Passenger Transport June 2017 Vol 75 No 11 - 4

TRB, TCRP Host Webinar on Financing President's Infrastructure Advisor
Supports Gas Tax Increase

T

he Transportation Research
Board will conduct a free webinar June 7, 2-3:30 (eastern),
Innovative Financing for
Public Transportation: Value
Capture and Small- and
Medium-Sized Public-Private
Partnerships, featuring
best practices from two
recent reports published
by its Transit Cooperative
Research Program (TCRP).
The reports are
TCRP Report 190: Guide
to Value Capture Financing for Public
Transportation Projects, which addresses
the public recovery of a portion of
increased property and other value created as a result of public infrastructure

investment, and TCRP Report 191: Public
Transportation Guidebook for Small- and
Medium-Sized Public-Private Partnership
(P3) Initiatives, a guidebook
addressing what, how, why
and when to consider P3s
for small- and mediumsized initiatives.
The webinar is eligible
for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits from the
American Institute of Certified Planners.
For more information
and to register for the webinar, go to
www.trb.org and search on the webinar
title. Find the reports at www.trb.org by
searching on their titles.

BMBG Nominations Are Now Open
IF YOU'RE AN APTA BUSINESS
member, you are invited to apply for an
opening on the association's Business
Member Board of Governors (BMBG),
which sets the course and direction for
APTA business member activities.
Nomination forms must be returned
to APTA by 5 p.m. (eastern) July 7, said
BMBG Chair Jeff Wharton, president,
IMPulse NC LLC.
The BMBG nominations committee is seeking to fill 11 two-year terms
beginning Oct. 11, the last day of the
Annual Meeting & EXPO. In addition,
Wharton said, during the year, addi-

tional positions may become vacant,
which the committee will fill from submitted nominations.
Wharton encouraged members to
apply. "We need good people to apply,
people who are interested in helping
lead the transit industry in the years
ahead and we are committed to enhancing diversity in our activities at APTA,"
he said.
Find details and nomination forms
at www.apta.com by searching on
"2017 BMBG nominations" or contact Adam Martin, 202-496-4833 or
amartin@apta.com.

R

eal estate developer Richard
LeFrak, whom President Donald
Trump appointed along with
fellow developer Steven Roth to lead an
infrastructure advisory council, recently
said he would support raising the gas tax
and adjusting it for inflation.
"You wouldn't be raising it," LeFrak
said in reported comments. "You'd be
leveling it to where it would have been
had they adjusted it for inflation in
1993."
He noted that because cars are now
more energy-efficient, indexing the gas
tax to inflation would "produce tens of
billions of dollars of annual revenue that
could be reinvested back into infrastruc-

ture in the country."
LeFrak also said he supports streamlining the regulatory and permitting
process by designating an agency to
serve as a "one-stop shop," an idea
introduced during the Obama administration. He added that he is "not
involved" in how or when the administration will release an infrastructure
plan.
LeFrak is chairman and chief executive officer of the LeFrak Organization,
based in New York City, New Jersey,
Miami and Los Angeles. Roth is the
founder of Vornado, a real estate company in New York and Washington, DC.

AECOM's First Commercial
Spotlights LA Metro
AECOM SHOWCASES Los Angeles
Metro's light rail Expo Line in its first
television commercial, filmed by Academy Award-nominated director John
Singleton at locations throughout the
Los Angeles area, highlighting infrastructure's positive impact on people
and neighborhoods.
The one-minute commercial is part
of a new AECOM campaign that focuses
on the human impact of its clients' projects: "Imagine it. Delivered." It follows
a young surfer from South Los Angeles
who embarks on an early morning journey via the Expo Line to enjoy the Santa
Monica beach at sunrise. The ad shows
how access to infrastructure, made pos-

sible by AECOM's global network of
professionals, transforms communities
by connecting individuals to people and
places they love.
"We are delighted to have partnered
with iconic director John Singleton on
our first television commercial, spotlighting how we collaborate with our
clients, like LA Metro, to deliver innovative solutions for their most complex
challenges," said Michael S. Burke,
AECOM chairman and chief executive
officer. (Singleton directed the acclaimed
Boyz n the Hood, among other movies.)
To see the commercial and behindthe-scenes content, go to www.aecom.
com/connectedLA.

A Global Perspective of Public Transportation's Future
APTA Members Provide Insights, Perceptions of What's Ahead for Industry

P

assenger Transport asked APTA members at the
recent International Organization for Public
Transport's (UITP) Global Public Transport
Summit to talk about what the future
holds for the industry by answering
this one-question interview:
Please share your thoughts about the
upcoming innovations and emerging
technologies you believe will have a
transformative impact on our industry.
A few excerpts follow:
Bombardier: Digitalization Part of Our 'DNA'

Laurent Troger
President
Bombardier Transportation
With the industry's broadest
product portfolio and hundreds of ongoing projects in
more than 200 cities across the globe,
Bombardier has the leverage and scale
needed to develop customized mobility
and connectivity solutions while steering the mobility transition as it takes on
an ever increasing digital character.

4 | Passenger Transport

Digitalization has been a key part
of Bombardier's DNA for years. In
early 2017, we began entering into
close partnerships with tech startups
in industrial network security solutions, technical monitoring of rail
infrastructure, big-data analysis or openplatform mobility applications to better
integrate passenger transport solutions.
The next round of Bombardier's Startup
accelerator program, set to begin in
September, will focus on Industry 4.0

solutions to make development, production and in service of trains not only
more efficient, but also faster and more
sustainable.
Through this new digitalization
initiative, ON: TRACK, Bombardier is

bundling a range of ambitious projects
toward more new digital business models that will drive the ongoing mobility
revolution and ultimately provide more
benefits and value for our customers and
the customers of our customers.

RATP Dev: Using Data to Serve Customers
Catherine Chardon
Chief Executive Officer
RATP Dev America
RATP Dev is very active in
innovation, specifically technical innovation on metro
systems.
We are the leader in terms of driverless metros in the world. We have the
biggest driverless metros in terms of ridership. For instance, in Paris, more than
500,000 people are served every day
on Line 14, which was built driverless
20 years ago.
We have transformed a 100-year-old
line (Line 1) into a driverless line two
years ago. It was a very interesting and
complex engineering project. And we
did it without disrupting service.

We also just recently launched
"Slide" in Bristol, the first service of
its kind anywhere in the United Kingdom. It is a transport on demand type
of service. We create lines with an app
so people can join, and we are experimenting with this type of service where
there is currently low or no service.
We want to be a leader in big data.
We are also partnering with companies,
like Swiftly, a big data company. We
have a lot of open data and we want to
be able to use the data we have to make
better analyses with the goal of improving the quality of service and finding
out what is important to our customers.
It's all about the customer and bringing
added value.

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