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MTA Announces
New Route with New Conference & EXPO
Set for Sept. 1-3
Electric Bus
Authority (MTA), Macon, GA, has
launched its Second Street Corridor
route, serviced by " Sparky, " one of
the agency's two new K9S 35-foot,
zero-emission electric buses from BYD.
MTA is the first public transit agency
in Georgia to operate electric buses.
Sparky and her brother, " Bolt, " will
alternate routes throughout the agency's system. Both buses were unveiled
in October.
" We have been working on this bold
initiative for more than two years and
are delighted to leap into the future. The
citizens of Macon-Bibb County will be
well-served by buses that utilize this
clean, safe and efficient technology, "
said MTA CEO Craig Ross. " The dual
bus wrap design featuring a lightning
bolt on one side and an electric plug

on the other was chosen as an attention-getter highlighting our new green
technology. "
The Second Street Corridor route
includes service for the first time to the
front steps of Coliseum Medical Centers
on Hospital Drive, significantly increasing accessibility to the hospital and
other buildings on the campus.
" This is very exciting for us and we're
so thankful to Macon-Bibb County
Transit Authority for adding a regularly
scheduled stop at Coliseum Medical
Centers, " said Stephen J. Daugherty,
CEO, Coliseum Health System. " Our first
priority is our patients and improving
access to the hospital for them and their
loved ones is paramount. We want to
make sure everyone who needs us can
easily reach us, whether to visit our hospital or their physicians on our campus. "

Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority's two new electric buses, Sparky and Bolt, feature a lightning
bolt on one side and an electric plug on the other.

APTA Partners with
Transit app on
Ridership Data
APTA AND TRANSITĀ APP ARE partnering to provide up-to-date, week-byweek estimations of public transit rider-
ship for agencies across the U.S. The
APTA Ridership Trends dashboard is
available atĀ
Since the onset of COVID-19, public
transit ridership has risen and fallen
rapidly, making it difficult for agencies
that rely on monthly or quarterly reporting to follow up-to-date ridership trends
and benchmark against their peers. To
tackle this challenge, the dashboard will
allow APTA members to track demand
for public transit and publish estimates
of ridership changes in real time.
" APTA is excited to announce this
new partnership with the Transit app, "
said APTA President and CEO Paul P.
Skoutelas. " Agencies around the country need up-to-date information to help
them make critical business decisions

during this unprecedented pandemic.
This new partnership will benefit our
members and riders all around the
nation. "
" We work hand-in-hand with transit agencies around the country every
day, " said David Block-Schachter, chief
business officer of Transit. " Agencies
are looking for new, faster ways to
gather data in order to respond to rider
demand. The number of people using
our app for transit information is a great
barometer for estimating overall ridership
in near real-time. Together with APTA,
we've been able to refine this data to
provide insights to the entire industry. "
Join APTA and Transit for a webinar
Jan. 12 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to learn
more about how this new dashboard
can supplement ridership reporting and
benchmarking. Register at www.transit

TRANSform Conference & EXPO due to
the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The
event will take place Sept. 1-3, 2021, in
Anaheim, CA.
The decision to postpone the event
was made out of concern for the safety
of all attendees, exhibitors and partners, and in response to public health
advisories to limit travel and the prohibition of large gatherings.

APTA's TRANSform Conference &
EXPO is the world's most comprehensive public transportation showcase.
With attendees and exhibitors from
around the globe, the event plays a
pivotal role in connecting the industry
to what's now and what's next in public
Be sure to visit
regularly for updates on registration,
hotel and program information.

New CEO Named
Stephen J. Gardner, Amtrak
Stephen J. Gardner as president. In this role, he will lead the
company's day-to-day operations and be responsible for modernizing Amtrak's products, services, infrastructure and fleet.
Gardner came to Amtrak in 2009. He led the company's commercial function as executive vice president since Oct. 2017 and
Stephen J. Gardner
served as senior executive vice president and chief operating
and commercial officer from May 2019 through Nov. 2020. He
has been responsible for efforts to expand state-supported service partnerships,
increase Acela capacity and improve Northeast Corridor infrastructure.
Prior to Amtrak, Gardner worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Surface Transportation & Merchant
Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. In this capacity, he directed all legislative
and oversight activities related to the safety, security, infrastructure and operations of
railroads, motor carriers, pipelines and hazardous materials transportation, including
overseeing all related federal agencies. Before that, he served as legislative assistant
for transportation for Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Rep. Bob Clement (D-TN).

Communications &
Marketing Retires
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Marketing, a happy and
has created and managed
fulfilling retirement after
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nearly 23 years at APTA.
campaigns, worked across
APTA President & CEO
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ments to ensure the public
" Rose has been a dedtransportation industry's
icated and passionate
messages were heard,
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proponent of public transand oversaw many award--
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sional in our industry. She has helped
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tion during her more than two decades
and expertise to our pages weekly.
at APTA. Every APTA member is in her
We will greatly miss her.

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