Passenger Transport October 2020 Vol 78 No 20 - 1
THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020
| VOLUME 78, NO. 20
APTA Urges Return to
Negotiating Table and
Passage of Heroes Act
The HART SMART AV is 100 percent electric and costs less than $30
per month to charge.
Tampa Bay Area's
First AV Pilot
HILLSBOROUGH AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT (HART),
Tampa, FL, has launched the first, fully electric automated
vehicle (AV) pilot in the Tampa Bay region, in partnership
with Orlando-based autonomous shuttle service provider
Beep. The project is fully funded by Florida DOT, with no
required match on behalf of HART.
"HART is proud to be the regional leader in a new era of
transportation innovation in Tampa Bay," said HART Deputy Chief of Transportation Ruthie Reyes Burckard. "HART
SMART [Smart Mobility Alongside Regional Transit] AV is a
first-mile, last-mile connection from the TECO Line Streetcar in Ybor City to our bus system in northern downtown
Tampa. The shuttle is another option for our riders to get to
the places that enhance their lives."
HART SMART AV operates without a steering wheel and
uses a pre-programmed, fixed route. Eight sensors on the
outside of the vehicle provide a 360-degree view of the environment, and an on-board attendant serves as an ambassador to inform passengers about the technology and oversee
the rider experience. The route includes four stops at Marion
Transit Center's Bay F, Kennedy Boulevard, Washington
Street and Whiting Street with the option for a future stop at
Tampa City Hall.
"Investments in safer, sustainable and innovative transportation solutions are more important now than ever to ensure
transit agencies like HART can adapt to evolving passenger
expectations and needs," said Beep CEO Joe Moye.
APTA CONTINUES TO AGGRESSIVELY advocate for additional emergency funding amounting
to $32 billion for public transportation systems,
despite the fact that talks have slowed between
Congress and the Administration over the next
stimulus bill. Over the past two weeks, talks
between the parties have stalled on several
Nevertheless, there has been important progress on emergency transit funding. On Oct.1, the
House passed H.R. 925, "The Heroes Act", a
$2.2 trillion COVID-19 bill that includes $32 billion of COVID-19 transit funding, more than double the amount provided in the May version of
the bill. The Heroes Act also provides $2.4 billion
for Amtrak grants.
In a statement in response to an impasse in
negotiations between Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and White House representatives, APTA President and CEO Paul P.
HEROES ACT CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
Voters to Decide on Multiple
Ballot Initiatives Nov. 3
VOTERS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE U.S.
will head to the ballot box (unless they voted
early) to choose their elected leaders and decide
on ballot measures that support public transportation Nov. 3.
"Public transportation keeps communities
mobile, functioning and open, especially during
the COVID-19 pandemic," said APTA President
and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. "These local and
state initiatives on the ballot on November 3rd
are critical so that public transit systems can
improve and expand services for residents and
keep our economy moving forward."
In 2020, 32 out of 34 measures supporting
public transit have passed across the country,
which represents a 94 percent win rate. For more
information visit APTA's Center for Transportation
Excellence at https://cfte.org.
Here are the measures being considered:
San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo,
CA: In the Bay Area, voters will consider a 1/8
cent sales tax to provide dedicated funding for
Caltrain. The tax would generate approximately
$100 million annually.
Sonoma, CA: Voters will consider a sales
tax that could result in $26 million in revenue:
35 percent of the revenue will be split between
bus, bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
BALLOT INITIATIVES CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
APTA's TRANScend: Critical
Conversations for the Year Ahead
APTA'S VIRTUAL TRANScend EVENT, OCT. 21-22, ADDRESSES THE MOST IMPORTANT
questions in public transportation for the year ahead and discusses how to rise above current
challenges. Ahead of the event, Passenger Transport invited a broad cross-section of APTA
members to share their perspectives on the long-term impacts of COVID-19, ridership, equity,
policing in a new era and more. Turn to page 8 of this issue.
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