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WTS Honors APTA's Skoutelas

APTA members discussed major safety issues at the Mid-Year Safety Seminar.

APTA Mid-Year Safety
Seminar Breaks Records
attendance in the history of its Mid-Year
Safety Seminar, Dec. 3-5 in Seattle,
with more than 120 registrants, a 50
percent increase over the previous year.
APTA hosted the seminar in conjunction with King County Metro Transit and
Sound Transit.
Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer
Peter Rogoff kicked off the seminar with
a welcome address highlighting safety
in the public transportation industry.
The conference program also offered
updates from APTA partner organizations including FTA, FRA and Operation
Lifesaver Inc. Expert panels reported
on safety management systems, fare
evasion, bus operator assaults, safety
certification, cybersecurity and APTA
standards. King County Metro General

Manager Rob Gannon discussed safety
and equity in transportation at his keynote luncheon address.
Tours scheduled by the host agencies
showcased public transit innovations in
the Seattle region, such as the world's
first floating bridge project to carry light
rail, King County Metro's electric bus
infrastructure and the regional water
taxi. The tours also highlighted the
region's vastly growing public transportation infrastructure.
APTA noted the success of the safety
seminar in bringing together APTA
members, including public transit agencies, government entities and business
members, to discuss the major issues
surrounding public transit safety, security and emergency management.

APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas
was honored by the Washington, DC, Chapter of WTS International as the Honorable Ray
LaHood Award winner for 2019 at the organization's annual awards ceremony Dec. 10. The
awards recognize transportation professionals
who have contributed to the transformation of
the industry and the advancement of women in
the industry. The WTS Honorable Ray LaHood
Award is presented each year to a man who
has been key to WTS International's efforts to
attract, retain and advance women in transportation. Left of Skoutelas is Adrienne Ameel
Kimley-Horn, president of the WTS-DC executive board. To the right is Katie Kraft, 2019
chair of the WTS-DC Recognitions Committee.

Improvement Webinar
a webinar, Improving Your Asset
Information and Embracing Continual
Improvement, Jan. 21, 2:00 - 3:15
p.m. Eastern, covering the two critical
elements of a Transit Asset Management (TAM) program: improving asset
information and embracing continual
The webinar will guide public transit agencies in better understanding,
specifying, collecting and managing

asset information. It will offer practical
examples, best practices and lessons
learned from around the world.
The webinar will also introduce the
notion of a generational approach to
improvement, whereby a TAM process
or document is defined, implemented
and monitored, with improvements
identified and incorporated into a second generation.
Learn more and register at https://

Emerging Leaders Program MCI Awarded Five-Year
Accepting Applications
Contract with AC Transit
APTA IS ACCEPTING applications
through Feb. 3, 2020, for the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Class of
2021. APTA invites public transportation professionals who have worked
in the industry approximately three to
five years-including one to three years
managing tasks, projects or staff-to
The Emerging Leaders Program
Committee will select 35 individuals
from APTA member organizations who
represent the rich diversity of the industry to participate in the 12-month program. The curriculum includes a variety
of skill-building workshops, roundtable
sessions, online collaboration and

unique access to industry leaders
through a national mentoring program.
The ELP provides public transportation professionals with the skills,
knowledge and networks needed for
advancement. Participants learn from
industry leaders while participating in
a program that provides opportunities
to interact with areas of the industry beyond their specialization. Most
importantly, participants learn from a
talented cohort of professionals-their
classmates-who will become lifelong
colleagues and friends.
For more information and to apply,

policy provisions to ensure FTA administers the CIG program in accordance
with the requirements of current law.
For example, the bill prohibits FTA
from impeding or hindering a project
from advancing or approving projects
seeking a CIG federal share of more
than 40 percent; and implementing or
furthering new policies detailed in FTA's
June 29, 2018 "Dear Colleague" letter
to CIG project sponsors.
The administration's Dear Colleague
letter established geographic diversity
as a factor in FTA allocation decisions
and considered DOT loans "in the
context of" all federal funding sources

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requested by the project sponsor, and
not separate from the federal funding
sources. APTA has repeatedly communicated its serious concerns with
the CIG policies outlined in the letter to
Congress and the administration.
Finally, the bill authorizes projects in
the Expedited Project Delivery for CIG
Pilot Program to be eligible for funding
under the CIG program without further
evaluation or rating. The CIG funding
cannot exceed the federal share of
25 percent under the Pilot Program.
For more details, read APTA's Legislative Alert at

a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., has
announced that AC Transit in Oakland,
CA, has approved the purchase of 36
of its D45 CRT LE commuter coaches
to operate on the system's Transbay
"For many riders with impairments,
AC Transit is an essential lifeline to
physicians, careers and recreation. With
a passenger focus, we are assembling
an entirely new bus fleet that not only
accommodates all riders but mobility

devices as well," said AC Transit General Manager, Michael Hursh. He noted
that the design of MCI's D45 CRT LE
incorporates an ADA ramp at the middle door, eliminating the need for stairs.
MCI worked with advocacy groups
including the National Council on Independent Living to develop the new
model. AC Transit became the first
public transit agency to test the vehicle
in revenue service, following its debut at
APTA's 2017 EXPO in Atlanta.

Gold Coast's 'Elf on the GO' Holiday Bus
The Gold Coast
Transit District
(GCTD) in Oxnard,
CA, is operating its fourth
annual "Elf on the
GO" holiday bus
through Jan. 4. The
exterior depicts
a snowy village
where elves build
toys and wrap
presents, while
the interior offers
decorations and
holiday music. The
agency, with financial support from
local businesses,
operates the bus
on various routes throughout the service area. GCTD Board Chair Cheryl Heitmann cuts the
ribbon to dedicate the bus, with General Manager Steve Brown at third from left.

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