American Public Transportation Association

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.

Wishing a very happy Thanksgiving to public transportation employees and to the communities they serve.

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Commuter Rail Industry Continues Steady Positive Train Control Progress

PTC is a complex signaling and communications technology that provides critical safety redundancies to the commuter rail industry. APTA announced today that as of the third quarter of 2019, 97% of railroads are PTC certified, in revenue service demonstration, or field testing.

apta.com Washington, DC – Demonstrating the industry’s commitment to safety and to reaching the statutory 2020 requirement, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) today announced that in the third quarter of 2019 the commuter rail industry continued to make progress towards implementing Po...

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Moving America Forward – A Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure, Jobs, and Building a Better America

On President’s Day Weekend 2020, we’re joining United for Infrastructure and other partners to host #MovingAmericaForward, a bipartisan forum for presidential candidates to address their plans for infrastructure, jobs, and the economy.

infrastructureforum.org There is no substitute for leadership and vision from the federal government. More than 90 percent of swing state voters believe that the next President of the United States should prioritize a strong infrastructure system that bolsters the economy, creates jobs, protects consumer safety, and suppor...

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Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland county leaders seek regional transit expansion, Macomb sits out

Michigan officials from Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties, along with the City of Detroit Government and several state lawmakers, announced their plan to amend the Municipal Partnership Act of 2011 in the state Legislature, with the goal of having a proposal expanding regional transit in several southeast Michigan counties on the November 2020 ballot, reports Detroit Free Press.

Detroit People Mover TheRide Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan Detroit Department of Transportation QLINE Detroit

freep.com A group of elected officials unveiled plans with hopes to have a ballot measure in November 2020 proposing an expansion of regional transit.

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American Public Transportation Association Joins Infrastructure Leaders in Hosting Presidential Candidate Forum

This bipartisan forum will be held over President’s Day Weekend 2020 on the campus of the UNLV. President’s Day Weekend also marks the start of early voting in Nevada’s presidential caucuses.

United For Infrastructure

apta.com November 20, 2019 – Washington, DC – Today, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) joined a group of leading transportation and infrastructure focused entities in announcing “Moving America Forward: a 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure,” convened by United for...

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Portland Regional Chamber Of Commerce Says Improving Public Transit Could Attract New Talent

METRO (Greater Portland Transit District) General Manager Greg Jordan said that ridership has increased 45 percent in 5 years. He touted mass transit's potential to attract new talent to the state.

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Maine Public

mainepublic.org The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce is urging businesses to support improvements to the region's mass transit systems.

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Norman sales tax to fund public transportation passes

The City of Norman, OK - City Government's proposed transit sales tax to fund their public transportation system passed by 70 percent.

Cleveland Area Rapid Transit - CART Oklahoma Transit Association The University of Oklahoma

nondoc.com City of Norman's proposed transit sales tax to fund Norman's public transportation passed this evening in Cleveland County's special elections.

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“Public transit helps us have an alternative to passenger vehicles, helps us to improve our air quality, helps us reduce the number of kids that show up to the emergency room suffering from asthma,” Mayor Harris said.

Memphis Area Transit Authority FOX13 Memphis

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Kate Middleton Took Public Transit to Her Royal Engagement Today

The Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Norfolk the same way most Londoners would: by train.

Via Harper's Bazaar

harpersbazaar.com It's not every day you see a royal wearing Oscar de la Renta on your morning commute.

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New Data Language for New Mobility Era and a Cybersecurity Primer

The Transit Cooperative Research Program has developed a common data language for public transportation's "New Mobility" era, allowing different software systems to unify and provide better demand-responsive transportation to our communities.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation Research Board #TCRP

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Data Activism Webinar: Leveraging Advocates to Improve Public Transit

Join APTA this afternoon for "Data Activism: Leveraging Advocates to Improve Public Transit", our latest FutureView Webinar. APTA Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Dickens will moderate a panel, representing TransitMatters and MBTA/ MBTA Commuter Rail, on their work to improve public transportation in Massachusetts.

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[11/13/19]   More than 2,500 attended public transportation's biggest event of 2019! Watch what transit professionals experienced at APTA's TRANSform Conference in NYC >

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The Transit Cooperative Research Program has resources to improve the lives for Veterans every day, including TCRP Report 164 "Community Tools to Improve Transportation Options for Veterans, Military Service Members, and Their Families." Download it for free > http://bit.ly/Vets_TCRPreport164 #TCRP

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation Research Board

Thank you to our Veterans, including those working in public transportation or using transit to access jobs, education, healthcare, shopping, and their communities.

