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EMBARK Selects Streetcar Operator

June 5th, 2017

EMBARK’s Board of Trustees awarded a contract Friday with Herzog Transit Services, Inc. for the start-up, operation and maintenance of the seven-vehicle Oklahoma City Streetcar system that’s expected to begin passenger service in late 2018. The $131 million MAPS 3 project started construction in January.

Developing Adaptive Survival Skills for Life

May 20th, 2017

Standing on the curb in Brooklyn, New York with 20 other Suits trying to get to LaGuardia airport, can be a lesson in adaptive survival.

LATS Celebrating 15 Years of Service

May 2nd, 2017

After 15 years of service in Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) is looking to give back to its employees and the community.

NMDOT Awards NCRTD With $1.02 Million Transportation Alternatives Program Grant

April 28th, 2017

​The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has been awarded $1.02 million dollars from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) for its ADA Transition Plan under the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to modify RTD bus stops and facilities to bring them into ADA compliance.

CARTS Free Rides Friday, April 21, 2017

April 20th, 2017

The Capital Area Rural Transportation System will celebrate Earth Day 2017 by offering Free Rides on all CARTS services Friday, April 21st.

VIA Debuts New CNG Fleet that’s Red on the Outside, ‘Green’ on the Inside

April 20th, 2017

VIA’s new buses are red on the outside and ‘green’ on the inside

EMBARK Offers Free Bus & Spokies Rides for Earth Day

April 20th, 2017

EMBARK is making SmartMoves by adding compressed natural gas buses to the fleet and encouraging the public to take steps to reduce emissions.

CATS Board of Commissioners Approves Purchase of Land for North Baton Rouge Hub from LSU

April 19th, 2017

Hub location could reduce travel time, increase access to health care

It’s almost goTime! VIA’s goMobile app launches summer 2017

April 18th, 2017

VIA Metropolitan Transit’s new mobile app will change the game for riders by putting convenient planning and purchasing power in the palm of their hand.

Gary Thomas, DART/SWTA Board President, Testifies Before Subcommittee on Federal Funding Needs

April 6th, 2017

DART is one of many public transit agencies that has projects in the federal funding pipeline. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives wanted to know how Capital Investment Grants (CIG) will advance these transit projects.

Congressman Ed Perlmutter Named South West Transit Association Legislator of the Year

March 21st, 2017

South West Transit Association (SWTA) honored U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) with the organization’s 2017 Legislator of the Year Award. Even on a cold snowy morning more than 50 transit leaders from across SWTA’s eight-state region braved winter storm Stella to attended the ceremony and breakfast.

RTD ‘Blue Buses’ Designated as ‘Safe Places’ to Help Victimized Youth

March 20th, 2017

Launch Coincides with National Safe Place Week: Starting today, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), RTD “Blue Buses,” will provide northern New Mexico victimized youth with a fleet of safe places to help connect them to life-changing resources through its participation in the national “Safe Place” program and in partnership with Taos-based DreamTree Project.

COMTO Honors Women Leaders in Transportation at Annual Awards

March 15th, 2017

Congratulation! Terry Solis, former SWTA Board member, earns the prestigious COMTO Women Leaders in Public Transportation Award for Advocacy. Terry has been a wonderful advocate for public transportation and an enthusiastic partner/promoter of SWTA. We are thrilled that others have honored her efforts!

VIA Fleet Transformation on Route to a Clearer Future

March 15th, 2017

All buses in the region will run on CNG within 5 years

Valley Metro: In the Driver’s Seat

March 10th, 2017

In honor of the National Transit Driver Appreciation Day on March 18, Valley Metro has produced the following feature to spotlight their hard-working operators and maintainers. They will be featuring them with posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram March 12-18.

DCTA: Inks Deal for New North Texas Xpress Park and Ride Location

March 8th, 2017

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) has finalized an agreement with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton to open a new park and ride location at the hospital for the North Texas Xpress service. The new Denton Park and Ride location will open to the general public Monday, March 6.

Capital Metro Documents its Riders

January 27th, 2017

One common barrier to taking transit in Central Texas is the misconception that “people like me don’t ride.To counteract this perception, Capital Metro, the Austin area’s transit agency, recently teamed up with some of the city’s most talented photographers and filmmakers to bring the stories and transit experiences of some of its riders to life. Over the past year, the 15 artists interviewed and captured on film riders on board buses and trains, and at stops and stations. Some of the artists were driven by the distinctive characters they encountered, others by conversations that led to compelling stories.

Sad news for all Jesse Broussard passed away this week

January 27th, 2017

We informed the SWTA Nation two weeks ago that Jess Broussard, USSC and friend of the SWTA Nation, suffered critical injuries in a car accident in Houston. On Wedesday afternoon, January 25, Jesse’s family informed us that he passed away peacefully. The family has released the following information so that all can help honor Jesse’s life.

New USDOT Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Reveals America’s $926B Infrastructure Need

January 18th, 2017

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure, “2015 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance,” confirms that more investment is needed not only to maintain the nation’s highway and transit systems but to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog.

Ozark Regional Transit: Fire Destroys 20+ Buesses

January 16th, 2017

Crews were on scene of a bus fire and explosion at Ozark Regional Transit in Springdale, AR.

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Latest Legislation


Congress Passes Continuing Resolution

September 26th, 2016

By a vote of 72-26, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (CR; H.R. 5325) that funds federal government programs through December 9 at Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 levels. The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 342-85. The President is expected to sign the bill before the new FY 2017 began on October 1.

SWTA’s Docket Submission to FTA’s NPRM Transit Agency Safety Plans

April 6th, 2016

SWTA’s Docket Submission Included

Take the Mystery Out of Submitting Comments to the FTA Docket

April 4th, 2016

A brief tutorial that will take the mystery out of submitting comments and give you a voice in the Federal government.

