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October 9, 2020 | An APTA Publication
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Public Transportation Industry Urges Immediate Return to Negotiating Table for COVID-19 Emergency Funding
APTA called on Congress and the Administration this week to return to the negotiating table and work together to provide emergency funding for public transportation as quickly as possible.
“The crisis is worsening, and the industry’s very survival is at stake,” APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said in a press release. “The inability to provide emergency funding blatantly disregards the essential lifeline that public transit plays in our communities. Emergency funding is absolutely necessary to avoid catastrophic decisions that will hurt our riders, our communities and the nation.”
Without at least $32 billion in additional emergency funding, many public transit agencies will soon be forced to cut services and routes for essential workers, as well as furlough frontline workers, leaving communities without service and jobs.
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APTA Urges FEMA to Reverse Decision on COVID-19 Reimbursements for Transit Agencies
This week, APTA sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency urging the agency to reverse its new interim policy, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Work Eligible for Public Assistance, which eliminates the ability of public transit agencies to seek reimbursement for purchasing disinfectants, personal protective equipment and similar COVID-19-related costs.
APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said the “safety and health of essential workers remains the top priority for our industry … Given their enormous budget shortfalls, transit agencies cannot afford a change in policy that burdens them with additional costs related to COVID-19. We strongly urge FEMA to reverse its new interim policy and allow public transit agencies to continue to seek reimbursement for COVID-19-related costs.”
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FTA Announces Grants for Public Transit Agencies
This week, FTA announced several grant awards to help public transit agencies with safety, innovation and revitalization:
All projects are located in designated Opportunity Zones, which were created to revitalize low-income and economically distressed communities; 19 are located in or benefit rural areas, consistent with FTA’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success initiative.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols for transit vehicles, facilities and equipment;
  • Effective exposure mitigation measures;
  • Contactless payment systems and other innovative mobility strategies;
  • Measures that strengthen public confidence in transit service.
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Glaude is Keynote Speaker at APTA’s TRANScend
Eddie_Glaude_1707521.jpgEddie S. Glaude Jr. is the Oct. 22 keynote speaker at APTA’s TRANScend virtual event, where he will talk about equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of African American Studies at Princeton University, and is the author of several important books on African American religion and philosophy.
His most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was published in June 2020. Glaude is also a columnist for Time magazine and a regular contributor on MSNBC.
Glaude will also participate in a TRANScend panel discussion titled “How Can the Industry Put Social and Racial Equity and Inclusion at the Forefront?”
View the program and register today.
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Upcoming APTA Virtual Events
TRANScend: Critical Conversations for the Year Ahead
October 21-22
Connect with your peers and explore perspectives on the six biggest questions for the year ahead and how to rise above current challenges. Topics covered will include the long-term impacts of COVID-19, bringing passengers back, putting equity in the forefront, the changing landscape of cities, policing in a new era and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from thought leaders and exchange ideas! Learn more and register.
APTA Mid-Year Safety and Security Seminar /
TRB National Transit Safety and Security Conference
November 17-18
APTA’s Mid-Year Safety and Security Seminar will be held with TRB’s National Transit Safety and Security Conference. The event will include presentations on successful outcomes and lessons learned from safety and security policy and procedure modifications and technology pilots and deployments. It will also include presentations on actionable one-world transit and passenger rail safety and security research findings. Learn more and register.

In Case You Missed It
Missed APTA’s 2020 Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop? Purchase access to on-demand content and learn techniques that increase efficiency, resiliency and integration. Hear from industry thought-leaders on topics related to service planning and scheduling in response to COVID-19, sustainable capital programming, equity in transit service planning and delivery, facilities planning, clean bus technologies, and route design and service planning for enhanced mobility. Learn more.
APTA’s webinars are archived and available to the public transit industry. Please click here to access APTA’s library of recordings and videos to keep informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Through ballot measures this November, some voters will decide if they’re willing to pay more taxes for public transit after COVID-19.
Without immediate federal cash, more than three million households and 1.4 million workplaces will lose access to public transit—and black, brown and low-income city residents will bear the brunt.
Fare-free public transit has long been widespread in Europe, but the idea has rarely been considered in the U.S. Until recently, that is.
The Ontario government has announced that all of GO Transit buses and 50 per cent of its trains will be offering free Wi-Fi to passengers.
A historic Phoenix streetcar thought to have been lost in a 1947 barn fire has resurfaced.
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