|August 7, 2009|
News HeadlinesFY 2010 THUD Appropriations Markup Passes; Full Vote Postponed
Although the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 30 unanimously passed its markup of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010, the full Senate has postponed a floor vote on the legislation until Congress returns from recess in September.
FTA Disburses $369.5 Million More in ARRA Funds
U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood announced the most recent release of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds—$369.5 million—on July 31. These grants include $20.7 million to Omnitrans in San Bernardino, CA, for preventive maintenance, equipment such as fareboxes for 144 coaches and a video surveillance system, and construction of a new transit center; $10.6 million to the Interurban Transit Partnership in Grand Rapids, which will allow renovation of the Wealthy Street
Operations Center to begin two years ahead of schedule; $3.2 million for the St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission to purchase vehicles including four 35-foot buses and nine 29-foot paratransit vehicles along with stop annunciation and visual systems; and $2.8 million to the Miami-Dade Transit Agency for refurbishment of a Metromover station and Metrorail track and installation of a Wi-Fi demonstration project.
APTA Chair, Members Testify Before Senate on Rail Modernization
On August 4, APTA Chair Beverly Scott, general manager/CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and several other heads of APTA member public transit systems joined Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff in testifying before the Senate Banking Committee on the need for more federal investment in rail modernization.
LaHood to Convene Panel on Driver Distractions; APTA Group Creating Standards
U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced he will convene a panel to address the problem of text messaging and cellphone use by drivers. The panel will include senior transportation officials, safety advocates, and representatives from Congress, law enforcement, and academia.
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In the Media
APTA President William Millar participated in the National Journal Expert Blog on Transportation this week.
A New York Times editorial urged the Congress to make a large investment in high-speed rail.
The Associated Press discussed how transit systems deal with bicycles left behind on buses.
A business columnist for the LA Times told American Public Media’s Marketplace about his recent experiences with the Japanese public transportation system.
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