President Signs FAST Act Into Law

December 5th, 2015

President Obama signed into law the FAST Act(Fixing America’s Surface Transportation), H.R. 22. There was no ceremony and no fanfare - just a simple statement from the White House that the President had signed the bill (which followed a presidential statement from earlier yesterday morning saying that the bill was “not perfect, but it is a commonsense compromise, and an important first step in the right direction”). The text of the enrolled bill as signed into law is here.

Capital Bus Investment Sorely Underfunded, Pick-Up Your Phone

November 2nd, 2015

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization Reform (STRR) Act is the House answer to a long-term transportation funding bill. This week the House Rules Committee will consider amendments to the bill. This is your opportunity to provide information that will help the House make the right decision about Capital Bus Investment.

SWTA Sends Letter on Behalf of Membership to Key Congressional Committee Staff Leaders

June 22nd, 2015

This letter is being sent on behalf of the 182 public transportation providers, businesses and members of the South West Transit Association, from the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

APTA Alert: House Passes FY 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill

June 15th, 2015

Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives finished floor debate and passed, by a vote of 216- 210, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill. The House voted on the first series of amendments to the bill last week, and completed amendments before voting for final passage late Tuesday night (June 9, 2015).

APTA Alert: Senate Passes Short-Term Authorization Extension

May 27th, 2015

Early Saturday morning the Senate passed H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 by voice vote. This legislation extends the MAP-21 authorization from May 31 through July 31. The bill has now passed both chambers of Congress and is expected to be signed by the President this week.

Mayor of Oklahoma Stands Up for Transit in OpEd to NY Times

May 14th, 2015

EVERY day, millions of Americans rely on a remarkable network of roads, bridges, subways, trains and buses to connect us to work, school and opportunity. But our transportation system, once the envy of the world, is in jeopardy.

In New York City, subways and buses are overcrowded and often unreliable, and roadways and bridges are in dire need of repair and rehabilitation. From the next phase of the Second Avenue subway to plans to connect the Metro-North Railroad to Pennsylvania Station, to the proposed new subway line under Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, there isn’t a short- or long-term expansion project that isn’t dependent on federal funding.

Letter to Transit Industry about Surface Transportation Lapse

May 12th, 2015

Federal Transit Administration sent this bulletin at 05/12/2015 12:42 PM EDT

House Committee on Appropriations Releases the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill

April 29th, 2015

On Tuesday morning, 4/28, the House Committee on Appropriations released the draft Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. This bill is scheduled to be brought before the THUD Subcommittee Wednesday morning for a markup. The measure appropriates discretionary spending totaling $55.3 billion, which is $1.5 billion above FY 2015 level, but $9.7 billion below the President’s budget request. With reduced offsets, however, the bill represents an actual increase of only $25 million above the current level.

Legislative Alert: U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx Releases Revised GROW AMERICA Act

April 6th, 2015

By: APTA

On Monday, March 30th, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled a revised version of the GROW AMERICA Act, the Administration’s proposal for a multi-year surface transportation bill. As newly proposed, the GROW AMERICA Act would authorize a strong funding level of $478 billion over six years (as opposed to $302 billion over four years authorized in the previous version). As in the previous version, the Administration recommends that highway, transit, and passenger rail programs be funded through a restructured Transportation Trust Fund. Funding for that Trust Fund would be a combination of current Highway Trust Fund revenue supplemented by a 14 percent transition tax on the approximate $2 trillion of foreign earnings that U.S. companies have accumulated overseas (“repatriation”).

FY 2015 Apportionments and Allocations Now Available

March 24th, 2015

FTA has now published its Fiscal Year 2015 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, providing funding for FTA’s programs as authorized by MAP-21, pursuant to the FY 2015 Appropriations Act. For FTA’s formula assistance programs, the amounts apportioned are approximately 8/12th or $5.722 billion in contract authority at this time. The notice and apportionment tables are available at: http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/12853.html

Appropriations Hearing on Administration Budget

March 23rd, 2015

​Legislative Alert from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Second Surface Transportation Hearing Held by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

March 23rd, 2015

Legislative Alert for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Obama Signs $1.1 Trillion Government Spending BillSummaryofBills

December 18th, 2014

The 114th Congress has been working to wrap up this year with a series of end-of-year bills. Some of those directly affect public transportation. A quick summary of two of those bills is provided.

Budget compromise keeps highways and transit steady, cuts TIGER

December 18th, 2014

The $1.01 trillion spending agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday (December 9, 2014) night freezes highway spending at $40 billion while avoiding the big cuts to transit projects in the House proposal.

Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure

December 18th, 2014

The following is a script of “Falling Apart” which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. James Jacoby, Michael Karzis and Maria Gavrilovic, producers.

House Democrat Introduces Tax Reform Bill

December 18th, 2014

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) introduced a new plan Friday (December 12, 2014) to pay for highway improvements through fresh revenues from offshore income.

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Upcoming Events


Community Mobility Workshop, SWTA

Jul 25 – Jul 26
Dallas, TX
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Transit Law Seminar, SWTA

Jul 27 – Jul 28
Dallas, TX
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Transit Marketing Workshop, SWTA

Jul 27 – Jul 28
Dallas, TX
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KPTA: Annual Meeting & EXPO

Aug 14 – Aug 16
Garden City, Kansas
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CASTA: CASTA/CDOT Fall Transit Conference & EXPO

Sep 19 – Sep 23
Mountain Village (Telluride), Colorado
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ATA: Arkansas Public Transportation Conference

Oct 2 – Oct 3
Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, North Little Rock, AR
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APTA: 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO

Oct 8 – Oct 11
Atlanta, GA
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