FTA's Rogoff Opens Second Meeting of Rail Transit Safety Oversight Group
FTA Administrator Peter M. Rogoff convened the second meeting of the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), which focused on the best models for state safety oversight partnerships and effective safety planning by local transit agencies. The two-day meeting took place April 27 and 28 in Washington, DC.
“Safety is our highest priority and we are committed to keeping transit one of the safest modes of transportation in the nation,” said DOT Secretary
Ray LaHood. “The work of TRACS will be invaluable to FTA’s ability to establish and enforce safety standards when Congress approves the Public Transportation Safety Program Act.”
"This effort is solely about the safety of the transit employees and riders who comprise the ten billion passenger rides provided each year by public transportation across the country,” said Rogoff. “For the well being of those riders and workers, Congress needs to rescind an antiquated 1960s era law that forbids the federal government from issuing even the most basic safety regulations. TRACS is a critically important tool that will ensure that the FTA does this job
smartly and efficiently once Congress acts."
Survey Reveals America's 25 Greenest Cities
Newsweek’s The Daily Beast conducted a survey to determine America’s 25 Greenest Cities.
It based its survey on five elements, including the average number
of weekday trips on public transportation. The top three? New York
City, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.
2011 APTA National Transportation Career Day
APTA National Public Transportation Career Day
is May 12. Our goal is to have every transit agency, private transit company, and private business members host an activity that will help to enrich the lives of our youth. So make plans to take this
opportunity to teach and mentor our nation’s youth about the many and
varied job opportunities in the public transportation industry.
SAVE THE DATE
Two great tours are planned in New Orleans in October, at APTA's Annual Meeting and EXPO. First, RTA is using a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant to expand its streetcar line so passengers can connect from the RTA network to Amtrak and Greyhound, creating a new intermodality. A second major project is expanding streetcar service to the neighborhoods around the French Quarter. You'll travel those routes.
And then, don't miss out on the technical tour of the New Carrollton facility, where RTA teams construct new streetcars by hand, using time-honored techniques from the past, which preserve the streetcars’ status as National Historic Landmarks.
IN THE MEDIA
Steven Harrod, Ph.D., an assistant professor of operations management at the University of Dayton who specializes in the topic of railway operations management, wrote a fact-filled, comprehensive op-ed for CNN, entitled "Riled about rail: Why all the anger over high speed trains?"
Connecticut’s State Police Mass Transit Security Unit has gone to the dogs
so to speak … Starting this week, five specially trained yellow
Labrador retrievers will be on duty with their handlers as part of a new
“Public transportation is the way to go, it’s one of the ways to
keep emissions low.” Lyrics from a rap song -- from the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA)? Yes! The EPA’s Office of Children’s Health
Protection wants to engage children in climate change – so it has
recorded a downloadable song called “Click It-Flip It,”
with the intent that kids live more sustainable lifestyles.