December 8, 2015
2015 Georgia Transit Association Annual Conference

COACHCRAFTERS, INC will be attending the GTA Annual conference from December 9-11. Johnna McQuinn will be presenting key considerations in bus refurbishment as part of the TECHNIQUES TO GET MORE OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM session in 
Room 9/10 on Thursday, at 10:00am. Make sure to save the date & time - She hopes to see you there!
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OBAMA SIGNS A 5 YEAR HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL

On Friday, December 4, 2015 the Transportation industry took a huge step into the right direction. President Barack Obama approved the largest long term highway funding bill in more over a decade. The "Fixing America's Surface Transportation" (FAST) act will increase federal money for transportation infrastructure around the country. This 5 year legislature includes a notable amount of $305 Billion for critical transportation projects for state and local government. However, administration officials says it still falls short from being able to keep traffic congestion from worsening. Secretary Foxx said "It has been a long and bumpy ride to a long-term transportation bill. It's not perfect, and there is still more left to do, but it reflects a bipartisan compromise I always knew it was possible".

The FAST act has many changes, Like reinstating the popular bus discretionary grant program and strengthening the Buy America requirements. The act is also expected to perform the following actions:
*Increases dedicated bus funding by 89% over the life of the bill 
* Provides both stable formula funding and a competitive grant program to address bus and bus facility needs
 * Consolidates and refocuses transit research activities to increase efficiency and accountability
* Provides flexibility for recipients to use federal funds to meet their state of good repair needs
 * Provides for the coordination of public transportation services with other federally assisted transportation services to aid in the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities
 * Requires a review of safety standards and protocols to evaluate the need to establish federal minimum safety standards in public transportation and requires the results to be made public. View the full details here FAST ACT

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