Has Your Transit Agency Signed On? Taken the Pledge?

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has launched the Health & Safety Commitments Program to help “earn riders’ confidence” and encourage public transit use throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

FTA Awards $14M in Grants for 25 ‘Innovative Mobility’ Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced that 25 projects in 24 states, plus the territory of Guam, would share approximately $14 million in funding through its Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative.

Marybeth Luczak Named Railway Age Executive Editor

Marybeth Luczak has returned to the Simmons-Boardman Rail Group as Executive Editor of Railway Age, effective Sept. 10, 2020.

September Railway Age Digital Edition On Line

The September 2020 issue of Railway Age is now available digitally. It includes feature stories on machine vision, top-of-rail friction management and digitalizing the Interline Settlement System, as well as a Product and Innovations Showcase spotlighting the rail supply community.

LA Metro’s Touchless TAP App

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on Sept. 4 extended functionality of its regional Transit Access Pass (TAP) automatic fare collection (AFC) card to the iPhone and Apple Watch, describing it as “a new and safer way to pay transit fare that allows Metro and 25 TAP transit agencies in L.A. County to offer easy, contactless bus and rail fare payment to riders.”

Harting Marks 75 Years

Sept. 1, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding day of family-owned HARTING Technology Group, a global supplier of industrial connection technology for data, signal and power with 14 production facilities and 44 sales offices worldwide. The company’s U.S. headquarters are in Elgin, Ill.

FTA Announces $400MM in Federal Funding

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a total of $400 million in federal funding to four transit infrastructure projects in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and New Jersey.

Shah Returns to WSP as Asset Management Director

Keyur Shah is returning to WSP USA as a Vice President and Managing Director for the U.S. Asset Management practice.

2020 Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar Announced

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the 2020 Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar (vRRES)—a virtual event on Oct. 27 and 28 featuring two half-days of technical presentations.

Spending FTA Funds – A Primer: The Federal Transit Man

Transit agencies across the nation continue to lobby for a second round of CARES Act COVID-19 funding. Hopes are quickly disappearing, as the Senate has adjourned for the summer with no action. In the interim, you might be curious about how your own local transit agency is spending previously approved funding under open Federal Transit Administration grants, or the status of grant applications for other available annual formula FTA funding that has yet to be approved.