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Freedom Through Transit: Annual Conference & EXPO

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DART, a proud SWTA member.

SWTA serves eight great states!

SWTA is a regional public transportation association representing Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Find out more ››

Human Trafficking

Public Transportation's Role: RECOGNIZE, ASK and REPORT Find out more ››
SWTA honoring our veterans.

Veterans Resources

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SWTA customized training.

SWTA Provides Customized Training for You!

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Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

APTA Campaign

Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows - Emphasizing our ability to transform communities and the lives of the people living there by highlighting transportation's role. Find out more ››

Latest News

Apple, Google, and OSU?

December 17th, 2014
OSU is the only educational organization named as one of four Green Power Partners of the Year

Manager’s Corner: Professional Communication is Good Business

December 11th, 2014
Communication: From a perspective antagonistic toward social media.

WARNING: The opinions expressed here are mine, not yours.

For the very first time in my life, I am putting to paper the acronyms: LOL, OMG, BFF and IDK.

RTD Celebrated Student Art Contest - My World. My Art. My RTD

December 10th, 2014
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in partnership with the Aurora and Cherry Creek school districts will be celebrating the grand prize winners of the “I Heart My RTD” student art contest by unveiling their artwork on the sides of a 40-foot RTD bus at two celebratory events at the winning schools.

ABQ Ride Celebrating its 50th Annual Luminaria Tour

December 10th, 2014
For 50 years, ABQ RIDE has been making Christmastime memories with its annual Luminaria Tour. The then, newly-formed Albuquerque Transit System first began its Christmas Eve tour for city residents in 1965, to help cut down on cars going through the Country Club neighborhoods. For 50 cents, tour goers were bussed from the old City Auditorium in Downtown (where Heart Hospital now stands) to luminaria-adorned neighborhoods.

NCRTD Welcomes the Town of Taos

December 5th, 2014
Mayor Barrone named to represent the Town

Advocacy 101 Makeover Contest

December 5th, 2014
Warning! This contest may make you a Transit Advocate Superstar!

How many times have you heard, “Tell your story. Tell what you do, why you do it and what happens if you don’t do it” and you think……

SWTA & NMTA Joint Annual Conference & EXPO - Tribal Transit Mini Conference Details

December 4th, 2014
Who Should Attend: Anyone providing or considering providing public transportation options on tribal lands.

Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

November 26th, 2014
Communities are our most important networks. They’re not just spots on a map, or collections of random people. Communities are places where people share common connections with each other. Our choices on where to live, work, learn, meet, and play grow with the connections we create. And with strong connections come economic opportunities and vibrant communities.

Response to Request for RFP

November 21st, 2014
In our last newsletter, a SWTA Member asked you for examples of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to have a Transit Development Plan (TDP) created for their city. Here's what we received.

RTD Commuter Rail Cars Reach Denver

November 21st, 2014
First four cars meant for service on FasTracks Airport Line, three other new lines, will be brought into Union Station on Friday

SWTA & NMTA offer an Exceptional Training to Honor the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

November 19th, 2014
The goal of this course is to teach transit professionals the legal background of ADA and paratransit requirements and will be offered March 3, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A Look at the Recent Elections

November 19th, 2014
Transit Initiatives within the SWTA Region.

VIA SAFE Program

November 19th, 2014
Working together, VIA leaders, our security professionals, and partnering public safety officials are taking immediate steps to enhance ongoing efforts to reflect our concern for the comfort and security of our riders.

DART Takes Action Against Human Trafficking

November 19th, 2014
Beginning with a board member's suggestion in 2013 DART has established a Human Trafficking Task Force that is making efforts to educate. In October they held a meeting to discuss the formation of a coalition. The attendees included: DART, DCTA, TRE, AMTRAK, SWTA, Megabus, Greyhound, Dallas Police Department, Houston Metro, Department of Transportation 911, Children at Risk, New Friends New Life, Dallas Women's Foundation and Mosaic Family Services

Denver Union Station Bus Concourse Awarded Prestigious LEED®  Green Building Certification

November 18th, 2014
The Regional Transportation District has been awarded LEED® Gold certification for the Union Station Bus Concourse. The agency held a plaque dedication today to recognize the achievement. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Topeka Metro is Retiring Buses

November 18th, 2014
Topeka Metro prepares to remove buses from fleet - they are available for sale.

Guide Dog Puppy Club Outing With Colorado Springs Mountain Metropolitan Transit

November 17th, 2014
Leading with Love, the local Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raising club in Colorado Springs, will be conducting their monthly outing on Monday, November 17th. The club, consisting of up to nine guide dog puppies in training, will be riding the Colorado Springs Mountain Metropolitan Transit Route 3 bus to Manitou Springs to walk around, get used to riding the bus, and to do some obedience exercises.

Mass Transit Advocates Seek Tax Break Parity

November 13th, 2014
Unless Congress takes action in the lame-duck session, commuters who use mass transit and van pools will continue to get a smaller tax break than the one available to drivers who get a tax break for employer-provided parking.

FTA Safety Authority & Training Updates

November 12th, 2014
FTA is publishing two important safety messages to update stakeholders on the status of our efforts to implement our new safety regulatory authority.

FTA Guidance on Corridor Preservation

November 12th, 2014
FTA has published final guidance on the application of a provision of MAP-21 regarding corridor preservation for future transit projects.

RTD, Pepsi, Orange Crush and Gatorade team up today

November 11th, 2014
Denver –The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Pepsi, Orange Crush and Gatorade are teaming up to unveil two wrapped light rail trains featuring local NFL players. The trains advertise the sodas Orange Crush and Pepsi, and sports drink Gatorade and feature larger-than-life images of the NFL players. Julius Thomas will be on hand to help reveal the special trains.

The Rise of the New Veterans

November 11th, 2014
A new class of post-9/11 military veterans has begun making a name for itself on Capitol Hill.

RTD Honors Local Veterans

November 11th, 2014
Agency offers opportunities for growth to the veteran community

Veterans: Defenders of Freedom

November 10th, 2014
SWTA honors American Veterans. They are our Defenders of Freedom

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
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Upcoming Events

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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