December 1, 2017
Foothill Gold Line to Break Ground on Rail Extension

As Passenger Transport went to press, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority was preparing to break ground Dec. 2 for the $1.5 billion, six-station light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair, CA. [More]

» Ben Franklin Transit, Richland, WA, seeks a transit operations director. [More]
» The Golden Empire Transit District, Bakersfield, CA, is looking for a chief financial officer. [More]
» The Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans requests proposals for a transit simulator system. [More]
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Albuquerque Launches First Part of BRT Line Service; First in U.S. to Receive International Gold Honor

The city of Albuquerque, NM, opened the first four miles of its nine-mile Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) BRT line on Nov. 25. [More]

APTA Board, Staff Welcome New President and CEO Skoutelas

The APTA Board of Directors welcomed Paul P. Skoutelas, the association's incoming president and chief executive officer, at its Dec. 1 meeting in the APTA offices. [More]

SF Muni Welcomes First New Train

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) recently introduced the first of more than 200 new light rail vehicles being manufactured by Siemens at its Sacramento facility—the company’s ­largest U.S. light rail car order. [More]

Puerto Rico Power Restoration Underway

Some two months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, local reports state that, although almost 25 percent of the island’s municipalities remain without electricity, the government anticipates that 95 percent of power will be restored by Dec. 15. Current production is close to 60 percent. [More]

APTA High-Speed Rail Forum Notes Progress and the Path Forward

More than 100 passenger rail professionals gathered at the APTA offices Nov. 29 to discuss strategies for advancing high-speed and intercity passenger rail in North America. [More]

Riddy Joins 'PT' Staff

David A. Riddy has joined APTA as the senior managing editor of Passenger Transport[More]

In Memoriam: Walsh, Bus Maintenance Officer

John Patrick Walsh, 65, of Marco Island, FL, died Nov. 14. Walsh was retired as chief maintenance officer for MTA New York City Transit’s Department of Buses and held similar positions at Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of ­Harris County. [More]

Networking Fair at TRB Meeting

The Transportation Research Board will host a networking fair Jan. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. during the 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. [More]

TCRP Seeks Project Oversight Panel Members

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is soliciting nominations through Jan. 19, 2018, for individuals to serve on oversight panels for Fiscal Year 2018 projects selected by the TCRP Oversight and Project Selection Committee. [More]

Santa Travels by Public Transit

Numerous public transit agencies are getting into the holiday spirit with decorated vehicles. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are some brief news items from APTA member agencies and businesses. [More]

Maryland Congressman: It's a Mistake Not to Pair Infrastructure with Tax Overhaul

WASHINGTON, DC—Lawmakers are making a mistake by not combining the tax rewrite effort in Congress with a significant infrastructure investment ­package, a Democratic congressman suggested here [Nov. 16]. [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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