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customer focused - these are new
mobility goals that are familiar
to all of us, but they will require
focus and funding, " said Nelson.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure
Deal was passed two days before
the show's opening sessions and
with only a presidential signature
remaining before the bill became
law, there was considerable buzz
about what was next for the industry
and the $107 billion the
bill included for transit and $102
billion included for passenger rail.
" The importance of this
achievement for our industry
cannot be overstated, " Skoutelas
told attendees of the bill's passage.
" This portends a promising future
for public transportation. "
The show also saw the release a
new APTA report, " On the Horizon
Planning for Post-Pandemic
Travel, " which offered case studies
from five transit agencies' efforts
to contend with operations during
the pandemic and provided recommendations
to ensure equitable
access to mobility during and
after pandemic recovery. Those
recommendations included institutionalizing
best practices
from the COVID-19 period; more
effectively prioritizing social equity;
leveraging opportunities to
expand ridership and keeping
abreast of changing trends.
Transit equity
Several sessions during APTA's
TRANSform Conference approached
the concept of equity
from different angles. The conference
included seven sessions
that included presentations on
the subject and how it related
to organizational make up, new
technologies and fare collection
and how to prioritize and put into
action equitable service.
This fall, APTA introduced its
Racial Equity Commitment Pilot
Program, where member companies
are provided a tangible roadmap
for advancing racial equity
in their own organizations and
supporting communities where
THE ORANGE County Convention
Center rolling out the welcome
banner for APTA EXPO.
they operate. The pilot program
asks APTA members to commit
to five core principles:
1. Make racial equity an explicit
strategic priority for your
organization.
2. Undertake an annual diversity,
equity and inclusion climate
assessment of your organization
on the perceived employee experience
of existing policies, practices
and procedures.
3. Review and analyze demographic
data covering both what
is internal as well as external to an
organization to develop a baseline
on how existing policies, practices
and programs impact racial equity.
4. Put in place evidence-informed
policies, practices, programs, and
processes for creating and maintaining
an inclusive and equitable
environment for employees and
customers including identifying
best practices for responding to
the use of hate-related behavior/
language/signs.
5. Establish programs, tools and
dedicated resources that engage
executive and board leadership and
staff at all levels on the meaning
and importance of racial equity.
Following the two-year pilot
program, APTA will publish a
report that will include recommendations
for improving the
program and the association says
the success of the program will
be measured in member engagement,
the effectiveness of peer
learning mechanisms and educational
resources provided, as well
as tangible racial equity outcomes
based on implementation of the
core principles.
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
(PSTA) says it was the
first agency to sign the pledge
with PSTA CEO Brad Miller explaining
the agency had focused
on creating a more equitable work
environment prior to the pilot
program's launch.
AN AERIAL view
of the EXPO
hall.
" We've been working on this
internally over the past 15 or 16
months. We basically started our
program off with three main initiatives:
recruiting,
promotion
or workforce development and
then community engagement.
I'm really proud that we're pretty
far along on a lot of the initiatives
and I was positive about APTA
doing this as a big association, "
said Miller during an exclusive
interview with Mass Transit.
Miller recognizes the value of
measuring the impact of efforts
such as the APTA Racial Equity
Commitment Pilot Program, but
explains this commitment to racial
equity doesn't have an end; it
has a permanent place among his
agency's values.
" I want to always try to inject
some new energy in it to keep it
alive, to keep it at the forefront
of what we do, because we're very
busy providing transportation.
This is important, " said Miller.
" Public transportation is a key
component to how our community
at large addresses, race,
equality and equity. "
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