Trottenberg Nominated for Undersecretary Position
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Polly Trottenberg
has been nominated by President Obama to be the Under Secretary for Policy. In announcing the change, Obama expressed his gratitude for her service in her current role as well as bringing her talent and expertise to a new role within the administration.
APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy lauded Trottenberg's nomination, saying that "she has been instrumental in designing and implementing positive public transportation policies at the DOT. Polly's wealth of experience on Capitol Hill and in the transportation policy arena make her an excellent choice for Under Secretary of Policy."
APTA Urged Country to "Dump The Pump" With Biggest Coalition Ever
APTA organized in partnership with the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council the largest "National Dump the Pump Day"
ever. All told, more than 160 groups participated, including a record number of public transit systems (144) to urge people to "dump the pump" and turn to public transit to save money. More details of the activities will be in next week's Passenger Transport
APTA Accepting Nominations for Officers and Directors
Nominations for APTA officers and directors opened on June 1 and will continue through July 13. Elections will be held in September at APTA’s 2012 Business and Elections Meeting. Submit your nominees electronically through the APTA website
IN THE MEDIA
When a couple finds the perfect reception location but want to be married in a neighboring jurisdiction they have multiple options. One couple from the DC metro area decided to take the scenic route and got married in D.C. on a WMATA
train as it crossed the Potomac River toward Virginia.
Need a ride to the airport in Boston but don’t want to ask a friend? This summer your ride from Logan International Airport
to South Station will be paid by the airport. In a move to reduce congestion in the airport parking lots, the pilot program will encourage use of public transit by offering free rides home.
What impact does public transportation have on everyday life? According to one sports blog, a lack of public transportation could be the downfall of the New York Islanders
. As the team looks at proposals for future arenas, public transportation is a major consideration for their future facilities.