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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"The 2020 election was a good one for public transit, even as the pandemic continues to drive down ridership, fares and ...
11/06/2020
Public transit emerges a big winner in the 2020 election - Marketplace

"The 2020 election was a good one for public transit, even as the pandemic continues to drive down ridership, fares and tax revenues that support the systems. More than a dozen local transit measures passed around the country, gaining approval at an historic rate," reports Marketplace Business News.

Center For Transportation Excellence NPR

Even as the pandemic drives down ridership, voters approved more than a dozen local transit measures worth billions of dollars.

Join us today at 3pm ET for our Post-Election FutureView Webinar on public #transit impacts, with leaders from City of A...
11/05/2020

Join us today at 3pm ET for our Post-Election FutureView Webinar on public #transit impacts, with leaders from City of Austin Government, VIA Metropolitan Transit, Oregon Metro , Valley Transportation Authority, and APTA's Center For Transportation Excellence > https://conta.cc/2Ibq23k

Voters across the U.S. support public transportation in record numbers. In this week's election, Americans passed 8 out ...
11/04/2020

Voters across the U.S. support public transportation in record numbers. In this week's election, Americans passed 8 out of 10 measures supporting public transportation, boosting the 2020 win rate to 91% > https://bit.ly/3kZcXsj

Center For Transportation Excellence

San Antonio voters said “yes” to funding the VIA Metropolitan Transit Keep SA Moving Plan, designed to connect more peop...
11/04/2020
San Antonio Voters Say ‘Yes’ to ATD Proposition A - VIA Metropolitan Transit

San Antonio voters said “yes” to funding the VIA Metropolitan Transit Keep SA Moving Plan, designed to connect more people to jobs and economic opportunity through improved and expanded #transit services.

City of San Antonio - Municipal Government Center For Transportation Excellence

Additional 1/8-cent of existing sales tax to support public transit programs beginning in 2026 San Antonio voters said “yes” to funding...

Voters approved Measure 2A and 2B, which would raise Denver’s sales tax to fund green initiatives and aide the homeless....
11/04/2020
Denver ballot measure 2A, 2B results: Voters approve taxes for homeless, environment

Voters approved Measure 2A and 2B, which would raise Denver’s sales tax to fund green initiatives and aide the homeless.

RTD City and County of Denver Government The Denver Post

The measures — which would charge shoppers an extra 2.5 cents for every $10 purchase — come as city finances languish due to the coronavirus and economic recession.

"Revenues would be dedicated to transit network maintenance and associated capital improvements; low-income fare program...
11/04/2020
Seattle Proposition 1 concerning transit funding approved in early results

"Revenues would be dedicated to transit network maintenance and associated capital improvements; low-income fare programs for Seattle seniors, students, workers, and residents; and transportation needs related to both COVID-19 recovery and the closure of the West Seattle Bridge."

Via MyNorthwest.com King County Metro Transit Seattle Department of Transportation

A "yes" vote on Seattle Proposition 1 supports renewing a sales tax to fund transit projects for six years, increasing the tax from 0.1% to 0.15%.

"Voters have given the green light to a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revolutionize our transportation infrastruct...
11/04/2020
Austin voters approve $7 billion Prop A transit project

"Voters have given the green light to a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revolutionize our transportation infrastructure and provide people in our community with a safe, reliable way to get around"

Via CBS Austin Capital Metro City of Austin Government

Proposition A, the $7 billion project to expand bus and rail lines across Austin, has been approved by voters. The massive undertaking, Project Connect, promises to beef up mass transit and cut down on traffic. It will allow for a dedicated rail line to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport as well...

Looking to positively pass some time this evening? Check out the latest edition of Passenger Transport with stories on n...
11/03/2020
APTA’s TRANScend: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Looking to positively pass some time this evening? Check out the latest edition of Passenger Transport with stories on new Bus Rapid Transit by Ride On Montgomery County Transit, $290 million for intercity rail, and APTA's new local coalition grant recipients.

Center For Transportation Excellence
11/03/2020
Center For Transportation Excellence

Center For Transportation Excellence

Today, there are 16 public transit measures on the ballot! Check out our 2020 ballot measure preview, including big measures in Portland, Austin, San Antonio, the Bay Area, the Atlanta area, Seattle, and Missoula. Check back for updates and make sure you #VoteTransit #VOTE

Sixteen #transit measures representing over $38 billion in funding will be considered by voters tomorrow. Read highlight...
11/02/2020
APTA, CFTE Heads Preview 2020’s Transit Elections

Sixteen #transit measures representing over $38 billion in funding will be considered by voters tomorrow. Read highlights from APTA and the Center For Transportation Excellence.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a call Tuesday, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas and APTA’s Center for Transportation Excellence Executive Director Josh Cohen overviewed public transit’s record at the ballot box so far in 2020 and previewed what to wa...

