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APTA's Skoutelas Addresses PPTA
Annual Meeting
APTA President and
CEO Paul P. Skoutelas
was the keynote
speaker at the Oct. 29
luncheon of the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association's
(PPTA) Fall Conference,
"Navigating the Future
of Transit," in Harrisburg, PA. Skoutelas
discussed APTA initiatives and priorities;
the state of the public
transportation industry;
and how public transportation agencies
have led transformation, embraced change
and invited innovation.

MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker, center, joins dancers evoking the disco era of the
1970s to kick off a 40th-anniversary celebration of the agency's combined rail and bus service.

MARTA Celebrates 40th

APTAU Launches
Cybersecurity Course
cybersecurity eLearning course, Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Executives.
Public transit agencies need to protect not only their system's physical
infrastructure from possible attacks,
but also sensitive agency and customer
data. This requires that all employees
understand the cybersecurity risk.
Developed for APTA members in
coordination with public transit experts

and professionals spanning all sectors
of the industry, this 90-minute course
provides scenarios of real cybersecurity
threats to public transit and prepares
users to answer questions in response
to cyber threats in the categories of:
* Identify;
* Protect;
* Detect;
* Respond; and

Transit Authority (MARTA) welcomed
almost 2,000 guests to a Nov. 3 festival
and concert near the Avondale Station to celebrate the 40th anniversary
of combined rail and bus service. The
free public event followed a stakeholder
reception at Georgia State Station.
MARTA General Manager and
Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Parker
addressed more than 130 guests at the
stakeholder event, including elected
officials, board members and community partners from throughout the
agency's history.
"The authority has come a long way
in 40 years, and it felt right to celebrate
with our supporters. It was a red-letter
day," said Parker. "We have work to do
to expand the system so that it meets
the needs of a changing city and public,
but yesterday was focused on cele-

brating our wins and appreciating the
people-elected officials, board members, community partners and private
citizens-who support us consistently."
Following the reception, guests were
treated to a train ride from Georgia
State to Avondale, which mimicked in
reverse the first MARTA trip in 1979.
At Avondale, they were greeted on the
platform by 1970s-attired dancers in
reference to the theme of the day, "A
Ride Back in Time."
MARTA commissioned local artist/
activist Charmaine Minniefield to create
a piece to celebrate the anniversary and
symbolize the authority's relationship
with the community. She converted her
eight-foot-square installation, featuring
the Atlanta skyline and a MARTA train,
into a paint-by-numbers collaborative
piece that festival attendees helped to
complete onsite.

* Recover.
Learn more at

FTA To Host TAM,
PTASP Webinars
two agencies are using their in-house
tools to support transit asset management (TAM) Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m. Eastern.
The webinar will feature presentations from Sree Mitra, grant manager for
the public transit bureau of Iowa DOT,
and Tom Humphrey, director of asset
management for Metro Transit in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Mitra will focus on Iowa
DOT's facility condition assessment
tool, a tablet-based application used to
collect facility data and automatically
calculate condition assessments on the
FTA Transit Economic Requirements
Model scale. Humphrey will discuss
Metro Transit's e-Process Management
tool that supports precision instructions
for technicians, including training material, as well as returning inspection data
that in the future will provide asset condition information.
TAM is an essential practice for providing safer, more reliable public transit
service nationwide while helping lower
operating costs.

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Register at Registration is open to the first 500 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Illinois DOT and Maryland DOT/Maryland Transit Administration will share
their perspectives, approaches and
experiences related to developing and
approving agency safety plans in an
FTA webinar Nov. 21, 2 p.m. Eastern.
On July 19, 2018, FTA published the
Public Transportation Agency Safety
Plan (PTASP) Final Rule, which requires
certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds
under FTA's Urbanized Area Formula
Grants to develop safety plans that
include the processes and procedures
to implement Safety Management Systems. The deadline to comply is July
20, 2020. For resources, visit the PTASP
Technical Assistance Center at www.
Register for the webinar at https://

SEPTA Completes Major
15th Street Station Project
Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently
marked the completion of substantial
renovations to its 15th Street Station on
the Market-Frankford Line, the most
heavily used station on the agency's
highest-ridership line.
In addition to completing modernization and ADA accessibility work, the
project also represents an important
phase of the overall reconstruction of
the City Hall and 15th Street Stations
complex. It builds on earlier improvements SEPTA completed in conjunction
with the reconstruction of Dilworth Park
and lays the foundation for upcoming

Inside SEPTA's renovated 15th Street Station.

phases of work that will modernize and
transform City Hall Station.
"The reconstruction of 15th Street
Station is another example of the
important infrastructure enhancements
SEPTA is making for our customers, as
well as the city and region," said SEPTA
General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel.
"This project is revitalizing a critical station complex and we look forward to
delivering more improvements here in
the near future."
With the completion of this project,
26 of 28 Market-Frankford Line stations
are now fully ADA accessible.

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