Passenger Transport June 2020 Vol 78 No 12 - 1

THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS	

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020

| VOLUME 78, NO. 12

Voters Once Again Choose
Increased Investment in
Public Transportation

PSTA CEO Brad Miller speaks about the first inductive wireless charging
station on the U.S. East Coast at the agency's headquarters.

PSTA Debuts First
Inductive Wireless
Charging Station on
East Coast
THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY (PSTA),
St. Petersburg, FL, has opened, according to the agency,
the first inductive wireless charging station on the U.S. East
Coast, incorporating 250-kilowatt Inductive Power Transfer
Technology.
PSTA's fleet of two electric buses (with four more expected
this year), currently charge using a plug-in charger-a process that takes approximately four hours. With the new
technology, that time is expected to be reduced by more
than half.
The driver positions the electric bus over the charge
plate-which connects with the bus wirelessly-and presses
a button for a 10-minute charge to begin. Drivers are trained
on how to align with the charger.
"This innovative technology is one giant step forward for
not only PSTA, but transit agencies across the nation. Being
the first electric charging station of its kind in Florida sets
the standard of transportation agencies becoming more
environmentally friendly," said Brad Miller, PSTA chief executive officer. "At PSTA we are committed to reducing our
-carbon-footprint while still providing the best service possible to our community."

VOTERS IN WEST VIRGINIA ON JUNE 9 overwhelmingly supported
four measures that called for investing in more public transportation.
Two are levy renewals for the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority in
Vienna and Parkersburg. They are expected to raise $800,000 and
$2,000,000 per year, respectively.
The third is a levy renewal for the Tri-State Transit Authority in
Huntington. It is expected to raise $1,760,000 per year.
The fourth is the Monongalia County Urban Mass Transportation
Authority levy, which was approved by 66.5 percent of voters and will
provide $1,994,843 annually and $7,979,372 over a four-year term.
Overall, voters have supported public transit in 18 out of 20 elections
this year-a 90 percent win rate.

New VTA Sustainability Plan
Most Comprehensive Yet
THE SANTA CLARA VALLEY Transportation
Authority (VTA), San Jose, CA, has unveiled a
new sustainability plan, which will serve as a
road map to guide the agency's actions through
Fiscal Year 2040. The plan, VTA's most comprehensive yet, outlines key performance indicators with short-term and stretch targets for
greenhouse gas emissions, criteria air pollutants,
building energy, fleet energy, water usage and
waste diversion.
"Sustainable practices are at the core of VTA's
mission to provide transportation solutions," said
Nuria I. Fernandez, APTA chair and VTA general
manager / CEO. "It is fundamental to how we
do business and innovate the way Silicon Valley
moves."
Over the last decade, VTA has sought to

improve efficiency and conserve resources by
retrofitting equipment, installing solar and replacing vehicles, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 50 percent and
air pollutants by 70 percent. The agency earned
APTA's Sustainability Commitment gold-level
status in 2016.
Requirements for VTA to meet its enhanced
sustainability targets include transitioning the
entire bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles,
upgrading to 100 percent renewable energy
sources for light rail and facilities, and substantially increasing the use of non-potable
water. The agency is also examining additional

VTA SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

Examining Priorities in Rail Transit
FOLLOWING THE CANCELLATION OF APTA'S 2020
in-person Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo
due to the coronavirus pandemic, Passenger Transport
invited a cross section of rail practitioners to discuss some
of the -priorities, concerns and opportunities facing rail
service. Beginning on page 6, explore how zero-emissions
technology, safety and cybersecurity concerns, and new
maintenance and communications practices are shaping rail
operations across North America.

By retrofitting equipment, installing solar and replacing vehicles, VTA has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by
50 percent and air pollutants by 70 percent.



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