American Public Transportation Association

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.

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Check out the latest #PassengerTransport, with stories on #BlackHistoryMonth, public transit connecting the US to #COVID...
02/23/2021
Public Transit: Connecting the Nation to COVID-19 Vaccines

Check out the latest #PassengerTransport, with stories on #BlackHistoryMonth, public transit connecting the US to #COVID19 vaccines, new APTA Vice Chair Matt Tucker (CEO of North County Transit District (NCTD)), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) providing certainty on Capital Investment Grants, Texas snow, and more.

Thank you to all the public transportation workers who continue to serve their communities during challenging times
02/19/2021

Thank you to all the public transportation workers who continue to serve their communities during challenging times

METRO's work continues during this historic winter storm. We're working with our regional partners to usebuses, METROLift vans, and other vehicles to transport people to warming shelters. ^B

Monthly tests have found no traces of coronavirus, including new variants, in air samples and swabs of Transport for Lon...
02/19/2021
No Covid variants found on London Tubes, buses and stations

Monthly tests have found no traces of coronavirus, including new variants, in air samples and swabs of Transport for London's trains, buses and stations, reports BBC News.

This does not mean none is circulating or commuters can let down their guard, the researchers say.

Following President Joe Biden's executive order on mask usage, the CDC, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S....
02/18/2021

Following President Joe Biden's executive order on mask usage, the CDC, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Department of Transportation issued rules that impact public #transit and passenger rail. Check out APTA's federal mask mandate information and resources > https://www.apta.com/covid-19-resource-hub/us_mask_mandate/

Starting in 20 minutes is today's APTAU FutureView webinar: Defensive Operating and the JR East "Point and Call" Method ...
02/18/2021

Starting in 20 minutes is today's APTAU FutureView webinar: Defensive Operating and the JR East "Point and Call" Method in Rail Operations > https://conta.cc/3u2udSi

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Interested in learning more about APTA standards like this one? Visit the APTA standards page > http://www.apta.com/stan...
02/18/2021

Interested in learning more about APTA standards like this one? Visit the APTA standards page > http://www.apta.com/standards

#FRAResearch: MGA Research Corp performed simulated dynamic crash testing of open-bay seats. The simulated tests used donated commuter rail passenger seats and two Hybrid-III 50th percentile (H3-50M) anthropomorphic test devices. This test determined if the existing passenger seats follow the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA’s) safety standard.

Glassboro-Camden Line
02/18/2021

Glassboro-Camden Line

Did you know the values of homes near commuter rail lines appreciate more rapidly? According to the National Association of REALTORS® and American Public Transportation Association, median sales prices near stations were 4-24% higher for residential properties than in areas farther from public transit. 🚈 🏡

#DiscoverGCL

Yesterday, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Dear Colleague from Acting Administrator Nuria Fernandez an...
02/17/2021
Dear Colleague Letter: Rescinds June 29, 2018 Capital Investment Grants Program letter | FTA

Yesterday, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Dear Colleague from Acting Administrator Nuria Fernandez announcing that the agency is rescinding the June 29, 2018 Dear Colleague on the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program, which changed CIG review policies and created uncertainty around standards for FTA review. Since the release of the June 2018 Dear Colleague letter, APTA has strongly advocated against its implementation and successfully advocated for Congress to prohibit FTA from implementing these policies in annual transportation appropriations acts. In addition, APTA advocated for the 2018 Dear Colleague letter to be rescinded during meetings with the Biden Administration DOT Transition Team, and in APTA's Key Legislative, Policy, and Regulatory Public Transportation Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration Memo to the Transition Team, dated November 17, 2020. https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-programs/dear-colleague-letters/dear-colleague-letter-rescinds-june-29-2018-capital

This February 16, 2021 Dear Colleague letter rescinds a Dear Colleague letter issued on June 29, 2018.

From coast to coast, thank you to all the transit staff who are working through tough winter conditions to deliver mobil...
02/17/2021

From coast to coast, thank you to all the transit staff who are working through tough winter conditions to deliver mobility to our communities.

The snow has melted, but our gratitude and praise for those who helped guide us through the storm is evergreen.