See the latest final report from the Transit Cooperative Research Program, on improving the safety, health, and producti...
11/02/2020

See the latest final report from the Transit Cooperative Research Program, on improving the safety, health, and productivity of #transit operators. PLUS attend a free webinar today titled "Employee Safety Reporting in Public Transit" > https://conta.cc/320706U

Transportation Research Board Federal Transit Administration (FTA) #TCRP

Today's free Innovations in Mobility Webinar looks at how Marin Transit / Transportation Authority of Marin created Conn...
10/29/2020

Today's free Innovations in Mobility Webinar looks at how Marin Transit / Transportation Authority of Marin created Connect2Transit, combining mobility services into a single platform > https://conta.cc/2HQ28tC

Join APTA at 3pm ET for this APTAU webinar, presented by Uber I Routematch.

See what's new and what's next at APTA, starting today with a #CEU certified webinar, followed by Thursday's free Innova...
10/27/2020

See what's new and what's next at APTA, starting today with a #CEU certified webinar, followed by Thursday's free Innovations in Mobility webinar featuring Marin Transit. Learn all about APTA's three webinars in next 10 days, followed by three new virtual events > https://conta.cc/3moFTu3

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Check out the latest edition of Passenger Transport, including stories on two more big wins for public transit, APTA's C...
10/26/2020

Check out the latest edition of Passenger Transport, including stories on two more big wins for public transit, APTA's Center For Transportation Excellence launching a virtual bus tour, and early impressions of #TRANSform20 > https://conta.cc/3jpPdvy

Next Tuesday at 2pm is an APTAU CEU Academy Webinar: New Services, New Technologies: Implications for Operations Plannin...
10/23/2020
APTAU CEU Academy

Next Tuesday at 2pm is an APTAU CEU Academy Webinar: New Services, New Technologies: Implications for Operations Planning. Learn more about this October 27th session and how you can earn 1.5 planning credits.

New Services, New Technologies: Implications for Operations Planning Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET 1.5 CEU Credits for Planners This CEU workshop will explore what happens when an agency introduces a new type of service (BRT) and a new technology (electric buses) at the same

10/23/2020
Metro Forward

Metro Forward and 200+ other public transit systems have committed to APTA's Health & Safety Commitments Program and to providing passengers with safe #transit as we recover from #COVID19. Learn about the program, which was designed with transit user input > https://www.apta.com/covid-19-resource-hub/health-safety-commitments-program/

At Metro, we're #DoingOurPart to keep the DC area moving. With deep cleaning, face masks and hand sanitizer... but remember... No Mask, No Metro!

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Metro has worked tirelessly to keep riders safe from infection from the coronavirus. By signing on to the American Public Transportation Association Health and Safety Commitments Program with more than 100 public transit systems, Metro and the public transit industry are actively working to instill confidence in riders that it’s committed to protecting their health and safety. Learn more at wmata.com/doingourpart

Santa Cruz METRO Transit District and 200+ other public transit systems have committed to APTA's Health & Safety Commitm...
10/22/2020

Santa Cruz METRO Transit District and 200+ other public transit systems have committed to APTA's Health & Safety Commitments Program and to providing passengers with safe #transit as we recover from #COVID19. Learn about the program, which was designed with transit user input > https://www.apta.com/covid-19-resource-hub/health-safety-commitments-program/

Today Santa Cruz METRO Transit District Launched Its American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Health & Safety Commitments Program.

METRO Joins Over 200 Public Transit Centers in the Pledge

Today, Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 METRO launched our APTA Health & Safety Commitment Program with a masked social distanced event with local media and County Representatives.

Now more than ever, we need our community to know that the health and safety of METRO passengers and employees is a priority for METRO. To convey this priority, METRO signed onto the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Health and Safety Commitments Program with more than 200 public transit systems, the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems are taking all the necessary measures to operate safely as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attendees were able to hear from METRO CEO/General Manager, Alex Clifford, County of Santa Cruz Supervisor and METRO Board of Directors Vice Chair, Supervisor John Leopold, METRO Board of Director Chair, Mike Rotkin, and SMART Local 0023 Union General Chairperson, James Sandoval about METRO’s safety and prevention measures, such as between row sneeze barriers, operator curtains, hand sanitizer dispensers, and additional efforts METRO is taking to keep our employees and customers safe while using METRO services. These prevention efforts also includes the launch of the METRO Splash Pass, our new mobile ticketing application available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Allowing for a cash-fee, contactless, and COVID-19 safe way for customers to purchase fares and display tickets on their smartphone devices.

