September 7, 2018
U.S. DOT Allocates Funding for Four Capital Investment Grant Projects

On Sept. 6, FTA announced that it is allocating $249 million of appropriated FY 2018 Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funding for four projects (two New Starts and two Small Starts) in California, Indiana, New Mexico and Washington. [More]

» Hampton Roads Transit is looking for a safety manager. [More]
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Public Transit Use Can Reduce Road Fatalities Up to 40 Percent

Metropolitan areas that invest in public transportation can reduce traffic fatality rates by up to 40 percent, according to analysis released by APTA and the Vision Zero Network during a recent press event. [More]

Register Now for APTA's Annual Meeting!

Register now to attend APTA's 2018 Annual Meeting, Sept. 23-26 in Nashville, TN. Don't miss out on public transportation's largest event of the year. Click here to register. [More]

'Husky Line' Launches In Portland, ME

Officials from the Greater Portland (ME) Transit District (METRO) recently joined with representatives of the University of Southern Maine (USM), cities of Portland and Westbrook, town of Gorham and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) to introduce the new Husky Line, a route designed to benefit university students and other public transit riders. [More]

SEPTA Completes Redesign of Lansdale Transit Hub

Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced the recent completion of its newly redesigned bus terminus in the neighboring borough of Lansdale, PA, which will now serve as a major multimodal hub for the ­community. [More]

September Is National Preparedness Month

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated September as National Preparedness Month, and APTA is helping share information on the theme “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” [More]


What will it take to make the cities of tomorrow both smarter and safer? Building safety into Intelligent Transportation Systems. Intelligent transportation Systems are transforming the way people and goods move through busy cities and traffic corridors. And they’re also paving the way to a safer future. Get the whitepaper to learn more.

Illinois, Tennessee Achieve SSO Certification

FTA announced that Illinois and Tennessee have obtained federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program in advance of the April 15, 2019, deadline, becoming the 23rd and 24th states out of 30 to achieve this certification. [More]

Metrolink Awarded $6.5 Million State Grant

Metrolink commuter rail in Los Angeles has received $6.5 million from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to begin preparation for the first projects in the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) Program, a $10 billion plan to improve regional rail service in time for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games. [More]

New CEOs, Interim Named

The Toronto Transit Commission, Denton County Transportation Authority and Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority have announced new chief executives, while the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has named an interim chief executive officer and general manager. [More]

SANDAG, MTS Open New BRT Route

At ceremonies Sept. 4, representatives of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), Caltrans and the city of Chula Vista celebrated the launch of South Bay Rapid service in south San Diego County. [More]

UTA Initiates BRT Service Ahead of Schedule

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in Salt Lake City recently opened its Utah Valley Express (UVX) BRT line—nine months ahead of schedule to accommodate the schedules of Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, which it serves. [More]

Louis Berger to Join WSP

Louis Berger recently entered into an agreement to join WSP, with completion of the acquisition expected by Dec. 31. [More]

Rail Safety Week Is Sept. 23-29

The first joint U.S.-Canada observance of #RailSafetyWeek will take place Sept. 23-29. Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada, nonprofit rail safety education and awareness organizations, will partner with public transit agencies throughout the two countries to empower the public to stay safe around all rail modes. [More]

Rep. Knight Welcomes Veterans on AVTA's New Service

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), Lancaster, CA, recently added a stop at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center to its 786 Commuter Route, and Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) joined representatives of the armed forces to mark the event. [More]

FTA Announces $84.5 Million in Low-No Grants

FTA has announced that 52 projects in 41 states will receive a total of $84.5 million for Fiscal Year 2018 through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program. [More]

Sacramento RT Showcases Art

As part of the annual Wide Open Walls public arts festival in Sacramento, CA, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) provided an exterior wall at one of its customer service and sales center locations to showcase a mural by Brazilian painter Mateus Bailon. [More]

APTA to Develop Recommended Practice for Installation of Cameras

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety recommendation (R-17-13) to FTA regarding the installation of crash- and fireproof inward- and outward-facing audio and video image recorders in all locomotive cabs and cab cars to verify train crew actions and train operating conditions. FTA has asked APTA to develop a recommended practice requiring installation of such crash- and fire-protected recorders. [More]

LA Metro Begins Overhaul at Willowbrook

Los Angeles Metro recently kicked off major improvements to one of the busiest stations in the Metro Rail system, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks, with an event attended by state and federal officials and local stakeholders. [More]

Rep. Davis Attends Connect Transit Bus Shelters Dedication

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) joins Isaac Thorne, general manager of Connect Transit, and other guests at an event in Bloomington, IL, to kick off the agency’s “Better Bus Stops for Bloomington-Normal” campaign at a recently completed bus shelter. [More]

New Tunneling Process

Sound Transit in Seattle recently completed excavation—five months ahead of schedule—of a tunnel that will connect two East Link light rail stations, East Main and Downtown ­Bellevue, when the line opens in 2023. [More]


Improving Safety and Speed on VTA's Light Rail System

A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) pilot project aims to improve both the speed of trains through the busy downtown area of San Jose, CA, and safety around the system. [More]


Meet the Sustainability Committee!

This is the latest in a series of columns showcasing APTA committees. The subject of this profile is the Sustainability Committee, chaired since 2016 by J. Barry Barker. [More]

Meet Elizabeth Lovinggood!

This is the latest in an ongoing series of columns showcasing members of the APTA staff. The subject of this profile is Elizabeth Lovinggood, program manager-sustainability & planning, Policy Department. [More]

Organic Diversity and Inclusion: Not a Problem to Solve, a Goal to Achieve

Chair, APTA Diversity and Inclusion Council
Immediate Past Chair, APTA
Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

If you’re not stitching diversity and inclusion (D&I) into the fabric of your mission and values, you’re missing a competitive edge. This isn’t an opinion, it’s statistically validated. [More]

ACHP Comment Streamlines Projects in Rights-of-Way

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced the issuance of a program comment that exempts undertakings that might affect historic rail properties within rail rights-of-way from Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in an effort to streamline rail and public transit infrastructure projects. [More]

Dayton Bus Operator Goes Above and Beyond

The Greater Dayton (OH) Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently honored bus operator Keisha Gay with its “Be The One” Award for her efforts helping return four lost children home. [More]

CCRTA Updates Vanpool Branding

The Corpus Christi (TX) Regional Transportation Authority recently unveiled an updated look for its vanpool fleet, which allows groups of people to travel between common pickup locations at a reduced cost. [More]

Kansas City Launches Combined Bike + Bus Pass

The Kansas City (MO) Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) recently partnered with BikeWalkKC to introduce a new combination pass that lets riders check out a bikeshare bicycle and ride a bus using just one pass. [More]

Industry Briefs

Here are some brief news items from public transit agencies and businesses. [More]

How Nashville Became Music City

As you finalize your plans to attend APTA’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, be sure to set aside some time for exploring this wonderful city! [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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