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April 13, 2012
Congressional Caucus on High-Speed and Intercity Rail Holds Briefing
On April 10, the Congressional Caucus on High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) held a briefing in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC.  Presentations focused on the high points of HSIPR and why the country is headed in the right direction.  With $10 billion allocated around the country via prior legislation, the results of those investments will be evident throughout the year in groundbreakings and ribbon-cutting events. The caucus also discussed a letter signed by a bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress speaking to Congressional leadership on the need for spending on HSIPR.

Only 23 days until the APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference begins in Long Beach, CA. Sign up now to ensure you are included on the registration list and don’t forget to sign up for the Mid-level Managers Welcome &Orientation Breakfast Meeting!


On April 18th, PBS will begin an in-depth look at how America moves. In America Revealed: Nation on the Move, it will look at the public transportation systems, highway corridors, and work involved in transporting more than 300 million Americans every day on an infrastructure built in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prepare for the newest innovation in public transportation: The local sleeping car. If you were on a late night train near Astoria, Queens, then you may have seen the local group Improv Everywhere as they set up an impromptu sleeper car for the use of weary riders.
Public transportation drivers spend a majority of their working day on the road dealing with people. A simple phone call or awareness of one’s surroundings can be all it takes to save a life. Recently, two stories stand out. Hubert Gentry, a paratransit driver for the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, MI saved one of his regular riders by realizing something was off when she was not ready to go. Richard Gubish Jr., with the assistance of another motorist, used his Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority bus to block in a car that hit a bicyclist on a bridge.

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