March 9, 2018
A 'Golden Opportunity' for a Realistic, Forward-Looking, Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan
In advance of APTA’s 2018 Legislative Conference, March 18-20, Passenger Transport asked Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to share his thoughts on the likelihood of an infrastructure bill to fund public transportation programs. [More]
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» The Santa Cruz (CA) Metropolitan Transit District is looking for an assistant human resources manager and a safety, security and risk manager. [More]
» Long Beach (CA) Transit requests proposals for a Mobile Gateway Routers project. [More]
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Legislative Conference Focuses on Advocacy; FTA's Williams Among Opening Session Speakers

FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams will present the keynote address at the March 19 Opening General Session of the 2018 APTA Legislative Conference, March 18-20 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, joining APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas and APTA Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. The conference for public transportation professionals will focus on topics including the administration’s infrastructure proposal and other public transportation-related issues such as state of good repair and state safety oversight programs. [More]

APTA Applauds Senate Democrats' Infrastructure Plan

APTA announced its approval of the “Senate Democrats’ Jobs & Infrastructure Plan for American Workers” on March 7, following the release of the statement earlier that day. [More]

McCarragher to Join APTA as Government Affairs VP

APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas has named Ward W. McCarragher as the association’s next vice president-­government affairs, succeeding Rob Healy who is retiring. McCarragher’s first day at APTA will be April 2, but he will be in attendance at APTA’s Legislative Conference in ­Washington, DC. [More]

CATS Cuts Ribbon for LYNX Blue Line Extension

In anticipation of the March 16 launch of service for the light rail LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), the Charlotte (NC) Area Transit System (CATS) recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new UNC Charlotte Main Station, followed by an inaugural ride for community leaders. [More]

LA Metro Breaks Ground for Subway Extension

Representatives of Los Angeles Metro and local, state and federal officials recently broke ground on the second section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project, which ultimately will add 2.6 miles of subway to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City. [More]

In Fort Worth, the Name Is Now 'Trinity Metro'

After riding on “The T” for the past 33 years, public transit users in Fort Worth, TX, should get ready for a different brand: Trinity Metro, which will roll out a new look this spring in advertising, social media and community outreach. [More]

SANDAG Unveils Freeway-Level 'Rapid' Stations

The San Diego Association of Governments recently hosted a grand opening celebration and community block party in the City Heights neighborhood for the region’s first freeway-level public transit stations, which replace stations on the streets above California State Route 15. [More]

APTA/Aon 2018 Public Transit Liability Benchmark Analysis

APTA is again partnering with Aon’s Global Risk Management Consulting Group to produce a transit liability benchmark study which will be made available this fall to all participating APTA members at no cost. [More]

NTI Webinar Focuses on Workforce Changes

The National Transit Institute (NTI) has announced a free, hour-long webinar March 27 that examines knowledge management (KM) strategies that allow public transit agencies to proactively manage workforce changes to improve long-term organizational and employee performance. [More]

New CEO Named: Oklahoma Transit Association

The Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) has named Mark Nestlen its new executive director. [More]

Perspective in Virginia: Maintain a Strong Federal Role in Public Transit and Rail

Any major infrastructure funding or reauthorization program must recognize the clear federal role necessary to promote interstate commerce through the development of multimodal transportation options. [More]

FTA SSO Deadline Nears

The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) deadline for State Safety Oversight (SSO) program certification is just over a year away. Many states have made significant progress toward certification, yet as of February 2018, 26 states are still working to cross the certification finish line. [More]

Public Transit Advocates Mobilize; Opposing Cuts to Public Transit, Urging Inclusion in Infrastructure Initiative

During APTA’s 2018 Legislative Conference, March 18–20 in Washington, DC, APTA members will mobilize to oppose cuts to the federal Capital Improvement Grant (CIG) program and to inform Congress and the administration on the imperative of including public transit investment in the proposed infrastructure initiative. [More]

APTA Resources Have Essential Information

APTA has made available many publications and online tools to support you as you meet with congressional members and staff to convey public transit’s impact on communities and our nation. [More]

Reaching Out to Your Elected Officials

Today, every member of Congress can shape public transportation’s most important funding and policy issues. During APTA’s Legislative Conference, you will have the opportunity to share your priorities and perspectives with your representatives and senators. Are you ready? [More]

Key Members of Congressional Committees

Following is a list of chairmen and ranking members of public transportation-related committees and subcommittees in the U.S. House and Senate. [More]

NAPTA Helps Nurture Local Transit Coalition Support

How can local coalitions enhance their effectiveness as advocates for the advancement of accessible, sustainable and affordable transit systems in communities across the country? The answer forms the core focus of the National Alliance for Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA). [More]


Meet MacPherson Hughes-Cromwick!

This is the latest in a recurring column showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this issue's profile is MacPherson Hughes-Cromwick, policy analyst, Policy Department. [More]

2018 AdWheel First Place Winners

APTA’s AdWheel Awards recognize the marketing and communications efforts of association members and showcase the strategic value of communications and marketing in the industry. [More]

APTA Welcomes Its New Members

APTA welcomes its new members who joined between Oct. 1, 2017, and Feb. 1, 2018. [More]


San Joaquin RTD Launches BRT Route

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), Stockton, CA, welcomed its new BRT route, the Midtown Corridor, with a “Reconnect from East to West” public event March 1. [More]

New LAVTA Buses, New Exterior Design

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), Livermore, CA, has begun rolling out 18 new buses from Gillig, manufactured at the company’s facility in Livermore. [More]

Tampa's HART Hosts AV Demonstration

Autonomous vehicles recently came to the streets of downtown Tampa, FL, in a demonstration hosted by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), the city and the vehicle provider. [More]

New Flyer Introduces New Electric-Bus Simulator

New Flyer of America Inc. has introduced a bus simulator at its Vehicle Innovation Center in Anniston, AL, that uses full-scale original equipment manufacturer components to simulate the operation of the company’s zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ public transit bus. [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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