February 23, 2018
Q Line: Fresno's First BRT Opens

As Passenger Transport went to press, Fresno Area Express (FAX), Fresno, CA, was preparing for the Feb. 22 formal opening of its first BRT service, the 15.7-mile Q route, which entered service Feb. 19. [More]

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Microtransit Arrives in Sacramento

Microtransit made its first appearance in the Sacramento region with the recent debut of SmaRT Ride, an on-demand public transit service being piloted in the city of Citrus Heights by the Sacramento Regional Transit District. [More]

Cutting-Edge Technology Brings the Future of Public Transportation to Today

Dynamic new technologies are redefining the mission and means of public transportation—and at an exponential rate. From ride sharing to autonomous vehicles and the seamless marriage of the two, to artificial intelligence and the integration of mobile and cloud-based systems, public transit agencies can meet the ever-changing demands of passengers by delivering services more safely, reliably and responsively than ever before. [More]

FRA Offers $73 Million in Rail Support Grants

FRA is accepting applications for $73 million in grant funding for projects that can strengthen intercity passenger rail, support capital projects and boost safety initiatives that may include PTC implementation, improved highway-rail grade crossings and congestion mitigation. [More]

U2C: Paving the Way for the Future of Transit?

In January 2017, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) unveiled a vision for the future of its Automated Skyway Express (Skyway) that seeks to modernize and expand the service by converting what is currently an automated people mover into an autonomous transit network. The Ultimate Urban Circulator, or U2C, is not just an exciting new project, it is an authority-wide initiative allowing a reimagination of the future of public transportation. [More]

Numerous Bus Contracts for New Flyer

New Flyer of America Inc. recently entered into contracts with four U.S. public transit agencies: three for 60-foot articulated buses, of which two will be powered with CNG and one with clean diesel, and two contracts with the Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority for 40-foot buses, 10 powered with hydrogen fuel cells and six with CNG. [More]

District of Columbia Meets Federal SSO Deadline

FTA has announced that the District of Columbia has obtained federal certification for its rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program, under which the D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services is responsible for providing safety oversight of the D.C. Streetcar system. [More]

DASH Tests All-Electric Bus

The Alexandria (VA) Transit Company (ATC) showcased a state-of-the-art all-electric bus from New Flyer at a recent event that included free rides for the public. [More]

New CEOs Named

New Jersey Transit Corporation and MTA Metro-North Railroad have announced new chief executives and Portland's TriMet named an interim general manager.. [More]

In Memoriam: Lehnert, Trans/Air Founder

C. Richard (Dick) Lehnert Sr., 87, of Towson, MD, co-founder of Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation, Dallastown, PA, died Feb. 7. [More]


Turn the Key on Unified Transit Tech; Integration, Standards and Open APIs Open Door to New Opportunities By John Maglio, president, ETA Transit Systems

When asked what is the most critical imperative facing public transit agencies and their adoption of modern technology, my answer is simple: Open APIs [application programming interface] and Standards. [More]


Meet Nathan Leventon!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Nathan Leventon, program manager-technical services, Member Services Department. [More]

Fare Collection Systems Committee

This is the latest in a series of columns showcasing APTA committees. The subject of this profile is the Fare Collection Systems Committee, chaired since 2014 by J. James Capozzi. [More]

Sen. Reed Joins APTA's Legislative Conference Lineup

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, will join Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio (both D-OR) and Sam Graves (R-MO) at the March 20 morning ­General Session during the 2018 APTA Legislative Conference. [More]

Webinar on Resilience in Facing Natural Disasters

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a free two-hour webinar on public transit system resilience in natural disasters March 12 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar, sponsored by TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), uses research from TCRP’s Web-Only Document 70: Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters. [More]

TCRP Seeks Topics, Releases Report

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is accepting potential study topics through March 16 for the FY 2018 TCRP Synthesis Program. [More]

NCMM Launches Redesigned Website

The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), an FTA program administered by APTA, Easterseals Inc. and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), recently launched a new website. [More]

Public Transit Users Can Save $826 a Month Over Driving

Public transit users who live with one less car in a two-person household could save an average of $826 a month or $9,913 a year, according to APTA’s February Transit ­Savings Report. [More]


Collision Avoidance Systems Provide Enhanced Situational Awareness

Urban environments are becoming increasingly more challenging for bus drivers to navigate safely, with cyclists crowding the shared right-of-way, pedestrians distracted by technology and the ubiquitous presence of delivery trucks. [More]


RTC Launches 'On-Demand' Paratransit Pilot

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas introduced a six-month pilot partnership with a ridesharing company Feb. 12 to provide enhanced service to Southern Nevada Transit Coalition paratransit customers. [More]

MARTA Replacing One-Quarter of Its Fleet

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has announced plans to replace 25 percent of its bus and paratransit fleet—387 buses and 211 paratransit vans—between now and 2024, with the first vehicles arriving in March. [More]

BCT Adds 30 MCI Coaches to Express Service

Broward County Transit, Fort Lauderdale, FL, is preparing to introduce 30 MCI Commuter Coaches from Motor Coach Industries to service on express bus routes to Miami-Dade County the agency operates in partnership with Florida DOT, along with 14 coaches already in service. [More]

Public Transit Agencies Expand App Capacities

Numerous U.S. public transit agencies are introducing apps with new capabilities or upgrading their existing apps. Here are a few examples. [More]

Efficient Lighting for Bus Stops

Bus stop lighting is a safety and security concern as well as a practical issue. [More]

Siemens to Provide Power to Sound Transit Extensions

Sound Transit in Seattle has entered into a contract with Siemens to supply the power infrastructure for two extensions to Link light rail, the 4.3-mile Northgate and 14-mile East Link lines, scheduled to open in 2021 and 2023 respectively. [More]

Sharing Love of Public Transit

The Ohio Public Transit Association and 61 public transit agencies across the state celebrated Valentine’s Day with “Ohio Loves Transit Day.” [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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