July 29, 2016
Foxx Announces Plan to Streamline DOT's Financing, Grantmaking; Calls Build America Bureau 'One-Stop Shop'

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced that DOT has established the Build America Bureau, which will combine several public transportation infrastructure-related programs, streamline credit and grant opportunities, provide technical assistance and encourage best practices in planning, financing, delivery and monitoring. [More]

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RTD Celebrates New B Line Commuter Rail

Denver’s Regional Transportation District and its partners commemorated the grand opening of B Line commuter rail with ribbon-cutting ceremonies July 25—the agency’s third opening this year with two more in the works. [More]

SEPTA Transports Thousands of DNC Attendees; In Cleveland, RTA 'Promised a Lot, and We Delivered a Lot'

As the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority provided service to thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates and other guests during the July 25-28 event in Philadelphia, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority was taking stock of its efforts during the Republican National Convention the previous week. [More]

FTA Final Rule on TAM Details Requirements

FTA issued a final rule July 26 on transit asset management (TAM) that requires its grantees to develop management plans for their public transportation assets (including vehicles, facilities, equipment and other infrastructure), inventory and assess the conditions of their assets, develop priorities for investment based on the inventory and establish performance targets. [More]

DOT Awards $500 Million in TIGER Grants to 40 Recipients

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on July 29 that 40 recipients will receive nearly $500 million in the eighth round of the highly competitive TIGER grant program. [More]

DOT Offers PTC Implementation Grants

On July 29, DOT announced that commuter rail agencies can apply through Sept. 28 for $199 million in competitive grant funding for PTC implementation, to be selected by FRA and awarded and administered by FTA. [More]

20 Agencies Receive $55 Million in FTA 'Low-No' Grants

FTA has selected 20 public transit providers in 13 states to receive $55 million in Fiscal Year 2016 funding for new technology buses—battery-electric or fuel cell powered—through the Low or No-Emission Bus Competitive Grant Program. Seventeen of the grant recipients are APTA members. [More]

Metrolink Unveils First Low-Emission Locomotive

Metrolink commuter rail unveiled its first Tier 4 locomotive July 18 at Los Angeles Union Station, the beginning of a long-term plan to purchase up to 40 of the vehicles for approximately $280 million. [More]

New York Subway to Order 1,025 Railcars; Part of $27 Billion MTA Capital Program

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently unveiled the design features of 1,025 new and reimagined subway cars for MTA New York City Transit, part of a $27 billion, five-year New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital program to renew the subway network. [More]

First Transit Enters North American Rail Market with DCTA Agreement

First Transit has announced its first rail contract in North America: a nine-year contract with the Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX, with an additional five-year option, to provide operations and maintenance services for A-train commuter rail effective Oct. 1. [More]

Rep. Matsui Tours New Siemens Rail Service HQ

Siemens recently hosted Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) for a tour of its new 60,000-square-foot plant in Sacramento dedicated to its rail service, maintenance and repair operations; the facility also serves as Siemens Mobility Customer Services U.S. headquarters and West Coast logistics hub. [More]

CHSRA Enters MOU with State

The California High-Speed Rail Authority and California Energy Commission have entered into a memorandum of understanding that will allow the agencies to work together on implementing green technology and best practices during the design and construction of the high-speed rail system. [More]


Come Fly With(out) Me; Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Transportation

Aviation meets the public transportation ­industry, thanks to advances in technology that make unmanned aircraft ­systems (UAS)—or, if you prefer, drones—increasingly accessible tools for providers. [More]


Meet George Furnanz!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is George Furnanz, chief executive officer, Stacy and Witbeck, Alameda, CA, a member of the High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee and Streetcar Subcommittee. [More]


Meet Sharon Royster!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Sharon Royster, human resources specialist, Finance Department. [More]

Annual Meeting: Something for Everyone in Public Transportation

The 2016 Annual Meeting, Sept. 11-14 in Los Angeles, is the public transportation industry’s flagship event for agency and business leaders, board members and government officials to learn about and share best practices, network, hear about product and service trends and join tours. [More]


Here's a brief schedule of activities at the 2016 APTA Annual Meeting. [More]

LA Metro's Goal: Tackle City's Transportation Challenges Today and 'Once and For All'

As APTA and its members prepare to descend on Los Angeles for the upcoming Annual Meeting starting on Sept. 11, they will land in a city being transformed by ­public transit.

Passenger Transport asked Phillip Washington, chief executive officer of Los ­Angeles Metro, host system for the meeting, and APTA immediate past chair, to tell us how the agency is changing the city, what’s next on the horizon and to share some insights for his industry colleagues on what’s next for the agency and the city. [More]

More than 30 Educational Sessions at Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting schedule includes more than 30 educational sessions covering a range of topics from public transportation planning and maintenance to workforce development, funding and major ­projects. [More]

A Brief Preview of Big Ideas on Diversity, Inclusion; Expert Shares Fresh Workplace Strategies in Monday's Session

What makes diversity and inclusion such powerful workplace strategies, and how can public transportation leaders think about these concepts in a new light? [More]

Save on Travel Costs to LA with APTA's Partners

APTA is partnering with United and Delta airlines and Amtrak to provide discounted fares to people attending the APTA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. [More]

