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RFTA Introduces
Battery-Electric Buses
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, far right, joins local officials including interim Director of Transit
Melissa Roberson, center, in boarding the all-electric bus.

Knoxville Welcomes
First All-Electric Bus
joined Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) in
celebrating the arrival of the agency's
first all-electric bus. KAT plans to begin
operating the New Flyer bus early in
"KAT has played a big role in helping us exceed our goal of reducing
greenhouse gas emissions for city
operations-20 percent by year 2020,"
Rogero said. "Investing in this new fleet
of electric buses builds on this history
of sustainability as we embrace the next

THE ROARING FORK Transportation
Authority (RFTA), Aspen, CO, has introduced eight battery-electric buses to
service on selected routes, the result
of a partnership that also involved FTA,
Colorado DOT, area municipalities and
an energy provider.
In addition to improved energy efficiency, the new vehicles are significantly quieter than traditional buses.
Each bus contains 36 passenger seats
and is equipped with wireless Internet,
a passenger information system, automated passenger counting system and

automated vehicle location system.
RFTA drivers and maintenance workers received special training on the New
Flyer buses prior to the launch.
The electrification of a portion of
RFTA's fleet is a publicly supported
initiative from RFTA Destination 2040.
In addition, the Colorado Association
of Transit Agencies honored RFTA and
the city of Aspen with its 2019 Transit
Team of the Year Award for its efforts to
secure funding and community support
for the project.

generation of transit technology."
Over the past several years, KAT
has been expanding into alternative
fuel options and now one-third of the
current fleet consists of hybrid-electric
vehicles. The next stage, all-electric
vehicles, is part of the city's overall sustainability strategy, which also includes
LED streetlight installation, energy
upgrades to housing in the Community
Development Department, and encouraging biking, walking and public transit.

One of RFTA's new battery-electric buses.

Public Transit Ridership Up
For Third Quarter of 2019
Television Journalist Nora
public transit trips in the third quarter of 2019, 54 million more than the
same period in 2018 or an increase of
2.2 percent. This is the second quarter
in a row to show an increase, and the
first set of consecutive quarters with
an increase since the third and fourth
quarters of 2014, according to APTA's
quarterly Transit Ridership Report.
Heavy rail ridership increased by
5.46 percent, with an increase of
4.38 percent for commuter rail. Bus
ridership rose by 0.59 percent.

"Public transportation organizations
are consistently improving their services
to be more customer focused to meet the
needs of today's riders," said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. "The
landscape of American transportation is
changing; the public transportation industry continues to implement technological innovations and improved access
that benefits communities and is a critical part of the transportation network."
The full report is available at

APTA Workshop Attendees
Discuss How to Make a
Difference in Transit Referenda
MORE THAN 140 PEOPLE attended
APTA's 2019 Transit Initiatives & Communities Workshop Dec. 15-17 in
Tampa to explore the best ways to plan,
organize, implement and finance public
transit campaigns. Speakers included
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, former
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Phoenix
Mayor Kate Gallego and Los Angeles
Mayor Eric Garcetti (via video).
Transit ballot measures are an
increasingly important source of revenue for transit investment and 2020 will
be an important ballot year with many
measures expected. Attendees included
elected officials, business leaders,
public transit agency reps, community
advocates and campaign professionals.

APTA President and CEO Paul P.
Skoutelas welcomed attendees and
described how the Center for Transportation Excellence was founded
20 years ago to serve as a resource for
communities considering transit ballot measures, to promote the merits of
public transit and equip local leaders
with information to be successful with
their ballot measures. He noted that in
2019 there were 16 wins and 4 losses
for an 80 percent success rate for transit. Altogether, $7.5 billion in funding
for transit investment was approved by
voters this year alone, he said, underscoring the strong support for public
transportation in communities across
the country.

O'Donnell to Address APTA's
Legislative Conference
The Legislative ConferEvening News anchor and
ence will feature discussions
contributor to 60 Minutes,
on important federal legislais the March 16 keynote
tion; opportunities to shape
speaker at APTA's 2020 Legindustry policy and APTA's
islative Conference March
federal advocacy efforts; ses15-17 in Washington, DC.
sions with key government
Prior to becoming anchor
officials, including members of
of CBS Evening News in
Congress and the administraNorah O'Donnell
2019, O'Donnell served as
tion; and educational panels
co-host of CBS This Morning
of congressional staff and DC
and as CBS News chief White House
correspondent. A journalist for more
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the world's most notable individuals.

New CEO Named
DeMartino, LOSSAN

Rail Corridor Agency has named Donna DeMartino its new
managing director. The agency is a joint powers authority with
responsibility for the state-supported Pacific Surfliner intercity
passenger rail service. DeMartino is stepping down from her
position as chief executive officer of the San Joaquin Regional
Transit District (RTD) in late January after 19 years with the agency.
During DeMartino's tenure at RTD, the agency received the 2018 APTA Outstanding Public Transportation System Award, among other honors. She is a graduate of
the Leadership APTA Class of 1999, a member of the APTA Board of Directors,
chair of the Mid-Size Operations Committee and a member of many other APTA
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