Passenger Transport April 2019 Vol 77 No 7 - 1



MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019 | VOLUME 77, NO. 7

Five BRT Lines Among
Recipients of FTA CIG Funding
TSA Establishes STSAC
the Surface Transportation
Security Advisory Committee
(STSAC), which will provide
recommendations on security matters including the
development, refinement and
implementation of policies,
programs, initiatives, rulemakings and security directives.
The STSAC comprises
35 voting members representing surface transportation
providers and users-including nine APTA members-and
14 additional nonvoting
members representing federal
departments and agencies
with surface transportation
The committee will report
to TSA Administrator David
Pekoske, who said, "The
knowledge and expertise these
leaders bring to the table will
play a vital role in TSA's continued efforts to safeguard the
nation's surface transportation
STSAC members representing public transit and passenger
rail are Jaime E. Becerra, chief
of transit enforcement/deputy

chief of safety and security,
North County Transit District;
Edward A. Bruce, director
of intelligence, New Jersey
Transit Corporation; Robert
J. Finnegan, captain, police
administration, Delaware River
Port Authority Police; Robert
P. Gatchell, chief safety and
security officer, Go Brightline;
Polly Hanson, APTA director
of security, risk and emergency
management; Ivan T. Mote,
chief safety officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority;
Ronald A. Pavlik Jr., chief of
police, Metro Transit Police
Department, Washington, DC;
Joe Perez, chief of police and
security, Northeast Illinois
Commuter Railroad (Metra);
and Lisa Ann Shahade, deputy
chief of police for strategic
operations, Amtrak.
In addition to the voting
members, six federal departments and agencies-DOT;
the Departments of Defense,
Energy and Homeland Security; FBI; and NTSB-have
designated representatives to
serve as nonvoting members of
the STSAC.

Throughout the year, Passenger Transport will highlight
certain areas of interest to the industry, including, among
others, technology, sustainability and security. This issue
looks at some of the ways APTA members are improving
the passenger experience. See pages 5-7.

Total of $1.36 Billion Covers 16 Public Transit Projects
FTA HAS ANNOUNCED a total of $1.36 billion in federal funding allocations to 16 new and
existing public transit projects in the Capital
Investment Grants (CIG) Program: approximately
$424.8 million in appropriated FY 2018 CIG funding to two projects that have existing construction
grant agreements and five new projects nearing
readiness for consideration to receive such an
agreement, and $936 million in appropriated
FY 2019 CIG funds to nine projects with existing
construction grant agreements.
The five new CIG projects are all BRT lines:
n $16.6 million for the Jacksonville (FL)
Transportation Authority's 12.9-mile First
Coast Flyer Southwest Corridor;
n $40.4 million for a 1.8-mile extension of
the Regional Transportation Commission of
Washoe County's Virginia Street Corridor
in Reno, NV;
n $26.9 million for the Capital District Transportation Authority's River Corridor/Blue
Line, a 16-mile route along the Hudson River;
n $87.4 million for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon's

Division Transit project in Portland, OR, a
15-mile route connecting Portland's central
business district with Gresham, OR; and
n $53.4 million for the Spokane (WA) Transit
Authority's 5.8-mile Central City Line.
With this announcement, FTA has advanced
funding for 22 new CIG projects throughout
the nation since Jan. 20, 2017, totaling approximately $5.06 billion in funding commitments.
"FTA continues to evaluate and advance eligible projects in the CIG program consistent with
federal law. We are pleased to allocate funding to
five new CIG projects and 11 projects with existing grant agreements across the country," said
FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.
"FTA's action is a great step forward for 16
critical infrastructure projects that will expand
options and offer safe, reliable and convenient
public transportation in these communities,"
said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas.
"This is welcome news for the public transit
systems that are the beneficiaries of these important CIG funds and for the residents they serve
every day."

Brightline Launches 'Virgin
Trains USA' Rebranding

excited to see the transformation of our service
Florida revealed the first visuals for its new brandand the plans for the next phase of the project to
ing, Virgin Trains USA, during recent ceremonies
at Virgin MiamiCentral, the rail line's southern
Goddard said, "Virgin MiamiCentral is the
hub, attended by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin
central hub for all things transportation and
Trains USA President Patrick Goddard.
mobility. With the addition of the Virgin brand
Virgin MiamiCentral is a multimodal facility
we solidify ourselves as the premier live, work
that brings together Miami-Dade Transit's Metroand play environment in downtown Miami."
rail and Metromover with Virgin Trains USA;
bikesharing; Lyft, Virgin Trains USA's official
rideshare partner; and, soon, South Florida
Regional Transportation Authority's TriRail commuter rail. The site also houses
retail and dining venues, including a food
hall experience, and a promenade surrounding two residential towers with more
than 800 apartments collectively known
as Park-Line MiamiCentral.
Branson said, "Virgin has a long history of changing industries for the better
and inspiring enduring loyalty through
outstanding customer experience. Today
marks the first step in that journey with
Virgin Trains USA as we unveil the beautiSir Richard Branson launches the rebranding of Brightline as Virgin
Trains USA during ceremonies at Virgin MiamiCentral.
ful Virgin MiamiCentral station. I'm very


Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Passenger Transport April 2019 Vol 77 No 7