PT Express 07-23-2021
July 23, 2021 | An APTA Publication
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Tell Senators to Provide Public Transit with at Least 20 Percent of Guaranteed Funding from Highway Trust Fund
The U.S. Senate continues to negotiate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and the Surface Transportation Authorization bill. Although the bipartisan group of 22 senators has resolved many issues, neither the bipartisan group nor Senate Banking Committee leaders have reached agreement on public transit authorization issues. Read APTA's latest Legislative Alert for more.
With negotiations ongoing through the weekend, APTA calls upon its members to urge their senators to provide public transit with at least 20 percent of guaranteed funding from the Highway Trust Fund in the Surface Transportation Authorization bill. Contact senators at 202-224-3121. View APTA’s Talking Points.
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America’s Open & Transit’s Open!
Join FTA’s listening session series and National Transit Renewal Summit on best practices to increase ridership as America’s Open & Transit’s Open! In the first session, July 30, transit leaders, transit advocacy groups (including APTA) and leaders of national equity organizations will highlight strategies to encourage riders to get on board. All times Eastern:
  • Listening Session 1: July 30, 2:00-3:30 p.m. This session will focus on best practices to renew ridership. Register here.
  • Listening Session 2: Aug. 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m. This session will focus on how improvements in safety can build public confidence in transit. Register here.
  • Listening Session 3: Aug. 13, 2:00-3:30 p.m. This session will explore ways to increase ridership with a focus on building community partnerships. Register here.
  • National Transit Renewal Summit: Aug. 20, 11:00 a.m. Register here.
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Register for APTA / FTA Measuring GHG Emissions Webinar
FTA’s Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge encourages public transit agencies to develop climate action strategies with measurable goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to support President Biden’s climate goals.
Join APTA and FTA in a webinar, July 27, 3:30 p.m. Eastern, to learn about tools and resources for measuring GHG emissions. Practitioners will discuss strategies to measure their agencies’ GHG emissions and how they quantify results and outcomes. The event is free, but registration is required.
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APTA Chair to Host Proterra CEO
The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), Moline, IL, will host Jack Allen, chairman and CEO of Proterra, July 26. Allen will meet with Jeff Nelson, MetroLINK general manager and APTA chair, and other members of the MetroLINK team. Allen will also tour the MetroLINK facility and discuss the future of electric bus infrastructure, including the agency’s electric vehicle expansion. Read more in the July 30 issue of Passenger Transport.
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Announcing RFI on Transit Safety Concerns
FTA has announced a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from public transit agencies and their riders to help identify high-priority safety concerns to help better assess and mitigate them.
“Safety is our highest priority, and we want to hear from our public transportation partners and the public about their transit safety concerns, especially as ridership increases on public transportation,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.
FTA expanded its safety oversight capabilities in 2019 when it established an internal Safety Risk Management (SRM) process to identify, assess, mitigate and monitor safety concerns impacting the public transit industry. The SRM process helps FTA determine effective and appropriate risk mitigations, such as technical assistance or regulatory responses, to support transit agencies in cultivating safer environments for their workers and riders.
The RFI closes Aug. 16. FTA will host a webinar to discuss the RFI July 26, 1:00-1:30 Eastern.
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FTA Publishes RFI on CIG Program
FTA has published a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input from the public on improvements that could be made to the evaluation process for projects seeking funding from the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.
Public transit stakeholder input is critically important in identifying evaluation measures and data sources that can better capture the benefits and costs of transit and how the CIG program can facilitate outcomes that maximize those benefits for the transit community. Comments should be submitted by Oct. 13.
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PTASP Webinar: Safety Event Investigation in an SMS
FTA is continuing its webinar series to provide technical assistance to public transit agencies on the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation (49 CFR Part 673).
This webinar, July 28, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, will provide sample approaches to investigating safety events in a Safety Management System (SMS) and public transit agency speakers will share experiences and answer questions.
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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 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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APTA’s Return to In-Person Events
Join your peers as APTA welcomes attendees to the association's first in-person events in 19 months! APTA is co-locating a wide array of workshops and seminars, Oct. 3-6, Philadelphia, PA.
APTAtech, Oct. 3-6, explores how the public can use technology to better navigate public transit, including fare payment, connected and autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, Mobility-as-a-Service, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and more. This event will provide a perspective on the nexus of mobility and technology and address ways in which technology is prompting a monumental paradigm shift for transit. Learn more and register.
The Marketing & Communications Workshop, Oct. 3-6, focuses on all aspects of public transportation marketing and communications, including media relations, customer service, social media, ridership initiatives and best practices. All those involved in marketing, communications, media relations, advertising, social media, planning, research, service development and customer service should attend. Learn more and register.
The Sustainability & Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop, Oct. 3-6, will provide techniques for increasing efficiency, resiliency and integration. Hear from industry thought-leaders and engage in discussions on service planning and scheduling in response to COVID-19, sustainable capital programming, equity in transit service planning, facilities planning, clean bus technologies, route design for enhanced mobility and more. Learn more and register.
The Transit Board Members & Board Administrators Seminars, Oct. 3-5, offer an opportunity for public transit board members and administrators to come together for policy discussions, professional development and networking. Sessions focus on best practices in governance and creating sound policies, including national and regional legislative issues, advocacy, safety and security, transit innovations and mobility management. Transit Board Members learn more and register here. Board Administrators learn more and register here.
More information and registration details for the Risk Management Seminar and Mid-Year Safety Seminar, both Oct. 3-6 in Philadelphia, are coming soon.
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.
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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