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Seattle Sues To Keep Car Tabs And Save Transit

“The Board will consider Sound Transit obligations to taxpayers who want their motor vehicle excise taxes reduced, as well as how to realize voters’ earlier direction to dramatically expand high capacity transit throughout the Puget Sound region,” Sound Transit Board Chair John Marchione said in a statement.

Via Streetsblog USA King County Metro Transit Seattle Department of Transportation

usa.streetsblog.org Seattle leaders are not wasting any time to stymie a statewide ballot measure voters approved on Tuesday, announcing a lawsuit to block Initiative 976, which could drain tens of billions in transpo…

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City Council Approves Expo Line Signal Prioritization and Final Expo Line Neighborhood Plans

The City of Los Angeles Council unanimously approved a motion to maximize signal prioritization for the Metro Los Angeles Expo Line in areas where the light rail operates on city streets.

Via Los Angeles Streetsblog LADOT Transit

la.streetsblog.org L.A. City Council approved maximizing Expo Line signal prioritization, and the Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan which fosters affordable housing, jobs, and walkability at five stations

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces that its grant recipients can now include U.S. Department of Health and Human Services dollars as a part of matching fund requirements in FTA applications.

#BreakingNews: FTA grant recipients can now use Department of Health and Human Services funding in their applications for FTA support. Last week, during U.S. Department of Transportation's Access and #Mobility for All Summit, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that applicants can use its #transportation funding to help meet the required match, which typically ranges from 20-50% of project costs, for many FTA grants: the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program and Rural and Tribal Transit Programs. bit.ly/2JmuklY

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Public Transportation Scores Major Wins in Last Night’s Elections in Houston, Cincinnati, Albuquerque, Maine, and Lake County, OH

Yesterday, 6 of 9 public transportation-related ballot measures passed — an approval rate of 67 percent, with one measure still undecided. Overall in 2019, 12 of 16 public transportation ballot measures were approved, a win percentage of 75 percent, with one still undecided. Three more measures will be considered by voters before year end.

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APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas Statement on the Early Returns for Public Transit Ballot Measures

Wins have been reported in Cincinnati, OH, Lake County, OH, and Albuquerque, NM, with victories for public transit being reported in all three elections.

apta.com Washington, DC – The American Public Transportation Association, along with its Center for Transportation Excellence, is tracking results of public transportation-related ballot measures throughout the night. As polls have closed, results have been reported in Cincinnati, OH, Lake County, OH, and ...

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Safety Seminar Early Registration Discount Ends Friday

Join APTA, Sound Transit, and King County Metro Transit in Seattle, December 3-5, for important safety discussions and learn from federal and state partners, network, and gain new information on the latest public transportation safety issues.

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Metro Transit’s Transit Assistance Program celebrates two years, nearly 2 million rides

“Especially for people who ride the Metro Transit bus, I just tell everyone,” said Graham, 25, who is about to start a new job as a janitorial custodian. “It is a lifesaver, and I really think people should know that.” Via Pioneer Press

twincities.com Rosalind Graham’s budget as a fast-food worker and personal care attendant took a hit a couple years ago when Metro Transit bus and light-rail fares rose to $2, or $2.50 at rush hour. But Gra…

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APTA Hails U.S. Senate Passage of Jones-McSally Amendment to Minibus Appropriations Bill

Today the Senate passed the Senator Doug Jones-U.S. Senator Martha McSally Amendment by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 82-11. The amendment prevents a $1.2 billion cut to public transportation funding by blocking a 12 percent across-the-board funding cut to every transit agency in the nation in fiscal year 2020.

apta.com “The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its 1,500 member systems and businesses hail the United States Senate for adopting Jones-McSally Amendment No. 1141 and passing H.R. 3055, the minibus appropriations bill that includes the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and...

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APTA Strongly Supports McSally-Jones Amendment to Transportation Appropriations Bill

"APTA is thrilled that U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) have stepped forward to offer this critical bipartisan amendment to H.R. 3055 to permanently block an impending $1.2 billion cut to public transportation investment with implementation of the Rostenkowski Test."

apta.com “The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is thrilled that Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) have stepped forward to offer this critical bipartisan amendment to H.R. 3055 to permanently block an impending $1.2 billion cut to public transportation investment w...

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MBTA ‘Rail Vision’ Comes Into Focus

The six alternatives include full over-head electrification, a connecting tunnel between Boston's North and South Stations, and running commuter trains every 15 minutes, all day long.

