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September 9, 2022 | An APTA Publication
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APTA’s TRANSform Only a Month Away!
 
APTA’S TRANSform Conference, the flagship event for public transportation professionals, is only a month away! Join your peers Oct. 9-12 in Seattle, WA, for cutting-edge workshops, technical tours and ­unrivaled networking opportunities. Learn more and register today at www.apta.com/transform2022.
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APTA Seeks Suggestions for Bylaws Revisions
 
APTA Chair Jeffrey A. Nelson, CEO/managing director, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL, last month established a taskforce for revising APTA’s bylaws. The taskforce will work to identify bylaws provisions that are in need of clarification, deletion or refinement to better reflect how the association operates. This effort would be unlike the effort conducted in 2017, which focused on governance changes. This effort is focused solely on clarification of bylaws language. It is intended to be administrative or ministerial in nature, rather than substantive.
 
Nelson approached Doug Tisdale, CEO, Tisdale & Associates LLC; district H director and past board chair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO, and chair of APTA’s Transit Board Members Committee, to serve as chair of the new bylaws taskforce. Tisdale is working with a diverse group of 16 APTA members who reflect the diversity of the association’s membership, including a Diversity Council member; designated business member; designated transit system directors; designated committee chairs; board of directors members at-large and additional members in good standing to round out a balanced, representative group.
 
The taskforce is seeking suggestions from APTA members regarding revisions to the bylaws, keeping in mind this effort is focused on “clean-up” rather than governance. There are two ways for APTA members to suggest bylaws revisions. First: if a proposed amendment is submitted by a member that represents at least one percent of the total plural vote. (“Plural voting,” as defined by the APTA bylaws, means “one vote for each one hundred dollars or major fraction thereof, of last annual dues paid to the association.”) Second: if the proposed amendment is supported, in writing, by at least five active members of APTA.
 
APTA members can propose amendments to the bylaws by submitting proposals, meeting the criteria above, to APTA2022BylawsRevision@apta.com by close of business (Eastern) Sept. 21, 2022.
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Rail Safety Week Begins Sept. 19!
 
Since 2017, the annual Rail Safety Week (RSW) has saved lives by educating and empowering the public to make safe decisions around trains and tracks and raising awareness of the need for rail safety education. RSW is a collaborative effort among Operation Lifesaver, Inc., state Operation Lifesaver programs and rail safety partners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. RSW this year takes place Sept. 19-25.
 
In recognition of RSW, APTA is ­holding a webinar, Trespassing Prevention and Grade Crossing Safety – Best Practices and New Technologies Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Learn more and register here.
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MBTA
 
MBTA Awards Contract for Green Line “Supercars”
 
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has awarded a contract of more than $810 million to CAF USA Inc. to deliver at least 100 Type 10 “Supercar” trolleys for the agency’s Green Line. The vehicles will help to increase safety, accessibility, capacity and maintainability for the line.
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COMMENTARY
 
How an Innovative Driver Training Program Can Help Address Your Operator Shortage
 
Mike GriffusAs leaders in the public transit industry, we are all aware of the impact the operator shortage is having on our service, morale and the image of our agencies in our communities. New hires are often hard earned, and it is imperative that we keep every new operator that joins our team. To meet this challenge, we are pulling from a larger pool of candidates with increasingly diverse backgrounds. In the past, many applicants may have had some—or even significant—experience driving commercially. In today’s tight labor market, new hires may have little or no experience driving professionally or understand what it takes to keep passengers safe on the road. There are merits to this trend, including opening doors for candidates whose life experiences have not yet provided them economic or career opportunities. But it also brings greater responsibilities to agency leaders—one of which is elevating the need for top-notch, innovative operator training. Equity considerations, plus the need to keep every trainee possible, also necessitate that training incorporate methods that are adaptive to many learning styles.
 
BY MIKE GRIFFUS
Chief Executive Officer
Pierce Transit
Lakewood, WA
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GCRTA
 
GCRTA Launches Ambassador Program
 
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), OH, has launched its new Transit Ambassador Program. The program is a progressive policing and community engagement initiative that reduces the law enforcement footprint on the agency’s systems by integrating unarmed professionals to handle non-criminal issues.
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SacRT
 
Sacramento Unveils Rolling Library Train
 
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), CA, and the Sacra­mento Public Library have launched Sacramento’s first Rolling Library Train. This is the first time the interior of a SacRT light rail train has been completely reimagined, with walls and seatbacks resembling books on shelves.
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TARTA
 
TARTA Offers Veterans Free Medical Transportation
 
The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA), OH, and the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission announce a partnership that will make it easier for veterans to reach medical appointments.
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SORTA
 
SORTA Cuts Ribbon on New Paratransit Assessment Center
 
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), Cincinnati, and community partners cut the ribbon recently on a newly renovated, state-of-the-art assessment center in Silverton that will support customers and staff of Access, the agency’s paratransit service.
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AVTA
 
AVTA Places Electric Support Vehicles Into Service
 
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) Lancaster, CA, has placed into service four new 2023 Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric support vehicles. “The AVTA board continues to hold to our vision of an all-electric transit agency, including support vehicles,” said AVTA Chairman Marvin Crist.
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Bus Fleet Transition Technical Assistance Webinar
 
Join FTA and the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation for a webinar, Sept. 15, 3:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern, to learn about new technical assistance being offered to ­public transit agencies and entities receiving—or planning to apply for—federal funds to expand or transition fleets with clean and green buses.
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