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Freedom Through Transit: Annual Conference & EXPO

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2014 SWTA Nation Theme

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SWTA serves eight great states!

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Human Trafficking

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Supervisor's Training 101

SWTA Provides Customized Training for You!

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Latest News

Procurement Low Bid Process Helpful or Harmful?

August 27th, 2014
Open letter RE: Procurement Practices: Improvements to Faulty Bid Processes Could Avoid Tragedies

FTA 101

August 22nd, 2014
An Introduction to the Federal Transit Administration

Bi-Partisan Plan the Raise the Gas Tax to fund Highway Trust Fund

June 18th, 2014
The Murphy-Corker plan would raise the gas tax by 12 cents over the next two years, raising $164 billion over the next decade and covering the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund.

Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO and SWTA Vice President, Named a 2014 Phoenix Most Admired Leader

May 30th, 2014
Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO, was honored as one of Phoenix’s Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal at awards dinner May 29.

Downtown Denver and RTD Welcome New Union Station Transit Center

May 12th, 2014
Big. Bold. Modern. Transit.
Service began at Union Station Bus Concourse in Denver, on May 11. Riders will enjoy a bright, bold and spacious new bus facility with easy connections to light rail, the Free MallRide and future commuter rail.

DOT Warns of Transit Phishing Scam

April 25th, 2014
You may receive a fax or other communication from the "DOT Office of Procurement" asking you to complete a form and fax it to them. DO NOT respond to this request!

SWTA Announces 2014 Summer Learning Buffet

March 26th, 2014
Summer opportunities for hands-on, interactive, learning with peers and tailored for transit CEO's, GM's, Managers, staff, General Counsel, transit board members and more.

Brownsville Metro Celebrates Their Drivers

March 18th, 2014
City Commission passes a proclamation designating Saturday, March 15 as Driver Appreciation Day in Brownsville, Texas

Because You Rock, We Roll - ABQ Ride

March 18th, 2014
ABQ RIDE Honors Transit Employees

YCIPTA reminds us how Important Transit Drivers Really Are

March 18th, 2014
Bus drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.

Phil Washington and James Bass Testify Before the Transportation & Infrastructure Special Committee

March 6th, 2014
Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Highway and Transit Projects.

T & I Committee Holds First Hearing January 14

January 15th, 2014
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on "Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization, was held January 14, 2014. Gov Mary Fallon, Oklahoma was a witness.

LONO Program Deployed by FTA - Funds Available

January 9th, 2014
In today’s Federal Register, the Federal Transit Administration has announced the availability of $24.9M (FY 2013 funds) for the
new Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program “LoNo”.

Secretary Foxx gets closer look at San Antonio streetcar plan

January 8th, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, By Vianna Davila : January 7, 2014 — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited San Antonio on Tuesday where local officials gave him a briefing on the plans for a 5.9-mile downtown streetcar system.

Houston METRO Rolling out North/Red Line!

December 23rd, 2013

METRO is inviting the public to get on board for the Saturday, Dec. 21 grand opening of the new 5.3-mile North/Red Line!

Its Here! FTA’s Safety Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM):

October 24th, 2013
The Safety and Transit Asset Management is found in the October 3, 2013 issue of the Federal Register and is required by MAP-21.

FTA Publishes Proposed Formula Grants for Rural Areas Circular, Solicits Comments

October 24th, 2013
The FTA recently published a Notice Of Availability Of Proposed Circular And Request For Comments on Formula Grants for Rural Areas. Comments due November 25, 2013

The Bewitching Hour Comes to the Alvarado Transportation Center Oct. 25

October 24th, 2013
ABQ RIDE: “Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand…”

The T’s board elects 2014 officers

October 21st, 2013
At its monthly meeting on October 21, the board of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) re-elected Scott Mahaffey, president and CEO of Cohn & Gregory, Inc. as chair of The T’s board of directors for Fiscal Year 2014.

