December 15, 2017
Enhanced Security Measures Following Manhattan Attack

The day after the Dec. 11 bomb incident in New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed agencies including the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to increase security at high-profile locations throughout the state, including public transit systems, tunnels, bridges and airports. [More]

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2017: A Year of Advocacy for Public Transportation

Here are some highlights of APTA’s government affairs activities during 2017. [More]

Highlights of the Year in Public Transportation

Here’s an overview of public transit ­industry milestones during the past year, as reported by Passenger Transport[More]

APTA's White Addresses International Group

APTA Acting President & CEO Richard White delivered remarks on the association’s advocacy agenda and recent research to quantify the economic value of public transit at the recent UITP (International Association of Public Transport) International Rail Forum for North America in Washington, DC [More]

APTA Reports on Q3 Ridership

Ridership on all public transit modes experienced a slight downward tick in the third quarter of 2017: 2.503 billion trips taken, which is 94.922 million or 3.65 percent fewer trips taken than the same time last year, according to APTA’s most recent ridership report and analysis. [More]

Metrolink to Extend Service to Downtown San Bernardino

The San Bernardino County (CA) Transportation Authority (SBCTA), Metrolink commuter rail, Omnitrans in San Bernardino and the city of San ­Bernardino announced as Passenger Transport went to press that Metrolink will begin providing service to downtown San Bernardino on Dec. 16. [More]

Miami-Dade Welcomes High-Performance Train; First New Metrorail Vehicles in 33 Years

For the first time since its opening in 1984, the Metrorail system operated by the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and ­Public Works (DTPW) introduced a new train into service with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 30. [More]

TTC to Open First Subway Extension Since 2002

As Passenger Transport went to press, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was preparing for the opening of the 5.3-mile Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, the first new subway extension in the system since 2002 and the first to extend beyond city limits. [More]

GCRTA Launches 'MetroHealth' Bus Routes

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) marked the rebranding of three popular bus routes as the “MetroHealth Line” at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 7 on the main campus of the MetroHealth System. [More]

RTD to Reopen Civic Center

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) was preparing to reopen the Civic Center Station following a 16-month, $31 million renovation as Passenger Transport went to press. [More]

Comstock Bill Authorizes WMATA Funding, Amends Governance

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) recently introduced H.R. 4534, the Metro Accountability and Reform Act, which requests federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and amends the interstate compact governing WMATA, including establishment of a Metro Reform Board. [More]

TriMet Partners with Google on Virtual Fares

Portland’s Tri-County ­Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) is teaming up with Google to make Hop Fastpass™, the regional farecard that also includes C-TRAN in Vancouver, WA, and the Portland Streetcar, the first virtual transit card available in Android Pay. [More]

New CEOs Named

The director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has been reappointed by the governor-elect, the Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI, has chosen its next CEO and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL, has named an interim CEO. [More]

Business Acquisitions

New Flyer has announced its acquisition of ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, Wabtec has acquired Melett and Safe Fleet has acquired Mobile View. [More]


Passenger Transport--Our 75th Year of Celebration

It’s often said that a free press is the cornerstone of democracy. It’s also an essential element of any successful association. Researching, reporting, analyzing and disseminating our industry’s news through Passenger Transport keeps our readers in the know.  [More]


Mid-Year Safety Seminar Focuses on Regulations, Tech Issues

More than 70 people attended the recent APTA Mid-Year Safety Seminar in Houston. [More]

Register for Transit CEOs Seminar: Three Days, Three Themes

APTA has announced that the activities for each day of the 2018 Transit CEOs Seminar, Feb. 10-12 in Miami, are centered around a specific theme. [More]


APTA in 2017: Member Service, Support and Outreach

APTA had an eventful year in 2017 as it reinforced and built on its mission to address the challenges facing public transportation. [More]

Committee Chairs Note Progress During 2017

APTA’s numerous committees, subcom­mittees and task forces play a major role in helping the association carry out its core mission, from setting industry standards to recommending policy to the Board of Directors, planning conferences, vetting and disseminating best practices, engaging members from a wide range of industry disciplines and advising APTA staff on strategic initiatives. [More]

TCRP Continues to Provide Solutions to Technical and Operational Challenges

The Transit Cooperative Research Program was busy in 2017, publishing a number of innovative reports addressing a wide range of strategic and operational issues. [More]

A Year of Success for APTF

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) had an immensely successful year in 2017, exceeding the scholarship award record it set the previous year by awarding $149,000 to 29 scholars and public transit professionals. [More]


Philanthropic Grants Help Boston Bus Service

BRT services in Arlington, ­Everett, Cambridge and Watertown, MA, recently received grants of $100,000 each from the Barr Foundation, a Boston philanthropy with a strong environmental agenda. [More]

Sen. Duckworth at Metra Bridge Ground Breaking

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) recently joined Metra Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director Don Orseno at an event to mark the beginning of construction of a new bridge over the Fox River in Elgin, IL. [More]

Breaking Ground for Foothill Gold Line Extension

Dignitaries recently gathered to break ground for the Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair, CA. [More]


Meet Allan Pollock!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Allan Pollock, general manager/ chief executive officer, Salem-Keizer Transit (Cherriots), Salem, OR, a member of the APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, Small Operations Committee; member, Bus and Paratransit CEOs Committee; and graduate, Leadership APTA Class of 2000. [More]

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