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MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019 | VOLUME 77, NO. 10

FTA: Partnering with
Public Transit
FTA WANTS TO ACT as a
partner with the public transportation industry to navigate
new mobility challenges and
figure out what works, Executive Director Matthew Welbes
told attendees at the APTA
Mobility Conference during
the May 20 FTA Update General Session.
Welbes said, "Our partnership with all of you is critical
and we look forward to participating in many more APTA
Mobility Conferences in years
ahead."
Traditionally, Welbes said,
the term "public transportation" has referred not only
to bus and rail, but to more
specialized services such as ferries and funiculars (inclined
planes). New modes such as

ridesharing may not be considered public transportation
in that sense, he said, but the
modes have a mutually beneficial relationship.
In describing FTA's interest
in funding "new ways to think
about service," he mentioned a
current FTA Notice of Funding
Opportunity for $15 million
in research funds through the
new Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration
program, comprising Mobility
on Demand, Strategic Transit
Automation Research and
Mobility Payment Integration.
He also referenced other
FTA programs, including one
that provides funding for
crime prevention and public

FTA UPDATE CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Vincent Valdes, left, and Matthew Welbes addressed the FTA Update General
Session.

INSIDE: APTA 2019 Rail Conference
Rail Products & Services Showcase
Exhibitor Directory

Opening Session speakers, from left: J. Barry Barker; Ryan Popple, CEO of sponsor Proterra; Paul P. Skoutelas; David M.
Stackrow Sr.; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Ferdinand L. Risco Jr.; keynote speaker Jarrett Walker; and Cleo Battle of
Louisville Tourism.

Mobility Conference Welcomes
Attendees to Louisville

N

early 1,800 people participated in the 2019 Mobility
Conference: APTA's enhanced Bus & Paratransit
Conference and International Bus Roadeo, May 18-22
in Louisville, KY. The new "mobility" branding reflected the
changing environment in which bus and paratransit systems
operate.
Many of the sessions were interactive,
with the audience and presenters engaging in
dynamic, open discussions across a broad range
of topics. Among the highlights from the Opening General Session were remarks by Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer; representing the Transit
Authority of River City (TARC), host system for
the conference, Executive Director Ferdinand
Risco Jr. and the agency's former leader, J. Barry
Barker; and a presentation by keynoter Jarrett
Walker.

Mayor Greg Fischer
Louisville, KY
Fischer thanked Barker for his service over the
years and urged attendees to visit the street
named after Barker while in town.
n We are strong advocates with you all in
terms of exhorting our administration in
Washington for a serious response to the
infrastructure needs of our country.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Focusing on the New Mobility Landscape

The 2019 Mobility Conference brought nearly 1,800 people together to explore the changing mobility landscape.



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