Passenger Transport Express - 09/11/2015 (Plain Text Version)
Congress Returns To Work; Transportation Bill Awaits
Congress returned to work this week from the August recess and turned its attention to a variety of issues including pending surface transportation legislation.
> Congress will need to act on appropriations bills before the end of September, most likely in a Continuing Resolution that will be based on the current MAP-21 law.
> We expect Congress to consider a bill that would extend certain tax provisions, including measures on commuter benefits, alternative fuel tax credits and expansion of those credits to hybrid and electric vehicles.
> APTA is also continuing to work with Congress to ensure that PTC implementation has necessary funding and achievable deadlines, and that rail service is not interrupted.
BMBG's Washington Fly-In on Buy America Concerns
Representatives of APTA's Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) traveled to Capitol Hill on Sept. 9 to explain our industry's concerns over proposed changes to current Buy America requirements. The new provisions, which are contained in the six-year surface transportation authorization bill passed by the Senate in late July, would increase from 60 percent to 70 percent the domestic content requirements.
APTA's Kathy Waters to Retire
Kathy Waters, APTA’s executive vice president
for member services, announced that she will retire effective Jan. 8,
2016. Waters has had a long and
distinguished career in transportation that includes posts as deputy
administrator at the Maryland Transit Administration, vice president for commuter
rail and railroad management at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and
manager and chief operating officer for MARC Train Service in Maryland.
Richard White, Former APTA Chair, Joins APTA
Richard (Dick) White, former APTA chair and public transit executive, has been named vice president for member services by President & CEO Michael Melaniphy. He will succeed Kathy Waters, who is retiring in January 2016.
SAVE THE DATE
Oct. 4 - 7: APTA Annual Meeting
Excitement and anticipation are building as we count down the days until APTA's Annual Meeting at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA.
Hotel rooms are filling up quickly. We encourage you to make your reservations in APTA’s block by Tuesday, September 15. Looking forward to seeing you in the City by the Bay! [return to top]
IN THE NEWS
Thumbs Up for Busway's UConn Football Connection
Riding the Clayton Bus, Destination Humanity
NOTABLE & QUOTABLE
On this day of service and remembrance, we pay tribute to the many public transportation employees - and all of the 2,977 victims - who lost their lives on this day in 2001.