Passenger Transport May 2020 Vol 78 No 10 - 1
THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020
| VOLUME 78, NO. 10
APTA/Industry Leaders Address COVID-19
Challenges, Need for More Funding
DURING A PRESS CALL
toration Task Force, which
May 12, APTA and p
will provide a roadmap for
public transportation serleaders underscored the
vices in the post-COVID-19
crucial need for an additional
world. Los Angeles County
$23.8 billion in emergency
funding to offset the staggerAuthority CEO Phil Washinging direct costs and revenue
ton is chair of the task force.
losses the industry is suffering
The task force will
Nuria I. Fernandez
Jeffrey A. Nelson
Paul P. Skoutelas
in the wake of the COVID-19
covering a wide range of
This new funding would
issues critical to public
allow public transit agencies
transportation's future sucto continue to provide essencess, including safeguarding
tial services and support the
employees and riders; public
economic recovery of comand rider confidence; and
munities across the country.
customer-focused operaA recent, independent analtions, as well as resiliency,
ysis conducted by EBP, US
equity and societal needs.
Inc., determined a $23.8 bil"As an industry, we
Therese W. McMillan
Dorval R. Carter Jr.
lion shortfall through the end
are preparing for a safer,
of 2021, in addition to the $25 billion
They stressed the need to keep employbrighter and more-dynamic future.
provided in the CARES Act.
ees and riders safe while learning to
Recovery will be a dynamic process.
Also, on May 12, Rep. Nita Lowey
be resilient as they adapt to a new norBut I am confident that if our industry
(D-NY), chair of the House Committee
mal that will dramatically reshape the
has the resources it needs, we will
on Appropriations, introduced H.R.
recover and become even more essen6800, the HEROES Act, a fourth packAPTA Chair Nuria I. Fernandez, gential to America's mobility network,"
age of coronavirus response emergency
eral manager and CEO of the Santa
funding. The bill includes $15.75 billion
Clara Valley Transportation Authority
"It is imperative that agencies receive
in emergency funding for public trans(VTA), San Jose, CA, said her agency
federal support so that they can survive
portation. APTA expressed appreciaserves a population of approximately
tion for the introduction of the bill but
2 million people in the heart of Silicon
said that the amount falls short of that
Valley. Before the pandemic, VTA proneeded. View APTA's May 7 letter to
vided more than 115,000 trips on light
congressional leaders at https://bit.ly/
rail and buses every weekday. But, she
3dOWXFj. View APTA's recent Legislasaid, ridership is down 80 percent since
tive Alert at https://bit.ly/2YZIKBb.
mid-March, when the shelter in place
APTA members on the call expressed
order was given for her county.
concerns over the enormous financial
Fernandez has created an initiative
PAUL JABLONSKI, CEO of the San
losses they are seeing due to significant
that she said will be vitally important
Diego Metropolitan Transit System
drops in ridership and costs related to
in moving the industry and country
(MTS), died suddenly on May 10. He
sanitization of vehicles and facilities.
forward: the Mobility Recovery & Reswas 67.
Jablonski's career spanned more
than 40 years in transit-related positions, including 16 years at the MTS.
Deputy CEO Sharon Cooney will serve
as the agency's interim CEO.
Jablonski began his career in public
transportation as a bus operator in
Amherst, MA. He held management
FOLLOWING THE CANCELLATION OF APTA'S 2020 MOBILITY C
roles at the Merrimack Valley Regional
and Bus Roadeo due to the coronavirus pandemic, Passenger Transport
Transportation Authority, the Saudi
invited a cross section of public transit professionals to discuss some of the
Arabian Public Transport Co., and
priorities and opportunities facing bus and paratransit systems and the changthe Southwest Ohio Regional Transit
ing environment in which they operate. Beginning on page 5, explore how
autonomous vehicles, mobility hubs, multimodal trip planning and more conHe served on APTA's Executive Comtinue to impact public transit and the ways in which it serves a critical function
mittee and Board of Directors, was vice
in communities across the country.
chair of the Public Transportation CEO
Coordinating Council, and numerous
and help our nation recover from the
economic fallout of the pandemic,"
said APTA President and CEO Paul P.
Skoutelas. "Without significant additional emergency funding, we will not be
able to serve our essential riders, as well
as help our communities recover both
economically and socially."
Jeffrey A. Nelson, APTA vice chair
and general manager of the Rock Island
County Metropolitan Mass Transit
District (MetroLink), said, "It's difficult
to predict how or when our communities will recover from this particular
crisis. With no clear end point in sight,
we have to prepare for what the 'new
normal' may be. Transit is a resilient
industry, and I am confident we can
take on that challenge. This pandemic
has changed how people perceive their
world, and we will adapt and find new
ways to provide a critical public transit
service to our community."
Nelson said ridership at his agency
is not as dramatically reduced as his
-colleagues, attributing the still-significant
40 percent decrease to the fact that
LEADERSHIP PRESS CALL
CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
Exploring the Changing Face
Of Public Transit
committees including Finance, Legislative Steering,
Mobility Management, Research and Technology, and
MTS was named by APTA as Most
Outstanding Transit Agency of the year
in 2009 and Jablonski was recognized
by APTA as Outstanding Transportation
Manager of the Year in 2014.
Jablonski was chair of the Transit
Cooperative Research Program's Oversight and Project Selection Commission
and a member of the California Transit
Association's Executive Committee.
APTA Chair Nuria I. Fernandez, general manager and CEO, Santa Clara
IN MEMORIAM: PAUL JABLONSKI
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