The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association with 1,500 members engaged in areas of public transit.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada are served by APTA member systems.
Mission: APTA's Mission is to strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing. APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.
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Save the dates! APTA's TRANScend virtual event is Oct. 21-22 > https://conta.cc/35I5tVL
SEPTA - iseptaphilly.com and more than 100 other transit systems have committed to APTA's Health and Safety Commitments Program and to providing passengers with safe public transportation as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how this program was designed with the input of transit users from coast to coast > https://www.apta.com/covid-19-resource-hub/health-safety-commitments-program/
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New APTA Data Show Public Transportation Systems and Business Supporting the Industry Face an Increasingly Dire Situation > https://bit.ly/3iCANc8
Starting today at 3:15 pm ET, APTA members are invited to attend the latest PERSPECTIVES series webinar, featuring a discussion between NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.
APTA is pleased to announce the new Health & Safety Commitments Program, with more than 100 public transit agencies already pledging to participate. Learn more > https://conta.cc/3k3pgTq
Today we remember the 2,977 people lost during the September 11, 2001 attacks. We also honor the essential workers who responded and aided in the recovery in NY, PA, and VA.
“The bill presented ignores the essential employees of public transit as they continue to provide a lifeline getting workers to and from their jobs, seniors to medical appointments, and helping our communities rebuild together,” said APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas. “The situation that our nation’s public transit agencies face is dire."
Via Roll Call
rollcall.com Airline workers' unions seeking renewed payroll aid remain hopeful aviation will be included in a COVID-19 relief package, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's bill leaves out the industry.
thesource.metro.net Metro has joined the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and transit agencies across the nation in committing to specific measures to help ensure the safe return of riders as the U.S.…
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Yesterday CAT CEO Bacarra Mauldin joined public transit representatives from around the US to help launch the American Public Transportation Association “Health & Safety Commitment Program”.
The APTA Health & Safety Commitments Program is designed to help public transit agencies put in place their own policies and practices that transit users have told APTA they want and expect.
By agreeing to participate in the program, CAT has pledged to address areas including (but not limited to): keeping CAT vehicles clean, disinfected, and maintained daily, requiring transit personnel to use PPE, and helping riders of diverse ages, needs and abilities feel safe by following guidance from public health experts/agencies.
Learn more at https://bit.ly/3ifmUjL
APTA and 87 other national organizations urge Congress to act, before the FAST Act expires on Sept. 30, on three key priorities:
1. Provide emergency federal funding for public transit agencies ($32 billion) and state departments of transportation ($37 billion);
2. Extend the FAST Act for one year with increased investment levels; and
3. Deposit the necessary funds in the Highway Trust Fund to ensure its solvency for at least the duration of the extension.
apta.com Today (September 9), APTA, together with a total of 88 national organizations, sent a surface transportation coalition letter to Congressional Leaders urging Congress to provide $32 billion of additional COVID-19 emergency transit funding and to extend the FAST Act surface transportation law for one...
The APTAtech virtual event is underway! This two-day transit technology conference opened with remarks from APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas, APTA Chair Nuria I. Fernandez (Valley Transportation Authority), APTA Research & Technology Committee Chair Manjit Kaur Sooch (AC Transit), and APTA Fare Collection Systems Committee Chair Endya Freeman (Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)).
As we celebrate Labor Day, consider checking out some of the public transit labor research reports published by the Transit Cooperative Research Program > https://bit.ly/2R0dywx
#TCRP Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation Research Board
apta.com Transit Technical Training: Guide to Applying Best Practices and Sharing Resources Report 199: Volume I Knowledge Management Resource to Support Strategic Workforce Development for Transit Agencies Report 194 Maintenance Technician Staffing Levels for Modern Public Transit Fleets
The public #transit labor force has been through incredible challenges in 2020, and we thank our #HeroesMovingHeroes who have worked through the #Covid19 pandemic and continue to provide essential trips from coast to coast. Wishing you all a happy Labor Day.
Congratulations to Ride On Montgomery County Transit for putting your first electric buses into service! Others looking to put zero-emission buses on the street can learn how in new #TCRP Research Report 219 > https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25842/guidebook-for-deploying-zero-emission-transit-buses
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Montgomery County Rolls Out First Four Electric Buses on Ride On; Accelerates Efforts to Reduce Transportation Emissions:
See the eight APTAtech virtual event sessions that have been certified for engineering and planning continuing education units. Learn more and join us next week > https://conta.cc/2Z48ICK
Adequate access to public transportation systems is associated with a range of positive health outcomes, including more physical activity, fewer traffic injuries and better air quality, reports CDC Foundation.
cdcfoundation.org Did you know public health stakeholders can significantly improve community health by supporting public transportation systems? This information comes from a new CDC Foundation Public Transportation Action Guide for public health care professionals.
Unless Congress acts soon, airlines may lay off thousands, highway projects may grind to a halt and #transit agencies may slash services, reports Roll Call.
rollcall.com Unless Congress acts soon, airlines may lay off thousands, highway projects could grind projects to a halt and transit agencies could slash services.
