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January 20, 2023 | An APTA Publication
FTA Launches Phase 2 of Sustainable Transit for Healthy Planet Challenge
FTA has launched the second phase of its Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Climate Challenge and encourages public transit agencies to participate to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from public transportation.
FTA seeks to increase participation in the challenge by 25 percent to support President Biden’s GHG reduction goals. During phase 1, launched in April 2022, 171 agencies signed up, with 76 agencies submitting plans outlining strategies to reduce GHG emissions. Plans included converting fleets to electric, making facilities more energy efficient and generating power through renewable energy sources.
Agencies of all sizes are welcome, and new or existing sustainability, climate action, electrification or zero-emission transition plans are accepted. Participants can receive technical assistance in developing plans and strategies. Plans submitted by March 1 are eligible for recognition during FTA’s Earth Day celebratory event.
APTA Webinar Addresses Climate Resiliency in Public Transportation
APTA’s Next Practices for Addressing Climate Resiliency in Public Transportation webinar,  Feb. 7, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, will examine forward-looking planning and practices to address public transit system vulnerabilities associated with the increased frequency of extreme heat, rising sea levels, storm surge, high winds, flooding, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes. Register here.
Accepting Applications for APTA's 2023 Safety and Security Awards
Introducing New Category!
APTA is accepting applications through March 6 for its Bus and Paratransit Safety and Security Awards (large, medium and small agencies) and April 10 for its Rail Safety and Security Awards (commuter, heavy, light rail and streetcar). This year marks the introduction of a new Emergency Management category for both bus and rail!
Bus award winners will be announced at APTA’s 2023 Mobility Conference April 23-26 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more and submit nominations here. Rail award winners will be announced at APTA’s 2023 Rail Conference June 11-14 in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more and submit nominations here. Previous award winners can be viewed on these web pages.
For questions, contact Brian Alberts (Safety Awards) at, Polly Hanson (Security Awards) at and Brian Heanue (Safety and Security Awards) at
New CEO Named
Sheryl Adams, GRTC
GRTC Sheryl AdamsThe Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), VA, has named Sheryl Adams as its new chief executive officer, making her the first black woman to lead the agency. She has been serving in the role on an interim basis since Julie Timm left last year to lead Sound Transit in Seattle, WA. Adams has been with GRTC for 24 years and has led various departments, including operations, safety and training.
Adrienne Torres, chief of development, will be promoted to chief of staff and assist Adams with chartering the agency into a new course of leadership. Torres came to GRTC in 2014 and most recently oversaw the planning and scheduling, marketing and communications, and information systems of the agency, and RideFinders, the central Virginia rideshare arm.
FRA Hosts Multi-Modal Grade Crossing Safety Webinar
FRA is hosting a Multi-Modal Grade Crossing Safety Webinar Jan. 23, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern. Updates on grade crossing safety will be provided, including field efforts, work of USDOT’s Safety Action Team and FRA and Federal Highway Administration funding opportunities.
Register for FTA PTASP Webinar
FTA’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Webinar: Making the Most of Your Employee Safety Reporting Program (ESRP), Jan. 24, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Eastern, will provide an overview of ESRPs and feature public transit leaders’ experiences with implementing and promoting their ESRPs. Registrants may submit questions for the panel during the registration process.
This webinar is part of a series of FTA technical assistance webinars to provide support to transit agencies on PTASP regulation (49 CFR part 673) requirements.
FTA Publishes New Crash Management Report
The Crash Energy Management for Heavy Rail Vehicles, Light Rail Vehicles, and Streetcars research report presents background research and analysis on needs and gaps for new standards related to transit crashworthiness, the ability of a transit vehicle to protect occupants during a collision, and crash energy management—a performance-based technique that is used to improve passenger safety.
Access this and other FTA research reports here.
In Memoriam
Lawrence Edmund Miller, BC Transit, RPTA, Gannett Fleming
Larry MillerLawrence Edmund Miller, born, Oct. 1, 1947, in St. Catharines, ON, died Jan. 11 in Gilbert, AZ.
Upon completing a degree in geography at Brock University in St. Catherines, Miller began his long career in urban and regional planning, working for the City of St. Catharines and the Surrey, BC, planning departments.
Miller then went to work for BC Transit, ultimately becoming general manager and chief executive officer in 1979. In 1986, he was appointed the first CEO of the Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) in Phoenix, AZ. In 1990, he joined Gannett Fleming Inc. in Seattle as vice-president, transit and railroads, where he consulted on transit projects around the world until his retirement in 2013.
For APTA, Miller had been a member of the Business Member Board of Governors and had served on the Business Member Technology and Legislative committees, among others.
2023 APTA Events
APTA's 2023 Calendar of Conferences
Each of APTA's events for 2023 provides a mix of education, professional and technical training, and networking. The meetings also serve as an incomparable marketing tool for industry manufacturers, suppliers and consulting firms by bringing them together with current and potential customers. Save the dates for these not-to-be-missed industry events:
Business Members Annual Meeting
Jan. 24-27, Honolulu, HI
(Register here)
Marketing & Communications
Feb. 26-March 1, Las Vegas, NV
(Register here)
Legislative Conference
March 12-14, Washington, DC
(Register here)
High-Speed Rail Seminar
March 15, Washington, DC
(Register here)
Legal Affairs Seminar
April 2-4, Portland, OR
Mobility Conference
April 23-26, Minneapolis, MN
Transit CEOs Seminar
May 19-21, Houston, TX
Rail Conference
June 11-14, Pittsburgh, PA
(Express an interest in speaking. Deadline TODAY)
Transit Board Members & Board Administrators Seminar
July 15-18, Birmingham, AL
Sustainability/Operations Planning
& Scheduling Workshop
July 30-Aug. 2, Anaheim, CA
July 30-Aug. 2, Anaheim, CA
TRANSform Conference & EXPO
Oct. 8-11, Orlando, FL
(Learn more)
The zero-fare public transit movement is picking up momentum.
Houston Metro launches homeless team to tackle rising issues along routes.
Memphis Area Transit Authority is to provide childcare benefits to employees.
California campuses try to lower college costs with free transit.
Bay Area teens travel using only mass transit, and always get home on time.
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