Peter Varga’s theme for his year as chair is “America’s Future is Riding on Public Transportation.” This is reflected in his success at accommodating increasing ridership and improving job access as CEO at Michigan’s The Rapid and his work with APTA on a reauthorization plan.
Following the education, engineering and enforcement philosophy of rail safety nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, transit systems are developing effective outreach tools such as video campaigns produced by teenagers, and installing pedestrian fencing to prevent straight-through crossings.
Two of APTA’s Early Career Program participants discuss their experiences with transit and what the industry needs to do to replenish its workforce and draw young talent to its ranks.
Executive-level professionals are retiring in greater numbers. Industry organizations and agencies are putting training and mentoring programs in place to instill leadership skills and attract and advance more women and young people. Young employees say more work is needed to raise the industry’s visibility to bring in talent.
For both a Congress and an Administration that agree they should encourage more private sector investment in infrastructure development, they almost could not undermine this goal any more if they tried.
Despite dreams of growing up to be an astronaut, an archeologist, a dancer, and at one time, an Olympic gold medalist for swimming the backstroke, Virginia Miller decided she wanted to be a social studies teacher, with a stretch goal to be a Congresswoman.
Following the acquisition of Orion Parts and North American Bus Industries as well as the introduction of the new MiDi™ bus, the company’s president/CEO says it is poised to build and maintain its stature in the industry.
Transit police forces are employing technology, high-visibility patrols and communication tools to harden their systems.
While projects continue to make improvements to increase speeds in key corridors, the initial federal programs put in place to fund projects are drying up, making the key question — what’s next?
What makes BRT projects stand out as a popular transit choice right now in the U.S., Art Guzzetti, VP, policy, American Public Transportation Association says, is its versatility.
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