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The Capital Area Rural Transportation System will celebrate Earth Day 2017 by offering Free Rides on all CARTS services Friday, April 21st.
VIA’s new buses are red on the outside and ‘green’ on the inside
EMBARK is making SmartMoves by adding compressed natural gas buses to the fleet and encouraging the public to take steps to reduce emissions.
Hub location could reduce travel time, increase access to health care
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
All buses in the region will run on CNG within 5 years
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crews were on scene of a bus fire and explosion at Ozark Regional Transit in Springdale, AR.
Every semester, area students can save money, study for class, and surf the web with a $38 VIA Semester Pass. The convenience and savings are now available to students enrolled in area trade schools.
Oklahoma City’s progress with public transit has attracted new investment in compressed natural gas (CNG). The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) announced that EMBARK will receive nearly $2 million to purchase new CNG buses.
SAN ANTONIO (Texas) — The average driver would take more than 80 years to accumulate a million miles of driving. A VIA bus operator can do it in about 12 ½ years.
Ken was a good friend to SWTA, transportation, and specifically transit. He loved his job and servin
GONE WEST: Ken Montoya, the irrepressible legislative director for Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), passed away earlier this week after a short battle with cancer.
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 Included
A brief tutorial that will take the mystery out of submitting comments and give you a voice in the Federal government.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Federal Transit Administration sent this bulletin at 05/12/2015 12:42 PM EDT
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.
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”).
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
Legislative Alert from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Legislative Alert for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
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.
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.
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.
Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) introduced a new plan Friday (December 12, 2014) to pay for highway improvements through fresh revenues from offshore income.