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Human Trafficking

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SWTA Provides Customized Training for You!

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Latest News

Public transportation becoming a vital component here

March 24th, 2015

​Editorial to two-part series.

Many from community rely on KATS as invaluable transit service

March 24th, 2015

The final in a two-part series.

ON THE GO Transit systems a boon for many

March 24th, 2015

First in a two-part series on public transportation.


March 9th, 2015

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has awarded the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) as the (Fiscal Year) 2014 Section 5311 Transit System of the Year.

Presentations: SWTA & NMTA Annual Conference & EXPO

March 9th, 2015

​Did you gain valuable information from the Freedom Through Transit conference? Download presentations that were shared with us to review your learning and share with your colleagues.

FY 2015 Apportionments and Allocations Now Available

February 17th, 2015

FTA has now published its Fiscal Year 2015 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information.

#StuckInTraffic:5 Reasons, in 140 Characters or Less, Why Congress Should Support the Highway Trust

February 17th, 2015

A tweet fest, led by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, broke out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, February 11. It was a show of bipartisan support for arriving at a solution to fund America’s aging transportation infrastructure, and the idea of a tweet fest on this subject—#StuckInTraffic—makes sense for several reasons.

GAO Seeks Participants for a Study on Transit Bus Procurement

February 4th, 2015

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress, is conducting a study on issues related to transit bus procurement.

Basic Transportation Needs Fund Reaches Ridership Milestone of 1 Million Trips

February 4th, 2015

Capital Metro and its partners One Voice Central Texas and the Austin Community Foundation today announced an important milestone in public transportation: the Basic Transportation Needs Fund (BTNF), which provides greater transportation access to low-income, transit dependent individuals, has seen over 1 million boardings since it launched in July 2012.

Tulsa Transit to Offer Discounted Fares to All Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans

February 4th, 2015

The Tulsa City Council and Tulsa Transit are honored to announce half and discounted fares on Fixed Route and Nightline buses for all active duty military personnel and veterans who show a Tulsa Transit Military Reduced Fare Photo ID Card beginning Thursday, Jan. 29.

Secretary King on Sales Tax

January 26th, 2015

KDOT secretary warns against seizing sales tax dedicated to roads. Agency works to retain sales tax earmark amid deficits.

Updates from FTA’s Tribal Transit Program Discretionary Funding Webinar

January 26th, 2015

During the recent Federal Transit Administration Tribal Transit Program Discretionary Funding Webinar last week, the FTA highlighted some important information about the program’s future.

CATA Board Votes to Rebrand as Rock Region Metro

January 22nd, 2015

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) board of directors voted on January 20th to take the steps necessary to rename CATA as the Rock Region Metropolitan Transit Authority and rebrand the fleet color scheme and design. The transition of the name and design will occur in late summer of this year.

Responses to Question: Passenger Assaults on Bus Operator

January 15th, 2015

SWTA had a request from a transit agency to get ideas about how to handle a problem - “We have a fixed route passenger who assaults bus operators who try to secure her wheelchair.”

Seeking Nominations: SWTA Legislator of the Year

January 14th, 2015

Last year we honored US Congressman and Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). Many thanks to Dallas Area Rapid Transit for their nomination and assistance in presenting the award to Chairman Sesssions.

Call for Nominations

January 14th, 2015

Seeking Nominations for the 2015 SWTA Board of Directors.
Do you have someone truly inspiring on your staff or your business team who would enthusiastically serve on the SWTA Board?

Get Your Super Bowl XLIX Game Plan Ready with Valley Metro’s Special Service

January 14th, 2015

Your guide to enhanced light rail and bus service for Super Bowl XLIX events.

Super Bowl XLIX festivities kick off around the Valley beginning January 24, 2015. Make Valley Metro part of your game plan with special Super Bowl service. Valley Metro will provide a direct connection to all the Super Bowl action with enhanced bus and rail service on game days and for Verizon Super Bowl Central.

VIA to be Recognized for Response to Wedgwood Apartment Fire

January 14th, 2015

The City Council of Castle Hills recognized VIA Metropolitan Transit for assisting with the evacuation efforts at the recent fire at the Wedgwood Apartments.

Human Traffick Awareness Month - Ads for Public Transportation

January 9th, 2015

DART created these advertisements to be used for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Show off your access!

January 8th, 2015

Has your property gone beyond the minimum requirements of the ADA to provide accessible bus stops/stations or rail stations that enhance independence or integration of riders? Then, Show off your access! And enter our 2015 Contest.

Manager’s Corner: Best Practices for Hiring Bus Operators During a Statewide Shortage of CDL Driver

December 22nd, 2014

The ability of a transit system being positioned to identify and modify the traditional practices for attracting and hiring Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) bus operators is key to any public transit system. The intent of these recommendations is to provide basic guide lines, implemented by our Human Resources, which will help other systems in maintaining the fully qualified bus operators at the appropriate level, regardless of the location the system provides transit services.

The following Best Practices have been developed and implemented to assist the LATS Operations Department in meeting the required number of bus operators to provide the services expected by those individuals living and visiting our community.

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

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.

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