Rebecca Young-Montgomery appointed The T’s Assistant VP of Government Relations

October 21st, 2013
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has announced the appointment of Rebecca Young-Montgomery as Assistant Vice President for Government Relations. Montgomery fills the position previously held by Shawna Russell who accepted a position with the Texas Transit Institute.

Register by October 2 for October 9 U.S. DOT Public Listening Session!

September 25th, 2013
U.S. DOT Hosts Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Listening Session

Nationwide Survey Shows Need for Critical Infrastructure Investments

September 25th, 2013
National Association of Manufacturers survey finds the majority say U.S. infrastructure in poor condition and huring competitiveness

ABQ RIDE Constructs and Displays Albuquerque’s Latest Parklet

September 25th, 2013
"Parking spaces are meant for cars." That’s been the prevailing wisdom among drivers and city planners for years. But now, ABQ RIDE is helping Albuquerque join a growing movement to turn some urban parking spaces in the city into parklets; aesthetically-pleasing mini-parks with such things as greenery or art and seating for people.

DCTA Celebrating 1M+          A-Train Riders Today!

September 25th, 2013
A-Train ridership continues to grow and the Denton County Transportation Authority (Texas) celebrates surpassing the 1M+ passengers milestone on September 25, 2013.

Rick Cain, METRO Transit, Oklahoma City, Meets U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

August 30th, 2013
U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx makes first trip to Oklahoma. Rick Cain, METRO Transit, was selected to participate in the August 30 state transportation leaders meeting.

A White House Invitation

July 29th, 2013

APTA Names Phillip A. Washington, RTD GM and CEO, Outstanding Public Transportation Manager

July 29th, 2013
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced that Regional Transportation District (RTD) General Manager and CEO Phillip A. Washington has been selected for the Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award. This prestigious award honors a public transportation manager who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry.

Senate Moves Transportation Bill Foward - $10B difference between the Senate and House Bill

July 23rd, 2013
The Senate voted to move forward with a $54 billion transportation spending bill Tuesday, 7/23/13, in a 73-26 vote that split upper chamber Republicans.
Nineteen Republican senators voted in favor of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill, even though it would spend significantly more that a $44 billion House bill.


July 10th, 2013
The VIA Metropolitan Transit Board of Trustees has selected Jeffrey Arndt as the agency’s new president and chief executive officer. Arndt has been VIA’s interim president/CEO since the previous holder of the position, Keith Parker, left last November to head up the transit agency in Atlanta, Georgia. The decision to promote Arndt was announced following a special meeting of the Board held June 25, 2013.

Phil Washington, General Manager RTD - Denver, Named to Eno Board of Directors

June 26th, 2013
Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Seattle, and Phil Washington, General Manager of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, was appointed to the Eno Center for Transportation’s Board of Directors on June 6. Eno Chairman Lillian Borrone made the announcement at the organization’s annual Leadership Development Conference fundraising dinner.

VIA Metropolitan Transit Launches Smartphone App

June 12th, 2013
VIA Metropolitan Transit Launches a Mobile Application for Smartphones

Brownsville, McAllen, South Padre Island

June 12th, 2013
Brownsville, McAllen & South Padre Put Money Together to Provide Texas Transportation Options

New Orleans RTA

June 12th, 2013
New Orleans RTA may run the Algiers, Chalmette ferries under bill passed by Louisiana House

APTA Survey

June 12th, 2013
APTA Survey Reveals Growing Support for Public Transportation

Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (RVAAC)

June 4th, 2013
SWTA recently appointed to Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (RVAAC)

Revised Title VI Circular

June 4th, 2013

Bosses for Buses Report

June 4th, 2013
Employers Support Public Transportation


May 22nd, 2013
Bike-Sharing program is the first in the U.S. to be launched by a transit agency

SWART -  Uvalde, Texas

May 22nd, 2013
SWART, Uvalde, Texas, is proud to announce the celebration of its First Anniversary as a standalone rural public transportation system.

