Latest News & Events

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SWTA Announces 35th Annual Spotlight Awards Winners

July 29th, 2022

2022 Spotlight Awards Winners

New SWTA Board of Directors Officers & Members Elected

March 4th, 2022

​Officers & new members for the 2022-2023 Term

Confirmed 2022 Conference Sponsors, Exhibitors & Vendors

January 11th, 2022

​Companies confirmed as sponsors, exhibitors & vendors at the 2022 SWTA/TTA Joint Annual Conference

The Challenge of COVID Measures for Transit in Border Communities

March 4th, 2021

Transit providers in border communities in the #SWTANation have been responding to meet migrants’ mobility needs for several years; COVID now compounds the challenge.

Gulf Coast Transit District Hires Leadership Staff

December 11th, 2020

GCTD announces Executive Director and Administrative/Finance positions

envida’s Gail Nehls Receives Award for Advocacy in Transportation

November 22nd, 2020

SWTA Nation member Gail Nehls receives The Arc Pikes Peak Region’s Joe Schiappacassee Award

SWTA Launches Next Generation Leaders Group

November 19th, 2020

About SWTA’s Next Generation Leaders Group

SWTA Welcomes Alexandra Aitken, Congratulates Kristen Joyner as CTAA Vice President

November 10th, 2020

SWTA staff announcements and news

2021 Call for Abstracts Now Open

October 8th, 2020

Submit your topic idea for our 2021 Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference

Federal Continuing Resolution Details & Transit Impacts

September 24th, 2020

We’ve prepared a primer on what you need to know about the current Congressional machinations on the budget and how it impacts the SWTA Nation

SWTA Announces 2020 Spotlight Awards Winners

August 27th, 2020

​Six agencies across the SWTA Nation recognized with 2020 Spotlight Awards

COVID 19 Operational Ideas You Can Use

April 13th, 2020

Ideas from the SWTA Nation about how to handle the COVID-19. Please send us your ideas and questions about how to practically practically operationalize this crisis.

Meet Tim Reed New Mexico Rail Runner Express Engineer

March 23rd, 2020

I have the most stressful, frustratingly fun job you could ever have,” says Tim Reed.

Texas transit agencies are still getting front-line responders and low-income Texans to work.

March 23rd, 2020

Society and employment as many urban Texans know them continue changing at breakneck speed as officials move to stem the growing spread of the new coronavirus, but the state’s largest transit agencies are still operating trains and buses.

OK Public Transit Survey for States First Transit Plan

February 23rd, 2020

Reports to the Oklahoma Transportion Commission includes updates on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s ongoing effort to get public input on the state’s first transit plan and future interstate projects in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Important for TRANSIT: Presidential Candidates Forum - Infrastructure, Jobs and Building a Better America

February 14th, 2020

Moving America Forward:

A Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure, Jobs, and Building a Better America

Sunday, February 16, 2-5 PM Pacific (5-8 PM Eastern)

Livestreamed from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas


You can also join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #MovingAmericaForward.

Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking Releases Final Report

July 19th, 2019

On July 2, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking submitted its final report to the Department.

U.S. Department of Transportation Permanently Bans Commercial Drivers Convicted of Human Trafficking

July 19th, 2019

On July 16, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that permanently bans drivers convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for which a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner’s permit is required.

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Latest Legislation

More Than $235 Million for New Buses Across SWTA Nation

August 16th, 2022

Congrats to the 27 recipients of 2022 bus funding!

SWTA Legislative Tracking Center

April 28th, 2022

Receive updates on pending and passed federal legislation impacting public transportation.

SWTA Supports APTA/CTAA Request for FMCSA ELDT Training

January 13th, 2022

SWTA Letter to FMCSA

Recording & Presentation: SWTA’s 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up Party

December 21st, 2021

Recording & Presentation of SWTA’s 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up Party

Fall 2021 Legislation & Policy Presentations

November 18th, 2021

​Presentations by SWTA Executive Director Rich Sampson

SWTA’s 2021-2022 Legislative Priorities

November 8th, 2021

​SWTA’s Legislative Priorities for 2021 – 2022

SWTA Legislative Tracking Update – Sept. 2021

September 29th, 2021

Summary and output report on legislative items currently monitored by SWTA

Transit Details in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

August 5th, 2021

​The latest on transit implications of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.

SWTA Encourages Robust, Balanced Infrastructure Investment in Senate Letter

July 28th, 2021

​SWTA Letter to SWTA Nation Senate Delegation

Details on Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

June 25th, 2021

​Transit-related elements of the deal agreed to by President Biden and 10 members of the Senate

Federal Update – 5.13.21

May 13th, 2021

​Updates from Washington – May 2021

Update on American Jobs Plan for the SWTA Nation

April 22nd, 2021

​FTA Acting Administrator Nuria Fernandez shared initial details of the American Jobs Plan with SWTA Executive Director Rich Sampson.

Background: The Transit Impacts of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

March 31st, 2021

​Analysis of the transit implications of the American Jobs Plan

The Return of Earmarks: Background for Transit Providers

March 18th, 2021

​Learn about the return of earmarking in Congress impacts transit providers

Masks & Additional COVID Relief

February 2nd, 2021

Updates on mask requirements and additional COVID relief funds

Update: COVID 2.0 Relief & FY21 Appropriations Legislation

December 22nd, 2020

Details on COVID 2.0 Relief for Transit & FY21 T-HUD Appropriations

SWTA Supports #SavePublicTransit

December 15th, 2020

We urge Congress to approve additional emergency COVID relief

SWTA’s Post-Election Briefing Memo

November 22nd, 2020

Impacts of the 2020 elections on the SWTA Nation

Likely & Potential Committee Leadership in 117th Congress

November 12th, 2020

List of possible & likely Committee chairs

SWTA Shares Enthusiastic Support for the INVEST in America Act

June 12th, 2020

​SWTA Enthusiastically Supports the INVEST in America Act.

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Upcoming Events

2022 CASTA Fall Conference & EXPO

Sep 27 – Sep 30
Snowmass VIllage, CO
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Arkansas Public Transportation Conference

Oct 3 – Oct 5
North Little Rock, AR
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APTA TRANSform Conference

Oct 9 – Oct 12
Seattle, Wash.
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SWTA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo

Feb 22 – Feb 25
Aurora, Colo.
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