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challenges they faced in the wake of
coronavirus. For example, the Santa
Clara Valley Transportation Authority's
10-mile BART Silicon Valley Berryessa
Extension, which launched in June,
marking the opening of the Milpitas
and B
- erryessa/North San Jose BART
stations. It is the biggest infrastructure
project in its county's history.
The Toronto Transit Commission
announced that it is now operating the
largest fleet of electric buses in North
America, with its third new electric bus
model moving into service.
The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit
District in Oakland, CA, 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.
Many transit systems instituted or
increased the use of contact-free payment systems to help riders feel safer.

Mobility Recovery &
Transportation Task Force
In April, in response to the pandemic,
APTA Chair Nuria I. Fernandez, general
manager and CEO, Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority, Santa Clara,
CA, created the Mobility Recovery &
Restoration Task Force and selected
Phillip A. Washington, CEO of LA Metro,
to chair the group.
The group was tasked with providing
transit agencies with information and
resources to help them maintain core
functions and financial stability, win
back riders' confidence and prepare
for life post-pandemic. They created an
online COVID-19 resource hub, which
includes official health and safety guidance, best practices and studies to help
agencies respond to the pandemic.
The task force also launched a health
and safety commitments program,
which involves a pledge between transit
users and workers to embrace safety by
adhering to certain practices.

Additional Resources for
Since March, APTA produced nearly
50 webinars and town halls led by
industry and health experts to provide
members with information and tools to
help cope with the pandemic. Topics
included workforce challenges and how
to restore and reimagine transit service
in a pandemic-transformed world.
APTA also produced a variety of
research documents and white papers
on the impact of COVID-19 on transit
and on funding.

Commuter Rail Industry on Track
To Meet PTC Deadline
Throughout the year, APTA commuter
rail members continued to make strong
and continuous progress toward
installing and implementing Positive
Train Control (PTC) and is on track to
complete full implementation by the
December 2020 deadline. PTC is a
complex signaling and communications
technology that provides critical safety
redundancies to an already safe commuter rail industry.
As of Sept. 30, 100 percent of railroads are PTC certified by FRA or
awaiting its approval on submitted PTC
safety plans. Seven out of 23 railroads
are certified by FRA, and 16 railroads
have submitted their safety plans-a
required step before certification-and
are awaiting the agency's approval. Six
other commuter railroads are tenants
and their hosts have been approved by

Industry Confronts Racial
As Americans struggled with the impact
of COVID-19, which uprooted every
aspect of their personal and professional lives, they had to come faceto-face this year with another very real
epidemic: that of racial inequity.
The killings of George Floyd and
many other people of color at the hands
of the police rocked our nation and

re-awakened in us the need for systemic, positive change.
Our agencies and businesses had
to confront an ugly truth and reassess
their policies and take a stand for
racial equity and justice. Many created
or updated their racial equity statements and began reassessing ways
that public transit can become more
accessible to people in underserved
areas. In the special June 29 issue of
Passenger Transport, they told honest
and tough stories of their personal and
professional experiences. Find that
issue, and more, at

As this year comes to an end, and
a COVID-19 vaccine appears to be
imminent, APTA members have come
together to offer their services to our
nation's governors to help facilitate its
distribution and transport people in their
communities to vaccination sites.
APTA looks forward to continuing to
work closely with its members, government and all supporters of public transit
to meet, head on, the opportunities and
challenges of 2021 and to champion
our industry and its immeasurable contributions to society.

Laketran's Transit
GO Helps Reduce
Barriers for Workers
launched Transit GO, a new employee
transit benefit program for Lake County
employers, in partnership with the Lake
County Commissioners and Alliance for
Working Together. The pilot program
offers enrolled Lake County employers
free local route bus trips for employees
or for recruits throughout the hiring
" Laketran has added a significant
amount of service with our two new
in-county routes 8 and 9, and routes
10 and 12 that connect with downtown
Cleveland, " said CEO Ben Capelle.
" We hope this new program will incent
employers to consider transit options
for their employees and enable them

to offer a more competitive benefits
package to bring new talent to Lake
County. "
" It is getting harder to access a
qualified workforce, especially for Lake
County's manufacturing industry, " said
Alliance for Working Together Director
Juliana Petti. " Any additional benefits
employers can offer will help bring
workers to Lake County. "
The program is funded by a grant
from The Paradox Prize, an initiative
to improve the mobility of Northeast
Ohio's workforce and generate sustainable solutions to eliminate the " no car,
no job; no job, no car " paradox in the

Special Palm Tran Bus Honors Employees
Palm Tran, West Palm Beach, FL, is honoring agency employees with its " Frontline Faces
Taking You Places " bus. The special bus features photos of team members who continue
to serve the public throughout the coronavirus pandemic, including operators of fixed-route
buses and Palm Tran Connection and Go Glades vehicles, mechanics and road supervisors.
" Our frontline workers are heroes who transport many fellow essential workers on a daily
basis, " said Clinton B. Forbes, executive director. " From those who disinfect medical facilities to those who stock grocery store shelves, Palm Tran is a lifeline for them and that's why
we will continue to provide service throughout the pandemic. I couldn't be more proud of
their dedication. " The individuals featured on the bus were present at an event for its debut.
The bus will be seen by the public approximately 180,000 times every four weeks.
Jerry Dobbs of Mentor uses Laketran's Route 1 to get to work at Hobby Lobby.

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