❄ For transit operators who drive icy streets in freezing temperatures to help customers
❄ For supervisors who work overnight to retrieve stuck buses
❄ For coordinators who work behind the scenes to help drivers, keep bus service moving, and team up with our partners to address tough roadway conditions
❄ For our maintenance crews, who first chain buses before the storm, then retrieve, repair and return buses to service so riders can get where they need to go safely and reliably
❄ And for our riders, for your patience and preparedness, and for wearing a mask on public transportation

Thank you.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
02/16/2021

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins understands the importance of diversity. Growing up with a father serving in the U.S. Air Force, she re-adapted her life each time he was transferred, and she credits those experiences with learning the importance of diverse viewpoints. For her, #BlackHistoryMonth is an opportunity to highlight “the basic struggle that we are all in, the struggle for human rights and to recognize the humanity in others.”

In 2019, Wiggins took the reins as the chief executive of Metrolink #SoCal’s regional rail system, which operates 200 trains daily on 538 miles in six counties. In two years, she has prioritized the customer experience to focus on safety and innovation, including integrating PTC safety technology and retiring the fleet’s older, less energy-efficient locomotives to low-emission Tier 4 locomotives. She also has ensured a proactive #COVID19 response with touch point and electrostatic sprayer cleaning, hand sanitizer stations, a state-of-the-art air filtration system, mask requirements and an online capacity app.

Achieving equity on #transit is within reach if everyone commits, she says. Staff in decision-making roles need to focus on updating policies to better protect human rights. Looking to the future of the workforce, she recommends that young Black future workers should not hold back. “Don’t dim your light to avoid outshining others,” she says. “Your voice matters.”

FTA is recognizing #BlackHistoryMonth 2021 with a series of social media posts focused on advancing equity in the nation’s transit systems.

In 90 minutes, hear how cities across America are driving sustainable transportation & equity, and their visions for Bui...
02/11/2021

In 90 minutes, hear how cities across America are driving sustainable transportation & equity, and their visions for Building-Back-Better. APTA President and CEO Paul P Skoutelas and National League of Cities CEO Clarence E. Anthony will discuss during APTAU's latest PERSPECTIVES webinar > http://bit.ly/3abkMIp

"The emergency relief is so critical, so fundamental to keeping the agencies stabilized, addressing their budget issues,...
02/11/2021
Can Biden save public transit from the pandemic?

"The emergency relief is so critical, so fundamental to keeping the agencies stabilized, addressing their budget issues, and really being able to continue to operate essential services that workers are counting on,” says APTA President and CEO Paul P Skoutelas to Fast Company.

Ridership—and revenue—are cratering. Will there be anything left once we’re vaccinated? The Biden administration and new Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will have to act fast to give federal help so states and cities can turn things around.

Thank you to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio and committee members for recogniz...
02/11/2021

Thank you to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio and committee members for recognizing the public transportation industry’s very survival is at stake by opposing all amendments to eliminate/cut/transfer the $30 billion of COVID-19 emergency transit funding & $1.5 billion of emergency Amtrak funding in Budget Reconciliation. #publictransit #SavePublicTransit https://twitter.com/APTA_info/status/1359666004322897921

02/10/2021
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Thank you to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio for supporting $30 Billion of COVID-19 emergency funding for public transit in the budget reconciliation title. The proposed funding is vital to the industry’s survival and will help prevent massive labor cuts and drastic service reductions http://bit.ly/3cWNAWE

Chair Peter DeFazio underscores the urgency of providing $30 billion of relief for urban AND rural transit to help keep 400,000+ transit workers employed and to keep buses and trains running. An important point for drivers, too, who will face more congested roads w/o transit.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg highlights support for transportation workers/additional fund...
02/10/2021

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg highlights support for transportation workers/additional funding, public transit agencies unveil new electric buses, new CEOs named, and more in #PassengerTransport > https://conta.cc/2MXjY0H

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Federal Railroad Administration Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) ABQ RIDE SYSTRA New Flyer Greater Dayton RTA The Rapid MTA Metro-North Railroad Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA Valley Metro Laketran ALSTOM Siemens San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) Cubic BYD Capital Metro

Many of these #mobility lessons can be found in practical #TCRP research reports. Check out these resources as we build ...
02/09/2021

Many of these #mobility lessons can be found in practical #TCRP research reports. Check out these resources as we build a new mobility that prioritizes public #transit!

