March 23, 2018
President Signs $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill; Significant Increase for Public Transportation Included

Today, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes significant increases for public transportation. [More]

» Coast Mountain Bus Company, Vancouver, BC, seeks a president and general manager. [More]
» LYNX, Orlando, FL, is looking for a chief innovation officer. [More]
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FTA's Williams Keynotes Opening General Session at APTA Legislative Conference

Energized by a fast-paced video of public transit images backed by Justin Timberlake’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” (see it here), APTA members and industry colleagues kicked off the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference March 19 in Washington, DC. [More]

Members of Congress Report on Public Transit Priorities at Conference

Five members of Congress offered their perspectives on public transportation at a Tuesday morning session during the APTA Legislative Conference. [More]

Grapevine, TX, TOD to Serve Future TEXRail Station

Stakeholders in Grapevine, TX, recently broke ground for “Grapevine Main,” a $105 million public-private TOD project in the historic downtown area, adjacent to Trinity Metro’s 27-mile TEXRail commuter rail line, which is scheduled to enter service in December. [More]

Transportation Professionals Form 'InfraStrategies'

Public transportation professionals Jeff Boothe, Sharon Greene, Jeff Morales and Mike ­Schneider have announced the formation of ­InfraStrategies LLC, a firm to help public and private project sponsors develop, manage and promote transportation and infrastructure programs. [More]


New Whitepaper: Securing Transit System Networks
Network security in transit systems is vitally important to safeguard infrastructure functionality and personal passenger data to prevent system disruption, downtime and malicious information hacking. Find out how Kontron computing platforms that support LoRaWAN™ wireless connectivity can help ensure end-to-end network and application security: Read Now!

Public Transit Executives Discuss Infrastructure at Senate Banking Committee Roundtable

Public transportation executives attended a March 20 Senate Banking Committee roundtable discussion, “Public Transportation Infrastructure Priorities: Agencies’ Perspectives,” on the role of public transportation in the nation’s infrastructure. [More]

COTA Joins City of Columbus in Opening CNG Station

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) recently partnered with the city of Columbus to open a new CNG fueling station, which will be used for fueling city vehicles as well as the public and companies with CNG fleets. [More]

New CEOs Named

Three public transit agencies have announced new chief executives and a fourth has named an interim executive director. [More]


Putting Mass Transit Back into MaaS

The concept of “Mobility as a Service” (or “MaaS”) is trending. Conversations about MaaS are taking place everywhere: in government chambers, at industry events, in product planning sessions for startups—even among riders. [More]


Update from the Federal Railroad Administration

Investment, technology, information sharing and collaboration are key for ensuring commuter rail networks are forward-looking and safe, said panelists at Monday’s “Update from the Federal Railroad Administration” session. [More]

Public Transit Leaders Reject Administration's Funding Cuts, Support Bipartisan Efforts to Increase Investments

The Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the FY 2019 budget would put more than 800,000 jobs at risk and reduce economic output by $90 billion, according to public transportation leaders participating in a press conference at APTA’s Legislative Conference. [More]

Rendell: Investing in Infrastructure

“When you pay for infrastructure, you’re not spending money, you’re investing in long-term assets,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told Legislative Conference attendees at the March 19 General Breakfast, “The National Perspective on Infrastructure Investment,” sponsored by APTA’s Business Member Activity Fund. [More]

Transit Coalition: Partners in Surface Transportation Advocacy

APTA’s coalition partners in surface transportation advocacy discussed the need to work for additional investment in an infrastructure bill and any successor legislation to the FAST Act, during a March 19 session at the APTA 2018 Legislative Conference. [More]

More Scenes from the Legislative Conference

Click here to see additional scenes from the 2018 APTA Legislative Conference. [More]


Technology Helps Make Case for Performance Metrics with JTA's Labor Unions

When Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. became chief executive officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) in 2012, he inherited low morale among company employees and an opaque data-gathering system. Ford brought with him 12 "characteristics of leadership” for each employee to strive to exhibit. In 2013, JTA issued its first scorecard, titled “JTA On Track,” designed to get the authority on mission. [More]


TCRP Seeks Ambassador Applicants

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) invites public transportation professionals to apply through May 1 for the Ambassador program. [More]

TCRP Accepting Research Statements

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is accepting research problem statements for FY 2019 through June 15. [More]

Apply Now for Leadership APTA Class of 2019 Program

Leadership APTA is accepting applications for the Class of 2019 through May 11. [More]

APTF Scholarships Now Open

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) is accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded to college students and transit professionals who are pursuing or advancing a career in the public transportation industry. [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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