April 20, 2018
San Joaquin: Committing to Sustainability

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) in Stockton, CA, takes community and environmental improvement seriously. [More]

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LANTA Dedicates CNG Fueling Station

In ceremonies April 12, the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA), Allentown, PA, initiated service at one of 29 CNG fueling stations planned across Pennsylvania as part of an ongoing P3 with PennDOT and Trillium CNG. [More]

Discussing the Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

Public transit agencies’ commitment to the communities they serve lies not only in improving the services they offer, but also in reducing the impact they have on the environment. Lower-emission technologies are an increasingly viable option, and agencies operating in a variety of climates and terrains across the country are investigating hybrid and all-electric buses as a complement or alternative to their existing fleets. Passenger Transport asked a cross-section of industry leaders to share their perspectives in this one-question interview:

With environmental and financial concerns assuming ever-greater importance for public transportation systems, what do you consider are the most significant challenges and opportunities facing the electrification of buses?

Recent Federal Appointments

Staff members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee have been nominated to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and named FRA deputy administrator. [More]

JTA, Greyhound Open Intercity Bus Terminal

The Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) opened the Intercity Bus Terminal at the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC) on April 12, marking the completion of the first phase of the intermodal project. [More]


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Flint MTA Dedicates New 'Your Ride' Center

The Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) in Flint, MI, opened its latest service center for Your Ride paratransit vehicles with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 16 in Davison, MI. [More]

Comments on APTA Standards Are Due by April 30

APTA invites all stakeholders to comment by April 30 on its current set of proposed standards documents, which can be found here[More]

Three Agencies Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

APTA recently recognized three public transportation systems for their sustainability achievements: the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Caltrain commuter rail and the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), each of which achieved Silver Level recognition. [More]

States Have One Year to Meet Rail Transit Safety Deadline

Only one year remains until the April 15, 2019 deadline for states to obtain FTA certification of their State Safety Oversight (SSO) Programs to provide more effective oversight of rail transit systems in their jurisdictions. [More]

New CEOs Named

MTA Long Island Rail Road and ROUSH CleanTech have named new chief executives, while the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority has announced an interim executive director. [More]

In Memoriam: Dan Reichard Jr., APTA Hall of Fame Member

Dan Reichard Jr., one of the founders of Genfare in 1980 and a longtime APTA member, died April 19 in Columbus, OH. Reichard, who was in his 97th year, retired from the company at age 72 but continued to work on a part-time basis until his late 80s. [More]

Agencies Celebrate Total 320 Years of Operation

Five U.S. public transit agencies with a combined total of 320 years of service are celebrating notable milestones this year. [More]


Zero-Emission Buses: Investing in and Adopting Zero-Emission Technology BY LAUREN SKIVER, CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA

Public transportation agencies have to consider many competing services, projects and priorities. One of the most talked-about current subjects is the plan for Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs). [More]


AVTA: Path to Improved Electric Bus Operator Performance

When the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in Lancaster, CA, set a goal in 2016 of converting its diesel bus fleet to 100 percent all-electric vehicles by the end of 2018, the agency discovered that the project was like a puzzle, with each piece needing to be evaluated and innovative solutions sought to ensure a precise fit. [More]

DASH Explores Future Electric Bus Implementation

One mid-size public transit agency located just outside Washington, DC, has been especially proactive in assessing its current fleet needs and exploring the potential costs and benefits of electric bus technology. The Alexandria (VA) Transit Company, more commonly known as “DASH,” has been conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the technology and is considering a gradual transition to electric buses over the next decade. [More]

Foothill Transit: Behind the Scenes of Bus Electrification

Foothill Transit’s first-in-the-nation launch of fast-charge electric bus technology in California’s San Gabriel Valley was a distant eight years ago. Much has changed since then. The agency has expanded its initial pilot fleet of three buses to 30, and its once cautiously optimistic pilot program has become a fully-fledged commitment to all-electric operation by 2030. [More]


Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

This is the latest in a series of columns showcasing APTA committees. The subject of this profile is the Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee, chaired since 2014 by Mike Finnern. [More]


Meet Daniel Pineda!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Daniel Pineda, video production specialist, Communications & Marketing Department. [More]


Annual Ridership Report Released

Americans took 10.1 billion trips on public transportation in 2017, according to an APTA report. Commuter rail and light rail ridership remained steady, with many public transit systems showing increases. [More]

APTA Launches Personal Security Awareness Toolkit

APTA has created an online toolkit to bring attention to April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is sharing some of the resources and strategies public transit agencies are using to help increase their riders’ security awareness. [More]

Directory of Bus & Paratransit Conference Exhibitors

In preparation for the 2018 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, May 6-9 in Tampa, FL, click here to see the directory of exhibitors at the May 7 Bus Display and May 8 Products & Services Showcase. [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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