Passenger Transport July 2019 Vol 77 No 12 - 1

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MONDAY, JULY 8, 2019

| VOLUME 77, NO. 12

Granholm: The Transportation
Future Is Autonomous
Former Michigan Governor Addresses APTA Rail Conference

FTA's Williams
Points to
Partnerships
FTA ACTING ADMINISTRATOR K. JANE WILLIAMS SPOKE
about the close connections between her agency and U.S.
public transit systems, and between the U.S. and Canadian
governments on transit-related issues, at a June 24 General
Session at APTA's 2019 Rail Conference.
For example, earlier this year 30 states approved 31 State
Safety Oversight Agencies by the deadline (the 31st is the
regional organization that oversees the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority). FTA also wants to help agencies "do what's best for you" regarding state of good repair
(SGR) and other safety-related funding programs and other
resources, she said.
Williams announced FTA Capital Investment Grants (CIG)
for projects including $300 million for the Transbay Corridor
Core Capacity project, which will improve capacity on San
Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District heavy rail between
Oakland and San Francisco, and $60.8 million for Dallas Area
Rapid Transit to construct station platform extensions on two
light rail lines (see related story on page 3).
When asked about the agency's next safety priority, Williams referenced FTA's Public Transportation Agency Safety
Plan (PTASP) Final Rule, which becomes effective July 19 and
requires certain operators of public transportation systems to
develop safety plans that include the processes and procedures to implement Safety Management Systems. "We want
to get everyone across the finish line by the deadline (July 20,
2020)," she said.

Jennifer M. Granholm

And that isn't all. Granholm said the increasing
prominence and affordability of AVs could change
patterns of shopping: "delivery as a service"
would allow for pop-up businesses to bring goods

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

Top Rail Practitioners Compete at
APTA's International Rail Rodeo

Photo by Derek Stryland, senior photographer, TTC

APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas with FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.

THE INTRODUCTION OF AUTONOMOUS
vehicles (AV) and the widespread implementation
of zero-emission fuels is causing a disruption on
the level of automobiles replacing horse-drawn
vehicles a century ago, Jennifer Granholm, former
two-term governor of Michigan and CNN senior
political commentator, told the Opening General
Session of the 2019 APTA Rail Conference in
Toronto, hosted by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
By 2030, she suggested, Transportation
Network Companies (TNCs) will operate electricpowered AVs that provide service "massively
cheaper than a private car." She cited statistics
showing that the cost of operating an electric TNC
pool vehicle in that year would be just 3 cents
per mile, compared with 75 cents per mile for a
privately owned new vehicle, and said updated
vehicles could be built to operate between
500,000 and one million miles before needing
replacement.
She urged public transit leaders to seize the
initiative and view this disruption as an opportunity
to forge new, innovative partnerships with TNCs
and other private-sector stakeholders to shape
and lead the integrated mobility landscape.

FEDERAL PARTNERS CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

This year's APTA International Rail Rodeo competition brought together 19 teams of operators and 15 mechanic
teams from the U.S., Canada and Japan. For coverage of Rail Rodeo award winners, see page 7.



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