APTA Awards Honor 18 Exemplary Agencies, Individuals

APTA is recognizing 18 outstanding public transportation professionals, agencies and supporters this year for their leadership, dedication and contributions at its annual award ceremony and luncheon on Sept. 13. [More]

AdWheel Awards Honor Members for Communications and Marketing Efforts

The AdWheel Awards recognize the marketing and communications efforts of APTA’s members and showcase the strategic value of communications and marketing in the industry. [More]

Art to Architecture, Land to Sea, Regional Rail to Water Taxis: Tech Tours Cover Them All

Los Angeles Metro, host system, and its regional partners have scheduled nine technical tours before and after the Annual Meeting. [More]

We Love LA--And You Will Too; LA Insight from Insiders

Passenger Transport asked the experts—LA Metro staff—for their best recommendations for things to do, places to visit, off-the-beaten-path restaurants and other “can’t miss” LA spots many tourists never see. [More]

APTF to Present 27 Scholarships at Annual Meeting; First Valarie J. McCall, Bombardier Scholarships; Special Marsella Scholarship

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) will present a record-breaking $125,000 in scholarships to 27 recipients at ceremonies Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, during the Annual Meeting. [More]

2015 Flashback: Members Value Networking, Sharing

Click here to see representative scenes from the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The Annual Meeting offers dozens of opportunities for members to chat informally, get acquainted and strengthen partnerships. Sessions during the meeting feature speakers and panelists who share best practices, trends and industry updates. [More]


PSTA-Uber Pilot Provides Connections to Jobs

As Passenger Transport went to press, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), St. Petersburg, FL, was preparing to introduce TD Late Shift, a collaboration with Uber that will provide free, on-demand rides to low-income residents to and from work during hours when PSTA buses do not run. [More]

TfL and Cubic to License Contactless Ticketing Worldwide

Transport for London (TfL) and Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) recently announced their agreement to license and adapt a contactless ticketing system—known as ­Oyster—to cities around the world. [More]

Voices of Experience Engage Leadership APTA Class

Public transit chief executives and senior leaders including APTA Vice Chair Doran Barnes, executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA, spoke about their career journeys and shared insights about their roles as executives during the Leadership APTA Class of 2016’s recent capstone session in Chicago. [More]

Blumenauer Joins in BIKETOWN Launch

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), an outspoken supporter of bicycles and public transit, joined the July 19 launch of BIKETOWN, the public bike share system in Portland, OR, by riding across the Tilikum Crossing bridge, which serves all transportation modes except private cars and trucks [More]

FRA Approves New England Plan

FRA has announced a finding of no significant impact regarding the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative, clearing the way for states and the federal government to invest in future passenger rail service in New England. [More]

Aylward Is New Volpe Director

DOT has named Anne Aylward the new director of Volpe, he National Transportation Systems Center, where she has been employed for more than 20 years. [More]

AC Transit Launches On-Demand Flex Bus Service

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in Oakland, CA, introduced a year-long pilot program called AC Transit Flex—an on-demand bus service—on July 18. [More]

APTA's Advocacy Video Honored

For the second consecutive year, APTA’s Voices for Public Transit (VPT) initiative received a Telly Award, which honors exemplary film and video productions, both online and on television. [More]

SEPTA Food Drive Fights Child Hunger

Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority collected food donations at 43 locations across its service area through its eighth annual “Stop Hunger at Your Station” food drive. [More]

Previous Champ Wins Cable Car Bell Ringing Title

Independent judges at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s recent 53rd Muni Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest declared Leonard Oats world champion. [More]

APTA Recognizes Sustainability Achievements

APTA recognized six public transportation agencies for their outstanding achievements as signatories in the APTA Sustainability Commitment program during the recent Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop in Austin, TX. [More]

'Every Place Counts' to Reconnect Neighborhoods

DOT recently launched the Ladders of Opportunity Every Place Counts Design Challenge, which encourages four U.S. cities—Spokane, WA; Philadelphia; Nashville, TN; and St. Paul-Minneapolis—to reimagine existing transportation projects to reconnect neighborhoods isolated by the construction of interstate highways. [More]

'RideKC Taxi' Expands Travel Options

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) recently launched a regional taxi voucher program for older riders and persons with disabilities in Johnson County, KS, and eastern Jackson County, MO. [More]

TranSystems Acquires Athalye

TranSystems Corporation, a national consulting firm headquartered in Kansas City, MO, has acquired Athalye Consulting Engineering Services Inc., a Southern California consulting firm established in 1991 that specializes in transportation construction engineering and design services. [More]

HART Achieves ISO Certification

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL, recently became the only public transit system in Florida—and only the 13th in the U.S.—to achieve official ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Sustainability and Management System. [More]


Public Transit Stands Up for LGBT Pride

Public transportation agencies throughout North America celebrated Pride Month, held every June, which commemorates a watershed moment in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. [More]


Using 'Asset Genetics' to Unlock Hidden Capital; Understanding an Infrastructure Asset's Unique Characteristics Can Extend its Life Span--and Save Money

To continue to grow, the world needs to invest in new infrastructure—and it is not keeping up. According to recent McKinsey research, current infrastructure spending is $2.5 trillion to $3.0 trillion a year, far short of the $6.0 trillion needed to meet average annual demand to 2030. [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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