|2011: THE YEAR IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION|
|Taking a Last Look at 2011|
From the challenges of higher fuel costs and decreasing revenue to the efforts to obtain a long-term, multimodal surface transportation authorization bill, this has been a formidable time for the public transportation industry. To cite just a few examples, this was a year when:
* Los Angeles Metro became the largest bus fleet operating exclusively with alternative fuels when it retired its last diesel bus.
* Proterra completed construction of its first all-electric bus at its facility in Greenville, SC.
* The Brookings Institution recognized Honolulu for its extensive public transportation coverage for working-age residents in its report, Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America.
* MTA Metro-North Railroad became the first U.S. railroad to receive the 2011 Brunel Awards Jury Prize for Overall Design Excellence in the 26-year history of the honor.
* Following tornadoes in mid-April, St. Louis Metro donated 1,000 transit passes to St. Louis County for distribution to residents left without means of transportation.
This was also a year when we said farewell to Bill Millar, APTA’s president for more than 15 years, and we welcomed Michael P. Melaniphy, APTA’s newly elected president & CEO.
Inside this Passenger Transport Year in Review issue, you will find stories that cover industry events and actions; photos from throughout the year; contributions from several APTA Executive Committee members; and a page devoted to new APTA members. A new feature highlights a specific benefit APTA offers—in this case, forums that encourage online member participation.
And with that, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!
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