APTAtech has two full days of content worthy of your time on September 9-10. Registration for this transit technology virtual event ends Friday, September 4 > https://conta.cc/2QJMUb1
Did you miss out on today's #TCRP webinar on Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Women in Transit? The recording will be added to the free on-demand library of transit research webinars, check out what is already available now > http://bit.ly/TCRPpastWebinars
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"Essential workers continued to travel on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway, but also signed on to Citi Bike in large numbers," reports Forbes.
forbes.com New York City’s one million essential workers relied on the redundancy of transportation networks during the Spring 2020 coronavirus peak.
Carl Sedoryk, CEO of Monterey-Salinas Transit, explains how his agency went from moving not just people, but also food and medical services, while providing Internet service for families as the pandemic upended bus service.
governing.com Carl Sedoryk, CEO of Monterey-Salinas Transit, explains how his agency went from moving not just people, but also food and medical services, while providing Internet service for families as the pandemic upended bus service.
Join us in 90 minutes for a presentation on Customer Effort Scores, a measure to make riding public transit easier > http://bit.ly/ELPwebinars
apta.com The members of the Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2020 have had a program experience unlike any of the classes that preceded them. Throughout their program year, the members of the class worked on projects that examine key issues facing the public transit industry. They collected data,
In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, APTA Chair and Valley Transportation Authority CEO Nuria I. Fernandez shared her thoughts on this important occasion with Passenger Transport > https://conta.cc/2D6aWJY
"Destroying the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) can't be an option, as it will tear at the very fabric of the region's economy. We can't lose the important, well-paying jobs within the MTA LIRR and MTA New York City Transit system, we can't lose the service," writes the Editorial Board of Newsday.
newsday.com The very real picture of what New York's public transit system — including the Long Island Rail Road — could look like in the not-so-distant future is, quite simply, horrific. It's a future where, on
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We’re pleased to announce 25 projects will receive $14 million in grant awards under our Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative to support #mobility and #innovation in #transit. Projects will explore #transportation technologies and services, including #microtransit, #automation, integrating mobility services and introducing modernized, integrated contactless payment systems. #AmericaWorksTogether https://bit.ly/3jeJOIg
Congratulations to Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works!
FTA is pleased to announce a $99.9M #CIG grant award to Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works to support its South Corridor Rapid Transit Project, a 20-mile #BRT line along the South Dade corridor connecting Florida City to Dadeland and other #transit connections to downtown Miami. With this announcement, FTA has advanced funding for 39 #CIG projects totaling $9.7 billion in funding commitments under the Trump Administration. #AmericaWorksTogether https://bit.ly/34xqDW5
We are greatly concerned for all of those in the path of Hurricane Laura, and our thoughts are with the impacted communities.
12:22 am Aug 27: The eyewall of Laura is moving onshore over southwestern LA. TAKE COVER NOW! Treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching. Move immediately to a safe room in your shelter. Take action now to protect your life!
Check media, NOAA Weather Radio and weather.gov for the latest.
Congratulations to Valley Metro, South Shore Line, KC Streetcar, and NJ TRANSIT!
FTA today announced $400 million in federal funding allocations to four #transit #infrastructure projects in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and New Jersey that are advancing toward a construction grant agreement through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants #CIG Program. FTA has advanced funding for 39 new CIG projects throughout the nation under this Administration totaling $9.7 billion in funding commitments. Valley Metro South Shore Line KC Streetcar NJ TRANSIT #AmericaWorksTogether https://bit.ly/32ruyRs
Two Transit Cooperative Research Program webinars are taking place over the next week, (1) on deploying zero-emission buses and (2) attracting, retaining, and advancing women in #transit > https://conta.cc/32rST9V
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation Research Board #TCRP
"Despite coronavirus, hundreds of thousands of people living in King County continue to rely on buses, light rail, ferries and other modes of public transportation to get around," reports Crosscut.
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crosscut.com Fewer riders and lower fare collection are just part of the financial challenge for transportation during the pandemic.
"For the first time in history, the residents of Hamilton County voted to support public transit, infrastructure and the communities those services connect by passing Issue 7. This win is a ray of hope in the midst of the pandemic and is in line with the calls for racial justice and equality that our country must act on if we want to heal and become a more perfect union."
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msn.com Funding from Issue 7 will ensure that buses run longer hours, arrive more frequently, and reach riders across the entire county.
The heads of the Chicago area’s public transit agencies are warning that steep service cuts and/or fare hikes may well be on the way if Washington does not provide more help in dealing with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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chicagobusiness.com Transit chiefs warn that "significant shortfall" could impact fares and service if U.S. does not provide help.
APTA members are invited to join today's CDC and Virginia Tech panel for a webinar titled "Guidance for Maintaining Safe Transit Operations Amid the Pandemic" > https://conta.cc/2QdkpSG
APTA's grant application deadline is tomorrow for local coalition support funds >
"As we’re seeing today, workers who are vital to a functioning economy rely on bus and train service to get to their jobs. As bad as the recession is now, it would be considerably worse if those services collapsed. California and the U.S. have wisely invested in public transit. We cannot let COVID-19 undermine the vision for a modern, fast, clean and equitable transportation system," says Los Angeles Times Editorial Board.
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latimes.com Despite GOP concerns about pandemic spending, the U.S. hasn’t spent enough to protect essential public services, including public transit.
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