Via Streetsblog MASS MBTA Commuter Rail

mass.streetsblog.org Electrifying the commuter rail network could have profound effects on transit ridership and transportation emissions in the region, according to the MBTA’s formal analysis of possible capital…

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Transit access boosts home prices and rents, American Public Transit Association and the National Association of Realtors report finds - Puget Sound Business Journal

Location, location, location? For rents and home prices, it's now transit, transit, transit, reports Puget Sound Business Journal.

Sound Transit King County Metro Transit National Association of REALTORS®

bizjournals.com The report found that median residential home sale prices increased 43 percent for Seattle homes within a half-mile radius of those stations between 2012 and 2016.

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Public transit key to Missouri's economy but is underfunded, study says

A new study shows that public transportation in Missouri has a big economic impact but the state ranks near the bottom in funding it.

For every dollar invested into public transit in Missouri, there is a $28 return.

Saint Louis University Citizens for Modern Transit Metro KMOV

kmov.com A new study shows that public transit in Missouri has a big economic impact but the state ranks near the bottom in funding it.

Bay Area Rapid Transit

Planned power outages in California would not stop Bay Area Rapid Transit from running its electric trains and keeping Northern Californians mobile.

The challenge was high-stakes, unprecedented and borderline existential: Would BART be able keep its electric trains running if a power company shut off electricity? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, was yes.

BART was put to the test when extensive preparation and leadership from our Maintenance and Engineering and Emergency Preparedness teams allowed us to keep our electric trains and electrical functions of stations running with minimal impact to BART riders when Pacific Gas & Electric cut power during dangerous fire conditions.

Read on to find out how BART put measures in place to keep critical systems up and running in an unprecedented -- but likely to reoccur -- situation that challenged the entire Bay Area.

https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2019/news20191018-0

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American Public Transportation Association Leads Broad Coalition in Opposition to Public Transit Infrastructure Cuts

Although a new Senate bill includes many critical infrastructure investments, it reduces total funding for public transportation by $457 million compared to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 enacted levels. In addition, unlike the House THUD Appropriations bill, the bill does not permanently block the impending $1.2 billion cut to transit formula funds in FY 2020.

apta.com Washington, DC - The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) was joined by 31 organizations, representing tens of millions of Americans, in opposition to public transit infrastructure cuts included in the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) App...

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This Miami bus driver performed CPR on a passenger. It was the third time she helped save someone.

Rarely do bus operators get recognized for their feats of good, said Alice N. Bravo, director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. She singled out Laronda Marshall as someone who looks out for her passengers, even beyond delivering them safely to their destinations.

washingtonpost.com Bus driver Laronda Marshall said she’s always been someone who can "stay cool in a crisis."

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Public Transportation Ridership Is On The Rise

“There's no question that when you build it, they come,” says WBUR 90.9 FM transportation analyst Seth Kaplan. “When you lay new miles of track or when you add new buses, ridership increases.”

wbur.org Rides on trains and buses have increased compared to where they were a year ago.

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Senate To Consider THUD Appropriations Bill Next Week

The bill reduces public transit funding by $457 million from Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 enacted levels. Although the bill increases total funding for Buses and Bus Facilities, it reduces...

apta.com Next week, the Senate is expected to consider S. 2520, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act, 2020, as part of a "minibus" of several appropriations bills. The bill provides a total of $12.96 billion for public transportation, a reduction o...

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San Francisco's Market Street Car Ban Is Overdue

A just-approved plan will redesign Market Street to favor bikes, pedestrians, and public transit vehicles. But the vote to ban private cars didn’t happen overnight.

Via CityLab SFMTA | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

citylab.com A just-approved plan will redesign Market Street to favor bikes, pedestrians, and public transit. But the vote to ban private cars didn’t happen overnight.

This week’s APTA TRANSform Conference was a great success, drawing 2,500+ public transit professionals to NYC. We couldn’t have done it without our local hosts, thank you to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and NYC DOT!

‪APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas introduces our #APTAtransform19 closing speaker, Vijay Gupta - Violinist, who is discussing the medicine of music: “How a World-Class Violinist and Social Activist Reaches Homeless People with Music and What #Transit Can Learn.”

‪At APTA’s TRANSform Conference Wednesday breakfast, we are hearing how these leading women in public transit got their starts: APTA Board Member Veronique Hakim, Managing Director, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA); ‬ Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, NYC DOT; Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (FTA); and APTA Chair Nuria Fernandez, CEO, Valley Transportation Authority.

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APTA's 2019 TRANSform Conference Preview
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