Passenger Transport April 2019 Vol 77 No 6 - 1



MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 | VOLUME 77, NO. 6

FTA's Williams Keynotes
Opening General Session

An artist's rendering of the LAX Automated People Mover train above the
terminal loop.

One Step Closer to
LA Metro to Airport
between Los Angeles Metro
and Los Angeles International
Airport (LAX) is a step closer
with the recent ground breaking for the $4.9 billion Automated People Mover at the
"Everyone traveling to or
from LAX should have access
to modern, reliable public
transportation that gets
them to their destination on
time," Los Angeles Mayor Eric
Garcetti said at the launch
event. "The Automated People
Mover is a historic investment
in our city's transportation
infrastructure-a milestone
that will create middle-class
jobs, reduce traffic congestion
and deliver a world-class expe-

rience for travelers."
The People Mover construction contract is the largest
awarded in the city's history
and is expected to create more
than 2,000 construction jobs.
When the automated train
enters service in 2023, it will
operate between the airport
and Metro's future Airport
Metro Connector Station,
scheduled to begin construction next year. Two Metro
Rail lines, Crenshaw/LAX
and Green, will serve the new
According to Metro, both
the station and future intermodal facilities the airport wants
to build will have pickup/
dropoff areas where people can
catch the people mover.

depicting public transportation in
action across the country kicked
off the Opening General Session
of APTA's 44th Annual Legislative
Conference in Washington, DC,
March 17-19. APTA Chair David M.
Stackrow Sr. welcomed the more
than 600 attendees, before Diana
Mendes, chair of APTA's Legislative
Committee, introduced FTA Acting
Administrator K. Jane Williams.
Referring to the government
shutdown that took place between K. Jane Williams
December and January, Williams
said it was a challenging time for FTA and,
"more importantly, for the agencies that depend
on us."
Getting funding to grant recipients was FTA's
number-one priority, she added, noting that in
the first week after returning to work, her agency
processed more than 4,300 requests from grantees, totaling $1 billion. In fact, on the first day
alone, FTA processed $531 million in grants-

David M. Stackrow Sr.

more than half the total.
Calling 2018 "a very productive year," Williams said FTA awarded more than $15 billion
to support public transit agencies through both
formula and competitive grant programs. FTA
also awarded $194 million in PTC grants and
$1.6 billion in funds from the Federal Highway


Elected Leaders Offer Views on
Future of Public Transportation

portation funding "in the greatest
transportation alternatives, new
country in the world, we had to
technologies and climate change
reduce a six-year bill to a five-year
were just some of the issues elected
bill." Holmes Norton added, "That's
officials discussed during a March
cheating public transportation;
19 Legislative Conference session
that's not new money."
with members of Congress on the
Citing data from the Congresfuture of transportation.
sional Budget Office, Holmes Norton
Paul Wiedefeld, general mansaid federal spending on infraager and chief executive officer
structure, including transportation,
of the Washington Metropolitan
declined by 20 percent between
Area Transit Authority (WMATA),
2003 and 2017. Funding, she noted,
Eleanor Holmes Norton
introduced Del. Eleanor Holmes
is being "rapidly displaced by brand
Norton (D-DC), chair of the House
new and compelling issues that were
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
barely on our agenda when we passed the last
(T&I) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
reauthorization," such as climate change, emerg"What Paul is doing with WMATA in the
ing technology, resilient construction and new
nation's capital is a model for what must be done
modes of travel.
with public transportation, which is in decline
As the deadline approaches for new authorizain many cities," Holmes Norton said. She attribtion legislation, Holmes Norton said she believes
uted the current challenges facing the public
public transit is "essential as a solution to climate
transit industry to a decrease in federal funding
change." She cited the electrification of buses
by Congress.
as an example of how transit can significantly
Referring to the FAST Act-the last multi-year
decrease air pollution.
transportation authorization bill, which was
She reported that the American Society of
passed four years ago-she decried the fact that,
to gain Congress's approval for surface transVIEW FROM THE HILL CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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