|August 20, 2010|
News HeadlinesDOT Receives More Than $8 Billion in Applications for High-Speed Rail Funding
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on August 17 announced that the Federal Railroad Administration has received 77 grant applications totaling $8.5 billion for high-speed rail projects around the nation. Federal appropriations for FY 2010 are $2.3 billion. DOT will announce the winners on September 30.
Pro-Transit Ballot Initiative Wins in Washington State
A ballot initiative to increase a local sales tax by two-tenths of one cent in order to fund Intercity Transit, serving the greater Olympia, WA, area, passed on August 18. The measure is expected to provide an additional $500,000 annually.
DHS Conducts Anti-Terrorism Airflow Study in Boston
Scientists are releasing gases and fluorescent particles into the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's subway tunnels today to study how toxic chemicals and lethal biological agents could spread through a terrorist attack.
Save the Date
October is not just a time of falling leaves and scary costumes. It's also a time of rising expectations and budgets that keep getting scarier. That's why the 2010 APTA Annual Meeting in San Antonio is a must-attend event for public transportation and business professionals. With great technical tours, informative sessions, and exciting speakers in store, it promises to be a treat
for all involved.
Telling Our Story: Your Name Here
You care about public transportation. So please help our industry by simply signing your name to APTA's petition asking Congress to not delay in passing surface transportation authorization.
In the Media
As part of its "Building Up America" series, CNN featured a story on the benefits of and plans for high-speed and intercity passenger rail in the United States.
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