December 14, 2018
$1.5B in BUILD Grants Includes $195M for Public Transportation

DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced nearly $1.5 billion in FY 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant awards—of which 13 percent, totaling $195 million, were awarded to public transportation-related projects in 12 states and the District of Columbia—on Dec. 11. [More]

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Industry Leaders, New APTA Study Discuss Public Transit as Backbone of Multimodal Lifestyle

Public transit leaders discussed the impact on communities and public transit systems of autonomous vehicles (AV), partnerships with ride-hailing services and other innovations on a Dec. 13 APTA press call. The call coincided with the release of a new APTA report, The Transformation of the American Commuter[More]

JTA Launches Third BRT Line; FTA's Williams at Ceremonies

The Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) introduced service on its third and longest First Coast Flyer BRT line, the Red Line, at a recent event addressed by FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. [More]

Construction Begins on Largest Project in Minnesota History

After more than two decades of planning, the Metropolitan Council recently broke ground for the largest infrastructure project in Minnesota history—the $2 billion Southwest Light Rail (Southwest LRT), which will serve Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie with 14.5 miles of new light rail when it enters service in 2023. [More]

Innovation and Partnerships Needed to Prevent Rail-Related Injuries and Fatalities

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U.S. rail systems—commuter, heavy and light rail, as well as streetcars—account for 33 billion rail passenger miles annually, according to APTA studies. The number of passenger rail systems grew from 52 in 1995 to 83 in 2015, with an 86 percent increase in ridership. [More]


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OC Streetcar Construction Gets Rolling in Santa Ana, CA

Immediately following the recent signing of a $149 million federal Full Funding Grant Agreement for the first modern electric streetcar in Orange County, CA, FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams and Orange County Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer Darrell E. Johnson participated in ground-breaking ceremonies for the line in Santa Ana, CA. [More]

New Flyer Rededicates Facility Following $25M Renovation

New Flyer of America Inc. recently reopened its advanced manufacturing facility in Anniston, AL, following a $25 million renovation and expansion that added 76,000 square feet of space. [More]

USSC Group Opens New Manufacturing Facility

USSC Group recently hosted a celebration for the opening of its new 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Exton, PA, across the street from its existing facility. [More]

Safe Fleet Acquires Roll-Rite

Safe Fleet, a provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles, announced its acquisition of the Roll-Rite group of companies, which offers OEM and aftermarket safety products including automated and semi-automated tarping systems, motors, controls and tarps for a variety of vehicles. [More]

Routematch Acquires 2g Transit Solutions

Routematch Inc. has acquired 2g Transit Solutions Inc. (2g), a data analytics company for public transit services. This move will connect more than 500 Routematch clients with 2g’s flagship product, Transit Miner, and provide 2g’s customers with additional business and technical resources for ­further innovation. [More]

Reno's RTC Launches Lincoln Line BRT Dec. 14

As Passenger Transport went to press, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), Reno, NV, was preparing for the Dec. 14 opening of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project, branded as the Lincoln Line. [More]

New CEOs Named

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the San Diego Association of Governments have announced new chief executives. [More]

A Busy Year of Government Affairs Activities for APTA


During 2018, the APTA Legislative Committee was hard at work forming surface transportation authorization recommendations. [More]

2018: A Great Year for Public Transportation!

This year saw APTA member agencies and businesses across the country open new lines, extensions, stations and facilities, and welcome members of Congress, governors and other dignitaries to their special events. APTA welcomed a new president and CEO, elected a new chair and continued its strong working relationship with DOT and other government entities on behalf of its members. Click here to see just some of the highlights from a great year: [More]


APTA Strengthens Ties with International Partners

APTA signed a new addendum to its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Union of Railways (UIC) Dec. 7 in Paris, during the UIC’s 93rd General Assembly. [More]

Get on Board Day: Increasing Support for Public Transit and Mobilizing Advocates

Get on Board Day! That’s the name of APTA’s new national awareness and advocacy day aimed at generating awareness of and increasing support for public transportation among riders and non-riders, elected officials and stakeholders. [More]

APTF Launches New Mentoring Initiative to Support Future Leaders

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) has unveiled a new pilot mentoring initiative to support APTF scholars’ long-term commitment to the public transportation industry. [More]

Emerging Leaders Program Accepting Applications

APTA invites emerging public transportation professionals to apply through Feb. 4, 2019, for the Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2020. [More]

APTA Welcomes New Members

APTA announces the following new members who joined the association between June and November 2018. [More]


Adapting to Changing Customer Preferences Essential: Common Theme Across Industries

At a Nov. 28 panel discussion, Embracing Disruption: Success Stories from Other Industries, during APTA’s Industry Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, experts described their responses to a rapidly changing world, drawing parallels to challenges and opportunities facing the public transportation industry including innovation and workforce development. APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas moderated. [More]

APTA Holds Fifth High-Speed Rail Policy Forum

Al Engel, chair of APTA’s High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, welcomed approximately 100 attendees to APTA’s Fifth Annual High-Speed Rail Policy Forum during the association’s Industry Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. [More]

Relationship Between Public Transit and Cities Praised at APTA Leadership Summit

At a featured luncheon, The Role of Public Transit in Reinventing Cities, during APTA’s Industry Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, Clarence E. Anthony, CEO/executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC), acknowledged the leadership role of public transit in transforming cities by bringing together people, businesses, services and policies. [More]

NTSB's Sumwalt Addresses APTA Safety Seminar

Robert L. Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, gave the keynote address at APTA’s Mid-Year Safety Seminar Nov. 29. [More]


New CNG Buses, Fueling Station in Flint, MI

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, MI, recently took delivery of 13 new CNG-fueled 40-foot buses from Gillig and opened a CNG fueling station that is also available for public use. [More]

TCRP Publishes Reports, Seeks Panel Nominations

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) recently released several public transit research reports and invited nominations for members of panels who will oversee individual research projects. [More]

Continental Opens Training Center in Clinton, MS

Continental, based in Allentown, PA, opened its new Employee Training Center in Clinton, MS, at recent ceremonies attended by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant as well as federal, state and local officials. [More]

Public Transit Agencies Show Holiday Spirit This Winter

As Christmas nears and temperatures fall in much of North America, public transit systems and employees across the country are doing their part to help less fortunate residents in their service areas. Among those are Natalie Barnes, a bus operator with the Milwaukee County Transit System. [More]

'STRETCH' Buses Support Quad Cities Commuters

To ease traffic congestion ­during a period of bridge construction in the Quad Cities region between Illinois and Iowa, the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL, introduced two new free “STRETCH” commuter bus routes on Dec. 3. [More]

MassDOT Installs New Bridge Superstructure

Massachusetts DOT recently installed new superstructure to the East Street Bridge Replacement in Westwood that carries the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Franklin Commuter Rail Line, replacing a bridge originally constructed in 1911. [More]

Caltrain Accepts Toy Donations on 'Holiday Train' in Silicon Valley

Caltrain commuter rail, San Carlos, CA, partnered with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in early December to collect toys and books through its annual Holiday Train event. [More]

Catch the 'Elf' on Gold Coast Transit

For the third year, the Gold Coast Transit District, Oxnard, CA, is brightening the holidays with its “Elf on the GO” decorated bus. [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]

Last 'PT' Issue of 2018

Passenger Transport is on a holiday break. The next issue will be published Jan. 14, 2019. [More]

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