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  • Includes a Live Web Event on 03/20/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Many transit agencies are testing hydrogen fuel cells as a power source for zero emission transit bus operations. Transit executives will provide a high-level perspective on how fuel cells and hydrogen contribute to FTA’s Sustainable Planet for a Healthy Planet Challenge.

    Many transit agencies are testing hydrogen fuel cells as a power source for zero emission transit bus operations. Transit executives will provide a high-level perspective on how fuel cells and hydrogen contribute to FTA’s Sustainable Planet for a Healthy Planet Challenge. 

    Moderator

    • Lawrence Murphy, Chair, APTA Committee on Sustainability, and Vice President, Buildings, Infrastructure & Advance Facilities, Jacobs, Wethersfield, CT  

    Remarks

    • Megan Blum, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

    Panelists

    • Leslie Richards, General Manager / Chief Operating Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
    • Doran Barnes, Chief Executive Officer, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
    • Kirt Conrad, Chief Executive Officer, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Canton, OH


    Co-hosted by the Federal Transit Administration

  • Includes a Live Web Event on 03/05/2024 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Please join APTA staff for a Rapid Reaction webinar on the just unveiled final FY 2024 Transportation Appropriations Act.

    The final FY 2024 THUD Appropriations Act provides the overwhelming majority of public transit and passenger rail investment authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and includes several important policy provisions and funding limitations.

    The Rapid Reaction webinar will:

    • Outline public transit and passenger rail funding in the FY 2024 THUD Appropriations Act;
    • Describe impacts on the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant Pipeline;
    • Detail important policy provisions and funding limitations included and excluded from the final Act; and
    • Provide advocacy opportunities for APTA members.

    Introduction:

    • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA

    Presenter:

    • Ward W. McCarragher, Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy, APTA

    The webinar will also provide an opportunity for APTA members to ask questions.

  • Recorded On: 02/14/2024

    APTA and FRA are co-hosting a webinar in appreciation of the historic grant announcements made by FRA in December, and to turn focus to current issues associated with project delivery.

    The December 2023 announcement of FRA’s Federal-State Partnerships and Corridor ID grant awards puts a playbook in place for America’s social and economic future.    Hear directly from FRA about the criteria and process for participation in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s new and expanded grant programs.   As well, each project has a vision and story to tell.  Panelists will discuss how new intercity passenger rail investments will enhance the economic health of their regions, will add balance and better options for universal mobility, and touch directly to the lives of people.   Actions and priorities for the year ahead will also be highlighted.    

    Co-hosted by the Federal Railroad Administration.

    Opening Remarks and Moderator:

    • Paul Skoutelas, APTA President & CEO

    FRA Current Activities & Upcoming Priorities:

    • Allison Ishihara Fultz, Chief Council, Federal Railroad Administration

    Panelists:

    • Patricia Quinn, Executive Director, New England Passenger Rail Authority
    • Brian Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority
    • Julie White, Deputy Secretary for Multi-Modal Transportation, North Carolina Department of Transportation
    • Allison Ishihara Fultz, Chief Council, Federal Railroad Administration
  • Recorded On: 01/16/2024

    APTA presents a new session to raise awareness on a new tool for transit professionals to use in combatting human trafficking.

    With the proper training, transit employees have a unique opportunity to recognize and report human trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and is defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for labor, services, or commercial sex. Human trafficking is a worldwide criminal industry that denies freedom from nearly 25 million people around the world, and the number of reported trafficking cases continues to rise each year.

    Truckers Against Trafficking’s Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) program provides free, industry-specific resources for transit agencies to equip their employees with the information they need to combat human trafficking in the course of their everyday jobs.

    This virtual presentation will review the anti-trafficking resources available to transit agencies, share success stories from the transit industry, and highlight a newly developed template for implementing human trafficking response protocols, which are vital to effective anti-trafficking initiatives.

    Viewers will leave with specific best practices and action steps that they can take to improve human trafficking awareness and response procedures within their agencies.

    Presenters:

    • Jodi Godrey, Center For Urban Transportation Research
    • Lexi Higgins, Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) at Truckers Against Trafficking

     

  • Recorded On: 12/04/2023

    APTA's Study Mission to Australia and New Zealand focused extensively on project delivery models, customer service enhancements, and the transition to zero emissions. And at each step of the way, they explored what is driving transit success down under and what are transferrable take-aways for the North American transit industry.

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    In August, APTA, in partnership with the Public Transport Association Australia New Zealand (PTAANZ), brought 35 public transit executives from the United States to Australia and New Zealand to learn from the region’s top public transport authorities, projects and operators.

    Over the course of two weeks, the U.S. delegation met with high-level officials and public transport practitioners in Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to discuss public transport priorities, successes, and lessons learned.

    They focused extensively on project delivery models, customer service enhancements, and the transition to zero emissions. And at each step of the way, they explored what is driving transit success down under and what are transferrable take-aways for the North American transit industry.

    Moderator:

    • Dorval R. Carter Jr., Immediate Past Chair, APTA; President, CTA, Chicago, IL

    Speakers:

    • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA  
    • Trudi Mares, Deputy Secretary Greater Sydney, Transport for NSW, Australia  
    • Dr. Deborah Hume, National Manager Multimodal Integration, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, New Zealand  
    • Michael Jones, Deputy General Manager, BART, Oakland, CA  
    • Diane Cowin, Senior Vice President, Director Global Transit – ESG, AECOM, USA
  • Recorded On: 11/29/2023

    Coordination with local electric utilities is a critical and essential step as many transit operations transition to electric powered fleets. Panelists will review the physical infrastructure and power-supply required to charge multiple battery electric buses at a time, and ways to work out the most favorable rates.

