June 22, 2018
FTA Announces $366.3 Million in Bus Infrastructure Funding

FTA is accepting applications through Aug. 6 for approximately $366.3 million in Fiscal Year 2018 competitive grant funding under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. [More]

» MTA Long Island Rail Road seeks a deputy chief safety officer, compliance and performance. [More]
» Capital Metro, Austin, TX, is looking for a director, demand response operations. [More]
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'NYT' Exposes Orchestrated Campaign Against Public Transit; APTA, Stakeholders Respond

The New York Times published a front-page story, June 19, reporting on the efforts of Charles and David Koch to prevent new public transit projects across the U.S. from moving forward  through an organization they fund, Americans for Prosperity. [More]

Special Guest Commentary by Rod Diridon Sr.

We’ve known since the beginning of the Tea Party movement that the flurry of well-funded, ultra-conservative, climate-denying, anti-transit campaigns has not been coincidental—and that is now borne out by irrefutable proof...front page, top left column in one of the world’s most credible news sources. [More]

Rail Leaders Gather in Denver

More than 1,700 public transit professionals traveled to the “Mile High City,” Denver, to participate in APTA’s 2018 Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo. [More]

FRA, FTA Highlight Priorities, Perspectives

The leaders of the two federal agencies—FRA and FTA—that have the greatest impact on the public transportation industry addressed the June 12 General Luncheon, “Federal Partners Share ­Perspectives and Priorities.” [More]

First Connecticut Passenger Rail Line Since 1990; Almost 22,000 Rides on Opening Weekend

The CTrail Hartford Line, the first passenger rail line to open in Connecticut since 1990, provided almost 22,000 rides during its opening weekend, June 16-17, when the service operated free. Revenue service began June 18. [More]

SFMTA Opens First New Maintenance Facility in 30 Years

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the recent opening of its first new bus maintenance facility in 30 years, Islais Creek, concurrent with upgrades to San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) bus and rail service. [More]

Roundtable Brings Together Security Professionals

Approximately 70 public transit security directors, emergency managers and police chiefs, and representatives from FBI, TSA and FEMA convened at APTA’s 2018 Security and Emergency Management Roundtable, June 8-9 in Denver. [More]

Register for APTA's Mobility Summit

There’s still time to register for APTA’s paradigm-changing summit on “The Future of Mobility: From Transit Authority to Mobility Integrator,” July 12 in Washington, DC. [More]

New CEOs Named

The Canadian Urban Transit Association and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC have named new chief executives. [More]

LA Metro, County Partner on Transportation School

At a June 18 event, Los Angeles Metro, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, announced the kickoff of their Transportation School, which will prepare area young people for career and college pathways in the global transportation industry with a focus on transferrable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills. [More]

TCRP Synthesis Examines Student Pass Programs

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) recently released Synthesis 131: College Student Transit Pass Programs. [More]

In Memoriam: Pinson, President, Gilbert Tweed Associates

Stephanie L. Pinson, 82, president of Gilbert Tweed International in New York City, a past chair of the APTA Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) and a former member of the APTA Executive Committee, died June 18. She was a recipient of APTA’s 2001 Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award. [More]


Monetizing Rail Assets for Naming Rights BY PAUL JABLONSKI, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

When it comes to revenues, the good times never last long in the public transit industry. Less than a decade ago, we all struggled through the great recession. Now, following several years of revenue increases, we’re battling one of the most dramatic declines in ridership we’ve ever experienced. Filling budget holes, for most of us, is a never-ending challenge. [More]


Nominations for APTA Leadership Now Open!

APTA Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. has appointed the nominating committee that will recommend individuals to fill APTA leadership positions to the membership for approval at the APTA Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers. The committee is accepting nominations until Aug. 3. [More]

Apply to Serve on BMBG

If you’re an APTA business member, you are invited to apply for an opening on the association’s Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG), which sets the course and direction for APTA business member activities. [More]

APTA Staffers Author Article on Safety Technologies

"Securing the Future of Public Transport with New Technology,” an article by APTA employees Brian Alberts, director of safety, and Polly Hanson, director of security, risk and emergency management, recently appeared in Intelligent Transport, a magazine published in the United Kingdom. [More]


Panel Discusses PTC Implementation

Representatives of three passenger railroads and FRA shared their experiences in the design, installation and testing of PTC and other considerations at a June 11 session, “PTC: Facing the Mirror.” [More]

Rail Agencies Receive Safety, Security Awards

APTA announced the recipients of its annual Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards at a General Session during the conference to recognize public transit agencies for innovative programs dedicated to improving safety and security for their employees, passengers and the public. [More]

FTA State Safety Oversight Update

FTA representatives joined state and public transit agency officials at a June 12 session focusing on one of the most important safety issues facing the industry today: the requirement that any state with a rail transit system must have an FTA-certified State Safety Oversight (SSO) program in place by April 15, 2019. [More]

UTA Wins Top Honors at 2018 Rail Rodeo

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in Salt Lake City received the Rail Transit Team Achievement Award—given to the system with the highest combined score for its rail operators and maintenance team—at the 2018 APTA Rail Rodeo Banquet, June 10 in Denver. [More]

Meeting Changing Transportation Needs in Europe

The June 13 Closing General Session featured a close-up look at innovative solutions designed to accelerate the integration of new and advanced technologies into rail operations in Europe. [More]

UAVs: Looking at Public Transportation Safety and Security from Another Perspective

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, can be used to inspect infrastructure and enhance safety and security. At a Tuesday session, “Eyes in the Sky—The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) in Transit,” three experts discussed some applications for UAVs in a public transit setting. [More]

Addressing Security in Public Transportation

The June 11 General Session, “Safety and Security Trends in an Uncertain World,” featured a panel of experts who addressed terrorism, cybersecurity, asset management and risk management and their impacts on public transportation. Grace Crunican, general manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, moderated the session. [More]

Streetcars 'Growing Up' Through Technology and Research

“Streetcars in the U.S. are growing up,” David Vozzolo, vice president and streetcar program director, HDR, said in his report on “lessons learned from streetcar evolution” at a June 11 session during the APTA Rail Conference. [More]

As Transit Workforce Ages, Internships Bring in New Blood

As up to half of the public transit workforce may become eligible to retire in the next three to five years, agencies need to establish educational programs and internships to ensure retirees don’t take their institutional knowledge with them before transferring it to other employees. [More]

Touring Tech Facility

Rail Conference attendees had the opportunity to visit the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) during a June 14 technical tour. TTCI is the nation’s premier transportation research and testing organization, with cutting-edge laboratories, 52 miles of test track and a full-scale hazmat training center. [More]

A World of Rail Options

Click here to see more scenes from the 2018 APTA Rail Conference in Denver. [More]


San Diego MTS: Where Public Transit and Hollywood Unite

In late July, it’s not uncommon to see Klingons, Darth Vader, Spiderman and Superwoman all boarding the San Diego Trolley. Comic-Con International, one of the largest entertainment and comic conventions in the world, brings more than 160,000 attendees—and thousands more for people-watching—each year. [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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