February 24, 2017
R Is for Ready: RTD Prepares for R Line Launch

As Passenger Transport went to press, Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) was preparing to commemorate the launch of its newest light rail line, the R Line, with a ­ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony Feb. 24 at the Iliff Station, followed by free rides and celebrations at stations along the line. [More]

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MBTA Opens Sustainable Intermodal Center

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has incorporated numerous environmentally friendly features into its newest intermodal facility, located on a portion of the historic Hingham Shipyard site in Boston. [More]

APTA Search Task Force Seeks Members' Views on Next CEO

The APTA CEO Search Task Force is seeking members’ views on the most important attributes needed for APTA’s next president and chief executive officer. [More]

Dealing with an Unexpected Shortfall in DC, MD, VA; FTA Ruling Affects Three Jurisdictions

FTA has begun withholding 5 percent of FY 2017 public transit formula funds to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to persuade the state and city governments to pass legislation that will establish a new State Safety Oversight Program (SSOP) for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrorail system. [More]

$50 Million More in State Funds for CTrail; Final Approval with FTA, State Legislators

Connecticut DOT has announced an additional $50 million for the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHSS) Rail Program, which will operate as the CTrail Hartford Line, as the state considers final budget numbers that might affect the project. [More]

New CEOs Named

The Alexandria (VA) Transit Company has named a new CEO/general manager and the president of the StrataGen division of DDS Wireless International Inc. has been named CEO of the parent company. [More]


1965: When Big News Breaks...

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]

'Passenger Transport' Celebrates Seven Decades of Public Transit Milestones

Click here to see a special section devoted to the 75-year history of Passenger Transport, including a Commentary quoting  the 50th-anniversary and 10th-anniversary issues, a brief overview of the newspaper's changing look during its history, quotes on timely issues from 1943 to 2014 and timelines that track events from the industry's past, organized by decade and aligned with APTA's current strategic goals plus association milestones. [More]


Transit CEOs Meet to Discuss Industry Issues and Opportunities

Chief executives and deputies from public transit agencies across North America gathered in San Diego at APTA’s Transit CEOs Seminar to discuss their systems’ most important challenges and opportunities. With 147 attendees, it was one of the largest seminars in recent history. [More]

Members Encouraged to Vote on Proposed Bylaws

APTA reminds its member organizations to vote on recommended changes to the association’s governing structure submitted to the membership in January. [More]

HR Committee Renamed

APTA’s Executive Committee recently approved the name change of the Human Resources Committee to the Workforce Development Committee to reflect the growing shift in the committee’s scope of work from one focused mainly on HR policies and regulations to one that more broadly supports the current and future workforce, from emerging students to the front line, mid-level managers and executives. [More]

Community Development Is Subject of Panel at Legislative Conference

A March 13 General Session focusing on the connection between public transit investment and community development is on the schedule of this year’s APTA Legislative Conference, March 12-14 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. [More]

Apply for Emerging Leaders, 2018

APTA is accepting ­applications through March 27 for the Emerging Leaders Program, previously known as the Early Career Program, for young public transit professionals and those who have recently changed careers to public transportation. [More]


Commuter Rail Continues to Make PTC Progress

Commuter rail agencies continue to make significant progress on implementing PTC and are on schedule to meet the congressional deadline of December 2018, according to APTA’s recent updated analysis based on information available as of Dec. 31, 2016. [More]

Industry Logs Nearly 8 Billion Trips in First Nine Months of 2016

Public transportation agencies nationwide reported providing nearly 8 billion trips on all modes in the first nine months of 2016, APTA recently reported. [More]

FTA Delays Funding Decision on Caltrain Electrification Project

FTA has delayed a decision on whether to approve a $647 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) that originally was intended to advance ­Caltrain’s core capacity electrification project to the next step. [More]

Consortium to Fund New Flyer Hydrogen Buses to AC Transit, OCTA; Project Sponsored by State's 'Cap and Trade' Program

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), Oakland, CA, and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) will each receive 10 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses from New Flyer through the state Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium. [More]

VIA's New Safety Message Builds on Area's Heritage

Just as Texans would never forget the Alamo or deny their Spurs pride, VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio wants its riders to add one more thing to their “never do” list: Don’t chase the bus. [More]

Flint MTA Honored for Jobs Partnership

The Mass Transportation Authority (MTA), Flint, MI, recently received the Innovation in Transportation Award from the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce for a new program that transports 300-400 new employees the 39 miles from the Flint/Genesee area to jobs in neighboring Howell/Livingston County. [More]

McDonald Transit to Operate Service in Lake County, FL

McDonald Transit, a ­division of RATP Dev, will begin operating public transit services for Lake County, FL, March 6 under a three-year contract with the county commission that includes four additional one-year renewal options. [More]

Congress Members Tour Proposed GO Triangle Light Rail Route

Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield (both D-NC) recently joined local elected officials, business leaders and education leaders for a bus tour of GoTriangle’s proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project corridor. [More]

Incentive Pay in South Bend

The South Bend (IN) Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) has introduced an incentive pay program to help the agency attract and retain full-time service line employees for vehicle cleaning, fueling and maintenance. [More]

Cubic, TfL Honored for London Fare Payment System

The contactless public transit fare payment system created by Cubic Transportation Systems and Transport for London (TfL) recently received its ninth award since 2015: the London First Award for Innovation, presented by London First, a nonprofit organization that promotes business interests in the English capital. [More]

Time to Get Ready for 2018 Ballot Initiatives

If your agency is planning a ­ballot initiative for 2018, Election Day will be here before you know it. [More]

San Francisco Opens First 'Protected Intersection'

The city of San Francisco recently completed work on its first “protected intersection,” which San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called “a step towards making San Francisco streets safer and accomplishing our Vision Zero goal of reaching zero traffic deaths.” [More]

Artfully Created Bus Shelters

Tolar Manufacturing Company recently created custom art glass panels for 15 bus shelters the company previously built for Hall Area Transit in Gainesville, GA. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are some brief news items from around the public transit industry. [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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