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Austin, Tex.-based Atlas Technical Consultants Inc. reported being selected among a team of consultants to manage the geotechnical engineering and design of Brightline West. (Brightline West Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Brightline West, QLINE, Santa Clara VTA

Brightline West awards a geotechnical engineering and design contract for its high-speed rail project linking Las Vegas and Southern California. Also, QLINE Detroit streetcars will include new advertising as part of a loan repayment agreement; and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) ridership rebounds in 2023.

During 2023, rail ridership grew by eight percentage points relative to 2019 (pre-pandemic) levels, ending the year at 70%, while bus ridership grew by 12 percentage points to 81% of 2019 levels, according to the latest APTA report. (Chart Courtesy of APTA)

APTA Releases Ridership Trends Report

After falling to 20% of pre-pandemic levels in April 2020, public transit has recovered to 79% of pre-pandemic levels as of March 2024, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) latest ridership trends report.

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APTA to Congress: Support THUD Appropriations Act

House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders on March 3 released the final, bipartisan THUD Appropriations Act (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024) (H.R. 4366, Division F) as

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Transit Briefs: Sound Transit, Amtrak, CHSRA

Sound Transit’s Link 2 Line gets closer to opening on the Eastside. Also, Amtrak completes upgrades at Selma-Smithfield Union Depot; and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) takes home a national honor for the award-winning student engagement “I Will Ride” program.

Pictured, from left to right: Carita Ducre, APTA Vice President, Workforce Development and Educational Services; Simon Minelli, CUTA Director, Research, Technical Services and Industry Programs; Marco D’Angelo, CUTA President and CEO; Paul P. Skoutelas, APTA President and CEO; Petra Mollet, APTA Vice President, Strategic and International Programs; and Art Guzzetti, APTA Vice President, Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy. (CUTA Photograph)

CUTA, APTA Renew Transit Advocacy Partnership

The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) on Jan. 12 reported signing a new memorandum of understanding with sister organization American Public Transportation Association (APTA) that reconfirms for the next three years their

APTA to Congress: Fully Fund FY24 Public Transportation Investments

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is urging the House and Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee leaders “to resolve their differences and provide the critical investments needed to improve our nation’s public transit, passenger rail, and multimodal infrastructure.”

“As the rising cost of living continues to impact U.S. households, public transportation offers an economical and climate-friendly alternative to reduce daily expenses,” APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said. (MARTA Photograph Courtesy of APTA, via X)

APTA: Public Transit Saves Users $13K Annually

Individuals who use public transportation instead of driving can save more than $13,000 per year, or $1,100 per month, due to auto cost and gasoline price increases, according to the latest Transit Savings report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez has been named as the recipient of LIT's 2023 Founders Award.
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People News: LIT, Trinity Metro

Latinos In Transit (LIT) names Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Nuria Fernandez as the recipient of this year’s Founders Award. Also, Trinity Rail names Reed Lanham as Vice President of Rail.

Gary Thomas, National Transit and Rail Market Director, H.W. Lochner, Inc.
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Gary Thomas Joins H.W. Lochner

Former Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) President/Executive Director Gary Thomas has signed on to become National Transit and Rail Market Director for H.W. Lochner, Inc. (Lochner), a Chicago, Ill.-based infrastructure planning and engineering firm.