    Coordination with local electric utilities is a critical and essential step as many transit operations transition to electric powered fleets.   Panelists will review the physical infrastructure and power-supply required to charge multiple battery electric buses at a time, and ways to work out the most favorable rates.

    Moderator

    • Lisa Jerram, Senior Director, Bus Operations and New Vehicle Technologies, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

    Remarks 

    • Megan Blum, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

     Panelists

    • Darian Nagle-Gamm, Director of Transportation Services, Iowa City, IA
    • Abhishek Dayal, Director of Project Management Office, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St Petersburg, FL
    • Laura Whitted, Account Executive, Duke Energy, St Petersburg, FL
    • Michael Wygant, Chief Operating Officer, Transit Services, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA
    • Alexandria Moffat, Director of Clean Transportation, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego, CA
  • Recorded On: 11/09/2023

    To report to the APTA membership key state and local outcomes from the November 7 elections.

    Albeit an off-year for transit ballot measures and for elections generally, 2023 has none-the-less featured numerous actions in state legislatures and at the ballot box that will support the ongoing vitality of public transportation.   Speakers will provide updates on several of the significant actions, review factors that have helped lead to success, and identify tools and resources that available to communicate transit’s message in the years ahead.  

    Moderator:

    • Paul Skoutelas, President & CEO, APTA

    Remarks:

    • Michele Wong Krause, Chair APTA; Past Chair, DART Board of Directors, 2021-2023

    Presentations:

    • Kansas City Transit Ballot Measure:   Frank White III, President & CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
    • Minnesota 2023 Legislative Session:  Steps toward stable and dedicated funding for transit – Ryan Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission; President, Minnesota Public Transit Association
    • APTA’s Center for Transportation Excellence:   Updates & Resources for the Months and Years Ahead:  Jessica Grennan & Ian Moor


    Facilitated Q&A / Audience Q&A

  • This capstone project will provide an in-depth exploration of transit agencies that have found innovative ways to fund their operations while continuing to maintain a high level of service for their communities.

    Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the transit industry is faced with the uncertainty of financial models that no longer work.  Gone are the days of peak commuting hours and reliably predictable ridership.  In its place, we’re left with workforces that are increasingly working from home and utilizing transit on a much more casual basis.

    While this all seems new, financial cliffs are old hat for the transit industry, and some agencies have been successful in figuring out how to stave off these rough times in innovative ways.  This capstone project will provide an in-depth exploration of transit agencies that have found innovative ways to fund their operations while continuing to maintain a high level of service for their communities.  This study will result in a toolkit of opportunities for transit agencies of various sizes to think outside the box and address their own financial shortfalls proactively and with solutions that will set them up for sustainable operations.

    Project Team:

    • Anna Harvey (co-coordinator) - Transbay Joint Powers Authority
    • Greg Nordin (co-coordinator) - Nelson\Nygaard
    • Jeff Arbuckle (King County Metro)
    • Julie Owen (LA Metro)
    • Angela Schwarz (WSP)
    • Chris Valentin (SEPTA)
  • Our team will examine where displaced populations relocate, and the role of transportation infrastructure investment in gentrification and displacement. The goal is to find out how transit responds to the geographically changing needs of the community and what options are made available to them.

    Gentrification is occurring in cities throughout the United States as cities continue to develop and change. As a result of the changing landscape, in many cases, people of lower socio-economic status are forced out of the downtown core because they can no longer afford to live there. Our team will examine where displaced populations relocate, and the role of transportation infrastructure investment in gentrification and displacement. The goal is to find out how transit responds to the geographically changing needs of the community and what options are made available to them. We will identify effective policies and strategies that transit agencies can implement to mitigate or address these effects and support the needs of those being displaced.

    Project Team:

    • Dyanne Sampson (Co-coordinator) VIA Metropolitan Transit
    • Nicole McCleary (Co-coordinator) TransPro Consulting
    • Shannon Lee Bailey(Miovision)
    • Alvin Burns (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority)
  • This capstone project explores ways that transit organizations can influence the candidate pipeline of tomorrow, today.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the Transportation Industry's labor market, which was already facing significant challenges. With over 430,000 individuals employed in the transit sector, the task of retaining, attracting, and nurturing the transit workforce remains a formidable challenge.  As we mitigate the immediate effects of the current labor shortage, the transportation industry must simultaneously plan for long-term strategies to attract new talent in the years to come. 

    The encouraging news is that opportunity is upon us!  Generation Alpha (born 2010-2024) is reshaping the future workforce landscape, and it’s essential that we engage them now.

    This capstone project explores ways that transit organizations can influence the candidate pipeline of tomorrow, today.  This can be achieved through the implementation of collaborative and developmentally suitable early education programs that:

    • Spark the imaginations of young individuals when they envision careers in transit.
    • Engage today's youth in environments they currently inhabit—schools, communities, gaming platforms, and social media.
    • Transform your agency to align with the diversity and equity standards of this emerging generation.

    Project Team:

    • Tiffani Jenkins (Coordinator) WMATA
    • Amy Barry (Coordinator) MV Transportation, Inc.
    • Khisha Dukes JTA;
    • Neil Nance, HNTB