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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019

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PUBLIC TRANSIT AGENCY EXECUTIVES, PLANNERS, consultants and
others supportive of public transportation's role in sustainability and
mobility are convening for APTA's 2019 Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop July 28-31 in Boston. Here, Passenger Transport shines
a spotlight on a selection of agencies that have implemented a robust
Environmental Management System.

Rep. DeFazio Calls for Faster Process
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND TRANSPORTATION
representatives emphasized the importance of federal Capital
Investment Grants (CIG) and called for the administration to
expedite grant approvals and funding in testimony July 16
before the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
In conjunction with the hearing, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR),
chair of the full T&I Committee, released an analysis of the
CIG program by the committee's majority staff that found that
public transit agencies face significantly longer timeframes for
decision-making by FTA, which have resulted in higher project
costs, under this administration. He called the findings "a
wake-up call to FTA, the Department of Transportation and the
White House that it must drop its hostility toward transit and
follow the law."
In her testimony, FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams
said the current administration advanced more CIG projects in
its first two years than the previous administration did during
the same period. From the beginning of the administration
through the end of June 2019, she said, FTA has executed
15 CIG grant agreements-five for New Starts and Core
Capacity projects and 10 for Small Starts projects-totaling

Photo by Riccardo Savi

CIG FUNDING TESTIMONY CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

From left: Robert E. Alger, Tom Gerend and Paul P. Skoutelas testified
on the importance of capital funding before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
July 16.

A sign at SEPTA's Wayne Rail Car Shop emphasizes the importance of environmental and sustainability measures.

Protecting the Environment
And Increasing Efficiency
With an EMS
BY JENNA SCAFURI
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND sustainability have become key performance indicators
for public transit agencies, and new technologies
are helping agencies to decrease their environmental footprints.
APTA members are helping protect the environment through policies such as switching to
LED light bulbs and introducing electric buses into
their fleets-and they're doing it with the help of
an Environmental Management System (EMS).
Implementing an EMS enables public transit
agencies to not only reduce their environmental
impact, but also increase efficiency and cost
savings.
ISO 14001 is an international standard that
lays out the requirements for an EMS. It helps
organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources
and waste reduction, gaining a competitive
advantage and the trust of stakeholders. Public
transit organizations can earn certification under
ISO 14001:2015 (www.iso.org/standard/60857.
html), which maps out a framework to start a
successful system. Many U.S. and Canadian
agencies have already implemented EMSs and
are seeing results.

Creating an EMS
For Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) in
Surrey, British Columbia, a subsidiary of TransLink in Vancouver, starting an EMS was a natural
response to a gap analysis the agency under-

went in 2001.
"Rather than just meet regulatory requirements, we wanted to look at ways to improve
how we do things and reduce our impact on
the environment," said Donna Bartel, CMBC
manager of environmental sustainability. "An
EMS was recommended as a systematic, consistent approach to identifying environmental
impacts and determining associated risks,
based on several factors such as frequency
and impact of occurrence, regulatory requirements and costs. Our EMS was officially documented in 2003."
FTA training programs helped other agencies get their EMS programs off the ground.
From 2003-2016, FTA offered an EMS training
and assistance program (www.transit.dot.gov/
regulations-and-guidance/environmentalprograms) for public transit organizations
through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University (Virginia Tech). The program offered
various courses throughout the year that broke
down the ISO 14001:2015 standard and helped
agencies develop their own programs.
"The FTA Virginia Tech workshops prepared
our employees to really understand the process of implementing an EMS," said Jim Fox,
assistant general manager of the Southeastern
Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA)
System Safety Division in Philadelphia. "And
because it was tailored to the transit industry,

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SYSTEMS CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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