Upcoming Webinars
TransitCenter – September 9, 4:00 pm ET
In July, TransitCenter released the Safety for All report. The report summarizes research on the safety concerns faced by transit riders and operators, and the spectrum of approaches transit agencies can take to address them. As agencies pursue transit safety reforms, they are looking to each other for concrete examples on which to base their new programs. Agencies will also need to form partnerships with city agencies and non-profit organizations to implement programs that reduce homelessness, address mental health, and increase affordability in order to tackle the root causes of unsafe conditions on transit. Join TransitCenter for a conversation on a spectrum of approaches that transit agencies can take to address safety concerns.
National RTAP – September 14, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar, presented by Ken Hosen of KFH Group, will provide guidance on how to evaluate the appropriate service design for your area and will cover some best practices in service design and planning of fixed (or flex) route design as well as on-demand or microtransit services which can be attractive in small cities.

Aspen Institute - September 15, 1:00 pm ET
This event will focus on what companies can accomplish when they pursue improving the financial health and resilience of workers. Senior executives from companies who have tackled a range of issues as they work to build employee financial wellness will discuss how they came to prioritize the issue, some of the surprises and challenges encountered, and lessons that others can build on. Join us for an engaging, timely, and important discussion on how we can work together to build worker financial health and resilience.
Mineta Transportation Institute - September 16, 1:00 pm ET
The trucking industry transports goods essential to our everyday lives. In recent years, the industry has faced workforce dilemmas such as driver shortages and high turnover—and supply chain issues stemming from the pandemic only amplify these problems. How can we ensure this important workforce remains functional and efficient? How does trucking fit into the future of transportation? This webinar explores truck driver recruitment and retention as well as other broader industry trends. Check it out to find out how trucking reflects a constantly changing society.
APTAU – September 16, 3:00 pm ET
What does it mean to design a workforce development program and strategy with a social and racial equity lens? How are transit organizations integrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DEI) practices into their own workforce programs and policies? Join this panel of experts to discuss new and evolving practices to recruit, develop, promote, retain and advance a more robust and diverse workforce. Gain insight into efforts being undertaken to increase recruitment diversity, inclusive employee engagement and job mobility and succession planning practices, including effective models of mentoring, coaching and sponsorship

UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies – September 30, 3:30 pm ET
COVID-19 has exacerbated trends of increasing transit ridership and increasing costs that existed before the pandemic. What changes will be short-lived? Which may change transit for the longer term?
Public Transportation
Government Technology - September 1, 2021
During the summer, the transit system of New Orleans reduced fares and released new products like specially priced senior and youth passes. Meanwhile, Miami is ready to implement a new bus network focused on increasing access to jobs. These are just two examples of public transit taking steps to not only recover from the crippling effects of the pandemic but to also emerge more relevant than ever.
Mass Transit – August 17, 2021
First and foremost, the future station will need to reflect a fundamental human-centric shift that focuses on the well-being of passengers, the public and those of the surrounding community. This includes accommodating a range of needs across generations and diverse cultures with inclusive station design strategies, such as incorporating resting places, moving walkways and intuitive wayfinding. Incorporating green landscaping in public areas and utilizing natural light wherever possible will become increasingly important to provide healthy, restorative spaces while contributing to sustainability goals.
Government Technology – September, 2021
The pandemic has surfaced big-picture conversations around the future of transit and its larger role in urban life as a mechanism for delivering greater equity, economic vitality and sustainability, given transit’s role as a stopgap against the worst effects of climate change.
COVID's Impact on Transit
FTA – September 7, 2021
FTA is calling on transit leaders to share this information with employees, and to do all you can to encourage vaccination among your workforces. Some agencies have provided paid time off to receive the vaccine, cash awards, or gift cards to motivate employees to get vaccinated.
Transit System/Partners
St. Louis Dispatch – September 2, 2021
The signing bonus for MetroBus drivers and MetroLink operators is one of several actions Metro plans amid driver shortages that have also hit area schools.