METRO is doing our part to make our community feel confident in continuing to use METRO services and getting them to their destinations safely.

For more information on METRO’s commitment to safety visit scmtd.com/safety

For more information on METRO’s Health & Safety Commitments Pledge visit scmtd.com/aptapledge
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After two days of compelling conversations at APTA TRANScend, the closing discussion is going on now, led by APTA Presid...
10/22/2020

After two days of compelling conversations at APTA TRANScend, the closing discussion is going on now, led by APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas, APTA Chair/ Valley Transportation Authority CEO Nuria Fernandez, and APTA Vice Chair/ Metro IL Quad Cities GM Jeffrey Nelson.

https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

What megatrend should we be paying most attention to right now? Answers at APTA TRANScend come from Georgia Tech Prof. K...
10/22/2020

What megatrend should we be paying most attention to right now? Answers at APTA TRANScend come from Georgia Tech Prof. Kari Edison Watkins, Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) CEO Nat Ford, Metropolitan Council Chair Charlie Zelle, and TriMet GM Doug Kelsey.

https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

How have calls to reform policing affected #transit security? Attendees at APTA TRANScend hear answers from Regional Tra...
10/22/2020

How have calls to reform policing affected #transit security? Attendees at APTA TRANScend hear answers from Regional Transit Authority CEO Alex Wiggins, Metro Forward Police Chief Ronald Pavlik, Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Chief Ed Alvarez, Houston METRO Police Chief Vera Bumpers, and TriMet Executive Director of Safety & Security Marla Blagg.

https://apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

Join Transportation Research Board, Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials - COMTO, and #TCRP at 2:00 pm ET tod...
10/22/2020

Join Transportation Research Board, Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials - COMTO, and #TCRP at 2:00 pm ET today for a free #transit research webinar, "Balancing the Scales--Equity Analysis in Transportation Planning" > https://bit.ly/3mgTMKv

How can the public transit industry put social and racial equity and inclusion at the forefront?This conversation at APT...
10/22/2020

How can the public transit industry put social and racial equity and inclusion at the forefront?

This conversation at APTA TRANScend is being led now by APTA Secretary/Treasurer & Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. VP Freddie C Fuller II, WSP's Alva Carrasco, Transdev North America VP Adelee Marie Le Grand, and Prof. Eddie Glaude of Princeton University.

https://apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

Starting day two of #TRANScend20, APTA Vice Chair and Metro IL Quad Cities GM Jeff Nelson introduces keynote speaker Edd...
10/22/2020

Starting day two of #TRANScend20, APTA Vice Chair and Metro IL Quad Cities GM Jeff Nelson introduces keynote speaker Eddie S. Glaude, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of African American Studies at Princeton University.

https://apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/ #transit #equity

Today's free Transit Cooperative Research Program webinar is "Balancing the Scales--Equity Analysis in Transportation Pl...
10/22/2020

Today's free Transit Cooperative Research Program webinar is "Balancing the Scales--Equity Analysis in Transportation Planning." Register now > https://bit.ly/3mgTMKv

Transportation Research Board Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials - COMTO Federal Transit Administration (FTA) #TCRP

How do we bring back riders and broadly position public #transit in the year ahead? A compelling conversation now at #TR...
10/21/2020

How do we bring back riders and broadly position public #transit in the year ahead? A compelling conversation now at #TRANScend20 with Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford, Port Authority CEO Katharine Eagan Kelleman, IndyGo CEO Inez Evans, and Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke.

https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

What will cities look like in 2025? Discussing that topic now at APTA #TRANScend20 are Miami-Dade County Department of T...
10/21/2020

What will cities look like in 2025? Discussing that topic now at APTA #TRANScend20 are Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works Director Alice Bravo, MobilityData IO's Marla Westervelt, City of Pittsburgh - Office of the Mayor Department of Mobility/ Infrastructure Director Karina Ricks, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Assoc. Professor of Urban Science & Planning Andres Sevtsuk.

https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

Up for discussion now at #TRANScend20 is "How Can Transit Lead in a Disrupted Future" with Chicago Transit Authority Pre...
10/21/2020

Up for discussion now at #TRANScend20 is "How Can Transit Lead in a Disrupted Future" with Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) GM Leslie Richards, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, and GRTC Transit System CEO Julie Timm.

https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

Today's #TRANScend20 keynote speaker Tony Seba explains how we are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest transformation of...
10/21/2020

Today's #TRANScend20 keynote speaker Tony Seba explains how we are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest transformation of civilization in history, impacting the 5 foundational sectors of the economy: Information, energy, transportation, food, and materials.

https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

Addressing the public transportation industry at today's APTA TRANScend virtual event, Federal Transit Administration (F...
10/21/2020

