Passenger Transport Express - 10/12/2018 (Plain Text Version)

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APTA's Industry Leadership Week to Convene in November

Public transit leaders from the public and private sectors will come together Nov. 27-30 in Washington, DC, for APTA’s Industry Leadership Week, a cross-cutting series of events focused on the industry’s most challenging opportunities and priorities.

Events include:

  • Industry Leadership Summit (Nov. 27-29)
  • Transit Board Members Governance Workshop (Nov. 27, also includes full access to the Industry Leadership Summit)
  • High-Speed Rail Policy Forum (Nov. 27)
  • Mid-Year Safety Seminar (Nov. 27-29)
  • Transit Board Administrators Seminar (Nov. 27-29)

In addition, the APTA Board of Directors and the Legislative Committee, among others, will meet throughout the week.

The co-location of these events at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel provides for an exceptional opportunity to engage and build a network of industry peers—all seeking to position their organizations for the future. Read more and register today!

Responding to Hurricane Michael

As Hurricane Michael struck the coast of the Florida panhandle and inland into Georgia, APTA was in contact with public transit systems in these regions, many of which were assisting in evacuation and other efforts.
StarMetro in Tallahassee, FL, suspended service Oct. 10 in anticipation of the hurricane making landfall. It resumed operations today on a reduced “Saturday schedule,” with buses running once an hour, operating free for all fixed routes and dial-a-ride service.
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority, Macon, GA, stopped service the evening of Oct. 10 and Chatham Area Transit in Savannah, GA, suspended its operations the following day. Both returned to operation today.

Resources for agencies affected by Hurricane Michael are below:
Polly Hanson, APTA's director of security, risk and emergency management, is available at to answer questions and work with affected systems.
APTA's thoughts are with all members of the public transportation community, their families and neighbors at this challenging time.


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Register for FTA / TRB Webinars

FTA is hosting a webinar series to provide technical assistance on the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule. Registration is required:

Oct. 18: PTASP Bus Guidance and Template

Nov. 1: PTASP Bus Guidance and Template II

Nov. 15: PTASP Final Rule Frequently Asked Questions

Dec. 5: Guidance on Using System Safety Program Plans to Develop an Agency Safety Plan

The Transportation Research Board will host a webinar Oct. 25, 2-3:30 pm EST examining non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). The Transit Cooperative Research Program recently released the Handbook for Examining the Effects of NEMT Brokerages on Transportation Coordination. This webinar will provide information on what influences state Medicaid agencies to establish separate NEMT brokerages or to include NEMT as part of Medicaid managed care. The webinar will discuss the resulting effects of these trends on the coordination of human services transportation with public transportation. Register here. [return to top]


Aligning Public Transit & Vision Zero for Better Communities

Please join APTA and the Vision Zero Network (a collaborative campaign with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries) for a webinar, Oct. 23, discussing new APTA analysis of the safety benefits of public transit. Presenters will highlight approaches and examples from Boston and San Francisco and will discuss how Vision Zero proponents can work with public transit and its supporters toward safer communities. Register here.

APTA Photo Invitational

A reminder that there is still time to submit your entries for APTA's 19th Annual Photo Invitational. The deadline for submissions is Wed., Oct. 24. Click here for more info and to submit your entries.

Introducing TREDTransit

You are invited to join a webinar demonstration Oct. 30 of the TREDTransit Calculator. Developed by TREDIS Software architects and EDR Group in conjunction with APTA, the TREDTransit Calculator assesses the economic impacts of a public transit agency's capital and operating budget, allowing the agency to demonstrate how operations support the local economy on an industry or occupation basis.

Topics to be discussed include required inputs, sources of information, and how to estimate the economic impact of regional economies. Participation is free, but space is limited—register here. [return to top]


Agency Pumps Up Workers—Rock Region Metro, North Little Rock, AR, sent the right signal to the Pulaski County public transit agency's newest bus and van drivers, streetcar operators and mechanics with the first graduation ceremony for front-line personnel.

Calgary Set to Launch MAX BRT—New colors and a new name, the MAX bus lines, will roll out Nov. 19, covering the southeast, north and south.

LA Metro May Rename Rail Lines—With an unprecedented number of projects planned—and a dwindling number of hues to choose from—officials are considering an overhaul of the map that would replace the system’s color names with letters or numbers.

Yoko Ono Brings the Sky Underground in Newly Unveiled New York Subway Mural—Six new ceramic mosaics, cumulatively labeled “SKY” by the artist, comprise 973 square feet altogether with visions of a blue, cloud-filled sky embedded with written messages of hope. [return to top]