Passenger Transport Express - 05/15/2009 (Plain Text Version)
Millar Meets With LaHood, Szabo
Climate Change Bill Moves Forward; Role of Public Transit Still Undetermined
Oberstar Meets with Ways & Means on Authorization; June Markup Expected
LaHood Presents ARRA Funds to Public Transit Projects
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to numerous additional projects. These funds will go toward projects already covered by Full Funding Grant Agreements through FTA; the ARRA grants do not increase the federal commitment to the projects but expedite funds committed under the existing agreements. These light rail lines are among the transit projects receiving ARRA funds: Valley Metro Rail’s Phoenix-Central Phoenix/East Valley line, $36 million; the Eastside Extension of the Metro Gold Line in Los Angeles, $66.7 million; in Portland, OR, Tri-Met's South Corridor I-205/Portland Mall line, $32 million; and West Corridor light rail for the Regional Transportation District in Denver, $40 million.
FTA Reports Nearly $2 Billion in ARRA Funds Granted
Save the Date
May 20 is the application deadline for the APTA Rail Rodeo Customer Service Challenge. This first-ever event will have the industry’s very best rail transit employees facing off to test their customer service skills, as they are challenged with a series of customer service scenarios. The event is open to all APTA member transit system rail station attendants and employees with face-to-face interaction with passengers, including ticket and station agents and commuter rail conductors.
Join other public transit systems throughout the U.S. to celebrate the fourth annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 18. The day is set aside to raise public awareness of the many benefits of public transportation. This year’s activities will encourage people to take public transit instead of driving a car, thereby saving money and helping the environment. APTA has developed an online toolkit full of resources to help members plan and implement their Dump the Pump activities.
In the Media
A design and technology blog includes a collection of some of the world's most innovative bus stop designs.
The Washington Post Magazine included a feature about a mother's quest to help her adult son, who has autism, ride the Washington, DC, Metrorail independently.
And the New York Times published a piece about New York MTA buses' switch back to pull cords for stop requests.