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Latest News

Comedy in Transit Josh Blue Unplugged

February 9th, 2016

As funny as he is, he’s also frank. He centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He aims to break down stereotypes one laugh at time.

VIA Board Elects 2016 Officers

January 29th, 2016

The VIA Metropolitan Transit Board of Trustees elected two officers at their Jan. 26, 2016 meeting: Stephen P. Allison as the vice chair and Lester Bryant as the secretary.

Louisville Weather Emergency

January 21st, 2016

Severe weather may impact shipments from MCI’s Louisville parts distribution center.

NAIPTA named a Silver Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM by the League of American Bicyclists

December 21st, 2015

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 1,090 visionary businesses from across the country.

DCTA: Signed One-Year Contract for Demand-Response Transit Services

December 3rd, 2015

The City of Frisco and Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) have signed a one-year agreement for DCTA to provide curb-to-curb demand-response transit service for eligible passengers for trips originating within Frisco’s incorporated limits to destinations located in Frisco, McKinney and Allen. Terms of the contract include one year of service with an optional one-year extension upon approval by the City of Frisco and DCTA.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit: Adding New Buses to Fleet

December 2nd, 2015

Mountain Metropolitan Transit has received six new fixed-route buses. Four of the buses will replace aging, high-mileage buses and two buses are additions, bringing the total fixed-route fleet to 45. The buses will be put into service by year-end following a final inspection and licensing.

DBE Reports are Due!

November 30th, 2015

Semi-annual DBE reports are still due by December 1, 2015

VIA: Centro Plaza Celebrated in Dedication Ceremony

November 25th, 2015

VIA Metropolitan Transit, the region’s public transportation provider, held a dedication event on Friday, November 20, to mark the completion of Centro Plaza at VIA Villa, the agency’s newest transit hub. The ceremony included the recitation of an original poem by 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, Ph.D.

Topeka: Remember Rosa Parks

November 25th, 2015

A 2 minute video sharing about our Remember Rosa events in Topeka.

Capital Metro Receives National Recognition for Enhancing the Rider Experience

November 25th, 2015

Capital Metro’s innovative use of technology and the creation of unique maps and other materials that make riding even easier, have resulted in several recent award wins and other high-profile acknowledgments for the agency.

Former FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff, New CEO for Sound Transit

November 19th, 2015

Sound Transit board will vote Thursday to make Peter Rogoff, former head of the Federal Transit Administration, its new chief executive officer.

Honoring the Sacrifice of Veterans

November 11th, 2015

Many Thanks to our Veterans

YCAT: 4th Annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive

November 5th, 2015

Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) and Yuma Community Food Bank will partner on holding the 4th Stuff the Bus food drive to drive away hunger in Yuma County. Starting on Monday, November 9, 2015 through Saturday, December 19, 2015, any time someone brings a non-perishable food donation on board a Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) bus, a free ride would be provided.

City of Jonesboro: Grand Opening, JET Regional Transfer Center

November 4th, 2015

​City of Jonesboro, AR is now using the recently completed JET Regional Transfer Center.

OKC Transit Gets Smarter

October 15th, 2015

EMBARK Adds Wi-Fi to Buses and Launches Open Data Portal

Star Transit: Joins National Celebration, Customer Service Week

October 12th, 2015

STAR Transit joined hundreds of companies in recognizing their customer service teams during Customer Service Week which took place October 5 – 9, 2015. STAR Transit partnered with to celebrate the contributions of customer service professionals worldwide.

EMBARK: Scroggins Honored in National Top 40 List

October 12th, 2015

Mass Transit Honors Professionals Who Have Contributed to the Transit Industry

Capital Metro Creates New “Urban Adventures” to Explore on MetroRapid

October 12th, 2015

As part of a new initiative to help fight congestion on city streets, and create awareness and appeal for taking transit,Capital Metro has created five “urban adventures” people can take using MetroRapid to some of Austin’s hottest locales.

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution - Federal Government to Stay Open

September 30th, 2015

​CR allows Federal Government to stay open through December 11, 2015

Topeka Metro hopes to bring Topekans together with new Rosa Parks bus

September 24th, 2015

A Topeka Metro bus was getting a makeover Monday in an effort to bring Topekans together.

SWTA Press Release: Spotlight Award Winner for Transit Marketing Excellence

September 23rd, 2015

The South West Transit Association (SWTA) announced its 26TH Annual Spotlight Award winners during the Transit Marketing Workshop held at Beaver Run Conference Center, Breckenridge, Colorado.

VIA: Honored by City of San Antonio for Promoting Healthy Eating Habits

September 23rd, 2015

he Mayor’s Fitness Council has recognized VIA Metropolitan Transit with a second place award in the Veg Out SA! Employer-Based Challenge. This city-wide competition encouraged local employers to promote healthier foods at their worksites.

Agreement Reached Between Sun Tran and Teamsters

September 23rd, 2015

Sun Tran officials and Teamsters Local 104 have settled a new contract. Union members ratified the contract this evening.