Oklahoma City METRO Transit

May 22nd, 2013
Oklahoma City METRO Transit Seeks Public Input on System Improvement Proposals

Capital Metro

May 22nd, 2013
Vice President of Internal Audit Caroline Beyer has been named Internal Auditor of the Year by the Austin Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Santa Fe Art Meets Public Transit

May 22nd, 2013
The City of Santa Fe's Transit bus shelters will be undergoing a transformation effective mid-May.

VIA Metropolitan Transit

May 22nd, 2013
VIA honored the winners of its Youth Art Contest at an awards luncheon held on Wednesday, May 15.

Topeka Transit

May 22nd, 2013
Topeka Transit On Track to be Under FY13 Budget

Wichita Transit

May 22nd, 2013
Wichita Transit is continuing its upgrade of the city's bus fleet, with plans to purchase 10 more new buses.

Public Transportation: Lifeline for Older Adults in Rural America

May 22nd, 2013
More than 8 million adults aged 65+ do not drive, an increase of more than 1 million between 2001 and 2009.

OKC Metro Employees Lose Everything in Moore Tornado

May 22nd, 2013
Help OKC Employees Impacted by Moore Tornado

FTA Funding & Resource Announcements

May 22nd, 2013
See Recent FTA Funding Announcements and Clarifications

Human Trafficking

May 6th, 2013
Public Transportation's Role: RECOGNIZE, ASK, REPORT

RTD Opens West Light Rail Line

April 26th, 2013
RTD's long-awaited West light-rail line officially opened on Friday, April 26, 2013. The newly minted West light rail line was hailed Friday as a huge step forward in linking the entire Denver metro area through mass transit.

TAPS Adds Seventh County Crossing State Lines

April 26th, 2013
On April 22, Collin County, Texas Commissioners Court voted unanimously to designate TAPS Public Transit as its provider of transportation services for unurbanized areas of the county.

City Ponders Leasing Airport to Raise Rail Cash

April 26th, 2013
Austin could lease its airport to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for urban rail under a proposal that Mayor Lee Leffingwell and top city officials have been quietly exploring for more than six months.

New Mexico Rail Runner Asks Riders and Non Riders for Feedback

April 26th, 2013
For the first time since implementing annual Customer Service Satisfaction Surveys, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express are expanding their target audience to include non-riders as well as regular riders of the train.

88-year Colorado Resident Can’t Wait for New Rail

April 26th, 2013
Nettie Moore, 88, remembers when the trolley was a lifeline. Only one family had a car in her Utica Street neighborhood, and children would save their pennies to ride to Golden to picnic or climb the steep hillsides.

FTA Releases Circular on Urban Formula

April 26th, 2013
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site, proposed guidance, in the form of a circular, to assist recipients in their implementation of the section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program.

FTA Releases New Tiger 5 Grant Application

April 26th, 2013
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of $474 million for a fifth round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program to fund surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

RTD Hits a Big WIN

April 9th, 2013
The Regional Transportation District's "Workforce Initiative Now"(WIN) program (Denver, CO), the first of its kind in the country, aims to connect contractors working on RTD's projects, such as the FasTracks regional transit system, with job seekers who may not otherwise be considered for an open position.

Getting America To Work

April 9th, 2013
Transportation leaders from across the country met in Washington, DC to kickoff the Getting America to Work (GATW) coalition. The coalition of transit agencies, councils of government, environmental groups, labor and business organizations is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to funding America's transit infrastructure and the $78 billion spending backlog needed to bring the country's transit systems into a state of good repair.

SWTA on YouTube - AGAIN!

March 26th, 2013

SWTA Recognizes U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma

March 26th, 2013
South West Transit Association (SWTA) honored U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., with the organization's 2013 Legislator of the Year Award. Upon receiving the award Cole remarked, "Public transportation is not just about moving people, but about enhancing and changing lives."

