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Entire U.S. transit bus fleet could
transition to zero emission at a
cost of $56 billion to $89 billion
▶ The transit bus fleet in the United
States could transition to full zero-emission
vehicles by 2035 at a cost between
$56.22 billion and $88.91 billion, according
to a new report from the Center
for Transportation and the Environment
(CTE). The report assumes a mix of
battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell
vehicles will be needed to meet the
transition target and accounts for vehicles
used for service by transit agencies
of all sizes, not just heavy-duty 30- to
60-foot buses. In both the low cost and
high costs scenarios, the vehicles themselves
account for between 51 percent
and 59 percent of the costs, followed by
infrastructure, technical assistance and
Federal Transit Administration innovation
and bus testing costs. The report
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New York City sees 24-hour
subway service return
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AVTA HAS logged more than five million
miles on its fleet of electric buses.
included " robust federal support for
research, development and component
testing " as part of the cost assessment,
but also noted several policy areas
where zero-emission fleet transition
could be supported through actions at
the Environmental Protection Agency,
U.S. Department of Transportation,
U.S. Department of Energy and Internal
Revenue Service.
portation Authority (MTA) took down its
" subway closed " signs for the final time
and, for the first time in more than a
year, welcomed riders back to 24-hour
subway service. To celebrate the return
of subway service, MTA leadership and
frontline workers rang the New York
Stock Exchange opening bell on May 17.
To support its momentum and continue
to promote increased transit use, the
MTA launched its #TakeTheTrain, #TakeTheBus
marketing and communications
campaign. MTA says the campaign
" encourages New Yorkers to return to a
more reliable, cleaner system than the
one many last used before the pandemic
arrived in New York. "
Continued ▶
Stephanie Wiggins
Los Angeles County
Authority (L.A. Metro)
The L.A. Metro
Board of Directors
has selected Stephanie
Wiggins to serve
as the authority's
next CEO. She returns
to L.A. Metro from
Metrolink and succeeds
Phil Washington,
who is stepping down
later this year, and is
expected to assume
the lead of the agency
later this month. Her
appointment also
carries historic significance
as she will be
the first woman and
the first Black woman
to lead the authority.
In her previous roles,
Wiggins was responsible
for overseeing
several of L.A. Metro's
Kevin Quinn
Nadine Lee
Kevin Quinn has been
appointed by the
TransLink Board of
Directors to be the
agency's next CEO.
He will begin the role
on July 19, 2021, and
relocate to Metro
Vancouver, British
Columbia, from the
Baltimore, Md., area.
As CEO, he will lead
the post-pandemic
recovery with an
emphasis on rebuilding
ridership, achieving
financial sustainability,
supporting employees
and continuing
to deliver a reliable
transportation system
for Metro Vancouver.
Officials noted there
are parallels between
TransLink and Maryland
Transit Administration,
where Quinn currently
serves as administrator
and CEO.
Dallas Area Rapid
Transit (DART)
The DART Board
of Directors has
selected Nadine Lee
to be the agency's
new president and
CEO. Lee, an experienced
transit industry
leader and engineer
who has worked in the
transportation industry
for nearly 30 years,
will assume her new
position on July 12,
2021. Before joining
DART, Lee served
as the chief of staff
of the Los Angeles
County Metropolitan
Transportation Authority
(Metro). In this
role, Lee coordinated
programs and services
across the agency and
led an effort to make
bus service more equitable
and dependable
for residents.
John Metzinger
Fort Wayne Public
Corporation (Citilink)
John Metzinger has
been named the new
general manager of
Citilink. Metzinger
assumed his new
position on April 19,
2021. He most recently
served as deputy CEO
at Ann Arbor Area
Transportation Authority.
He has also served
in roles at CityBus in
Lafayette, Ind., and
as director of public
transportation in
Danville, Ill. " [John] has
a passion for public
transportation and its
role in getting our residents
to school, work,
medical appointments
and shopping,
which drives our local
economy, " said Citilink
Board Chair Sherese
John Andoh
Columbia Area
Transit (CAT)
The Hood River
County Transportation
District Board
has appointed John
Andoh to serve as
the assistant executive
director of CAT.
Andoh will transition
to the executive
director position when
current CAT Executive
Director Patty Fink
retires. Under the
mentorship of Fink,
Andoh will assist with
updating the Transit
Master Plan, meet and
collaborate with stakeholders
while learning
the ropes. When he
becomes executive director,
he will manage
day-to-day operations,
execute the Transit
Master Plan projects,
lead policy development
and more.
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