Prioritizing transit is one way to get the most from new mobility options & choices to improve equity in transportation and reduce carbon #emissions. Explore the new mobility landscape. http://ow.ly/knKq50DvpT1

02/09/2021
Secretary Pete Buttigieg

APTA urges the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to pass the Budget Reconciliation Title and provide $30 billion of COVID-19 emergency relief funding to address a devastated public transportation industry that continues to serve Americans every day. https://bit.ly/3cWNAWE

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Our economy cannot recover if Americans can't access safe and reliable transportation. The President's American Rescue Plan provides billions in the critical funding public transit needs to keep going.

APTA, on behalf of the entire public transportation industry, applauds the House Committee on Transportation and Infrast...
02/09/2021

APTA, on behalf of the entire public transportation industry, applauds the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Budget Reconciliation Title providing $30 billion of COVID-19 emergency funding relief for public transit. The proposed funding is vital to the industry’s survival and will help prevent massive labor cuts and drastic service reductions. APTA also strongly supports the $1.5 billion of emergency funding provided for Amtrak > http://bit.ly/3cWNAWE

The pandemic "has taken a huge toll on the budgets of the transit agencies," said Paul P Skoutelas, president and CEO of...
02/08/2021
US transit systems seek light at end of pandemic tunnel

The pandemic "has taken a huge toll on the budgets of the transit agencies," said Paul P Skoutelas, president and CEO of APTA, noting that some systems have seen ridership collapse by as much as 90 percent.

"Certainly the largest cities get the biggest attention because of how large their transit networks are and the number of people they carry," Skoutelas said.

"But it's really throughout the country, and it's agencies and cities of all sizes."

Read the full AFP News Agency story > bit.ly/APTAafp

It's rush hour Tuesday morning on the Washington Metro. A rail car, which a year ago would have been packed with seated and standing commuters, has just four passengers.

“The pandemic has exposed structural inequities that go certainly on health and unemployment, but also on access to #tra...
02/08/2021
D.C.’s New Vision Zero Law Could Be a Boon for Bike Lanes

“The pandemic has exposed structural inequities that go certainly on health and unemployment, but also on access to #transit and the ability to move safely around your neighborhood,” said D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen, an author of the Vision Zero Network bill.

District Department of Transportation Bloomberg CityLab Metro Forward

Modeled on a Cambridge ordinance that mandates protected bicycle infrastructure citywide, the District’s approach to taming traffic deaths is being closely watched.

Last chance: Transit Cooperative Research Program review panels close today > https://conta.cc/2MC7ETDFederal Transit Ad...
02/05/2021

Last chance: Transit Cooperative Research Program review panels close today > https://conta.cc/2MC7ETD

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation Research Board #TCRP #transit

"On behalf of our 1,500 public- and private-sector organizations, APTA congratulates U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Cha...
02/04/2021

"On behalf of our 1,500 public- and private-sector organizations, APTA congratulates U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans, together with six subcommittee chairs and ranking members."

Full statement > http://bit.ly/3oP1xIz

Congressman Rick Larsen, Congressman Garret Graves Congressman Salud Carbajal, Congressman Bob Gibbs, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Congressman Daniel Webster, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Rodney Davis, Donald M. Payne Jr., Rep. Rick Crawford, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, Rep. David Rouzer

“We know that in Albuquerque, African American and Native American workers are the most likely to rely on the City’s tra...
02/04/2021
City waiving bus fares on National Transit Equity Day

“We know that in Albuquerque, African American and Native American workers are the most likely to rely on the City’s transit system, and that access to a vehicle is a challenge for lower-income families,” said Michelle Melendez, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

“That is one reason why it is so fitting to recognize Rosa Parks’ birthday as Transit Equity Day. She knew that equitable access is necessary to gain full participation in all aspects of civic life – from education, to housing and jobs.”

ABQ RIDE KRQE News 13

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque is waiving bus fares in honor of Rosa Parks’ birthday. Parks’ birthday is Thursday and in honor of her legacy, all fares for ABQ …

02/04/2021
National Transit Equity Day

On Rosa Parks' birthday, we celebrate National Transit Equity Day, honoring the contributions of a civil rights icon and promoting the value of public transportation in advancing racial equality, climate justice, and access to opportunity.

