Passenger Transport January 2019 Vol 77 No 1 - 1

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THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019 | VOLUME 77, NO. 1

Government Shutdown
Affects Public Transit Agencies
Announcing APTAU-For
All Your Workforce Needs
APTA ANNOUNCES
the creation of "APTAU -
Delivering the Future-Ready
Workforce": a new, one-stop
education, professional, career
and workforce development
center where members can
access professional development and career learning
opportunities, national and
regional workforce programs,
webinars, "best and next"
practices, education and training programs and guidance.
The center aims to
strengthen and expand APTA's
existing legacy training, education and workforce development offerings and programs.
In addition, in the coming
weeks, a new virtual portal
will provide real-time information and allow members to
access ready-to-use resources
for their employees and post
best practices.
APTAU will roll out new
and expanded initiatives,
including a stronger focus on
online learning; reimagining
APTA's approach to promoting
public transportation education and careers for youth and
young professionals, including
outreach and programming
with educators; replicating
regional models for delivering training and professional
development on technical

topics; and furthering APTA's
consideration of credentialing
and certification programs.
The center will also provide
workforce metrics to empower
members to make data-driven
decisions. Examples include
analysis of which jobs are
most in demand, specific skills
needed and career pathways
that offer the highest potential
for our members' workforce.
APTAU is integral to the
association's Strategic Plan,
helping members attract,
develop and retain a diverse
workforce.
APTAU will ensure the
association continues to be a
thoughtleader and driver.
"Making the right investments in lifelong learning is as
critical for the public transportation industry as making the
right investments in capital
projects," said APTA President
and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas.
"With the creation of APTAU,
we are providing real-time
information to our members to
help them plan for, attract and
retain a diverse, skilled and
knowledgeable workforce to
meet tomorrow's needs."
Ferdinand L. Risco Jr., chair
of APTA's Workforce Develop-

ANNOUNCING APTAU
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Infrastructure Bill Top Priority for 2019
BY WARD W. McCARRAGHER
APTA Vice President,
Government Affairs

T

he government shutdown continues to
drag on, and its impacts are compounding daily. Public transit agencies cannot
receive grants, project approvals or even reimbursements for ongoing operations and construction projects to enable them to provide service
and pay employees and contractors. APTA has
initiated a survey of its members to quantify the
compounding effects of the shutdown, particularly on small urban and rural bus systems that
rely on grants for daily operations. Moreover, we
continue to urge Congress and President Trump
to find common ground and reopen DOT.

Photo by Mitchell Wood

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Public Transit Leads the Way
In Flexible Mobility
AS 2019 GETS UNDERWAY, public transit systems
and the businesses on whom they rely continue to
position themselves to take advantage of exciting new
opportunities to serve their passengers, stakeholders
and communities. Passenger Transport asked a crosssection of industry leaders to share their insights in this
One Question interview:
As the public transportation industry continues to redefine and shape the concepts
of mobility management, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the integrated mobility
landscape, what new trends do you expect to see emerge in 2019 and how are you
planning to capitalize on them?

The Trend in Public Transit in 2019: Being "Smart"
Carolyn Flowers
Senior Vice President, Americas
Transit Market Sector Leader
AECOM
Los Angeles
Smart public transit is a facet of
smart cities. For public transportation to remain viable and
competitive amidst the growing
number of mobility options, it must strive to
increasingly improve the customer experience

to effectively meet user demand. Smart public
transit companies must be able to coordinate
services and fulfill riders' needs in real time,
improving efficiency and rider satisfaction.
Under the Obama administration, U.S. DOT
issued its first-ever Smart Cities grant. One of
the significant outcomes of the grant application process was that six of the seven finalists
proposed creating "mobility marketplaces" that

AECOM: BEING 'SMART' CONTINUED ON PAGE 7



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