|October 1, 2010|
News HeadlinesContinuing Resolution Extends Federal Funding Through Dec. 3
The House and the Senate this week passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will provide continued funding of federal programs at Fiscal Year 2010 levels through December 3, as Congress heads home to campaign for the upcoming midterm elections.
ARRA Public Transit Funds Have Saved, Created Jobs, APTA Members Tell Congress
Several APTA members testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Sept. 28 about the benefits that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has brought to their organizations and communities.
Experts Tout Merits of Innovative Financing to Senate Committee
Experts testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Sept. 29 about the usefulness of innovative financing arrangements in bringing public transportation and economic development to communities. Witnesses included U.S. Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Roy Kienitz and Florida Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Kopelousos.
Amtrak Releases Regional High-Speed Rail Plan
Amtrak has released a report detailing how the agency plans to capitalize on its existing infrastructure to provide high-speed rail service in the Northeast Corridor. The report, A Vision for High-Speed Rail in the Northeast Corridor, projects that upon completion of the build-out in 2040, ridership on high-speed rail in the region would be approximately 18 million
passengers annually, with room for up to 80 million. Amtrak's ridership on the routes in the corridor for 2009 was approximately 14 million.
Save the Date: FTA Webinar on ARRA Reporting
FTA will hold training webinars for ARRA recipients on Section 1512 reporting due in October. The webinars will discuss recent guidance from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and provide advice on implementation.
ARRA Section 1512 requires recipients to report the estimated number of jobs created and jobs retained by ARRA-funded projects, along with other information.
Telling Our Story: Help Build the Wall
Want to help promote long-term federal investment in public transportation? Feeling creative? Then submit your own video testimonial to APTA's online wall. Talk about how public transit benefits your life--and be sure to tell Congress that a long-term surface transportation authorization bill can wait no longer.
2010 APTA Photo Invitational
Announcing the 2010 APTA Photo Invitational. The Invitational seeks photos from APTA members that depict public transportation’s significance, value, and benefits of opportunity, access, freedom, and mobility, which enable everyone in the community to accomplish what is important to them, while making communities stronger and more vibrant.
New this year: All entries will be received electronically. For complete information, visit the APTA Photo Invitational web site. The deadline to submit entries is October 20, 2010.
In the Media
The San Francisco Examiner featured San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's annual bell-ringing contest.
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