Metro won approval from its board last month to begin offering incentive pay. The system also said Thursday that employees can earn a $1,000 referral incentive if someone they recommend is hired for a key position.
Railway Technology - September 2, 2021
Sound Transit has commenced full simulated service on the Northgate Link segment just before its opening, which is scheduled for 2 October this year. Moving forward, all Link trains will continue to operate without riders from University of Washington Station to Northgate. The trains will run every eight minutes in each direction along the elevated lines during rush hours.
Intelligent Transport - September 1, 2021
Earlier this year, the authority introduced its Safety, Security, and Fare Enforcement (SaFE) initiative to reimagine safety and security by reforming and restructuring its security and fare enforcement policies and practices. “At Metro, we acknowledge the historic negative relationship of law enforcement with many of our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community members and we are committed to centering equity, public safety, and the voices of those most impacted by systemic racism in all of our work,” said Terry White, General Manager of King County Metro.
The Philadelphia Inquirer – September 7, 2021
The agency plans a redo of the system’s maps and signs with the aim of making wayfinding images easier to see and understand quickly. Lines will be denoted by capital letters and color badges instead of pictographs of rail vehicles over colored backgrounds. Planners propose keeping the hues historically associated with them, such as orange for the Broad Street Line, blue for the Market-Frankford Line (the El), and green for trolley routes.
International Transit News
ING – September 1, 2021
Public transport volumes are showing signs of recovery across Europe as lockdowns ease. France and Germany are already close to pre-Covid levels but the Netherlands and the UK are still seeing significantly fewer travelers. These economies, in particular, have big services sectors where hybrid working and less commuting are part of the new normal.
Bloomberg – September 1, 2021
The Moscow metro system, which carries more riders than the New York subway, is about to roll out a facial recognition system that will let people pay with a glance, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday, citing the mayor of the Russian capital. More than 15,000 people have signed up for the FacePay program in a matter of weeks and, given its popularity, the metro will allow contact-free payment at all of its stations starting Oct. 15, the state news service reported Mayor Sergei Sobyanin as saying at a conference. 
Workforce Development
The Hill – August 30, 2021
The U.S. has added more than 200,000 new apprentices every year for the past three years. Even with declines caused by the economic crisis and COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the federal Registered Apprenticeship program still posted its third-highest gains in its 84-year history. Apprenticeships can provide critical on-the-job training for a generation of workers who have been displaced by the pandemic and need to retool for new occupations and industries. But while the model has proven to be remarkably adaptable to the evolving demands of the new economy, it has lagged in its efforts to similarly evolve to reflect the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce. To fully realize the model’s potential, we must create a more purposeful approach to inclusive apprenticeship — one that seeks to right historic wrongs in workforce opportunity.
Safety & Health
The Conversation - September 2, 2021
It is not necessarily a problem just for coastal cities. Ida, for example, left havoc across the entire interior of the eastern United States. But, of course, many major metros – from London to Amsterdam to Marseilles to New York – have been built next to major rivers or on the coast. This makes them vulnerable to excess water through rising tides or heavy rain. In the latest case in New York, it was from above, but the flooding from Sandy came from coastal surge.
Green News
Streetsblog – August 31, 2021
Both federal and state goals assume the long-term viability of New York’s iconic subway system. But that’s no sure thing. The pandemic has pummeled subway ridership; even now, having rebounded significantly since last spring, fewer than half as many people ride each day as two years ago. No matter whether former riders are working from home or driving to work, the MTA, which operates the subway, is starved of cash just the same. At the moment, federal aid is closing the MTA budget deficit, but it will widen to a multibillion dollar chasm once aid expires in a couple of short years.
People & Tech
Streetsblog – September 6, 2021
Voiceover text from Dodge Charger ad:
“[Menacing male voice] We don’t have to worry about predators like our ancestors did.
No saber tooth tigers stalking from the brush. No dire wolves circling the camp. There are no more monsters to fear… And so we have to build our own.”
International Transportation Learning Center