Cottonwood Area Transit Will Be Changing Fare Structure beginning October 1st

September 17th, 2015

Cottonwood Area Transit Will Be Changing Fare Structure beginning October 1, To Provide Reduced Fares For Veterans

Tulsa Transit: The Loop

September 3rd, 2015

Tulsa Transit took a retired 2004 35’ transit bus and gave it a complete makeover inside and out. The exterior looks like a space ship and the interior is a mobile disco with laser lights and big sound system.

VIA: Expands WiFi Connections

September 1st, 2015

Becomes First Large Public Transportation Provider In the Nation to Offer WiFi Throughout Its Fleet and Facilities

Capital Metro: Building Next Generation App with High-Tech Transit Tools

September 1st, 2015

Capital Metro announced Tuesday, September 1, that it will launch an enhanced version of its successful mobile app by mid-2016 that will give riders more advanced and integrated tools to plan their trips. The agency is partnering on the effort with Bytemark, Inc., which developed the CapMetro mobile ticketing app.

Phoenix, Arizona: Celebrating a WIN for Transportation

August 26th, 2015

Phoenix voters cast a vote for their city’s future today by saying yes to a transportation plan that will expand their light rail system and bus service, improve streets, create more bike lanes, decrease congestion and pollution and boost economic development.

FTA: Announces Proposed Rule to Establish New Safety Program for Transit Industry

August 25th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a proposed rule to establish a Public Transportation Safety Program under FTA’s new safety oversight authority established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The proposed rule would create an overall framework for FTA to monitor, oversee and enforce safety in the public transit industry, and is based on the principles and practices of Safety Management Systems (SMS).

VIA: Touchable art displayed in celebration of the ADA

August 25th, 2015

As a public transportation company, VIA Metropolitan Transit’s business is all about providing the community with an efficient, reliable, and cost-effective service. In July and August 2015, VIA also provided connections to a new world of art appreciation by focusing on a multi-sensory experience unlike any other. Enter “The Color of Blind.”

VIA: Donates Fans to Project Cool

August 25th, 2015

With temperatures anticipated to hit 100 degrees next week, the heat shows no signs of subsiding. In order to help ensure our residents stay cool, employees of VIA Metropolitan Transit are contributing 20” box fans to support the City’s San Antonio Fire Department’s (SAFD) Project Cool.

Valley Metro CEO Named to International Public Transportation Policy Board

August 11th, 2015

Stephen Banta, chief executive officer of Valley Metro, has been selected to represent the United States and North America in a leadership position for a prominent international public transportation association.

Bus Shelters at No Charge from The City of Santa Fe

August 7th, 2015

​The City of Santa Fe - Transit Division has some shelters available at no charge for anyone interested. Pictures of Shelters below.

Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

August 3rd, 2015

See how the SWTA Nation celebrated.

In Memory of John Valerio

July 20th, 2015

The Division of Transit & Rail at CDOT is sad to announce the passing of John Valerio at the age of 50. John died peacefully in the presence of loved ones at the Denver Hospice Center, on June 28, 2015, following a lengthy illness.

National RTAP: Oversized Wheeled Mobility Devices Technical Brief

July 20th, 2015

New National RTAP Tech Brief Evaluates Some Strategies on How to Safely Secure and Transport Passengers with Large and/or Heavy Wheeled Mobility Devices. National RTAP’s newest technical brief, Oversized Wheeled Mobility Devices, gives you the information you need to be informed about the ADA requirements related to large and/or heavy wheelchairs and the revised ADA wheelchair definition.

This new resource from National RTAP includes recommended strategies and resources that can help rural and tribal transit agencies to safely secure and transport passengers with very large and/or heavy wheeled mobility devices or when the combined weight of the passenger and chair exceeds the rated lift.

The T Appoints Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance

July 20th, 2015

Monica C. Fowler was appointed T Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance on July 1, 2015. Previously she was Assistant Vice President of Finance for the T. She oversees all financial activities including budgeting, financial planning, investments, and general accounting for The T.

Sunlink: Celebrates First Anniversary

July 14th, 2015

On Saturday, July 25, Sun Link will celebrate one year in service. In celebration of the streetcar’s first anniversary, Friends of Tucson Streetcar, Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Electric Power will sponsor free rides on Sun Link.

VIA Vice President Receives United Way Volunteer of the Year Award

July 7th, 2015

The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has presented the Corporate-Individual Volunteer of the Year award to Marcus Peoples, VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Vice President of Human Resources, for his volunteerism throughout the community and his efforts to raise funds for the charitable organization.

The SWTA Nation Celebrates National Dump the Pump Day

June 30th, 2015

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.

Do you have a story to share? Please send to Elise Snoddy (

Agencies across the SWTA Nation celebrated national Dump the Pump Day. See quotes from across the region:

Black River Area Development Public Transit Celebrating 40th Anniversary

June 26th, 2015

​In 1975, Black River Area Development Corporation started a Public Transportation Program to provide bus services to the public in Randolph, Clay and Lawrence counties. This program received National Model Project recognition. Public Transit’s funding to provide these services comes through the Federal Transit Administration and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. BRAD consistently strives for outstanding passenger safety and drivers are trained and updated regularly on the latest in transit safety issues. The bus facility, located at 1610 Old County Road, has been improved and updated over the last few years to ensure buses are in excellence operating condition.

