Passenger Transport Express - 10/09/2015 (Plain Text Version)
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More Than 2,200 Attend 2015 Annual Meeting
2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco attracted more than 2,200 attendees from 16 countries on
Oct. 4-7. APTA
Chair Valarie J. McCall, board member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit
Authority, thanked immediate past Chair Phillip A. Washington for his service and
announced her intention to promote even greater collaboration within the APTA community
and with outside organizations.
President & CEO Michael Melaniphy opened the meeting, which
included more than 140 sessions, 63 committee and subcommittee meetings, 15
technical tours and a Products & Services Showcase. Telling the audience that real leaders “dare
to be different,” Melaniphy urged attendees to embrace change and to “drive our
opening session also included Tom Nolan, board chair, and Ed Reiskin, director
of transportation for the host agency, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx
led an engaging session before a standing room only crowd and answered
questions from the audience. Other highlights
included FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan, Harvard Business School
professor and author Rosabeth Moss Kanter and a roundtable commemorating the ADA's 25th anniversary.
See the Oct. 19 Passenger Transport for
more on the Annual Meeting and to read APTA’s 2015 Annual Report.
Progress on PTC Extension, But Some Uncertainty Remains
bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on Sept. 30 to extend for
three years a Dec. 31 deadline for implementation of PTC on passenger and freight
railroads. Championed by leaders of the
House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, the legislation could avert suspension
of rail service and what APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy has called a
potential “transportation and economic crisis.”
members of Congress understand the necessity of extending the deadline until
Dec. 31, 2018. The Senate, which has
already passed a three-year extension of PTC as part of a new six-year surface
transportation authorization, welcomed introduction of the House bill.
some influential senators and representatives said they want the extension
to be part of a larger House transportation bill, not a stand-alone measure. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), ranking
Democrat on the House T&I Committee, said he was disappointed that
the deadline change was not part of a larger bill, while Sen. Barbara Boxer
(D-CA), ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, announced that she will oppose any extension of the PTC deadline unless
the House passes a long-term public transit and highway bill. [return to top]
Another Reauthorization Extension Expires After Oct. 29
addition to the PTC deadline at the end of this year, the current authorization
extension for all surface transportation programs expires at midnight on Oct. 29. As a result, Congress is expected to enact
another temporary authorizing bill for public transit and highways soon — with or
without a new PTC deadline — while work in the House continues on a new, multi-year
surface transportation authorization.
House T&I Committee is expected to release its
long-term bill during the week of Oct. 19 and hopes to bring the legislation to
the full House for a vote before the end of the month. Even if that occurs as planned, the House and
Senate will need time to agree on a combined version of their respective bills. Congress is in recess during the week of Oct.
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FTA Issues Guidance for Public Transit on ADA Implementation
published detailed guidance for public transit agencies on Oct. 5 on how to
comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). FTA’s
guidance explains ADA requirements for public transportation and provides examples
of good practices to ensure accessible services.
The document does not amend or supersede the
DOT ADA regulations; rather, it offers explanatory scenarios and sample
templates, such as a rail station checklist for new construction and
alterations. Read FTA's guidance here. View FTA Acting
Administrator McMillan’s video message here. [return to top]
FTA Proposes New Safety Rule for Transit Agencies
proposed a new rule on Sept. 30 that would require public transit agencies to
create a plan for managing their capital assets, as well as creating state of
good repair performance measures and targets, as directed
rule would require agencies to create a tiered Transit Asset Management plan to
inventory the condition of their rolling stock, equipment and other items, with
an eye toward prioritizing investments that enhance safety. Smaller providers would be able to participate
in a group plan.
docket is open for public comments through Nov. 30. Read the proposed rule here. [return to top]
SAVE THE DATE
13th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference Takes Place Nov. 15-17
This event, to be held in Minneapolis, MN, is jointly sponsored by APTA and the Transportation Research Board.
you are involved in any form of passenger rail or rail-related issues, you know
this is a crucial time … and this is a critical meeting. The deadline for online
pre-registration is Nov. 10. Click here to register. [return to top]
IN THE MEDIA
Twitter trash talk between Mets-Dodgers reaches NYC/LA
CBS Sports; Sept. 30
Statewide public rail transit report gives Downtown Berkeley
BART station 'A'
The Daily Californian; Oct.8
Katie Holmes Wears Ballgown to Penn Station
People magazine; Oct. 8 [return to top]
NOTABLE & QUOTABLE
may be no better example of the kind of Washington dysfunction that has voters
in rebellion against the political establishment — and no example that more
directly affects real life in the country — than this failure [to pass long-term
improvements in the nation’s transportation system]."
Gerald F. Seib, columnist
The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 6
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