November 3, 2017
APTA Responds to House GOP Tax Plan
House Republican members released their proposed overhaul of the tax code on Nov. 2. The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) would reduce tax rates for corporations and individuals while eliminating many long-standing deductions. [More]
» The Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus seeks a president & CEO. [More]
» C-TRAN, Vancouver, WA, is looking for a chief operations officer. [More]
» York Region Transit in Ontario seeks proposals for integrated Mobility Plus and on-demand transit operations services, as well as the required vehicles. [More]
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Harrisburg's CAT to Provide Bus Service to Major Employer

Capital Area Transit (CAT) in Harrisburg, PA, has entered into a public-private partnership with Chewy, a leading online retailer of pet food and supplies, to provide public transit service to hundreds of employees commuting to the company’s 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Mechanicsburg. [More]

Public Transit's New Economic Imperative: Creating Partnerships with Business BY LYLE V. HARRIS

A resurgent national economy and rising employment are prompting U.S. businesses to build or strengthen alliances with public transportation agencies to help Americans get to work. [More]

Public Transit Seeks World Series Bragging Rights

Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), left, and Los Angeles Metro provided free service to their hometown ballparks during the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers. [More]

Metrolink: Celebrating 25 Years of Community

Southern California’s Metrolink commuter rail system recently celebrated a quarter-century of service with a ceremony bringing together riders and regional officials. [More]

San Diego MTS Approves Sycuan Casino Naming Rights

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has approved a naming rights agreement with Sycuan Casino for Green Line light rail that will generate up to $25.5 million in non-fare revenue for MTS operations over a term of up to 30 years. [More]

LA Makes First Step Toward 'MicroTransit' Proposal

Los Angeles Metro recently took a step forward on its proposed Metro MicroTransit program by releasing a Request for Proposals. The agency defines MicroTransit as basically a small vehicle that can be ordered much like a Lyft or Uber and is not tied to a fixed route or fixed schedule. It is on-demand, when and where a customer wants it. [More]

Public Transit on 2017 Ballot

The 2017 off-year election has a few public transit-related measures on the ballot. The largest are two bond issues, $105 million statewide in Maine and $156 million in Denver. [More]

Sound Transit Renames Union Station's Great Hall for Joni Earl

Sound Transit in Seattle recently honored Joni Earl, its chief executive officer from 2001 until her retirement in 2016, by renaming the Great Hall of the agency’s historic Union Station headquarters in her honor. [More]

Public Transit Assists Veterans

While Veterans Day is the federally designated holiday to honor those who have fought for our country’s freedom, public transit agencies understand the importance of remembering these men and women the other 364 days of the year. [More]

Wabtec Corporation Acquires Safety System Manufacturer

Wabtec Corporation has acquired AM General Contractor, a Europe-based manufacturer of safety systems, mainly for public transit railcars, including fire protection and extinguishing systems and related aftermarket services and components. [More]

New CEO Named: Bhatt, ITS America

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) has named Shailen Bhatt, most recently executive director of Colorado DOT, its president and chief executive officer. [More]


Meet Mara Stark-Alcala!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Mara Stark-Alcalá, legislative representative,Government Affairs Department. [More]

Metropolitan Council Invests in TOD Near Light Rail

The Metropolitan Council in ­Minneapolis-St. Paul recently awarded almost $4.6 million in Livable Communities funds to four TOD projects along Metro Transit light rail corridors that ultimately will provide 361 affordable homes and more than 1,500 new permanent and temporary jobs. [More]

Grant Moves Laketran's Propane Agenda

Thanks to a grant of nearly $1 million from Ohio DOT’s Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTP3), Laketran in Lake County, OH, will be able to purchase eight propane-fueled paratransit vehicles. [More]

RATP Dev North America Adopts Single Brand

RATP Dev North America, the North American subsidiary of the global transportation provider RATP Dev, has announced it is rebranding two subsidiaries, McDonald Transit Associates and RDMT, to operate under the corporate name. [More]

Preparing for Baltimore-Washington Maglev

Leaders from Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR), North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and the Baltimore/Washington building trades signed a Memorandum of Understanding Nov. 1 to use and develop a trained workforce for future Superconducting Maglev construction between Washington, DC, and Baltimore. [More]

Guide Dogs Learn to Ride LANTA

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Allentown, PA, recently provided its buses to area volunteers training guide dogs in public transit settings. [More]


Apply Now for Emerging Leaders

APTA members interested in participating in the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Class of 2019 can apply through Feb. 5. [More]

AdWheel Accepting Entries

APTA is accepting entries now through Nov. 20 for the 2018 AdWheel Awards. [More]


Changing the Safety Culture in Public Transportation

Los Angeles Metro is the fastest-growing ­public transit system in North America. It has broad community support, evidenced by the recently approved $120 billion referendum to plan, build, operate and maintain an expanded network in Los Angeles County. [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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