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May 6, 2022 | An APTA Publication
2022 Mobility Conference
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APTA Brings Mobility World to Ohio!
 
More than 1,200 public transit professionals converged at APTA’s Mobility Conference this week in Columbus, OH, to address the critical priorities and challenges facing bus and paratransit systems in today’s mobility landscape, and to share lessons learned, best practices and the latest technological innovations.
 
The conference began with the Opening General Session, sponsored by Proterra, Mon., May 2, with APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas welcoming attendees to the event. Jeffrey A. Nelson, APTA chair and CEO/managing director, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL, gave the chair’s message, and Joanna M. Pinkerton, president/CEO of host agency Central Ohio Transit Authority, provided a welcome to Columbus. Eve Williams, president/chief executive officer of Dikita Engineering, then introduced keynote speaker Wesley Hamilton, ADA & DEI consultant and inclusive training specialist and founder of Disabled But Not Really.
 
“It’s been three years since our last in-person Mobility Conference,” said Skoutelas. “Now we are here to forge a new direction, with innovative solutions and enormous opportunities to improve public transportation and address the needs of our communities in a responsible and effective way.”
 
“All of you helped get our industry to this pivotal moment,” said Nelson. “We’re grateful to reunite with our APTA family, grateful for the sacrifices and hard work of our colleagues and grateful for the historic opportunity we have to redefine the future of public transportation.”
 
The event included an update from FTA; the Bus Display and Products & Services Showcase; the 2022 APTA Bus Safety and Security Excellence Awards; APTA’s Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2022 graduation; and sessions focusing on such topics as mobility, accessibility, diversity and inclusion, data management, electric-bus technology, ridership, cybersecurity, homelessness, partnering with TNCs, and more.
 
Look for coverage of APTA’s 2022 Mobility Conference in the May 13 issue of Passenger Transport.
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In Memoriam
Norman Y. Mineta
 
Norman Y. Mineta died May 3 at the age of 90.
 
Norman MinetaMineta was mayor of San Jose, CA, from 1971 until 1975, before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he would serve until 1995. He then moved into the private sector and was later nominated to serve as United States Secretary of Commerce from July 2000 until January 2001 and as United States Secretary of Transportation until July 2006. After which, Mineta returned to the private sector, as a senior executive for Hill+Knowlton. He founded the Mineta Transportation Institute in 1991.
 
“The American Public Transportation Association joins the entire public transportation industry in mourning the passing of former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta,” said APTA president and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas in a statement. “The first Asian American to serve as head of the DOT, former chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives, and founder of the Mineta Transportation Institute, Secretary Mineta was an indefatigable champion for investment in, and access to, public transportation. I had the honor to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Mineta Transportation Institute and know firsthand the impact Secretary Mineta had on not just our industry, but this nation. He will be greatly missed.”
 
Mineta received APTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, in recognition of his dedication to championing public transportation.
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New CEO Named
Stewart, Metro Transit
 
Charles StewartMetro Transit, St. Louis, MO, has named Charles Stewart as its new executive director, having served as interim executive director since January.
 
Metro Transit is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD). Stewart will retain his duties as BSD executive vice president of organizational effectiveness, the position he held when he was appointed interim executive director of Metro Transit. In that capacity, he is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, development and retention of a diverse workforce of more than 2,000. In his ten years with BSD, Stewart also served as vice president of pension and insurance, where he led the restructure of the organization’s retirement system and benefits plans.
 
Prior to joining BSD, Stewart served in a variety of positions with the City of St. Louis, including director of internal audit and chief of staff for the license collector, as well as audit positions with General Dynamics Corporation and Arthur Young & Company.
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Register for FTA’s PTASP Webinar
 
FTA is hosting the "Developing and Monitoring Safety Risk Mitigations" webinar, May 26, 2:00 p.m. Eastern—part of its series to provide technical assistance to public transit agencies on the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation (49 CFR Part 673).
 
This webinar will review practices for developing and documenting mitigations to address the results of safety risk assessment and provide examples of mitigations and monitoring plans developed to reduce safety risk at differently sized transit agencies.
 
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Nova Bus
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FTA Announces Changes to NTD Census Reporting
 
FTA has announced changes to National Transit Database (NTD) reporting requirements, which will change to conform with new data to be defined by the Census Bureau following the 2020 Census. The decennial designation of new urban areas by the Census Bureau has a number of impacts on FTA’s grantees. The Census Bureau’s calculation of the population and land area for each urban area are direct components of several FTA funding formulas.
 
Each year, federally supported transit systems report data to the NTD indicating what urbanized areas and rural areas they serve, and how they provide service to those areas. If the Census Bureau publishes new urbanized area definitions before Oct. 1, 2022, as expected, transit operators will be required to update certain NTD reporting forms based on the new Census urbanized areas as an addendum to their annual reports.
 
In January, FTA published a proposed National Transit Database – Federal Register Notice detailing these changes and seeking input.
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Rail Conference
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Announcing New Related Action in TrAMS
 
The Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) has a new related action that is required to be completed as part of application creation. The new related action is titled Apply Estimated Indirect Costs and must be completed for an application to be transmitted to FTA. The related action was built in TrAMS for compliance with federal reporting requirements.
 
Applicants and recipients should reference the Apply Estimated Indirect Cost – Related Action Guidance document and view the ‘how-to’ data entry in TrAMS here.
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UPCOMING 2022 APTA CONFERENCES
 
Rail Conference
June 5-8
San Diego, CA
 
 
Aug. 14-17
Denver, CO
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ELSEWHERE IN THE MEDIA
 
 
Five ways to better protect public transit.
 
IoT and data improve transportation in smart cities.
 
Michigan State University deploys full-size autonomous electric bus.
 
Free public transit for youth in San Diego County.
 
CDTA expands to include express Amsterdam to Albany service.
 
Bus lanes will drastically alter travel in Birmingham, AL.
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TCRP
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