January 12, 2018
Government Affairs: The Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

As the second session of the 115th Congress begins, members of the House and Senate will look to complete all unfinished legislative business as they head into the 2018 midterm election cycle. Republicans currently control the White House and both chambers of Congress; as a result, Republican initiatives are the priority. [More]

» The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority seeks a chief executive officer. [More]
» The Maryland Transit Administration is looking for a director of transit operations and chief operations officer. [More]
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Florida's Brightline to Launch Jan. 13

As Passenger Transport went to press, Brightline—the nation’s only privately funded and operated intercity passenger rail system, serving South Florida—was preparing for the Jan. 13 launch of service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. [More]

CMAX Enters Service in Columbus

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus introduced service Jan. 1 on CMAX, the first BRT line in central Ohio, followed by a community celebration later in the week. [More]

Public Transit Systems Test New Tech to Combat Terrorism

Of the many benefits of using public transportation, not least is ease of access: step off the street; purchase a ticket; enter the system unchallenged; ride. This is a vastly different experience than taking a flight, a fact not lost on potential terrorists who have targeted over recent years the openness of bus and rail systems in Madrid, London, Moscow, Brussels and, most recently, in the passageway linking the Times Square and Port Authority Bus Terminal subway stations in New York City in December. [More]

Cemeteries Transit Center to Benefit New Orleans

The opening of the Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans’ (RTA) Cemeteries Transit Center will stimulate development in its neighborhood and around the city, New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu said at dedication ceremonies Jan. 5. [More]

SANDAG Issues $7 Million in Transportation Grants

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently awarded approximately $7 million in Specialized Transportation Grants through a program that includes funds from the FTA Section 5310 program and the Senior Mini-Grant Program authorized under the TransNet Extension ­Ordinance funded by local taxes. [More]

DOT Awards $5 Million For Tribal Transit Projects

FTA recently awarded approximately $5 million in grants through the Tribal Transit Program for 36 public transit projects on American Indian and Alaskan Native lands in 19 states. [More]

Proterra to Provide Zero-Emission Buses to Yosemite

Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains recently announced plans to acquire two zero-emission buses from Proterra, becoming the first U.S. national park to incorporate the vehicles into its shuttle fleet. [More]

FTA Webinar Focuses on TAM Support Tools

As part of an ongoing series of webinars on Transit Asset Management (TAM), FTA will host an hour-long webinar Jan. 31, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern, to review how two public transit agencies use decision support tools to support TAM efforts. [More]

APTA Leaders Address TRB

APTA Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., chief executive officer, Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority, outlined his priorities for the year during the Jan. 10 Transportation Research Board Executive Committee meeting in Washington, DC. [More]

TRB Honors APTA's Millar with Sharon Banks Award

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) honored William W. Millar, APTA president from 1996-2011, with the 2018 Sharon D. Banks Award for Humanitarian Leadership in Transportation Jan. 10, during its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC [More]

APTA Grows Public Transportation Ranks at 'Careers in Motion' Fair

APTA partnered with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to showcase public transportation careers at the “Careers in Motion” networking fair, Jan. 7, during TRB’s 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. [More]

New CEOs Named

UITP and the Rockford (IL) Mass Transit District have named new chief executives, while Capital Metro in Austin, TX, has appointed an interim president/CEO. [More]

In Memoriam

APTA notes the passing of a former member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees, a former CEO of ITS America, an agency executive in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and an employee of Pierce Transit in Lakewood, WA. [More]


Agencies Across U.S. Have Big Plans for 2018

Here are some highlights of public transit openings, launches of service and other improvements scheduled during 2018. [More]

Public Transportation Addresses Changing Needs Through Integrated Service and Technology Solutions

As demands grow for more responsive travel options, public transit agencies (and the manufacturers on whom they rely) have the potential to revolutionize public transportation as we know it. In an environment of congested roads and aging infrastructure, public transportation agencies can get users where they need to go—and in a time and fashion of their choosing—by capitalizing on new technologies and forging holistic partnerships with complementary service providers. [More]

Officials at Federal Agencies Review Priorities for 2018

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and the FTA deputy administrator share their visions for the year to come. [More]

Meet Polly Hanson!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Polly Hanson, director-security, risk and emergency management, Member Services Department. [More]


BMBG Meeting to Address Legislative Issues, Procurement, Jobs

APTA invites all business members to participate in its 2018 Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) Annual Business Meeting, Jan. 24-26 in Indian Wells, CA, to explore and discuss business member support for APTA’s transit advocacy efforts and other programs. [More]

New Online Home for TCRP

Public transit professionals looking for the most current research and information from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) will now find it here or the APTA resource library at the website. TCRP made the change to better leverage the program. [More]


Left Behind--The Wave of Disruptive Technology

As disruptive technology continues to emerge and impact public transportation over the next few years, public transit executives must not hold on to the systems of the past or they will be left behind. It is becoming clear that the public transportation industry will experience more technology-driven changes in the coming decade than almost any other field. Will elected officials, board members, and environmental and transit advocates allow their transit systems to adapt and remain relevant in this new competitive mobility model? [More]

Palm Tran Program Puts Employees at the Forefront

Palm Tran in West Palm Beach, FL, understands that its employees may need assistance in climbing the career ladder—and that’s where the Upward Mobility Program comes in. [More]

App Helps Metrolink Riders Transfer to LA Metro

New optic reader ­technology being deployed by Los Angeles Metro will allow Metrolink commuter rail ­riders to use a mobile app to make a seamless transfer between the two systems. [More]

State Grant Will Help Transit Planning in Sacramento Area

The Sacramento (CA) Regional Transit District, in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), has received a $492,000 grant from California DOT (Caltrans) that will help the agencies integrate transportation and land use planning to optimize public transit and TOD throughout the county. [More]

'Talking' Maps in Stockton, CA

Visually impaired users of San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) buses in Stockton, CA, now have a new mobility aid: Talk to Me Maps, audio and tactile maps of public transit boarding areas available at major service hubs. [More]

Neighboring Agencies Collaborate in Time of Need

Public transit agencies understand the need for working together to keep service moving, sharing resources when neighboring systems face a problem. Here are two examples. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are some brief news items from public transit agencies and businesses. [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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