Topeka Metro: League of American Bicyclist Award, Bicycle Friendly Business

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (Topeka Metro) with Silver designation as a Bicyle Friendly Business (BFB) award.

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Kansas Public Transit Association Members to Get Sex Trafficking Training

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Public Transit Association have formed a new partnership to raise awareness and work to combat human trafficking in Kansas.

“We really appreciate the leadership at the Public Transit Association engaging us on this,” said Schmidt. “We’ve partnered with a number of private sector groups to try to increase the number of eyes and ears that are trained around the state to spot kids and others who are trafficking victims and need assistance.”

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Transit at the Holidays: University of Oklahoma, Capital Metro, DART, Rio Metro, ABQ RIDE

See how Transit is celebrating the holidays!

University of Oklahoma Helps the Cleveland County Christmas Store Lift the Community
Capital Metro, Whole Foods, Central Texas Food Bank Team Up to “Stuff the Bus”
DART’s Holiday Stuff a Bus Campaign
Rio Metro’s 5th Annual Santa’s Village
ABQ RIDE’s Annual Luminaria Tour Sold Out

What is your agency doing to celebrate the holidays? Send stories to Elise Manion (

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KCATA: Veterans Program Surpasses Half a Million Rides

Veteran Community Project, RideKC, reminds area veterans that free fare is available every day with the RideKC Veterans Pass. The Free Fare for Veterans program began in April of this year, and the program has provided more than 500,000 rides and distributed more than 3,500 passes. KCATA, in partnership with the Kansas City Veterans Administration and the (VCP), honors veterans through this program. The initiative is sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Labor Unions/AFL-CIO.

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Nearly 90% of Public Transit Ballot Initiatives Pass in 2017

Nearly 90% of public transportation initiatives were approved by voters from coast to coast across the U.S. this year. In the November 7th election, seven of eight initiatives passed with one result still to be determined. Throughout the country this year, voters in 17 states and communities of all sizes voted for increased investment in public transportation, bringing the success rate to nearly 90% (87.5%), according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

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Revving Up Rural Public Transit

Most Americans may view public transportation as a mainstay of urban life, but rural communities like Plainview have embraced public transit. Most rural residents continue to rely on personal vehicles to get around, but some people can’t afford a car or truck. Others are elderly or have illnesses that impede driving. Rural Americans skew older; have more health problems; and must travel greater distances for social visits, health care, and daily chores than city-dwellers. And rural residents-especially African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans-are generally poorer than their urban counterparts.

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Congress Selects Conferees for Tax Reform Conference Committee

House and Senate Republican and Democrat conferees have been appointed to the conference committee that will be responsible for reconciling differences between the House and Senate-passed tax reform bills.

Out of the 14 member of the House Conferees, three are from the SWTA Region: Chairman Brady (R-TX), Cong Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Cong Raul Guijalva (D-AZ)

Out of the 15 selected for the Senate Conferees, one is from the SWTA Region: Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

APTA sent a letter to the conferees stating priorities on tax reform reinforcing the principles stated in previous letters to the tax-writing committees in both chambers. These include the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, Private Activity Bonds (PABs), Advance Refundability of Municipal Bonds, the Commuter Tax Benefit, and Alternative Fuels Benefits.

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SWTA Visits Delegation in Washington, DC

SWTA made its fourth visit to Washington, DC, to share good news stories with members of Congress about the excellent transit work being done in the SWTA Nation! I try to target different areas of the region, keeping a balance between Senate and House as well as sections of the region. The choice of who I visit is typically because there is targeted messaging or because a SWTA member has requested a visit or shared a story with us.

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How the SWTA Nation celebrated Remember Rosa Parks Day

See how the SWTA Nation remembers Rosa Parks

Wichita Transit is #RecognizingRosaParks
Topeka Metro offered free ride day December 1st
Cimarron Transit/Free CityRides offered Friday in honor of Rosa Parks

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