April 6, 2018
FTA Awards $264 Million in Bus, Bus Facility Grants

On April 5, FTA announced the award of approximately $264 million through the Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, comprising 139 projects in 52 states and territories. [More]

» The Rapid, Grand Rapids, MI, seeks a chief executive officer. [More]
» MetroPlan Orlando, the MPO for the Orlando, FL, region, is looking for an executive director. [More]
» Ben Franklin Transit, Richland, WA, requests proposals for paratransit contracted services. [More]
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Two More States Achieve SSO Certification

FTA has announced that Virginia and Colorado have obtained federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs, in advance of an April 15, 2019, deadline. [More]

Work Begins on Second Twin Cities BRT Line

Representatives of Metro Transit, the Metropolitan Council and other municipalities in the ­Minneapolis-St. Paul region recently broke ground for the public transit agency’s second BRT line, the C Line, scheduled to enter service next year. [More]

Milwaukee Welcomes First Streetcar Vehicle

Brookville Equipment Corporation delivered the first of five Liberty Streetcar vehicles to Milwaukee, March 26, in anticipation of the launch of The Hop Streetcar service later this year. [More]

Presence, Innovation, Customer Engagement Key to DART Security

Feeling safe is a basic human need, whether you’re in the mall, at the park, on the job or using public transportation.

Customers of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) consistently report feeling safe when riding the system. In fact, recent agency surveys show 77 percent of respondents in an online panel report feeling safe on DART. But the agency is striving to do more. [More]

Spokane Breaks Ground for Maintenance Facility

The Spokane (WA) Transit Authority (STA) broke ground recently for a garage and maintenance facility that will serve new routes including the Monroe-Regal Line, which will combine three existing routes into what STA calls “high-performance transit” when it launches in 2019, and the six-mile Central City BRT line scheduled to enter service in 2021. [More]

NFTA Receives $9 Million State DOT Grant

On April 2, representatives of the New York State Assembly visited the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (NFTA) Delevan/Canisius Metro Rail Station in downtown Buffalo to announce a $9 million capital grant through New York State DOT for improvements to the agency’s light rail system. [More]

DCTA Announces Low Income Transit Subsidy Pilot Program

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), Lewisville, TX, is partnering with the city of McKinney, TX, and the McKinney Urban Transit District (MUTD) to provide subsidized taxi vouchers for 100 eligible low-income residents through a pilot program that began April 2. [More]

New Flyer Announces New CNG Bus Orders

Two subsidiaries of New Flyer Industries Inc. have announced contracts for 40-foot CNG buses: up to 154 for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus and eight for BC Transit, Victoria, British Columbia. [More]

Wabtec Acquires Annax

Wabtec Corporation, a global provider of equipment, systems and value-added services for public transit and freight rail based in Wilmerding, PA, has acquired Annax, a supplier of public transit public address and passenger information systems based in Germany with additional operations in Switzerland and China. [More]

Ecolane, PennDOT Complete Statewide Software Project

Ecolane recently completed a five-year initiative with PennDOT to install cloud-based scheduling and dispatch software for 42 transportation providers at 51 locations throughout Pennsylvania. [More]

PCC Streetcar Returns Home to El Paso

Sun Metro in El Paso, TX, recently welcomed home the first of six renovated PCC streetcars, which operated on the city’s streets between 1950 and 1974, in anticipation of the launch of a new streetcar line late this year. [More]

In Memoriam: Torres, APTA System Safety Auditor

Robert Torres, 70, of Azusa, CA, a member of the APTA System Safety Audit Team for three years, died March 28. [More]



The sweetest victories are often the ones hardest fought. This is especially true in the fight for federal funding. Public transportation celebrated one such victory on March 23 when a $1.3 trillion bipartisan spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018 became law. [More]

Meet David A. Genova!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is David A. Genova, general manager and CEO,Regional Transportation District, Denver: vice chair, APTA Rail Transit Committee and APTA Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee, and member, APTA Board of Directors Executive Committee. [More]


APTA Award Nominations Due by April 10

April 10 is the nomination deadline for the 2018 APTA Awards program, which recognizes “the best of the best” public transportation professionals and organizations in North America. [More]

New TCRP Publications

The Transit Cooperative Research Program has released three new publications. [More]

Play Mile-High Golf for APTF: Help Support Future Generations of Public Transit Professionals!

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) will host its annual Golf Fundraiser at the prestigious Blackstone Country Club in Denver (winner of Golf World Magazine’s 1996 Architect of the Year award) during the APTA 2018 Rail Conference, June 11, beginning at 1 p.m. Proceeds go toward the foundation’s annual scholarship ­program, which supports individuals choosing the public transit field as a career. [More]

Come to Tampa for APTA's 2018 Bus & Paratransit Conference!

It’s less than a month until the 2018 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, May 6-9 in scenic Tampa, FL, but you still have time to register and participate. [More]


BBB Introduces First of 50 New Buses

Big Blue Bus (BBB) in Santa Monica, CA, is investing $18.3 million in FTA and state Proposition 1B funds to replace 50 40-foot buses purchased between 2004 and 2006 with the same number of new vehicles equipped with updated comfort, safety and security technology. [More]

Parklet in Albany, CA, Incorporates AC Transit Bus Stop

AC Transit in Oakland, CA, recently partnered with the city of Albany, CA, and business owners to create a one-of-a-kind bus stop in an 870-square-foot parklet. [More]

Capital Metro Tests App Providing Information to Visually Impaired Riders

Blind and visually impaired users of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) in Austin, TX, can receive real-time bus schedule and service alert information through a pilot program operated by RATP Dev in partnership with Connecthings, an urban tech company. [More]

GCRTA Tests Pedestrian Awareness Technology

Enhanced awareness of pedestrians by bus operators, with a goal of avoiding accidents, is the purpose behind updated bus safety technology being tested by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority through a partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute. [More]

Palm Tran Reaches Out to Connect with Customers

Public transit CEOs ­wishing to gauge the effectiveness of their system’s customer service operations can look to Florida’s Palm Tran as an example. Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes recently spent a number of hours on the phone at Palm Tran’s West Palm Beach customer service center, assisting riders with questions, directions and other transit needs. [More]

Sacramento's Light Rail Showcases the Arts

The Sacramento (CA) Regional Transit District has been putting its light rail cars on display as mobile art exhibits and stages. [More]

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