July 6, 2018
Mobility Management:
The Agency Perspective

To coincide with APTA’s “The Future of Mobility—From Transit Authority to Mobility Integrator” s­ummit July 12 in Washington, DC, Passenger Transport invited public transportation industry leaders to describe how their agencies are embracing the concept of mobility management and adapting to the changing needs of their riders within the new mobility paradigm. [More]

» The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority seeks an executive director. [More]
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DART Meeting New Demands

by Gary C. Thomas
President/Executive Director
Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Today’s transit customers are no longer bound by mobility choices dictated to them by public transit operators. This new reality is causing sleepless nights to public transit agency leaders everywhere, but Dallas Area Rapid Transit sees it as a wakeup call. It’s a new opportunity to become relevant to new generations of riders and stay relevant to existing customers who are developing new habits and service expectations. [More]


The Imperative of Reimagining
Public Transportation

by Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Chair, APTA
CEO, Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority

The public transportation industry is in the midst of the greatest transformation of our generation. Our collective place in the emerging mobility landscape will be defined by how well we employ modern technologies, forge unique partnerships and explore new ways of delivering an array of public transit options. [More]


FTA Releases Its Priorities for CIG Grants

In a June 29 letter, FTA highlighted its priorities for administering the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program. Under CIG, public transit projects go through a rigorous process (including an environmental review, securing non-federal funding, engineering and design, risk analysis, and other criteria, which are evaluated and rated) before qualifying for a full funding grant agreement. In addition, FTA has made changes to its risk assessment process. [More]

APTA Developing New Strategic Plan

With the mobility world changing so rapidly, APTA has launched the development of a new three-year Strategic Plan to guide its work programs and member services for Fiscal Years 2020 through 2022. [More]

LAVTA Testing Shared Autonomous Vehicles

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) in Livermore, CA, began testing its new Shared Autonomous Vehicle (SAV) at a June 22 event at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Dublin/Pleasanton Station. Testing, anticipated to take two years, will be conducted on public roads in the city of Dublin. [More]

VIA Opens Largest Park-and-Ride Facility

VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio recently opened the ­largest park-and-ride facility in its system, a four-story structure in the Stone Oak area. [More]

HART Launches Intercounty Route to Tampa Airport

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority in Tampa, FL, introduced service July 1 on its first seven-day-a-week intercounty service, an hourly, limited-stop route that terminates at Tampa International Airport. [More]

MST Opens Expanded Bus Operations Facility

Monterey-Salinas (CA) Transit recently celebrated the ­opening of its new and expanded Monterey Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility with ribbon-cutting ceremonies. [More]

Repairs Continue to Pittsburgh's Light Rail Blue Line

As Passenger Transport went to press, the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh announced that Blue Line Library light rail service—interrupted by extensive flood damage in late June—is likely to resume full service by early August. [More]

NTI Webinar to Examine Service Integration

A July 17 webinar hosted by the National Transit Institute will show how strategies such as consolidation and cooperation can help public transportation providers integrate services to increase efficiency, reduce operating expenses, improve the customer experience or achieve other goals. [More]

FTA Marks 50th Birthday

FTA celebrated the 50th birthday of its founding on July 1. [More]

Louis Berger Acquires BergerABAM

Louis Berger, headquartered in Morristown, NJ, has acquired the remaining minority shares of BergerABAM, its partner for more than 30 years and a consulting firm offering services in specialized engineering in surface transportation, ports/waterfront and marine and federal facilities. [More]

TRC Acquires Vali Cooper

TRC, a provider of engineering, consulting and construction management solutions based in Lowell, MA, has acquired Vali Cooper & Associates Inc., an infrastructure firm headquartered in Concord, CA, that manages transportation, water/wastewater, utility and facilities projects. [More]

New CEOs Named

New Jersey DOT and The Rapid, Grand Rapids, MI, have announced new chief executives, while St. Louis Metro has named an interim executive director. [More]