A New Perspective

March 26th, 2013

Steve Banta Valley Metro Recognized

March 11th, 2013
Valley Metro CEO, Steve Banta, Receives WTS Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award.

MAP21 - SWTA is Listening! - UPDATE

March 11th, 2013
Excellent Updates on MAP-21 Included Here!

Sequestration Amounts Reported by APTA

March 11th, 2013
President Obama issued an order to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to begin the process of sequestering the Federal budget. OMB subsequently released a report to Congress outlining the final sequester numbers. APTA has created a chart that shows the sequester amount, and adds Fiscal Year 2012 enacted figures, as well as percentages.

FTA Continues MPO National Online Dialogue

March 11th, 2013
The Federal Transit Agency's ongoing National Online Dialogue is now accepting comments from stakeholders

FTA’s Audio Webinar on New Categorical Exclusions

March 11th, 2013
The most recent audio webinar produced by FTA has been recorded. So, in case you missed it, please follow the link below to hear the webinar. You can also access the recording at the FTA Planning and Environment/NEPA page.

Loyola Streetcar a winner for New Orleans

February 26th, 2013
The new mile-long Loyola Avenue-Union Passenger Terminal Streetcar Line connects Canal Street with the Central Business District and important tourist destinations such as the Superdome.

Wichita Falls Transit Oriented Development

February 26th, 2013
John Burrus, Wichita Falls, explains how the FTA grants could help Wichita Falls grow economically.

Denton County’s DCTA sees a 42% increase in A-train ridership.

February 26th, 2013
DCTA recently released first-quarter ridership numbers and shows overall growth for the agency,

CBS reports on CATS Baton Rouge.

February 26th, 2013
Big Brother? Bus surveillance spurs privacy debate.

Roaring Fork is constructing 13 new bus stations!

February 26th, 2013
RFTA is promoting fast, fun and frequent service. It's new stations are aesthetically pleasing to encourage choice riders to increase usage.

OVIPT - Operation Veterans in Public Transportation is SWTA’s new veterans program.

February 26th, 2013
SWTA introduces the three main components of the OVIPT Program. Click here to find out more!

SWTA’s Position on Transit Operating Assistance

November 5th, 2012
I​n an effort to ease the strain of the lack of funding for many struggling transit agencies, the South West Transit Association (SWTA) Board met on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 to discuss the merits of providing federal operating assistance for small and large urban agencies who do not currently have the flexibility of using federal funding for operations.

2013 SWTA Annual Conference & EXPO

October 22nd, 2012
Put it on your calendars and start saving your nickels….the 33rd Annual Conference and EXPO is coming!

MAP-21 Dear Colleague Letter from Administrator Peter Rogoff

July 19th, 2012
Letter from Administrator Peter Rogoff

Community Mobility Workshop Sept 19-20, 2012 in Corpus Christi

July 18th, 2012
Community Mobility Workshop

2012 Transit Marketing Workshop & Spotlight Awards, Sept 17-19, Corpus Christi

July 9th, 2012
2012 Transit Marketing Workshop and Spotlight Awards

Protected: Presentations: Transit Law Seminar

June 21st, 2012
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Opening DOORS – DBE/SBE Opportunity from FTA and SWTA, June 19, 2012

May 1st, 2012
Join us June 19, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri for a half day session designed to connect successful DBE and SBE companies to potential contractors.

Effective Transit Supervior Workshop

April 4th, 2012
SWTA Effective Transit Supervisor Workshop
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Upcoming Events

ENO free webinar: Getting to the Route of It: The Role of Governance in Regional Transit

Oct 29
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT (1:00 - 2:00 Central time/12:00-1:00 Mountain)
Online webinar FREE
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Oklahoma Transit Association Winter Meeting

Feb 4 – Feb 6
Oklahoma City, OK
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SWTA & NMTA Joint Annual Conference & EXPO

Mar 1 – Mar 4
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Community Transportation EXPO 2015

May 31 – Jun 5
Tampa, Florida
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