October 21, 2016
Grassroots Advocacy Takes Root; How Public Transit Agencies Cultivate Successful Ballot Initiatives

When voters go to the polls in a few weeks, in addition to ­electing the president and members of Congress, many will also be deciding the outcome of nearly $200 billion in investments for transportation—an unprecedented level of funding. [More]

» Pace Suburban Bus seeks a regional manager-paratransit/vanpool. [More]
» The city of Phoenix is looking for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) administrator. [More]
» Los Angeles Metro requests bids for eight pressure washer trucks with pressure washer units and two additional pressure washer units. [More]
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OCTA Reorganizes Entire Bus Route Map; Johnson: 'Match the Needs in Front of Us'

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) recently introduced extensive service changes throughout its Southern California service area, including a reallocation of routes, the introduction of full mobile ticketing through the new OC Bus app and a six-month discount in the cost of a day pass from $5 to $4. [More]

Phoenix Prepares for Bus Service Expansion

As Passenger Transport went to press, Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix were preparing for the Oct. 24 expansion of service on all bus routes and Dial-a-Ride paratransit in the city. [More]

MTS Opens Energy Efficient CNG Bus Facility

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) opened the East County Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility in nearby El Cajon, CA, to provide a new home for up to 120 CNG-powered buses. [More]

Foxx Visits High-Speed Rail Construction Sites

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently toured California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) construction sites in the Central Valley with Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morales and other California transportation officials. [More]

Connecticut DOT Unveils Track Construction Machine; 'CT rail' Will Connect New Haven, Hartford, Springfield

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker recently unveiled the mammoth Track Construction Machine being used to double-track portions of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield passenger rail line, now branded as the CTrail Hartford Line. [More]

Cleveland Receives FTA Grant for Vehicle Safety Technology

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) is preparing to launch testing early next year on two intelligent transportation systems designed to reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions, funded with a $2.7 million grant from FTA in cooperation with ­Battelle Memorial Institute. [More]

St. Louis Celebrates Historic Eads Bridge Rehab

Leaders from Bi-State Development (operator of St. Louis Metro), FTA representatives and officials from Illinois and Missouri recently celebrated the reopening of the historic 142-year-old Eads Bridge, the oldest bridge still in operation across the Mississippi River, following a $48 million comprehensive rehabilitation project. [More]

Connect Transit Faces Possible Shutdown

Connect Transit in Normal, IL, may be forced to suspend service at the end of December if the state does not resume funding that accounts for 65 percent of its operating expenses through the Downstate Public Transportation Fund. [More]

DOT Announces New Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Oct. 19 that he will establish an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT), which will serve as a critical resource for the department in framing federal policy for the continued development and deployment of automated transportation. [More]

NJ Ends Transportation Funding Impasse with 23-Cent Tax Hike

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Oct. 14 that revised the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority Act and issued an executive order that rescinded previous orders to freeze construction and rail projects statewide. [More]


Happy 50th Birthday, DOT!

President Lyndon Johnson signed the law creating DOT on Oct. 15, 1966, surrounded by Cabinet officers and members of Congress including Speaker of the House John McCormack. [More]

PRTC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), Woodbridge, VA, commemorated its 30th anniversary of service with a community celebration Oct. 8 featuring bus excursions, a K-9 demonstration, a food and toiletry donation drive to support area homeless shelters and other events. [More]

Deadline Nears for AdWheel Awards

It’s time to submit your entry to APTA’s 2017 AdWheel Award program and win the accolades your hard-working marketing, communications and PIO staffs deserve. [More]

In Case You Missed It...

Public transit professionals who couldn’t attend the 2016 APTA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles can experience many of the major sessions on video by visiting the APTA website[More]

In Memoriam: Dorfman, Transit Manager

Mark Dorfman, 65, a 35-year public transit professional who managed systems in Saginaw, MI, El Paso, TX, and Santa Cruz, CA, died Sept. 23. [More]


Meet Lindsey Robertson!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Lindsey Robertson, senior program ­manager, Workforce Development and Educational Services Department. [More]

Emerging Transportation Technology Will Connect Southern Nevada

Great cities realize the importance of transportation in building a strong economy and thriving community. They collaborate on transportation infrastructure and ­technologies to enhance mobility for their residents and visitors. [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]
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