|March 19, 2010|
News HeadlinesCongress Passes, Obama Signs Jobs Bill; Public Transit Funding Extended Through Year End
President Barack Obama on March 18 signed into law the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act--also known as the jobs bill--which contains a provision to extend the authorization of public transit and highway programs through December 31. The Senate had passed the bill the previous day after an extended series of amendments between the two chambers of Congress.
35th APTA Legislative Conference a Great Success
More than 700 participants, along with several members of Congress, helped to make the 2010 APTA Legislative Conference in Washington a great success. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, as well as Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo, shared their views on a variety of important and sometimes controversial topics. Look for extensive coverage in the March 29 edition of Passenger Transport.
APTA Urges Members to Spread Word of Census' Importance to Public Transit
APTA is encouraging its members to post announcements for riders and employees regarding the importance of filling out and returning the 2010 U.S. Census. Results from the Census are used to establish formulas for more than $400 billion of federal money, including investments in public transportation. The Census' population count also determines representation in the House of Representatives and affects regional transportation planning decisions.
Fare Collection 101 Webcast to Feature Top Speakers
Fare Collection 101 will be offered for the first time as a webcast on Monday, March 29, 8:00-11:30 a.m. PST. Register online to secure a spot in this high-demand event.
Webcast speakers will also answer your fare collection questions in real time. For questions, contact Bill Baum at 202-496-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date
There is still time to register for the 2010 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference in Cleveland, May 2-May 5, 2010, featuring the latest in technology, maintenance strategies, and other aspects of public transit bus service--as well as the always competitive, always entertaining International Bus Roadeo, April 30-May 5,
In the Media
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote in his "Fast Lane" blog about APTA's 2010 Legislative Conference in Washington, where he gave remarks as the featured speaker.
The Toledo Blade highlighted the importance of public transportation.
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