August 25, 2016
MARTA Rejuvenates TOD with 'Spoke'

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) broke ground Aug. 22 on Spoke, a TOD project anchored by the agency’s Edgewood/Candler Park Station, an event that signals the agency’s revamped community development initiatives. [More]

» The Sacramento Regional Transit District is looking for a deputy chief executive officer. [More]
» The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority seeks a chief communications officer. [More]
» The Madison County Mass Transit District is soliciting proposals for the purchase of light-duty transit buses. [More]


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LA Metro Honors Sen. Boxer

Representatives of Los Angeles Metro presented Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) with an award Aug. 24 in recognition of her role in helping the agency secure a $546 million TIFIA loan to jumpstart construction of the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX light rail line currently under construction. [More]

Foxx, Lee Attend Ground Breaking for AC Transit's BRT Line

As Passenger Transport went to press, DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) were in Oakland, CA, Aug. 26 to participate in ground-breaking ceremonies for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District’s (AC Transit) 9.5-mile BRT system. [More]


Connect Transit Launches New Bus Network

Connect Transit in Bloomington-Normal, IL, welcomed Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) to its Uptown Station in Normal to celebrate the recent launch of an entirely new regional fixed-route bus network. [More]

TransLink Unveils First Mark III SkyTrain

TransLink in Vancouver, BC, introduced its first Mark III SkyTrain to service Aug. 18 at the Waterfront Station on the Expo Line, with Chief Executive Officer Kevin Desmond and Vivienne King, president and general manager of the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd., which operates service on the light rail line, in attendance. [More]

Public Transit Funds Targeted to Ontario; Infrastructure Fund Covers Up to Half of Project Costs

Public transit projects throughout Ontario will have access to almost $1.5 billion (Cdn.) from the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund through an agreement between Canada’s federal government and the provincial government of Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Aug. 23. [More]

TEXRail Breaks Ground--Three Times in One Day

A new commuter rail line that will run from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport kicked off construction Aug. 24 with three groundbreakings in one day, as the Fort Worth Transportation Authority celebrated its TEXRail project with events at Fort Worth’s historic Texas & Pacific Station (the beginning of the route), Grapevine and North Richland Hills. [More]

Monroe Township, MI, Renews Property Tax

Almost three-quarters of voters in ­Bedford Township in Monroe County, MI, recently approved a 0.25-mill property tax renewal to support Lake Erie Transit’s Dial-a-Ride program. [More]

APTA Annual Meeting Set for LA

APTA and its members are preparing for the 2016 Annual Meeting, Sept. 11-14, in Los Angeles, a city of skyscrapers and palm trees. [More]

New CEOs, Interims Named

A state DOT and a public transit agency announced the appointments of new chief executives, while the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and another agency announced interim appointments. [More]

DC Streetcar to Add Sunday Service

In conjunction with the six-month anniversary of service on the DC Streetcar, the District DOT in Washington, DC, announced that the streetcar will add Sunday service on Sept. 18; at the same time, the streetcar will reduce its headways from 15 minutes to 12 minutes, operating with six vehicles. [More]


SGR: A Systems Approach; Industry Responds to SGR Needs, FTA Regulations

It’s an all-too-familiar challenge for public transportation systems and their partner organizations: Find sufficient resources to invest in state of good repair at a rate that matches need. [More]

What Boards Need to Know about State of Good Repair

As the issues, challenges and opportunities in public transportation grow increasingly complex and critical to a public transit agency’s short-term and long-term successes, the role of governing boards grows exponentially consequential. [More]


Crumbling Bridges: Now Is the Time to Take Action

As 2015 came to a close, the federal government finally enacted legislation that provides long-term funding for America’s transportation system. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, despite having its critics, was a welcome development for many infrastructure owners who had endured a decade of frustrating funding uncertainty spawned by a long string of short-term funding extensions. [More]


Celebrating the Industry's Best

APTA is honoring 18 of public ­transportation’s most exemplary agencies, businesses and individuals during a special ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the 2016 Annual Meeting, Sept. 11-14 in Los Angeles. [More]


CA Awards $390 Million in Transportation Grants; Cap and Trade Auction Funds Programs

The California State Transportation Agency recently announced $390 million in Transit and Intercity Capital Program grants for 14 ­public transportation projects, funded through the state’s cap and trade auction ­proceeds. [More]

New MVTA Route Serves Employment Hubs

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), Burnsville, MN, worked with employers in Shakopee, MN, to develop a new suburb-to-suburb route, Route 495, which is expected to increase employee access to the area. [More]

Louisiana DOT Sets Up Regional Transit Service; Actions Help Restore Service in Flooded Areas

Following the historic and deadly flooding across south Louisiana, the state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) established regional transit connections for communities in greater Baton Rouge to help restore public transit and provide vital service for the area’s workers, many of whom lost vehicles. [More]

Uber to Launch Self-Driving Car Service

In one of the first commercial applications of driverless cars, Uber recently announced its plans to introduce a self-driving car-sharing service in Pittsburgh later this month, under the supervision of two human drivers—one of whom will sit in the driver’s seat. [More]

DTC Opens Propane Fueling Station

Delaware DOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan joined other officials at recent ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Delaware Transit Corporation’s (DTC) new propane fuel station in New Castle, DE. [More]

Safety in the Spotlight

Looking for the latest safety news from FTA about the status of rulemakings, updates on activity from senior officials, training opportunities and ways to advise the agency? [More]

Metrolinx Orders 125 Bombardier Railcars

Metrolinx in Toronto has agreed to purchase an additional 125 bi-level railcars from Bombardier Transportation, for service with GO Transit, valued at $328 million ($428 million Cdn.), with construction due to begin in 2018 at the company’s Thunder Bay, ON, plant. [More]

FRA Calls for More Safety Efforts at Rail Crossings

Citing three grade crossing incidents in recent weeks that caused the deaths of parents and young children, FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg has called for greater action to prevent fatalities at the nation’s more than 200,000 railroad crossings. [More]

MST Names Building for Lichtanski

Members of the Monterey-Salinas (CA) Transit (MST) Board of Directors including Chair Libby Downey, center holding scissors, and General Manager/Chief Executive Officer Carl Sedoryk, sixth from right, recently commemorated the official opening of the new Frank J. Lichtanski Administration Building. [More]

Harting North America Expands into Mexico

Harting North America, Elgin, IL, recently opened two facilities in Mexico: a manufacturing site in Silao, in the Guanajuato region, and a sales office in Mexico City. [More]

TARC Welcomes New Electric Buses

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY, has begun introducing six new all-electric, zero-emission buses from Proterra to service, bringing the agency’s total number of the buses to 15. [More]

St. Louis Metro: Buses and Brushes

St. Louis Metro recently hosted a bus painting event sponsored by the Saint Louis Art Museum as part of its “Family Sunday: Art on the Go” program. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are a few brief news items from APTA member agencies and companies. [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 as space permits. [More]

New APTA Members

Click here to see a list of new member organizations that joined APTA in May and June. [More]

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