Meet Cassandra Borchers!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing APTA members. The subject of this profile is Cassandra Borchers, chief development officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL, a member of the APTA Mobility Management Committee; Planning,  Policy and Program Development Steering Committee; Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; Research & Technology Committee; Mid-Size Operations Committee; Streetcar Subcommittee; and High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee. [More]


Developing an Integrated Transportation Vision

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority, like many other public transportation providers, is grappling with the future of mobility. Emerging technology affects the planning, design and operations of all transportation services and facilities. Our success demands breaking down modal silos and rethinking traditional roles. As a multimodal transportation provider, JTA is well positioned to take on the role of the mobility integrator and enhance traditional transportation solutions with new mobility options, emerging technology, new infrastructure solutions and strategic partnerships. [More]

Moving Passengers Curb to Curb the Smart Way

Over the past several years, the national decline of public transit ridership has become a significant concern among industry leaders. There’s been a great deal of discussion among providers to think outside the box and find new and innovative ways to retain and attract riders. [More]

Transit and New Shared-Use Modes: Key Questions from the Transit Industry Perspective

Public transit agencies have been doing much individual soul-searching to position themselves with respect to the explosion of new shared-use modes (ridesourcing, carsharing, bikesharing, etc.), while trying to understand the implications of these new modes on their own services, determine whether these new mobility services are complementary or competitive to existing fixed-route and demand-responsive services, understand policy and regulatory implications and develop frameworks for cooperation and initiatives where feasible and desirable. [More]

Focusing on the Customer Experience

Capital Metro faces challenges that are not unique to its region. The public transit industry, as a whole, is at a critical point as we find it necessary to re-evaluate the status quo and make bold decisions. [More]

Transitioning from Traditional Transit to Mobility as a Service Provider

Lower gasoline prices, increasing car ownership and competing technology and business services are among the main contributors to the “perfect storm” of declining ridership many public transit agencies are facing across the country. [More]

Providing the Mobility Options That Riders Want

It should be obvious to everyone in the public transit industry that we can no longer assume that riders will just show up. The ridership losses at LA Metro and other agencies in recent years are too big to be labeled a “dip.” [More]

Case Study: Emerging Ridesharing Services Expand Mobility Options

The city of Monrovia, CA, offers a range of public transportation services at the local and regional levels, including bus service operated by Foothill Transit and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), Gold Line light rail operated by LA Metro and ADA paratransit services operated by Access Services and LA Metro. [More]

Leveraging Technology and Partnerships to Provide Mobility as a Service

It cannot be denied that public transportation is changing. From autonomous vehicles to bikeshare to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, the way we get around today is drastically different than it was just a few years ago. [More]

Elevating Paratransit with On-Demand Rides

Paratransit programs require innovation. Last year, medical transportation services provider RoundTrip partnered with the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) to increase access to public transportation for riders with disabilities. Six months in, the service provides more rides than ever and impacts an entire community in an on-demand program that’s the first of its kind. [More]

Meeting Changing Mobility Needs Key to Public Transit's Future Success

The public transit industry of today is vastly different from the one I joined almost 30 years ago. Back then, the focus was on providing straightforward fixed-route service and moving people to and from the locations our agency chose. People had few other transportation alternatives to reach their destination. [More]

TCRP Report Covers Legal Considerations of Ridesourcing

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has made available a pre-publication, non-edited version of Legal Research Digest 53: Legal Considerations in Relationships Between Transit Agencies and Ridesourcing Service Providers. [More]


Leveraging Data and Microtransit Mobility Options to Move People Efficiently

On-demand rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are continually growing and introducing new ways for riders to affordably arrive at a destination. Uber and Lyft as e-hailing services are assisting with first-mile, last-mile transportation options which in turn have created a positive impact on public transportation. [More]

Dump the Pump Roundup

At least 160 public transit agencies and organizations participated in APTA’s 13th annual Dump the Pump Day on June 21.Many held community events to promote public transit ridership, and at least 26 systems offered free rides that day. Here are a few examples of other activities. [More]

Rescuing Children: Part of a Bus Operator's Daily Work

Bus operators understand that being alert to situations is part of their job. These drivers from Cincinnati and Riverside, CA, went the extra mile to look after children in trouble. [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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