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June 29, 2020 | An APTA Publication
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Confronting Racial Inequity: The Time Is Now
 
As Americans struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has uprooted every aspect of their personal and professional lives, they have had to come face-to-face with another very real epidemic—that of racial inequity.
 
The killings of George Floyd and many other people of color at the hands of the police have rocked our nation and have re-awakened in us the need for systemic, positive change.
 
This issue of Passenger Transport is dedicated to racial equality and to the stories of those APTA members and staff who were both brave and honest enough to share their experiences.
 
It is clear that, 155 years after the end of the Civil War, we as individuals, organizations and communities still have a great deal of work to do to eliminate many of the long-established and ingrained barriers that Black America faces today.
 
To view several APTA member statements on racial equity, please click here.
 
Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash
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APTA ONE-QUESTION Special Feature
 
In this ONE-QUESTION feature, Passenger Transport invited participants to address the following question:
 
"As the U.S. confronts erasing systemic racism in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and other tragic events, how can the public transit industry work to promote and embrace racial justice and equity?"
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APTA Releases New Guidance on Cleaning, Disinfecting
 
APTA has released recommended industry guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public transit vehicles and facilities in response to a pandemic. The white paper was developed by APTA's Technical Advisory Group of industry representatives and LTK Engineering and approved by the association's Mobility Recovery & Restoration Task Force.
 
The "APTA Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance", which draws from proven best practices, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and public health experts, is designed to aid public transit agencies of all sizes and modes in developing maintenance, cleaning and disinfecting programs for their vehicles and facilities.
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APTA Reschedules 2020 TRANSform Conference & EXPO
 
APTA has rescheduled its Oct. 2020 TRANSform Conference & EXPO due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event will now take place March 14-17, 2021, in Anaheim, CA.
 
APTA is exploring exciting opportunities to deliver an abridged virtual conference in the fall. Stay tuned for more information. We will continue to update www.apta.com and www.aptaexpo.com with important information.
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COMMENTARY
 
Public Transit Must Shape A Better Future Through the Lens of Racial Equity
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BY NURIA I. FERNANDEZ
General Manager and CEO
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority,
     San Jose, CA
Chair, APTA
AND PAUL P. SKOUTELAS
President and CEO, APTA
 
Over the past month, our nation has been re-awakened by the racial injustices in light of the killings of George Floyd and so many other people of color.
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The COMET and Community Partners Pay Tribute to Civil Rights Icon
 
The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET), along with Columbia SC 63, Historic Columbia, Richland Library and Midlands area municipalities launched a tribute honoring local civil rights icon Sarah Mae Flemming at the Richland Library Eastover Branch June 22.
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Public Transit Agencies Continue to Increase Service, Launch Capacity Information Tools
 
As public transit agencies around the country continue to increase and / or re-open service following an easing of restrictions imposed during coronavirus, many are launching new tools to help passengers maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid overcrowding.
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VTA, BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Opens
 
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) 10-mile BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension launched June 12 with ceremonies marking the opening of the Milpitas and Berryessa/North San Jose BART stations. Officials from VTA, BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District) and the cities of Milpitas and San José took the inaugural ride, with passenger service beginning the following day.
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Listen to Latest Episode of APTA’s The Transit Authority!
 
Episode 3 of APTA’s The Transit Authority podcast is a conversation with Randy Clarke, president and CEO of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX. Clarke discusses how his agency is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and shares information on Project Connect, a bold transit plan for Austin that will be put before voters in November. Listen to the episode here.
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SacRT Expands SmaRT Ride Service Areas
 
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) has expanded three of its SmaRT Ride on-demand microtransit zones to accommodate increased travel demand to key destinations: Franklin – South Sacramento, North Sacramento and Rancho Cordova.
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Second Trillium CNG Refueling Station to Power GCRTA Buses
 
A new, compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station designed by Trillium is to fuel buses for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). Trillium will also maintain the station.
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NJ TRANSIT Approves Order for 334 MCI Commuter Coaches
 
NJ TRANSIT has issued a purchase order for 334 new Motor Coach Industries (MCI) D4500 commuter coaches, in year five of its six-year contract.
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