August 12, 2016
APTA Officer Election Set: Barnes, Ford Nominated; McCall, Green Continue as Officers

APTA members will vote on the 2016-2017 slate of officers on Sept. 10 during the APTA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. [More]

» TriMet, Portland, OR, is looking for an executive director, transportation. [More]
» The Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY, seeks an assistant executive director. [More]
» Los Angeles Metro requests proposals for the purchase of 40-foot and 60-foot low-floor CNG or zero-emission buses. [More]
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Metra Introduces Speedier Midday Service

Residents of Chicago’s southern suburbs served by the Metra Rock Island Line can save 15-20 minutes on their midday commuter rail trips into the city with the Aug. 1 launch of express midday service, which bypasses some stops along the route while local trains stop at all stations. [More]

FTA, FRA Issue Final Rules on Safety Concerns

FTA issued the final rule Aug. 11 for the Public Transportation Safety Program that establishes procedural rules for FTA to administer a comprehensive safety program to improve the safety of federally-funded public transportation systems. The final rule formally adopts the Safety Management System (SMS) approach to safety as the basis of the FTA safety program. [More]

COTA Breaks Ground on CMAX BRT Line; Stitt: Line 'Has the Potential to Change Lives'

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) broke ground for its first BRT service—the CMAX Cleveland Avenue Line, scheduled to enter service in 2018—at ceremonies Aug. 4 at the future site of a CMAX station. [More]

SF Agencies Promote 'AllNighter' Service; Bus Routes Benefit 'Non-Traditional Commuters'

San Francisco area public transportation agencies that operate “AllNighter” late-night and early-morning bus service have joined with San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development to launch a multilingual outreach campaign promoting the service. [More]

Americans Say 'Yes' to Taxes for Public Transit; Presidential Candidates Echo Public Support

As the 2016 election season enters its final three months, APTA and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) released the results of a recent poll that shows the majority of Americans support using tax dollars to create, expand and improve public transportation in their communities, underscoring the public’s ongoing support for expanded access to public transit. [More]

SEPTA Silverliner Cars Expected to Begin Returning in Late August

Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced Aug. 3 that it expects to return its 120 Silverliner V railcars to service on a regular basis starting in late August, following repairs to address a structural defect. [More]

New CEO Named: Wintergerst, Giesecke & Devrient

Giesecke & Devrient, an international firm headquartered in Munich, Germany, has named 18-year employee Ralf Wintergerst chairman of the management board (chief executive officer) effective Nov. 1. [More]

In Memoriam: Rep. Steve LaTourette, Robert R. Kiley, Greg Rymarz

APTA remembers former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH); Robert R. Kiley, the longest-serving chairman of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and Greg Rymarz, an FTA engineer in the bus testing program. [More]

Annual Meeting Educational Sessions Feature Industry Topics, Trends

The 35 educational sessions at the 2016 APTA Annual Meeting, Sept. 11-14 in Los Angeles, feature best-­practice discussions by industry experts on a wide range of topics—safety and security, funding and financing, sustainability, workforce development, ridership and more, offering numerous opportunities for peer-to-peer learning for industry professionals at all levels. [More]


Meet the Policy and Planning Committee!

This is the latest in a series of columns showcasing APTA committees. The subject of this profile is the Policy and Planning Committee, chaired by Lee Gibson, executive director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, NV, and a member of the APTA Board of Directors. [More]


It's Time to Rebuild: $3.5 Billion Plan Lays Groundwork for 'A Better BART; A Better Bay Area'

BART is a precious public resource. Every day, we connect hundreds of thousands of people to the countless opportunities the Bay Area has to offer. Thanks to the enormous amount of input from local leaders and residents, we have a strong plan to reinvest $3.5 billion in our aging system. [More]

Show and Tell: Agencies Use Smart Messaging to Inform Riders of SGR Issues, Progress

How do public transportation leaders explain to riders that single tracking on rail lines, out-of-service escalators, improvements to bus stops and other trip inconveniences are really in their best interest? [More]


State of Good Repair: Basis for Economic Development; SGR Leads to Stronger Transportation, Which Supports Growth

For almost one hundred years, America’s infrastructure has been the envy of the world. From the transcontinental railroads to electric streetcars, from subways to the interstate highway system and advances in air travel, our nation’s history of providing state-of-the-art infrastructure is impressive. [More]


A story in the July 29 Passenger Transport misidentified the total amount of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year capital program. [More]

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