September 1, 2017
Texas, Louisiana Slammed by Hurricane Harvey; Transit Systems Helping to Manage Relief Efforts

Public transit systems in South Texas and Louisiana are coping with the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. [More]

» The Macon-Bibb County (GA) Transit Authority seeks a president/CEO. [More]
» The Spokane (WA) Transit Authority is looking for a chief operations officer. [More]
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RapidLink Brings BRT to Riverside, CA

BRT made its first appearance in Riverside, CA, with the opening of the River­side Transit Agency (RTA) ­RapidLink Gold Line, an express route in the 19-mile corridor between the Corona Transit Center and the University of California at Riverside. [More]

SMART Commuter Rail Takes Off

Passenger rail service returned to the corridor between Santa Rosa and San Rafael, CA, for the first time since 1958 with the launch of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) service on Aug. 25. [More]

Md. MTA Breaks Ground For Purple Line; Secretary Chao, Gov. Hogan Sign FFGA

DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a $900 million FTA Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) Aug. 28 for the Maryland Purple Line Light Rail Project that will connect two Maryland counties bordering Washington, DC. [More]

NTSB Calls for Inward- and Outward-Facing Cameras on Rail Transit Vehicles

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued three safety recommendations calling for the installation of crash-resistant inward- and outward-facing cameras in all rail transit vehicles, saying the cameras would greatly aid in crash investigations. [More]

Williams Appointed FTA Deputy Administrator

FTA has announced the appointment of K. Jane ­Williams as deputy administrator. [More]

Brunswick, Maine, Gets New Express Bus Service

The Greater Portland (ME) Transit District (GPT) expanded its METRO BREEZ express bus service to Brunswick, ME, on Aug. 24, with 14 weekday round trips and seven on Saturdays. [More]

APTA Continues Recruitment of Its Next President

APTA is continuing work on the recruitment of its next President & CEO. All interested persons are encouraged to apply before the closing date of Sept. 22, 2017. APTA is also asking members to identify qualified candidates and encourage them to apply for the position. [More]

New CEOs Named

The Maryland Transit Administration and RATP Group announced new chief executives and the San Diego Association of Governments named an interim executive director. [More]


GCRTA's Brookpark Station Reopens After Renovation

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) celebrated the completion of renovations to its busiest station, the Brookpark Station on the Red Line, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 23. [More]

San Joaquin Replaces BRT Vehicles with Electric Buses

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), Stockton, CA, recently converted one of its BRT Express routes to 100 percent electric, operating with four zero-emission vehicles from Proterra—becoming the nation’s first 100 percent electric BRT route. [More]

VVTA Route Extends Service

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA), Hesperia, CA, recently introduced a new hourly route that connects the agency’s major transfer point at Victor Valley College (VVC) to previously unserved key locations including the VVC Regional Public Safety Training Center, Walmart Distribution Center and High Desert Juvenile Detention Center. [More]

Capital Metro Expands Service

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro), Austin, TX, is joining the city of Round Rock to introduce bus service on three new routes. [More]

Agencies Served Eclipse Riders

Public transit agencies in four communities shared how they prepared in advance for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. [More]

TCAT Provides Real-Time Information

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit Inc. (TCAT), Ithaca, NY, has begun providing real-time information to its passengers via free mobile apps and its website as part of a $1.5 million Information Technology/Intelligent Transportation System contract with Avail Technologies. [More]

FTA Seeks Applications for $30 Million in Ferry Funds

FTA is seeking applications through Oct. 23 for approximately $30 million in Fiscal Year 2017 competitive grant funding under the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. [More]

FTA Launches Joint Procurement Clearinghouse Online

FTA recently launched a new online procurement tool that allows federal grant recipients to purchase rolling stock jointly. The Joint Procurement Clearinghouse, required under the FAST Act, will enable small public transit providers to pool purchases of buses, railcars and ferries to create economies of scale. [More]

UK Prime Minister Visits Alexander Dennis Plant

In recognition of Alexander Dennis Limited’s £44 million ($56 million) contract to deliver 90 low-emission double-decker buses to Mexico City, British Prime Minister Theresa May toured the company’s bus manufacturing plant in Guildford, Surrey, UK, with Chief Executive Colin Robertson. [More]

PSTA Partners with St. Petersburg Police

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), St. Petersburg, FL, recently joined the St. Petersburg Police Department to create a police workstation at PSTA’s Grand Central Station where officers can type reports and take meal breaks near the business district. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are a few brief items from public transit agencies and businesses. [More]


Annual Meeting & EXPO: Something for Everyone

Thousands of public transportation professionals will convene in Atlanta Oct. 8-11 to participate in APTA’s Annual Meeting & EXPO. The EXPO, a triennial event, is the industry’s premier trade show and will feature more than 780 manufacturers and suppliers. [More]

Sustainability, Multimodal Planning Experts Share Ideas at Joint Workshop

APTA recognized signatories of the Sustainability Commitment for achieving new levels during the recent Sustainability and Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop in Minneapolis. [More]

Bongiorno Named APTA Assistant VP

Deborah Bongiorno, senior managing editor of Passenger Transport for the past four and one-half years, has been promoted to APTA assistant vice president-member services, responsible for APTA’s membership and meetings groups. [More]

APTA Issues Standard on Fatigue Management Program Requirements

As a response to the issue of public transit worker fatigue, APTA recently published a standard on Fatigue Management Program Requirements. [More]


Public Transportation Is Key to Dealing with Climate Change

Cities, states, organizations of all sizes and everyday Americans are stepping up to fight climate change. [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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