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September 24, 2021 | An APTA Publication
APTA, Other Organizations Urge House Passage of IIJA
APTA and more than 100 other organizations sent a letter to all members of the House of Representatives Sept. 21 urging them to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) when it reaches the floor.
The letter noted that the bill “represents a historic opportunity to provide substantial economic and quality of life enhancements to communities across the country and to build for the future. The investments made in the package would facilitate long overdue repairs and improvements to our roads, bridges, rail and public transportation, and other critical infrastructure…”
By including a five-year reauthorization of federal highway, public transportation and passenger rail programs, the legislation would also ensure states and localities have much-needed funding and policy certainty to proceed with planned projects. These programs are currently operating under an extension set to expire Sept. 30.
APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO Is Around the Corner!
Register now for APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO in Orlando, FL, Nov. 7-10. Explore the program on-line and discover sessions that will inspire, help public transit professionals do their job better and offer opportunities for networking with peers.
Sessions include an update from FTA, Congress and the year ahead on infrastructure investment, how to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, organizational commitment to racial equity, new technologies in fare collection, reducing the industry’s carbon footprint and more. The event will also feature the always-popular APTA Honors ceremony and breakfast.
Event keynote sessions include Dr. Cady Coleman, former NASA astronaut and U.S. Air Force Colonel and Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and motivational speaker.
Join colleagues and visit the world’s most comprehensive public transportation showcase. Learn more about worry-free registration here.
FTA Announces $409.6M NOFO to Support Bus Fleets
FTA has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) of up to $409.6 million for building and maintaining buses and public transit vans through its Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program—FTA’s largest annual discretionary package.
“The Biden Administration believes that expanding and improving bus service is an essential part of reaching our ambitious economic, climate, equity, safety and accessibility goals,” said Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg. “This funding will help transit agencies modernize their bus fleets and better connect their riders with jobs and opportunities—benefits we can bring to even more communities with passage of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act.”
As part of the Administration’s focus on fighting climate change, FTA encourages applicants to consider significant community benefits related to the environment, including those projects that incorporate low- or no-emission technology or specific elements to address greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts.
“Transit operators nationwide have an opportunity to replace aging buses and facilities with newer, cleaner infrastructure that is more efficient to operate and maintain,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “Modern buses, particularly those powered with battery-electric or fuel cells, improve air quality and help us address the climate crisis.”
Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s website and in GRANTS.GOV (funding opportunity FTA 2021-008-TPM-Bus). The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 19, 11:59 p.m. Eastern.
More ARP Grant Awards for COVID-19 Response
FTA will award $249.4 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works and $216.9 million to the Port Authority of Allegheny County. ARP funds are intended to help public transit agencies maintain service and jobs as communities continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Public transportation has been a lifeline for communities and the American people throughout this pandemic,” said USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will help protect transit employees from layoffs, keep transit service running and ensure people can get where they need to go.”
This funding is part of more than $30 billion for public transportation in the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11 of this year.
“As our nation’s transit systems recover from COVID-19, the American Rescue Plan funds ensure that they continue to provide service to the many Americans who depend on transit to get to essential jobs, healthcare and vaccine appointments,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.
Sound Transit CEO Rogoff to Step Down
Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit, Seattle, WA, has announced he is to step down in the second quarter of 2022.
Upon his arrival at the agency in early 2016, Rogoff worked with the board of directors and communities across the region to help shape and earn voter approval for the Sound Transit 3 Plan of service extensions, while leading efforts to advance major light rail expansions to the east, north and south. He also sharpened the agency’s focus on sustainability and improving the rider experience, while advancing equitable access to transit and affordable housing.
For APTA, Rogoff is a member of the board of directors and Public Transportation CEO Coordinating Council and serves on the Rail Transit CEOs, Mid-Size Operations and Finance committees, among others
New CEO Named
The Board of Directors of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), Birmingham, AL, has confirmed Charlotte Shaw as the agency’s new executive director/CEO, effective Oct. 1. Shaw succeeds Frank T. Martin, who has led the agency since December 2018.
Shaw has more than 28 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, including working in capital planning, operations, contracts and procurement, project management, engineering, construction and information technology. She is currently deputy director of capital and special projects for the City of Birmingham. In this role, she managed Birmingham’s largest budget of $60M for the completion of the city’s first BRT system, the Birmingham Xpress.
Prior to coming to Birmingham, Shaw worked at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for five years as senior scoping and screening/budget manager in the Capital Budget and Planning department. She has been the owner and CEO of two small businesses focused on business development and environmental remediation.
Among her numerous professional affiliations, Shaw is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), Women in Transportation (WTS) and National Association of Female Executives (MAFE).
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