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TTA Unveils New Buses
TCRP Releases ADA Paratransit
Reports, Celebrates TCRP Day
he Tri-State Transit Authority
Executive Officer Paul E. Davis. "TTA
(TTA) in Huntington, WV, introaims to serve as the catalyst for bringduced its four newest buses in
ing together the community's human,
ceremonies April 25, in advance of their
economic and civic resources for the
entering service at the beginning of May.
purpose of creating the single most
TTA presented commemorative keys to
livable, safe and prosperous commuthe buses to representatives of municinity in Southern West Virginia."
palities served by the agency.
TTA purchased the new buses with
The four new 30-foot buses from
funds from a 2016 grant for $1.28 milGillig, which will operate on various
lion, flexed from the West Virginia
routes, feature clean diesel technology
Department of Highways for the Hunthat adheres to 2010 Clean Air Act stantington, WV, KY, OH Transportation
dards and are the first additions to the
Management Area. The delivery of the
TTA fleet with a "new look" since 1997.
buses closes the books on this $1.6 milEach bus can seat 32 passengers and
lion FTA project.
accommodate two wheelchair
The new buses are equipped
with front-mounted racks that
can transport two bicycles.
Other technologies allow for
increased safety and security,
such as multiple video cameras
both inside and outside the bus.
"We're fortunate to have
had the opportunity to
purchase new buses. It just
seemed like the perfect time
TTA General Manager & CEO Paul Davis, fourth from right,
to update our look," said TTA
participates in ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the agency's
General Manager & Chief
four newest buses.
he Transit Cooperative Research
Program (TCRP) recently released
two publications on paratransit
topics: S-135: ADA Paratransit Service Models and S-133: Administration of ADA Paratransit Eligibility
S-135 provides information about
current Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA)-compliant paratransit service
models and the underlying reasons why
specific public transit agencies have
opted to keep or change their model.
The study details
how elements of
the service and
contracts are structured to enhance
the likelihood of achieving certain
results related to cost efficiency, service
quality or a balance of the two.
S-133 identifies ADA eligibility appeal
processes and documents current practices of public transit systems. As more
agencies employ some form of conditional eligibility, appeal processes are
emerging as a significant area of vulnerability. If the eligibility appeal process
is not administered properly, transit
agencies run the risk of violating applicants' civil rights under ADA or Title VI
To order these and other TCRP publications, visit www.apta.com/tcrp.
TCRP Day Is June 6
On June 6, TCRP is celebrating its firstever TCRP Day, a national event aimed
at creating awareness of the program,
showcasing its research in action and
increasing the number of public transit
professionals involved in the program.
For more information and to
volunteer as a local
host, contact Peggy
Wilson at pwilson@
apta.com. TCRP Day
hosts will either
hold a brown bag
lunch or staff an information table at
their organization to help educate their
colleagues about the program. An online
toolkit will be provided to help you
organize your event.
Helping to make TCRP Day a success
are FTA, the Transportation Research
Board, APTA and its partners, the Community Transportation Association of
America and the National Rural Transit
NYC Transit Announces
Reimagined Bus System
MTA NEW YORK CITY Transit
recently unveiled a comprehensive plan
that reimagines the agency's entire public
bus system and delivers both immediate
and long-term improvements.
NYC Transit President Andy Byford,
who commissioned an expansive review
of the system that led to the creation
of the plan, said, "We're targeting
challenges like traffic congestion and
enforcement, undertaking bold initiatives like redesigning the entire route
network and pursuing advancements."
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority runs the largest
public bus system in North America,
about 40 percent larger than the next
largest in Los Angeles. The system provides more than two million daily rides,
across 54,000 trips on 326 routes, with a
fleet of more than 5,700 buses.
While the NYC Transit Bus Plan
reimagines the entire bus system, it
builds upon numerous existing and
ongoing initiatives. Specific elements
n A completely redesigned route network based on NYC Transit's topto-bottom, holistic review-the first
in decades-based on public input,
demographic changes and travel
APTA Hosts Workshop on PTC Issues
APTA HOSTED A WORKSHOP
on Positive Train Control (PTC) for
commuter rail CEOs and their technical
implementation leaders at its offices in
Washington, DC, May 1-2. Forty-five
APTA members representing 21 commuter rail agencies attended.
APTA President and CEO Paul P.
Skoutelas; Southeastern Pennsylvania
Transportation Authority General
Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel, chair of
APTA's PTC Subcommittee; and Virginia
Railway Express CEO Doug Allen, chair
of APTA's Commuter Rail CEOs Committee, convened the event.
Commuter rail agencies are committed to implementing PTC and continue
to make significant progress.
The focus of the workshop was on
sharing information and best practices
to assist those agencies participating in
the event. Questions and challenges still
remain that pertain to the required milestones and implementation deadline of
Dec. 31, 2018. Peer agencies presented
status reports and shared lessons learned
on the implementation of the three
major PTC technologies: ACSES, I-ETMS
Also participating in the workshop
were representatives of FRA who
responded to questions. They were
Robert Lauby, Devin Rouse, Stephanie
Anderson, Peter Cipriano, Mark
Hartong, Carolyn Hayward-Williams
and Senya Waas. Association of American Railroads representatives also
attended and shared their perspectives
on helping passenger railroads trying to
n Collaboration with New York City
DOT, the New York Police Department and local communities on
efforts including expanded implementation of bus lanes, busways,
queue jumps, bus stop arrival time
displays and traffic signal priority.
n Speeding up boarding by using
all doors, facilitated by upcoming electronic tap-to-pay readers.
While purchasing fare media with
cash will always be an option, NYC
Transit will also explore cashless
options to speed up boarding time
in select circumstances.
n Improving customer service and
the customer experience, incorporating digital information screens
with bus route, next stop and realtime service advisories, a mobile
app providing seat availability
information and simpler, more
helpful bus route maps.
n Proactive management to improve
service delivery. NYC Transit is
opening a new Bus Command
Center and upgrading to the latest computer-aided dispatch and
operations support technology.
n Enhancing NYC Transit's worldclass fleet of buses, including its
first double-decker public buses.
Photo by Mitchell Wood
New CEO Named
Commuter rail professionals gather at the APTA offices to discuss PTC implementation. Leaders at the
table, from left: Doug Allen, Paul P. Skoutelas and Jeffrey D. Knueppel.
4 | Passenger Transport
Meyer, Interim, UTA
THE UTAH TRANSIT Authority's (UTA) Executive Committee
has recommended that Steve Meyer, most recently acting vice presi- Steve Meyer
dent of operations, fill the new position of executive director on an
interim basis. Meyer has more than 35 years of transportation experience, joining UTA
in 2002 and participating in some of the state's largest transportation planning and
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