annual National Public Transportation Career Day, Thursday, May 12. [More]

APTA Seeks Comments on Standards Development

APTA invites all members to submit comments on documents in APTA’s Standards Development Program through May 2. [More]

APTA Hosts Paul Comfort, Maryland Transit Administration CEO

Paul Comfort, administrator and chief executive officer of the Maryland Transit Administration, gave a presentation on his agency’s Purple Line project April 14 at the APTA offices in Washington, DC, as a special Thursday part of APTA’s “Transportation Tuesday” series. [More]


Transparency, Trust and the T: How MBTA's New Dashboard Is Changing Rider Outreach in Boston

The MBTA—known in the Boston area as the T—recently became linked with two more “Ts” in our great city: transparency and trust, attributes that are the hallmarks of the agency’s new performance dashboard. [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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