ABQ RIDE may be celebrating a golden anniversary in 2015, but the department’s roots actually go back 87 years. That’s when the department’s forerunner, the privately-owned Albuquerque Bus Company first began service. On Jan. 1, 1928, buses that only days before had been plying the streets of Casper, Wyoming were now providing Albuquerque with regular bus service.
Governor Doug Ducey proclaims April 9 as Stand Up 4 Transportation Day in Arizona. Arizona is part of a national movement that emphasizes the critical need of federal dollars for local transportation projects.
Capital Metro is celebrating 30 years of service to Austin and surrounding communities around Central Texas this year. Founded in July 1985, the agency has led the way in bringing better transit options and mobility to the rapidly growing region through its partnerships with the city, community and other transportation providers, and also through its pursuit, and wins, of tens of millions of dollars in state and federal funds that have allowed it to expand service offering to the public.
The Fifth FTA State of Good Repair Roundtable meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, on June 3, 2015.
Stand Up 4 Transportation:
SWTA Nation Scrapbook
Colorado governor has officially proclaimed April 9 as Stand Up for Transportation day.
The North Central Regional Transit District joined more than 240 organizations and community groups throughout the U.S. to call for action as expiration of the Federal Transportation Bill approaches on May 31.
Governor Doug Ducey Declared April 9th Stand Up 4 Transportation Day in Arizona
VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio will co-host “Stand Up for Transportation Day,” a national event to call attention to the importance of infrastructure investment and the need for a long-term federal transportation reauthorization. The City of San Antonio, SAMCo, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will join VIA in hosting “Stand Up for Transportation Day.” With the future of funding for America’s public transportation, highways, and bridges on the line, transportation and community leaders from across the country will unite the voices of 260 participating organizations in communities across the country to focus on the importance of passing a long-term, federal transportation bill.
Event in Colorado Springs to focus on addressing transportation needs and highlight upcoming signature projects
Resources for telling your transit story, talking with elected officials, getting the appointment and more with confidence and professionalism.
Shawn M. Donaghy has been appointed Vice President of Operations and Maintenance of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) to direct and coordinate The T’s day-to-day Bus Operations, Mobility Impaired Services (MITS), Maintenance and Security functions. He will report to The T’s President Paul Ballard.
April 9, 2015 is Stand Up 4 Transportation Day. The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) and transit systems nationwide are strongly urging the U.S. Congress to enact a new multi-year authorization bill that provides dedicated funding and ensures the future growth of the federal transit program.
Communities Across the Nation Unite to Emphasize Need for Long-term Investment in U.S. Transportation Infrastructure before Expiration of Federal Transportation Bill on May 31.
After ten days of extended service to accommodate the estimated 70,000 in attendance for SXSW 2015, Capital Metro reports it had record-breaking ridership on its buses and trains from March 13-22.
Poetry to Grace VIA Buses Throughout National Poetry Month
Setting Priorities and Evaluating Sucess in Transportation
Editorial to two-part series.
The final in a two-part series.
First in a two-part series on public transportation.
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.
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.
FTA has now published its Fiscal Year 2015 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KDOT secretary warns against seizing sales tax dedicated to roads. Agency works to retain sales tax earmark amid deficits.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
The City Council of Castle Hills recognized VIA Metropolitan Transit for assisting with the evacuation efforts at the recent fire at the Wedgwood Apartments.
DART created these advertisements to be used for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
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.
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.
OSU is the only educational organization named as one of four Green Power Partners of the Year
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.
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.
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.
Mayor Barrone named to represent the Town
Who Should Attend: Anyone providing or considering providing public transportation options on tribal lands.
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.
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.
First four cars meant for service on FasTracks Airport Line, three other new lines, will be brought into Union Station on Friday
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.
Transit Initiatives within the SWTA Region.
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.
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
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 prepares to remove buses from fleet - they are available for sale.
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.
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 is publishing two important safety messages to update stakeholders on the status of our efforts to implement our new safety regulatory authority.
FTA has published final guidance on the application of a provision of MAP-21 regarding corridor preservation for future transit projects.
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.
A new class of post-9/11 military veterans has begun making a name for itself on Capitol Hill.
Agency offers opportunities for growth to the veteran community
SWTA honors American Veterans. They are our Defenders of Freedom
Open letter RE: Procurement Practices: Improvements to Faulty Bid Processes Could Avoid Tragedies
An Introduction to the Federal Transit Administration
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, was honored as one of Phoenix’s Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal at awards dinner May 29.
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.
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!
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.
City Commission passes a proclamation designating Saturday, March 15 as Driver Appreciation Day in Brownsville, Texas
ABQ RIDE Honors Transit Employees
Bus drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.
Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Highway and Transit Projects.
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.
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”.
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.
ALL ABOARD FOR SATURDAY RAIL ROLL-OUT
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!
The Safety and Transit Asset Management is found in the October 3, 2013 issue of the Federal Register and is required by MAP-21.
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
ABQ RIDE: “Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand…”
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.
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.
U.S. DOT Hosts Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Listening Session
National Association of Manufacturers survey finds the majority say U.S. infrastructure in poor condition and huring competitiveness
“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.
A-Train ridership continues to grow and the Denton County Transportation Authority (Texas) celebrates surpassing the 1M+ passengers milestone on September 25, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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