Passenger Transport Express - 08/24/2018 (Plain Text Version)

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NEWS HEADLINES

APTA Releases Analysis of 'Janus' Decision

APTA has released an analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 27, 2018, decision on Janus v. American Fed’n of State, County and Mun. Emps., Council 31 (“Janus”), which holds that public sector employees who choose not to join a union cannot be compelled to pay any form of union dues as a condition of employment.

The APTA analysis provides assistance to public transit authorities that must respond to the decision, both its express holding and the implications that flow from that holding. Issues include understanding the scope of the decision; determining whether the agency is withholding dues and why; revoking prior voluntary authorizations by employees; the impact of Janus on the contract as a whole; and publicizing Janus to unit employees.

Public Transit Users Can Save $841 a Month Over Driving

APTA's August Transit Savings Report shows that an individual in a two-person household can save an average of $841 a month or $10,089 a year by taking public transportation and living with one less car. Click here to see the savings in the top 20 cities with the highest public transit ridership. [return to top]

SAVE THE DATE

APTA has announced details about two more General Sessions during the APTA Annual Meeting, Sept. 23-26 in Nashville, TN.

“Leadership for Every Generation” is the theme of the morning session on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Multiple, distinct generations are now occupying the workplace, working shoulder to shoulder but not always seeing eye to eye. This session will address the obstacles and opportunities within each generation in today’s workplace to better understand the potential impact everyone can make as a leader.

On Sept. 26, the Wednesday Wake Up Breakfast, “Our Shared Future: The Role of Transit in an Evolving Mobility Landscape,” will consider the challenges and unprecedented opportunities facing the public transportation industry. Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will discuss her role as a “disruptor” of transportation issues and one of her newest initiatives, Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, which offers guidelines for transportation decision-makers and stakeholders for determining a safe, efficient and sustainable mobility landscape.

Make your hotel reservations by Aug. 24 to take advantage of APTA's room rates. Click here. [return to top]

IN THE MEDIA

‘Sharing the Read’ on New York Subway—The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority joined Transit Wireless and Literacy Partners to launch its third annual "Subway Reads" promotion. This six-week program provides e-short stories, poems, essays and excerpts from full-length books for riders to enjoy on their commutes, using free wireless connectivity now available in all underground subway stations.

Podcast Keeps Houston METRO Riders Up to Speed—Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County recently introduced "The Next Stop," a podcast focusing on the people and the stories behind the city's bus and rail operations.

Transit Police on the Beat in Cleveland—Eighteen off-duty officers of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Transit Police participated in the Lip Sync Challenge last week, spending eight hours over two days to shoot the video. The officers showcased Cleveland area attractions accessible by RTA to the tune of Justin Timberlake's "Can’t Stop the Feeling." [return to top]