|August 31, 2012|
|LaHood Sends Letter to Governors on New Federal Regulations|
On August 28, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood sent letters to governors of 26 states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The letters focus on preparations for new federal regulations that the department will propose in the near future based on oversight of public transit safety outlined in MAP-21.|
Harvard Review Studies the Impacts of Ignoring Infrastructure
The Harvard Political Review
has begun a two-part story on America’s need for further infrastructure investment. The first part addresses the crumbling system, federal issues, and the economic impacts of a failure to act.
SAVE THE DATE
Have you registered for the APTA Annual Meeting
? Join us in Seattle, WA, from September 30-October 3 and partake of all the events, including six different technical tours -- Seattle’s Bus Rapid Transit, light rail, streetcars, commuter rail, and facilities such as the Seattle Transit Tunnel and Amtrak maintenance facility.
IN THE MEDIA
In a recent op-ed in the Saturday Evening Post, former T&I Chairman Jim Oberstar
lays out the case for a renaissance in public transportation as we move away from the automobile as our primary mode of transportation and notes how the 21st century can return from sprawl and congestion.
Many APTA members are expanding their social media footprint. One success story is the Utah Transit Authority
. When riders in Salt Lake City have questions or concerns, they can just ask on Twitter where a full-time social media specialist can handle their inquiry.
Garmin has announce upgrades to its smartphone navigation apps that will allow users to integrate public transportation options into its itineraries. These apps will guide uses to public transit
and suggest routes and stations to take.