APTA | Passenger Transport
September 14, 2009

In This Issue


The classifieds in this issue include two chief executive officer positions!


Administration Calls on Senate to Pass THUD Appropriations Bill

In a statement released Sept. 10, the Obama Administration called on the Senate to pass H.R. 3288, the Fiscal Year 2009 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act. [More]


Transit Agencies Prepare for Possibility of Pandemic Flu

Across the country, public transportation agencies have been developing response plans for a possible H1N1 flu pandemic after the U.S. government issued a declaration on April 26, 2009, of a public health emergency. [More]

Recovery Act Funds Benefit Transit Construction

Public transit agencies are using their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds in a variety of ways beyond purchasing buses and rail cars. For example, these systems must keep their station escalators operating properly and their maintenance and storage facilities current and in good repair, mitigate environmental effects, and ensure that they provide the safest possible service. [More]

LaHood, Rogoff to Address APTA Annual Meeting

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will offer the keynote address at the Oct. 5 Opening General Session of the APTA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff also will speak during this session. [More]

Congress to Consider Authorization Extension

The future of the federal transportation authorization bill was just one of the items facing Congress as it reconvened Sept. 8. [More]

Alan Kiepper Dies; Past APTA Chair, Hall of Fame Member

Alan F. Kiepper, 81, of Annapolis, MD, APTA chair in 1990-91 and a member of the APTA Hall of Fame, died Aug. 26. [More]

Las Vegas RTC Launches Work on Two Transit Hubs

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) broke ground Aug. 31 on a new transit facility in downtown Las Vegas. RTC is using a $5.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) grant for the $17 million Bonneville Transit Center, which will serve as the central transit hub for the ACE Rapid Transit system, ACExpress Commuter services, and the RTC’s fixed route transit system when it opens next year. [More]

EPA Seeks Entries for Clean Air Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting entries through Sept. 25 for its 10th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. The purpose of this program is to recognize and honor both individuals and organizations that have taken innovative steps to help improve air quality. [More]

DBEs Eligible for Bonding Premium, Fee Reimbursement

U.S. DOT has announced a new program under which Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) can apply to be reimbursed for bonding premiums and fees incurred when competing for, or performing on, transportation infrastructure projects funded by ARRA. [More]

TRB Report: Increased Density Could Lead to Better Livability

A report released Sept. 1 by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Driving and the Built Environment: The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions, shows that—assuming that compact development focuses on new and replacement housing, as converting existing housing to higher densities could be prohibitively difficult—significant increases in density would result in modest short-term reductions in personal travel, energy use, and CO2 emissions, but the reductions would grow over time. [More]

A Historic Partnership: Veolia and New Orleans RTA
By SUSAN BERLIN, Senior Editor

Many public transit agencies use an outside contractor to provide management services, but the “delegated management” contract between the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) and Veolia Transportation goes further, giving the contractor responsibility for all activities below the board level. The five-year contract, with a five-year option, began Sept. 1, although Veolia has had a management contract in New Orleans since October 2008. [More]


APTA Unveils Advertising Campaign at Capitol Hill Metro Stations

APTA recently unveiled a new, month-long advertising campaign targeting lawmakers at two of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail stations on Capitol Hill with a clear message: Increase our nation’s investment in public transportation. [More]

Announcing the Launch of an Enhanced, User-Friendly Web Site

See anything different lately when you visit the APTA web site? How about a streamlined service that provides easier navigation with a single sign-on? [More]

Sept. 22 Webinar on Governance Changes

The proposed changes to APTA’s governance and committee structure will be the topic of a 90-minute webinar on Sept. 22, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. [More]

ERPP Calls for Increased Emergency Preparation

APTA’s Emergency Response Preparedness Program (ERPP) invites all public transit professionals to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities in September as part of National Preparedness Month (NPM), sponsored by the federal Ready.gov Campaign and Citizen Corps. APTA operates ERPP under the auspices of a Federal Transit Administration grant. [More]


Trapeze Software Acquires Assets from Continental AG

Trapeze Software, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc., has entered into an asset purchase agreement for the Public Transit Solutions (PT) business of Continental Automotive AG. This division develops, produces, and integrates Intelligent Transportation Systems including operation control systems, on-board computers, and passenger information displays. [More]

Daimler Buses Achieves Production Record: 3,000 Hybrid Buses

Daimler Buses North America announced that it has reached a milestone with its production of more than 3,000 Orion VII diesel-electric hybrid buses. More than 2,200 of the vehicles are already in service, with an additional 850 firm orders in backlog from regions including New York City, Seattle, Houston, Ottawa, and Puerto Rico. [More]

BART’s Deliciously Sweet Ride

Ghirardelli Chocolate partnered with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District for a "Rider Thank You" event during the morning rush hour Sept. 4. [More]

Fort Wayne’s Citilink Introduces Free Campus Shuttle

Citilink in Fort Wayne, IN, joined with Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) to launch its new campusLink shuttle service with ribbon-cutting ceremonies Aug. 17 on the IPFW campus. The service entered regular operation on Aug. 24. [More]

UTA Introduces New Wireless Communications Software

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in Salt Lake City has implemented new wireless communications software from In Motion Technology on all 530 buses in its fleet. The technology provides wireless communications capabilities that will allow in-vehicle credit card payments, Internet access, and other advanced services for passengers. [More]

Finances and Transit: Report

A recent study, sponsored by APTA’s Business Members Activity Fund, provides an assessment on how the collapse of the financial markets over the past year has affected transit agencies and the private sector public transportation industry. [More]

New Art for NYC Transit

MTA New York City Transit unveiled “Whirls and Twirls (MTA),” a 53-foot by 11-foot wall installation comprising 250 porcelain tiles in six colors, on Sept. 9. [More]

‘Underground Art’ Has Double Meaning in London

The London Underground, or “the Tube,” is not only a way to travel around London; it’s also a source of artistic inspiration. As part of its Art on the Underground program, the system recently published a booklet containing stories inspired by the system’s Central Line and its staff. [More]


U.S. Should Reward Governments for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Here’s the problem: We use a gas tax to fund our nation’s transportation system. That means that we pay for roads and transit by burning gasoline. It also means that when Americans drive less, transportation funds dry up. [More]

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