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Additional Speakers
Named for APTA's
APTA'S VIRTUAL TRANScend EVENT, Oct. 21-22, will
explore and address the most important questions facing
public transportation for the year ahead and how to rise
above current challenges.
APTA has confirmed a host of renowned public transit
executives and luminaries to lead discussions on such
topics as the long-term impacts of COVID-19, bringing passengers back, putting equity in the forefront, the changing
landscape of cities, policing in a new era and more. Speakers include:
*	K. Jane Williams, deputy administrator, FTA
*	Nuria I. Fernandez, chair, APTA; general manager/CEO,
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose,
*	Jeffrey A. Nelson, vice chair, APTA; general manager,
Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District
(MetroLink), Moline, IL
*	Paul P. Skoutelas, president and CEO, APTA
*	Tony Seba, thought leader, Silicon Valley entrepreneur,
educator and author
*	Andy Byford, commissioner, Transport for London
*	Dorval R. Carter, Jr., president, Chicago Transit Authority
*	A. Bradley Mims, president and CEO, Conference of
Minority Transportation Officials
*	Alva Carrasco, president of the board, Latinos In Transit
*	Adelee Marie Le Grand, vice president strategic advisory/
client relations, Transdev North America
*	Leslie S. Richards, general manager, SEPTA
*	Jeffrey Tumlin, director of transportation, San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
*	Katharine Kelleman, chief executive officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
*	Inez Evans, president and CEO, Indianapolis Public
Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN
*	And more!
Do not miss this opportunity to hear from thought leaders
and exchange ideas with your peers! Learn more and register at

Month (NCSAM). This year's theme, "Do Your Part. #Be
CyberSmart," encourages individuals and organizations
to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.
Read more about the importance of cybersecurity in
public transit and access resources on pages 2 and 4 of
this issue. Learn more about NCSAM at


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Continuing Resolution Funds
Government, Extends Surface
Transportation Programs
Resolution, Sept. 30, that prevented a government shutdown by continuing to fund federal
programs at current levels through Dec. 11,
2020. It also extends the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act for one year and
ensures the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund will remain solvent during that
time. President Trump signed the bill.
APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas
said, "The American Public Transportation Association, on behalf of the entire public transportation industry, applauds congressional leaders
and the Trump Administration for reaching a
bipartisan agreement on H.R. 8337, the 'Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other
Extensions Act'. This is the first time in 30 years
that Congress has enacted a one-year extension
of surface transportation authorization programs
after the lapse of a multi-year authorization act."

H.R. 8337 provides public transit agencies
with much-needed certainty in public transit
funding in FY 2021. The extension of the FAST
Act provides at least $12.6 billion for public
transit investment and prevents a $6 billion
across-the-board cut to public transit agencies.
The bill also specifically provides $3.2 billion to
the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust
Skoutelas said that while passage of this bill
is "vital to the industry, Congress still needs to
address the urgent and dire situation faced by
public transportation systems across the nation.
As Congress negotiates the newly proposed
The Heroes Act, APTA implores both chambers
of Congress and the Administration to provide
at least $32 billion in critical federal support to
enable the public transit industry to survive this
unprecedented pandemic."

RTD Opens N Line Service
(RTD), Denver, has opened its newest rail service, the N Line commuter rail service from
-Denver to Thornton.
"I'm excited for all that the N Line will bring
to the Denver metro region. Not only will it bring
another option to being stuck in traffic, but
more importantly, connectivity to the entire RTD
system," said RTD Chief Executive Officer and
General Manager Paul J. Ballard. "The positive
impacts of this new commuter rail line will not
only create enhanced mobility today but will pay
dividends for decades to come."
"The opening of the N Line is a tremendous
milestone for not only the northern communities, but the whole
region," said RTD Chair Angie
Rivera-Malpiede. "Now our
-riders are even more connected
to our thriving metro area. This
line is a true testament to what
can happen when constituents, elected officials, staff and
-public and private entities come
together to get things done for
the benefit of all."
Ballard and Rivera--Malpiede
opened the line with a ribbon--
cutting ceremony, attended by
local dignitaries, at Thornton's
Eastlake 124th Station. Sen.

Cory Gardner (R-CO) provided a video statement
and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) sent a statement of congratulations.
The N Line will serve Denver, Commerce City,
Northglenn and Thornton. It includes six new
stations and 2,480 new parking spaces along
a 13-mile corridor between Union Station and
Eastlake 124th Station. The remaining 5.5 miles
of the corridor will be built as funds become
available. The entire 18.5-mile line is part of
RTD's 2004 voter-approved FasTracks program
to expand transit across the Denver metro
region. The N Line is the seventh FasTracks
-project to open since 2016.

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