February 10, 2017
APTA Gears Up for New Legislative Agenda; 100 Days 'Prime Time' for Outreach

A new president’s first 100 days are often viewed as a signal for upcoming priorities, activity and tone, and President Trump’s first days are no exception.

As the new administration and members of the 115th Congress take the reins of government, APTA is also gearing up to provide its members with advocacy, information and resources aimed at reinforcing the importance of investing in ­public transportation infrastructure. [More]

» The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is looking for a director of Northern Virginia rail projects. [More]
» The Sacramento Regional Transit District seeks a director, planning. [More]
» The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority requests proposals for a CAD/AVL system. [More]
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AC Transit Reopens Bus Facility at Historic Site; Sustainable Features Key to Redesign

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), Oakland, CA, continued to make history when it recently reopened a bus facility with such sustainable design advancements as a low flow bus wash with internal water recycling and reuse system, two industrial wastewater treatment systems, a stormwater treatment and filtration system and a high-efficiency, low-emission emergency ­generator. [More]

Snowstorm Slams Northeastern U.S.; Public Transit Was Prepared

A nor’easter stormed into the northeastern U.S. the morning of Feb. 9, leaving metropolitan areas including New York City and Boston with eight inches or more of snow. [More]

Public Transit: Super Bowl MVPs

Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County provided more than 700,000 light rail and shuttle bus boardings during the nine-day period leading up to Super Bowl LI, while Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority marked one of the busiest days in its history when the New England Patriots came home for their victory parade Feb. 7. [More]

Transit Police Attend Funeral for RTD Officer

The funeral of a Regional Transportation District transit security guard killed Feb. 1 in the line of duty, Scott Von Lanken, was attended by representatives of Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Utah Transit Authority, who joined RTD and Denver-area leaders for the service. [More]

KAT Improves Service; More Access to Jobs, Shopping

Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) recently implemented service improvements on 13 bus routes, including new Sunday service, increased frequencies on Saturdays and later service on many neighborhood routes. [More]

Oklahoma City Breaks Ground for Streetcar; EMBARK to Operate

Construction began Feb. 7 for “one of the most ambitious projects in Oklahoma City’s history,” in the words of Mayor Mick Cornett: the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Streetcar line, the area’s first streetcar system in generations. [More]

APTA Holds First Rail Infrastructure Maintenance Summit

More than 25 public transportation professionals participated in APTA’s first Rail Infrastructure Maintenance Summit at its offices in Washington, DC, Feb. 6 -7. [More]

New CEOs Named

CityLink, Peoria, IL, has named a permanent general manager and Huitt-Zollars announced the promotion of its executive vice president to the company's presidency. [More]

In Memoriam

APTA says goodbye to a senior sales consultant and a former public transit agency board chairman. [More]

Barnes Shares Goals at BMBG Meeting

APTA Chair Doran J. Barnes reported on the goals of his term when he addressed the recent APTA Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) Annual Meeting in Clearwater, FL, attended by almost 90 business members who also learned about APTA’s future and discussed qualities the next APTA president and CEO will need. [More]

Join APTA for Learning, Networking

Make plans now to participate in APTA’s upcoming conferences: the 2017 Bus & Paratransit Conference, May 7-10 in Reno, NV; the Rail Conference, June 11-14 in Baltimore; and the Annual Meeting & EXPO, Oct. 8-11 in Atlanta. [More]

APTA Award Nominations Due

APTA invites its public transit agency and business members to submit nominations by April 10 for its annual awards program, which recognizes excellence in the public transportation industry in North America. [More]


1946: Public Transit Scores a Touchdown

As Passenger Transport celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding, we will feature short articles summarizing some of the important news, people and events from past issues. [More]


State Affairs Committee

This is the latest in a series of columns showcasing APTA committees. The subject of this profile is the State Affairs Committee, chaired by Lisa Bacot, executive director, Florida Public Transportation Association. [More]


A Lesson in Engaged Citizenship: How One Agency Links Community Involvement With Its Long-Term Success

I believe, in order to be successful, you have to be invested. From my perspective, I am CDTA and CDTA is me. We’re one and the same. You can’t separate them. When you live somewhere, raise your family in an area and are committed to the area, you have to be part of the community. It’s as simple as that. [More]


FTA Schedules TAM Roundtable

FTA invites Transit Asset Management (TAM) practitioners from U.S. public transit agencies to gather in Cambridge, MA, beginning Aug. 28 to participate in a two- to three-day TAM roundtable. [More]

New Study: 'HealthLine' Generating High-Paying Jobs in Growth Sectors

The data are in: The number of jobs has nearly doubled along one of Cleveland’s main thoroughfares—Euclid Avenue—since the 2008 completion of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s BRT HealthLine, often cited as a “gold standard” for BRT in the U.S. [More]

DART Community Spirit Captured In Award Winning Photo

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Elmar Cannon shows his big community spirit by reaching out to one of Dallas’ smallest citizens in a 2015 photo that is among the winners in the third annual photo contest conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). [More]

'Ride with Pride' in Greensboro, NC

The Greensboro (NC) Transit Authority invites the community to “Ride with Pride” during February, Black History Month. [More]

Same Day Medical Transportation in Flint, MI

The Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) in Flint, MI, recently partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop and launch a new Same Day Medical Transportation Service, funded through DHHS. [More]

Bus Manufacturers Off to Busy Start

Motor Coach Industries and Proterra report major bus orders and plans for manufacturing expansion. [More]

PSTA Joins with Uber, Taxi to Get People on the Bus

Residents of Pinellas County, FL, can use ride-hailing apps and taxis to connect to Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus stops through the agency’s new Direct Connect program—the nation’s first P3 to connect passengers to bus stops—and all for only about $1. [More]

UITP Summit Kicks Off in May

Public transportation ­leaders and policymakers from around the world will convene in Montréal May 15-17 for the biennial International Association of Public Transport’s (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are some brief news items showcasing APTA member organizations. [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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