November 17, 2017
APTA Board of Directors Selects Paul P. Skoutelas as APTA's President and CEO

In a unanimous vote Nov. 17, the APTA Board of Directors named Paul P. Skoutelas to serve as the association’s next president and chief executive officer. Skoutelas has spent his entire career in public transportation, leading transit systems in Pittsburgh and Orlando, and as a senior vice president with WSP USA. [More]

» The California High-Speed Rail Authority is looking for a chief executive officer. [More]
» TriMet, Portland, OR, seeks a general manager/Chief Executive Officer. [More]
» Los Angeles Metro is accepting proposals regarding its Micro Transit Pilot Project. [More]
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Congressional Outlook for Tax Reform

House and Senate Republicans have been working to pass tax reform legislation by the end of this year. The House passed its proposed tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), on Nov. 16. [More]

Metra Completes Upgrades to McCormick Place Station

Metra commuter rail in Chicago joined the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) recently to unveil an upgrade to the station at McCormick Place. [More]

Broward County Transit Selected as a Model for Operations in Barbados

Broward County Transit (BCT) hosted a high-level delegation from the public transportation authority of Barbados that was visiting South Florida to learn about the most up-to-date advances in bus dispatch and traffic control, route scheduling, safety and security techniques and vehicle maintenance and repair. The Barbadian government is restructuring its public transit system. [More]

Six Ohio Agencies Receive State EPA Emissions Grants

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a total of $10.4 million in ­Diesel Emission Reduction Grants to six public transit agencies in the state for the replacement of older buses with newer, alternatively fueled or cleaner vehicles. [More]

DBEs Receive More than $1 Billion Through RTD's FasTracks

Denver’s Regional Transportation District has disbursed more than $1 billion to small businesses—including women- and minority-owned and disadvantaged companies—over the past 12 years through the voter-approved FasTracks initiative to strengthen the region’s public transit infrastructure and boost the local economy. [More]

Senate Approves Kan as DOT Under Secretary

The Senate confirmed Derek Kan to be the next DOT under secretary for policy, the third highest post in the department, by a 90-7 vote. [More]

METRO Celebrates the Astros' Victory

As hundreds of thousands of Astros fans gathered in downtown Houston for the parade celebrating the team’s first World Series win, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) joined in. [More]

New CEO Named: Eagan Kelleman, Port Authority of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County has named ­Katharine Eagan Kelleman its new chief executive ­officer, effective January 2018. [More]

In Memoriam: Baer, Past CEO, St. Louis Metro

Robert J. Baer, 80, president and chief executive officer of Metro in St. Louis from 1974-77 and again from 2007 until his retirement in 2010, died Nov. 12. [More]


APTA to Host 4th Annual High-Speed Rail Policy Forum

APTA will host its Fourth Annual High-Speed Rail Policy Forum, “Getting to a Tipping Point for High-Performance Intercity Passenger Rail,” Nov. 29 at the APTA offices in Washington, DC. [More]

2017 Mid-Year Safety Seminar Focuses on Rules and Regulations

APTA’s Mid-Year Safety Seminar, Dec. 4-7 in Houston, will bring together public transit professionals to network, discuss safety issues and learn from federal and state partners including FTA and FRA leaders. [More]

FTA Schedules Webinars

FTA has announced two upcoming webinars: on Transit Asset Management internal coordination, Nov. 30, and FTA’s Strategic Transit Automation Research plan, Dec. 6. [More]

SMART Reaches Out to Sonoma County Fire Victims

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District has announced the launch of the Individual Relief Pass and Business Relief Pass programs to help individuals and businesses in Sonoma County, CA, affected by the recent fires. [More]

Chilean Bus Program Seeks U.S. Commercial Proposals

The U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, seeks proposals for a bus renovation program in progress at Transantiago, the public transit system in Santiago, Chile. [More]

Foothill Transit Introduces Long Range Electric Bus

Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA, introduced the nation’s first-ever long-range electric bus to service Nov. 3 on a 22-mile round trip route. [More]

Clara White Mission Operates Cafe for JTA Employees

The Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) has entered into a partnership with the Clara White Mission through which mission employees will provide quick breakfast and lunch service to JTA employees and ­contractors. [More]

Access to Jobs by Public Transit Increases in Many U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Annually updated research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for connecting workers with jobs via public transit. [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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