Addressing the public transportation industry at today's APTA TRANScend virtual event, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams thanks public transit agencies for keeping America and Americans moving during the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

APTA's major fall conference is underway! The TRANScend virtual event is kicked off this morning by APTA President and C...
10/21/2020

APTA's major fall conference is underway! The TRANScend virtual event is kicked off this morning by APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas and APTA Chair/ Valley Transportation Authority CEO Nuria Fernandez. https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transcend/

10/20/2020

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Alan Boyd. Boyd spent a lifetime serving Americans and ensured that upon its creation DOT was on even footing with all other departments. As the first DOT Secretary, he had a keen eye for the future and built the strong foundation on which the department now sits, always seeing the roles of DOT and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as interlocking. He worked to ensure that our cities would be built with the needs of all in mind, knowing that housing and transportation were community bedrocks that would help our country prosper. Boyd served in multiple federal roles as a Secretary and on commissions, and because of his hard work and dedication our country is a better place. APTA and the entire public transportation industry sends our condolences to his family,” says APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas.

“Deceptive and misleading” ballot measure struck down by Washington Supreme Court, restoring voter approved public trans...
10/19/2020
Washington Supreme Court strikes down I-976, which cut car-tab taxes

“Deceptive and misleading” ballot measure struck down by Washington Supreme Court, restoring voter approved public transit funding.

Sound Transit Seattle Department of Transportation The Seattle Times Washington State DOT

Initiative 976, which cut car-tab taxes to $30, is unconstitutional because it “contains more than one subject, and its subject is not accurately expressed in its title,” the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Hello, is the EXPO canceled in October? We have not heard any updates. Thanks in advance.
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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:
I am writing to ask for assistance in matters of light rail issues in the Charleston, SC, area. The Charleston Tri-county region (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties) is receiving a great amount of interest from industrial and residential sources who have expressed interest in opening industries and residential subdivisions in our coastal area. This region of three counties is no approaching 500,000 residents, and growth projections show no signs of reduced activity. As long as the national economy continues in its present state, this area will need much improvement in transit solutions and much better leadership. What Charleston does not have and desperately needs is a comprehensive mass transit plan to move large numbers of persons across this area. I believe a commuter rail system is the best means of achieving this. A plan would include approx. 100 miles of track connecting six towns across three counties. Since 2015, I have written 200 individuals in the media, city and county councils, state legislators and various commissions to stimulate interest from political and business leaders in Charleston. I have not received a single reply for my efforts. I am at a loss as to where I could turn for advice on how to stimulate interest in passing bills and overcoming other hurdles to open a commuter rail system. Is there someone in your area who could suggest measures I could use to attract attention from citizens? I have no clue as to the lack of concern by the media and local politicians for commuter rail. Local stories about traffic congestion appear daily in tv newscasts and newspaper stories. There are weekly interviews on the news about citizens giving their opinions about traffic issues here. Everybody agrees: traffic in Charleston sucks. But, when I send discussions about a commuter rail system, I am completely ignored. It's like I am being blacklisted. The only "relief" mentioned is an express bus system that runs from Charleston to the suburb of Summerville. I have demolished this plan as unworkable and harmful to the very interests a "new" transit would protect. It's a single bus route to a single town; such is the sole improvement which the leaders of this area agree is really needed. The obstacles which I confront are the elected officials in local/state offices and the media. I have written time and again to beg their attention. They don't acknowledge my letters, ever. If I could somehow publicize the state of transit needs in Charleston and the solution which I suggest, it might make a difference. I have contacted many educators in local and other areas of our state, and still, I have no replies. The indifference to the subject of congestion in Charleston and a significant solution is beyond my ability to understand or accept. The politicians and media know the problem, they report on it daily; what they somehow find acceptable is to turn their back on a solution. It doesn't matter whether my solution works or fails. The point is, we, in the Tri-county are need something to pull us out of this quickening pool of quicksand. The promise of economic success in this area is likely to be its downfall. The level of activity in this region is accelerating annually: new plants, new subdivisions, new schools, more roads. more shopping enters, etc. Charleston cannot long endure such "success" without an overhaul in how people are moved in distances up to 60 miles one-way. If the Tri-county region doesn't get its act together in the next 5-8 years, it may well sink under the weight of the added success and into a quicksand of its own design. Is there something I could apply as insight as to solving this problem? Is there someone I could write who would offer advice, guidance, resources I could try? On a personal note, I am working alone in this "project". I am living from Social Securit. I receive no money, no support from anyone, no sponsorships or backing from anyone, anywhere. I am all there is pushing the need and the plan. A. Waldrep 14 Lockwood Dr. Chas SC 29401 [email protected]