“I have had the honor to work closely with Phil Washington over the years, and have been endlessly impressed by his lead...
02/04/2021
Metro Los Angeles

“I have had the honor to work closely with Phil Washington over the years, and have been endlessly impressed by his leadership, his vision, and his determination to make meaningful change in the world. Phil’s passion for his teams, his work, and the industry as a whole shines through in everything he does, and he aspires to a level of excellence that inspires those around him. APTA and the industry congratulate Phil for his years of excellence, and look forward to his future endeavors." - APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas

“Phil has been a great friend of mine for many years and a true champion of public transit. His recent work as Chair of the Mobility Recovery & Restoration Task Force was a tremendous example of his commitment to transit passengers, employees, and the public, and APTA is forever thankful for his service in a variety of key volunteer leadership roles over the years. Phil has been an amazing leader, and his contributions will be felt throughout the industry for decades to come." - APTA Chair and General Manager of
Metro IL Quad Cities, Jeffrey A. Nelson

Metro Los Angeles RTD

“It has been my distinct pleasure and absolute honor to serve and lead Metro’s nearly 11,000 employees for the last six years,” said Washington. “I leave with great satisfaction knowing that working together we have improved mobility and increased access to opportunity for all residents of L.A. County, and weathered the most devastating health crisis of the past century. We have quickened the sense and pace of public service and left L.A. County’s mobility space better than it was.”

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WMATA & APTA Health and Safety Commitments Program COVID-19 Billboard at WMATA Union Station, NE, Washington DC on Tuesday morning, 22 December 2020 by Elvert Barnes Photography YOUR SMILE LIGHTS UP A ROOM. PLEASE KEEP IT COVERED. THAT'S DOING YOUR PART.
Hello, is the EXPO canceled in October? We have not heard any updates. Thanks in advance.
Read my article online in today’s edition of Metro Magazine where I share what I believe will be the Five Long Term Implications Of the Coronavirus on Public Transportation- #1 is The Death of the Farebox. Read on for more.... and let me know what you think. #publictransportation #transit
I am very excited to launch my newly redesigned web site for our book The Future of Public Transportation. Check it out below and be sure to visit all the pages including a new blog post on the Road to Recovery from Coronavirus for public transit. There are lots of links, info and even a shop where you can order an autographed copy of the best selling book.
Hi There - I have a question about this year's National Get On Board Day. Can you please send me a message? Thank you!
Take a listen to our Weekend Episode - with Newsmaker Interviews with Transit CEO Bill Carpenter and Cardinal Infrastructure, LLC’s Government Relations Director Bennett E. Resnik. Details on the Coronavirus Care Package from DC and how it helps transit. You won’t want to miss this special episode if you work in public Transportation or government. Next week we are folding these Comfort’s Corner podcasts into the Transit Unplugged brand and bringing them to you 3x a week (M,W,F) while continuing our regular 1/2 in depth interview shows on an every two week basis.
There is HOPE! Congress’ draft stimulus bill includes $20 Billion in direct aid to US Transit Agencies. And smart local transit leaders are adapting to the increased requirements for cleanliness and safety on the vehicles and reduced services levels to match ridership demand through strategies such as rear bus door boarding, free fares, extra cleanings, Saturday schedules, PPE for drivers and better use of technology. Let’s start a new hashtag for Hope - #CoronaVictory
Our new daily podcast- Comfort’s Corner - explores in depth every day - How are public transportation agencies responding to the Coronavirus societal impact. I’m covering headline news each day from our industry- who is doing what - from shut downs, to service reductions to free fares and more. Also we feature a newsmaker every day describing their transit agency response - upcoming guests will include: Monday 3/23 - Dennis Solensky, MBA - Public Transit Administrator at Connecticut Transit Tuesday 3/24 - Robert (Bob) A. Schneider, PhD - Executive Director of OmniRide in the Washington DC metro area Wednesday 3/25 - Wade Coombs - Director Strathcona Transit in Canada This is your daily 1/2 hour update on today’s news only about Public Transportation and Coronavirus- you should be listening so subscribe today at ITunes - Comfort’s Corner. #coronavirusupdate #publictransportation
Granted, this is what they're doing in Rome, Italy. But wouldn't it be fun if it happened in any US city, particularly one that has any train service?
A look at what's ahead as Oregon searches for a new transportation director: