As budgets and funding continue to shrink, demand continues to grow, as does the role public transportation plays in preserving the environment. Appropriately, many transit systems continue to innovate and make their case known, both at the federal and local levels. New York City Transit takes the top spot in this year’s survey.
Profiles of influential people in the public transportation industry on both the public and private sides, from small businesses to large municipal agencies.
Raising fares and cutting service were top ways transit systems were handling the problem. The average transit executive salary totals $119,000, while the average time spent in the industry was 24 years.
Although nothing new, employment generation is the renewed focus of new federal and local spending on rapid transit projects.
The key to successful risk management for a motorcoach operation is to develop a trip Risk Analysis Rating System, involving reservations, operations, dispatch, maintenance, safety and management staff.
Destination sign companies offer transit agencies digital solutions to offering riders up-to-date, detail-rich information. While larger agencies look to utilize the new software and wireless controllers to gain revenue through advertisements, smaller transportation agencies can celebrate the dropping prices and long warranties.
With a three-phase plan to move manufacturing of bus structures to its Anniston, Ala. plant, company CEO/President Jim Marcotuli believes the removal of some freight and duty from its current cost structure will position NABI to be more cost and lead-time competitive.
The company is adapting to become a one-stop shop of supply-chain solutions and training tools as the relationship between transit operators and vehicle manufacturer becomes more interactive.
Terry Moakley is past-president of the Association of Travel Instruction, www.travelinstruction.org. He is also a member of the United Spinal Association’s board of directors and currently chairs its VetsFirst Committee.
Title: Senior Vice President of Eastern Operations
City: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Organization: Memphis Area Transit Authority
City: Memphis, Tenn.
Since coming to APTA in 1996, Bill Millar has sought to expand the association’s reach and effectiveness, guiding it to legislative victories and dramatically increasing federal investment in public transportation.
Title: VP of sales and marketing, private sector
Organization: Motor Coach Industries Inc.
City: Schaumburg, Ill.
Title: Regional VP of Southern California
Organization: MV Transportation
City: Los Angeles
Title: VP, communications and marketing
Organization: American Public Transportation Association
City: Washington, D.C.
Title: Executive Director
City: Charlottesville, Va.
Title: Deputy Administrator
Organization: Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
City: Washington, D.C.
Organization: Topeka Metro
City: Topeka, Kan.
Organization: Sun Tran/Sun Van
City: Tucson, Ariz.
Organization: Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority
Opened to the public to long lines of excited patrons who arrived at stations one-half hour before the 6 a.m. start of service.
The office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter along with the City of Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and green roofing company, Roofmeadow, partnered on the project.
The real job creator, of course, is what APTA and its business members have advocated for more than a decade: a stable, longer-term funding bill at current levels or better.
The transit agency came up with the new vehicle design when it recently went through a rebranding campaign led by the RTA board of commissioners and implemented by the local and national marketing department of Veolia Transportation, the delegated management company of the RTA.
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