Bus

LaHood, Rogoff tout safety standards, funding in Miami

Posted on July 25, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff visited Miami-Dade County officials to highlight a legislative victory that will ensure that transit passengers in the U.S. who board a light rail, commuter rail, heavy rail or transit bus will for the first time travel on a system governed by robust federal safety oversight.

While in Miami, Secretary LaHood was joined by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to announce $10 million in federal funding to modernize transit buses serving thousands of riders in Miami-Dade County.

“President Obama has called for an America built to last that is based on putting safety first across our nation’s transportation systems,” said Secretary LaHood. “Public transit is one of the safest ways to travel and our new federal safety oversight authority will help to ensure it remains that way.”

The new safety regulatory authority comes from MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), the new two-year transportation authorization signed into law by President Obama on July 6. The law enables the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to establish new safety standards for the nation’s rail and bus systems and to strengthen state safety oversight organizations that currently regulate local transit.

Since 1964, FTA has been prohibited by law from implementing and enforcing basic safety standards for public rail and bus transit systems. The new law is a culmination of efforts by the FTA and the United States Department of Transportation that began in December 2009, when Secretary LaHood formally transmitted to Congress a legislative proposal to establish and enforce minimum federal safety standards for rail transit systems.

“We are closing a loophole in how transit safety oversight is regulated and enforced that is long overdue,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “This is great news for Miami-Dade transit riders, who will be able to confidently board Metrobus or Metromover, and know that both meet common-sense federal safety standards.”

Secretary LaHood and Administrator Rogoff visited the soon-to-open Miami Intermodal Center at Miami International Airport to discuss the new safety authority and announce a $10 million grant for Miami-Dade County. The funding will be used to replace aging Metrobus diesel vehicles with new hybrid-electric buses that will reduce fuel costs, lower emissions, and provide a more comfortable, reliable ride in one of the most populated counties in the Southeastern U.S.

Altogether, Florida is receiving $50 million for 14 projects to upgrade and repair transit statewide.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Allied Specialty Vehicles names new Goshen Coach VP/GM

Joey Belle has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and operations, including 22 years at E-One in supervisor and director positions and three years VP, operations, at Capacity Trucks where he played an integral role in the product development and launch of the company’s new Sabre terminal truck platform.

SMART to spend $35 million on 80 new buses

Purchase comes as a result of last year’s election, where 66% of voters approved a tax increase to help the agency upgrade 135 vehicles through a four-year operating issue boost.

New York City Transit introduces bicycle racks to buses

Racks available on S53, S93 Routes for 1-Year pilot testing feasibility and impact to service.

National Express takes over operation of Merced's The BUS

The Bus offers fixed-route and paratransit services to the communities of The Joint Powers Authority of Merced County’s seven member agencies, including the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, and Merced, and the County of Merced.

Maine's Greater Portland Transit adds pass for high school students

The Transit Pass allows free and unlimited use of METRO bus routes during the academic school year, including weekends and break periods.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close