Passenger Transport Express - 04/16/2010 (Plain Text Version)
FTA Announces New Discretionary Grants
The FTA has announced the availability of new discretionary grants for public transportation systems. A total of $75 million will be available through the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reductions (TIGGER) program, and $81.2 million will be awarded under the Clean Fuels Grant Program. Applications are due by June 14.
APTA Members Testify on Merits of Innovative Financing
Representatives from APTA public transportation member systems testified April 14 at a hearing of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on ways their systems have used public-private partnerships, special grant programs, and other measures to fund projects in their communities. Among those testifying were Phillip Washington, general manager and CEO of Denver's Regional Transportation District, and Arthur Leahy, CEO of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
President Urges Americans to Ride Public Transit for Earth Day
President Obama is urging Americans to take action in their local communities to improve the nation's environment--actions that include using public transportation, the president noted in a video statement. "I want you to take action--in your home or your community; at your school or your business--to improve our environment. It can be as simple as riding the bus or the subway to work, making your home more energy efficient, or organizing your neighbors to clean up a nearby park."
Climate Change Bill to Emerge April 26
The climate change legislation being developed under the leadership of Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is expected to be released April 26.
Save the Date
There is still time to register for the 2010 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, in Cleveland May 2-6. This year's Bus Products and Services Showcase already has broken the record for booths sold, with 134 so far. [return to top]
In the Media
First Lady Michelle Obama told Conde Nast Traveler she wishes she could once again use public transportation. "I want to get on the Metro," she said.
A University of Oregon a capella group recently gave riders of the New York MTA subway some unexpected entertainment, as featured on the sports website Deadspin. [return to top]