Core Values: Why American Companies are Moving Downtown

June 19th, 2015

Hundreds of companies across the United States are moving to and investing in walkable downtown locations. As job migration shifts towards cities and as commercial real estate values climb in these places, a vanguard of American companies are building and expanding in walkable downtown neighborhoods.

SWTA Training Menu

June 18th, 2015

​Training options available to transit agencies targeted toward people within the SWTA Nation.

APTA Sponsored Dump the Pump Day

June 18th, 2015

​How are you participating in Dump the Pump Day? Share your success stories with SWTA (

Transportation and Arizona

May 19th, 2015

In 2009, the 94th Arizona Town Hall on Transportation recognized that transportation in its most elemental form involves the movement of people and goods from one place to another. The transportation systems of today are interwoven with the fundamental characteristics of our modern society into something far more complex and multifaceted. These systems affect and are affected by our lifestyles, health, families, jobs, education, housing, economy, and the environment.

AzTA Board Appoints New Executive Director

May 12th, 2015

The Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) Board of Directors appointed Becky Miller as the Association’s new Executive Director yesterday at the Board’s monthly meeting. Katrina Heineking, President of AzTA, speaking after the meeting said, “We are extremely proud to promote Becky to the position of Executive Director. She has been with the Association since 2005, and has been integral to the growth and influence of our organization. We are very excited about the future of AzTA under her leadership.”

Ozark Regional Transit gets compressed natural gas buses

May 12th, 2015

The authority recently invested in four buses that operate on compressed natural gas, said Joel Gardner, executive director. The transit agency received the buses last week.

CARTS VMC Grand Opening

May 7th, 2015
“Thank you to everyone who came out to support CARTS at our Grand Opening Ceremony for the 1st Phase of the Lee Dildy Operations Complex, the Vehicle Maintenance Center. We were so happy to have you there. We would also like to send a special thanks to those who participated in our program and to our project partners.”

ABQ Ride Drivers: You’ve Come a Long Way

April 22nd, 2015

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.

Stand Up 4 Transportation: Phoenix

April 22nd, 2015

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 Celebrates 30 Years Of Service

April 22nd, 2015

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.

FTA State of Good Repair Roundtable June 3, 2015

April 17th, 2015

The Fifth FTA State of Good Repair Roundtable meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, on June 3, 2015.

See How SWTA Celebrated Stand Up 4 Transportation Day

April 13th, 2015

Stand Up 4 Transportation:
SWTA Nation Scrapbook

Stand Up 4 Transportation: RTD

April 13th, 2015

Colorado governor has officially proclaimed April 9 as Stand Up for Transportation day.

Stand Up 4 Transportation: NCRTD

April 13th, 2015

​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.

Stand Up 4 Transportation: Valley Metro

April 13th, 2015

​Governor Doug Ducey Declared April 9th Stand Up 4 Transportation Day in Arizona

Stand Up 4 Transportation: VIA Metropolitan Transit

April 8th, 2015

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.

Stand Up 4 Transportation: Colorado Springs

April 7th, 2015

Event in Colorado Springs to focus on addressing transportation needs and highlight upcoming signature projects

Stand Up 4 Transportation: Los Alamos County

April 7th, 2015


Advocacy Makeover Online Training Sessions and Resources

April 7th, 2015

​Resources for telling your transit story, talking with elected officials, getting the appointment and more with confidence and professionalism.

The T Appoints Vice President of Operations and Maintenance

April 6th, 2015

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.

Stand Up 4 Transportation: YCAT

April 6th, 2015

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.

Stand Up 4 Transportation: Cottonwood Area Transit

March 31st, 2015

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.

Capital Metro Hits Record-Breaking Ridership During SXSW

March 30th, 2015

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 on the Move

March 30th, 2015

Poetry to Grace VIA Buses Throughout National Poetry Month

Measuring What We Value

March 30th, 2015

Setting Priorities and Evaluating Sucess in Transportation

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

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Upcoming Events

NMTA Annual Conference

Apr 2 – Apr 5
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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2016 AzTA/ADOT Annual Conference

Apr 10 – Apr 12
High Country Conference Center
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TTA Annual Conference

Apr 22 – Apr 26
Waco, Texas
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CASTA Spring Conference

May 10 – May 13
Pueblo, Colorado
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APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference

May 15 – May 18
Charlotte, North Carolina
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May 22 – May 27
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SWTA Maintenance Directors Forum

Jul 21 – Jul 22
Little Rock, AR
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KPTA Transit Midwest 4 State Conference

Aug 14 – Aug 16
Kansas City, Missouri
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SWTA Community Mobility Workshop

Aug 21 – Aug 23
Denver, CO
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SWTA Transit Marketing Workshop

Sep 25 – Sep 27
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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ATA Public Transportation Conference

Oct 10 – Oct 12
Rogers, Arkansas
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