Passenger Transport August 2020 Vol 78 No 17 - 1

THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS	

MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020

| VOLUME 78, NO. 17

APTA's Mobility & Rail NOW!
Conference Focuses on
Safety, Security and Resiliency
During a Pandemic

AC Transit Launches
Area's First BRT
THE ALAMEDA-CONTRA COSTA TRANSIT DISTRICT
(AC Transit), Oakland, CA, has launched the East Bay's first
BRT, "Tempo." Offering service from Uptown Oakland to the
San Leandro Transit Center, Tempo is a 9.5-mile network of
dedicated and painted bus-only lanes with 46 curbside and
center median stations.
"Tempo represents a tangible commitment to our neediest
riders along International Boulevard and East 14th Street, to
replace Bus Line 1," said General Manager Michael Hursh.
"Line 1 was stalled by heavy traffic, which created bus
bunching and undermined on-time performance. The busonly lanes now bypass traffic bottlenecks, eliminate bunching, and by managing traffic signals through transit signal
priority technology, Tempo will ultimately achieve its optimal
frequencies of a bus every 10-minutes."
Tempo will operate 27 60-foot New Flyer coaches,
powered by hybrid technology designed to reduce both
particulate and nitric oxide emissions. Embedded technology allows the coaches to kneel to variable heights and
minimizes the slope difference between the platform and
bus floor. Each coach is equipped with five wide doors. The
middle doors feature bridge plates to ease access for riders
with mobility devices. Bike racks are installed in the interior
of the coaches.
Station handrails and some windscreens depict generations of culture, heritage and industry. Woven into the
stations' architecture is a miles-long haiku poem crafted by
Bay Area artists. Overhead variable message signs provide
up-to-the-minute bus arrivals, and vision impaired riders
receive bus arrival playback via a real-time audio push button. Stations are bordered with high-visibility crosswalks,
push-to-walk signal controls and ADA curb ramps and
sidewalks.

RESILIENCE, BEST PRACTICES AND THE
challenges facing public transit systems and
businesses in the COVID-19 era were the major
issues discussed at APTA's virtual Mobility & Rail
NOW! conference, Aug. 12-13. At the Opening
General Session, APTA Chair Nuria I. Fernandez,
general manager and CEO, Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA, and
APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas welcomed the nearly 500 participants.
Fernandez said that according to a recent

Nuria I. Fernandez

Paul P. Skoutelas

national poll, the top three issues that most
concern Americans right now are containing
the coronavirus, restarting the economy and
addressing social and racial inequity.
"As people adjust to an evolving way of
working and living, public transportation will be
expected to be smarter, more accessible for
all, resilient, efficient, reliable and responsive

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

K. Jane Williams

PSTA Breaks Ground
On SunRunner BRT
THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT Authority
SunRunner and the opportunities it will bring to
(PSTA), St. Petersburg, FL, has broken ground on
support our local businesses, drive tourism and
the region's first BRT system, "SunRunner," a line
propel sustainable development for generations
that will connect Pinellas County beaches with
to come."
downtown St. Petersburg.
"The 10.3-mile line will improve mobility and
SunRunner will feature semi-dedicated lanes,
access to jobs, healthcare, educational opportulimited stops and safety enhancements for pasnities and other critical community services in the
sengers, including level boarding platforms. The
region," said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane
10.3-mile line will include 16 stops with buses
Williams.
running every 15 minutes.
SunRunner's 40-foot buses are expected to
"This is a historic day and a long time coming,"
arrive in 2021, with service anticipated to be
said Brad Miller, PSTA chief executive officer,
completed in early 2022.
at recent groundbreaking ceremonies.
"Ultimately we hope this will be the first
piece of a larger BRT puzzle that connects all of our communities, reduces
congestion and improves our lives."
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) presented
a $21.8 million check from the FTA for
the project. "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I've been proud
to provide funding to support PSTA
as they work to connect our growing
beach communities and St. Pete's exciting Central Avenue districts," he said.
State and local officials gathered in St. Petersburg, FL, recently to
"I look forward to the completion of the break ground on PSTA's SunRunner, the region's first BRT line.



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