SEPTEMBER 2011

COVER STORY
 
Balancing Demand, Funding Shortfalls Difficult for Top 200
By Alex Roman, Managing Editor

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.



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METRO Movers and Shakers

Profiles of influential people in the public transportation industry on both the public and private sides, from small businesses to large municipal agencies.



General Manager Survey: Majority Faced with Budget Shortfalls, Escalating Costs

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.



Job Pressures Beginning to Drive Rail Transit Agenda

Although nothing new, employment generation is the renewed focus of new federal and local spending on rapid transit projects.



How to Develop and Employ an Effective Motorcoach Risk Management Program

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.



The Wireless Age for Digital Destination Signage Arrives

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.



NABI Chief Steering Bus Manufacturing to the U.S.

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.



New Flyer Offering Life-Long Supply Chain Bus Solutions

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.



‘Differently-abled’ riders require alternative travel training levels

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.



Women In Transportation: Vasti Amaro

Vasti Amaro Title: Senior Vice President of Eastern Operations Organization: Tectrans City: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



Women In Transportation: Mattie P. Carter

Title: Commissioner Organization: Memphis Area Transit Authority City: Memphis, Tenn.

Bill Millar's Exit Interview: APTA's Chief Signs Off

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.



2011- Women In Transportation: Patricia Ziska

Title: VP of sales and marketing, private sector Organization: Motor Coach Industries Inc. City: Schaumburg, Ill.



2011- Women In Transportation: Judie Smith

Title: Regional VP of Southern California Organization: MV Transportation City: Los Angeles



2011- Women In Transportation: Rosemary Sheridan

Title: VP, communications and marketing Organization: American Public Transportation Association City: Washington, D.C.



Women In Transportation: Donna Shaunesey

Title: Executive Director Organization: JAUNT City: Charlottesville, Va.



Women In Transportation: Karen Rae

Title: Deputy Administrator Organization: Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation City: Washington, D.C.



Women In Transportation: Janlyn Nesbett-Tucker

Title: CEO Organization: Topeka Metro City: Topeka, Kan.



Women In Transportation: Katrina Heineking

Title: GM Organization: Sun Tran/Sun Van City: Tucson, Ariz.



Women In Transportation: Terry Garcia Crews

Title: CEO/GM Organization: Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority City: Cincinnati

DEPARTMENTS

Hampton Roads’ light rail launch exceeds expectations

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.



Philadelphia installs green bus shelter to promote storm water management

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.

What government can do to create transit jobs

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.



Orion buses help New Orleans handle ridership growth

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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