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Sound Transit Breaks
Ground on Redmond
Link Extension
broke ground recently on the 3.4-mile
Downtown Redmond Link Extension,
which will extend Blue Line light rail service to its terminus in downtown Redmond, WA, when it opens in 2024.
The extension, with two new stations
at SE Redmond and Downtown Redmond, will open the year after Sound
Transit opens its East Link light rail line
between Downtown Seattle and Redmond's Overlake area.
Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer
Peter Rogoff noted the "years of planning and partnership" that went into
completing the regional public transit
network. "Within five years," he said,
"our Link extensions to Redmond, Lynnwood and Federal Way, and Stride
BRT service on I-405 and SR-522, will
enable many thousands more riders to
escape crippling traffic."
Redmond Mayor and Sound Transit
Board Chair John Marchione called the
ground breaking "a win for transit riders, drivers and pedestrians who will
soon travel quickly, easily and traffic-

Members of the City of Jacksonville and Mayor's Disability Council and the JTA Transportation
Advisory Committee rode on JTA's ADA accessible autonomous vehicle prototype and provided

JTA Testing ADA Accessible
Autonomous Vehicle
Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff speaks at
ground-breaking ceremonies for the Downtown
Redmond Link light rail extension.

free between homes and workplaces in
Redmond and destinations throughout
the region."
The agency's partners in the project include the city of Redmond, the
King County Department of Natural
Resources and Parks, King County
Metro Transit and Washington State

Cleveland, Dayton
Agencies Receive
State DOT Funding
Cleveland and Dayton are among
the recipients of funding from Ohio
DOT: two grants, for $15.3 million and
$3.67 million, to the Greater Cleveland
Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) and
more than $6 million to the Greater
Dayton Regional Transit Authority
In total, the state is administering
almost $45 million through a first-time
competitive program to provide aid to
24 urban and 20 rural public transit
agencies, as well as $16.6 million in
Urban Transit Program funds for Ohio's
27 urban transit systems. Both programs are part of $70 million from the
state's general revenue fund, approved
by the Ohio General Assembly in the
most recent two-year state transportation budget.
GCRTA will direct the $15.3 million
grant toward its railcar replacement
program, to replace buses and to help
buy property near the Red Line's E. 79th
Street Station. The $3.67 million from
the Urban Transit Program will purchase
three MCI buses for park-and-ride use
and five 40-foot Gillig buses for regular
"RTA is grateful for ODOT's investment in public transit. We look forward to investing in the improvements
needed to achieve a state of good

repair. With this ODOT grant, we're
one step closer to ensuring continuous
improvement in RTA's infrastructure and
services," said CEO and General Manager India Birdsong.
The GDRTA grants include $2.2 million to partially fund an order of 12 dualmode buses to replace 21-year-old
electric trolleybuses and $2.1 million for
bus facility maintenance.
GDRTA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Robert Ruzinsky said, "These funds
will have tremendous impact not only
in Dayton, but across the state, in helping public transit providers replace and
maintain the vehicles and assets our
riders depend upon every day."
Other Dayton projects receiving funds
include operating support for a fourth
downtown circulator bus; the purchase
of seven new 35-foot buses to replace
older vehicles, along with a new community outreach bus; electric infrastructure system rebuilds; and a new mobile
fare payment project.
Statewide, public transit agencies
will use the Ohio DOT funding for
replacing buses and railcars, operating
assistance, preventive maintenance, rail
track rehabilitation, passenger shelters,
scheduling and dispatching software,
garage equipment and surveillance and
security equipment.

THE JACKSONVILLE (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) has begun testing
for the first ADA accessible NAVYA
autonomous vehicle prototype in the
U.S. at its Ultimate Urban Circulator
(U2C) Test and Learn Track.
In attendance at recent tests were
representatives of the City of Jacksonville and Mayor's Disability Council and
the JTA Transportation Advisory Committee, who rode in the new vehicle
and provided feedback on their first
test rides. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny
Curry's Disability Council comprises
13 members who serve as community
liaisons from a multitude of agencies,
disability backgrounds and business
professions. The JTA's Transportation

Advisory Committee advises the JTA
Board of Directors on policies and other
matters pertaining to transportation of
persons with disabilities and advocates
on behalf of JTA for improvements to
public transit services in the community.
The agency launched the U2C program-an autonomous vehicle service
for public transportation-in 2017. Once
completed, the program will comprise
four main projects, beginning with
the Bay Street Innovation Corridor, a
three-mile at-grade loop along East
Bay Street on Downtown Jacksonville's
Northbank. This phase will connect


Optibus Opens NYC
Office, Names New GM
for cities around the world, has announced the opening of offices
in New York City, joining its existing location in San Francisco.
The company also has offices in Tel Aviv, London and Dusseldorf.
Also, the company has named Kevin Foreman as its North
America general manager. He joins the firm from INRIX, where
he was a vice president and general manager of the enterprise
division and served in several executive roles at RealNetworks.
He has more than 20 years of experience.

Kevin Foreman

County's 0.3 percent earnings tax that
has supported the Southwest Ohio
Regional Transit Authority (Cincinnati
Metro) since 1972. However, the ballot language states that the tax repeal
will occur if and only if it is replaced
by passing a countywide sales tax for
transportation in 2020.
Preliminary results in Albuquerque,
NM, show passage of two measures,
a receipts tax and a bond measure, to
increase local public transit funding.
The renewal of the quarter-cent gross
receipts tax, which has been in place
for 20 years, received 65 percent of the
vote and the $3.13 million bond measure for public transportation improvements passed 58 percent to 42 percent.
Maine voters overwhelmingly
approved a $105 million bond measure

to benefit transportation, with a portion
of the funds dedicated to public transit,
ports, harbors, airports, railroads and
bicycle and pedestrian trails.
Voters dismissed a statewide Colorado measure that would allow excess
tax revenues to be used discretionally
for a variety of purposes, including
transportation and public transit, and a
measure in Columbia County, OR, for
a property tax of 0.18 cent per $1,000
to support public transit. In Washington State, voters approved a statewide
measure that would limit annual license
fees for certain vehicles and repeal
authorization for certain regional transit
authorities to impose motor vehicle
excise taxes.
For information on all of 2019's transitrelated ballot measures, visit
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