PT Express 07-09-2021
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July 9, 2021 | An APTA Publication
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APTA Urges Consideration of Transit, Infrastructure Projects for RAISE Grants
 
APTA sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, July 7, urging USDOT to support projects that will improve public transit, passenger rail and multimodal infrastructure when selecting Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant recipients.
 
“We applaud the Department’s decision to prioritize improving racial equity, reducing the impacts of climate change and creating good-paying jobs when evaluating RAISE project selections,” the letter stated. “Given the synergy of these priorities and public transportation, we are confident that projects that support critical public transportation initiatives will rate very highly under RAISE grant criteria, and we urge full consideration of those project applications.”
 
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Gary Thomas Joins Jacobs as U.S. Transit Market Leader
 
Gary_Thomas_2021_1959865.jpgJacobs, Dallas, TX, has named Gary Thomas as its U.S. Transit Market Leader, responsible for assisting clients in developing and advancing transit programs, as well as identifying and attracting talent to the organization. Thomas formerly was president and executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
 
Thomas brings to Jacobs four decades of engineering experience and transit leadership. Prior to joining DART in 1998, he was a consulting engineer for 19 years. Under his leadership, DART doubled its light rail system twice to become the longest in the U.S. at more than 93 miles.
 
For APTA, Thomas is a past chair and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has served as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and of the Mobility Management and Conference Planning committees, and as a member of numerous other committees. He served on the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review. He also is a past chair of Rail~Volution and the South West Transit Association.
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In Memoriam
George F. Dixon III
 
George_Dixon_1959959.jpgGeorge F. Dixon III, a long-time public transportation advocate and former president of the board of the Greater Cleveland (OH) Regional Transportation Authority, died July 3.
 
Dixon was APTA chair from 2003-2004 and was named APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member in 2006. He served on many APTA committees, including as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and of the Conference Planning Committee, vice chair of the Transit Board Members Committee and first vice chair of the Awards Committee. He was known fondly by many as “Big Daddy.”
 
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson noted that Dixon had a long history of public service to the community and “helped bring improvements to the ways public transportation serves this region.”
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Help Combat Human Trafficking!
 
The USDOT human trafficking initiative, “Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking,” has awarded a 2020 Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award to United Against Slavery (UAS) to conduct a National Outreach Survey for Transportation.
 
At the request of the Mineta Transportation Institute, APTA has partnered with UAS to make the survey available to public transit agency employees. Survey data will be used to help combat human trafficking and to support victims.
 
The deadline to complete the survey is Sept. 3. Surveys should only take 30 minutes to complete and can be accessed here or by scanning the QR code below:
 
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Transit Workers Vaccine Confidence Toolkit Now Available
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDOT and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have launched the Public Transportation Workers Toolkit to provide the latest information on COVID-related workplace policies and regulations, vaccine availability and other preventive measures of relevance to public transit workers.
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FTA Announces Tribal Transit Workshops
 
FTA announces its virtual 2021 Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Training Program Workshop. The workshop is designed to increase tribes’ understanding of the requirements in FTA’s Tribal Transit Program, especially in the areas of award management; financial management, including federal financial reporting; procurement; asset management; drug-free workplace; the FTA Drug and Alcohol Program; and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The workshop will run from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Choose a link below:
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FTA Hosting Key Procurement Deficiencies Webinars
 
FTA is hosting a series of webinars to highlight key areas of procurement deficiencies in its oversight review programs. The webinars will examine five key procurement deficiencies, explain the requirements related to key procurement deficiency areas, discuss common drivers of deficiencies, explore methods for preventing these deficiencies and discuss procurement aspects of FTA’s COVID-19 supplemental funds. Register below, all times Eastern. Each webinar will present the same content:
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Tell Us Your Story!
 
In an effort to bolster its advocacy efforts for increased federal investment in public transportation, APTA is asking public transit agency members to share stories about how they are making a difference in their communities. Please contact us at stories@apta.com and tell your story about the essential role public transit plays in your community and how it is helping to transform lives.
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REGISTER FOR THESE APTA EVENTS
 
APTAU’s Kaleidoscope Webinar Series
How to Set Up Courageous Conversations on Race, Racial Justice and Racial Equity
Part 3
July 15, 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Presented by Jacobs
 
Join your peers for a compelling view of how businesses have set up safe spaces for conversations on race, impacts to date and key take-aways for other businesses. Hear from a variety of sectors on the practical challenges of implementing courageous conversations, what they have learned and how they plan to build on these conversations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more and register. View Parts 1 and 2 of the APTAU Kaleidoscope series here.

Safety & Security Certification: What We Know and What We Don’t!
July 20, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
 
This webinar discusses both FTA and FRA approaches to safety certifications and the challenges and benefits associated with each. Sponsored by APTA’s Safety, Security and Technology Coordinating Team, the webinar will address different regulatory jurisdictions, regulations, standards and recommended practices related to safety and security certification and the various challenges that may arise at both the product/solution and project levels. Learn more and register.
 
 
APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO
Nov. 7-10
Orlando, FL
 
APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO is public transit’s premier showcase of technology, products and services, playing a pivotal role in connecting the industry to what’s now and what’s next in public transportation through educational sessions, workshops, tours and the opportunity to network with colleagues at the conference and at exhibitors’ booths. APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO provides the ideas, insights and connections needed to manage the changing mobility environment and the future of public transportation. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to experience, first-hand, behind-the-scenes technical tours of the host system, LYNX—the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Learn more and register.
 
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
 
APTA’s webinars are archived and available to the public transit industry. Click here to access APTA’s library of recordings and videos to keep informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ELSEWHERE IN THE MEDIA
 
Public transit is a public good. It’s time to fund it that way.
 
COVID-19 fuels the rise of the e-bike.
 
Three ways technology is helping public transportation become more sustainable.
 
Battery-powered trains could be a climate game changer.
 
New jingle highlights benefits of public transportation in southern Maine.
 
Wooden subway car joined ‘Hometown Heroes’ ticker-tape parade in NY honoring transit workers.
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