June 17, 2016
Risk Management Seminar

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) hosted APTA’s annual Risk Management Seminar June 12-15 in Albany, NY.  The seminar, which attracted nearly 80 attendees, began in New York City with a tour of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s new PATH World Trade Center rail terminal and connection with the New York Subway as well as the new One World Trade Center Building.

Important topics included cybersecurity, mass evacuations and harnessing data.  Acting President & CEO Richard White expressed appreciation for the participation of FTA and the leadership of David Stackrow, CDTA’s Board Chair, APTA Board member, and Chair of the Transit Board Members Committee.

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Deadline for Nominations: July 25

REMINDER:  APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall appointed a nominating committee to recommend a slate of candidates for next year’s positions on APTA's Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.  Information about how to submit nominations can be viewed on the “members only” section of the APTA website hereThe deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. (eastern) on July 25.

Eno Center Honors Former APTA Chair; Signs MOU

At its annual Future Leaders Development Conference Dinner, the Eno Center for Transportation honored Phillip Washington, APTA’s Immediate Past Chair and CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with the Wilbur S. Smith Award for Service to Eno.  Mort Downey, U.S. DOT's longest-serving deputy secretary, received Eno’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Separately, APTA and Eno signed a memorandum of understanding on policy research and training issues of mutual benefit.

11th Annual Dump the Pump Day

More than 150 public transportation systems and organizations celebrated APTA’s 11th National Dump the Pump Day on June 16.  The annual event raises public awareness about the benefits of public transportation and encourages people to use transit instead of driving their cars.  Participating systems sponsored various activities including free or discounted rides, photo contests, and entertainment.  The initiative received nationwide coverage in online articles, radio or TV broadcasts, and through social media.  Read APTA's press release here.

APTA Mourns Death of Sen. Voinovich

APTA and the transportation community mourned the passing of former U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH).  APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall took part in the memorial event in Voinovich's hometown of Cleveland.

McCall noted that he was “a strong and ardent champion of public transportation” in his work as ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, as Mayor of Cleveland and as Governor of Ohio.  APTA's statement on Voinovich's passing can be viewed here.



July 24-26:  Sustainability & Public Transportation Workshop
Westin Austin Downtown  |  Austin, TX
Learn more and register here.

July 31-Aug. 3:  Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop
Hyatt Regency Calgary  |  Calgary, AB (CANADA)
Learn more and register here.

Aug. 14-16:  State Public Transportation Partnerships / Transit Midwest Conference
Westin Crown Center  |  Kansas City, MO
Learn more and register here.


International Rail Rodeo Comes to Phoenix
12 News Phoenix (NBC TV); June 14

Get Ready for Quieter NYC Subway Stations
Wired; June 16 

20 Years and 90 Miles Later, How Light Rail Has Transformed Dallas
The Dallas Morning News; June 17

Seven Finalists' Videos in U.S. DOT's "Smart Cities" Challenge

To view the finalists' pitch videos, click on the name of each city below:
Austin, TX   |   Columbus, OH   |   Denver, CO   |   Kansas City, MO  |  Pittsburgh, PA  |  Portland, OR  |  San Francisco, CA


Infrastructure that works for the twenty-first century could usher in a new transportation era for the nation and a renewed sense of national purpose, contributing to a bright future of shared prosperity.  At least, that's the hope.  Consider all there is to be gained if we lift our sights beyond fixing potholes, decrepit bridges, and broken rail joints — all of which should be done — to reimagining how we move and the platforms we move on.

                                                                                   Rosabeth Moss Kanter
                                                                                   Author of the book Move

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