American Public Transportation Association

Inessa M. Vitko (left) will join TriMet as Executive Director of the Transportation Operations Division; and Dan Marks (right) has been named CEO of Edwin Bohr Electronics.
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People News: TriMet, Edwin Bohr Electronics, NS

C-TRAN COO Inessa M. Vitko returns to TriMet as Executive Director of Transportation Operations. Also, Edwin Bohr Electronics (EBE) names Dan Marks CEO; and Norfolk Southern (NS) Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Ed Elkins has been appointed to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Board of Directors.

ASLRRA presented plaques to the winners of its Presidents Awards during the Association's Eastern and Southern Region Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 28. (Photo Courtesy of ASLRRA via Twitter)
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Association Roundup: ASLRRA, APTA

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recognizes safety winners at its Eastern and Southern Region Meeting. Also, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announces that public transportation ridership has risen to more than 70% of pre-pandemic levels.

WTS International President and CEO Sara M. Stickler (left) and Eno President and CEO Robert Puentes (right) sign a formal MOU on Sept. 8.
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Association Briefs: WTS International, ASLRRA

The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International and the Eno Center for Transportation (Eno) sign memorandum of understanding (MOU). Also, from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s weekly Views & News: A Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) report discusses results of Onboard Broken Rail Detection (OBRD) system research; ASLRRA congratulates industry colleagues on their retirements; and registration opens for first ASLRRA training seminar in 2023.

Erik Henstra has joined global tank container leasing company Trifleet as Managing Director. Trifleet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago-based GATX Corporation. (Photograph Courtesy of GATX)
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People News: GATX, Bentley, APTA

GATX’s Trifleet Leasing Holding B.V. appoints Erik Henstra as Managing Director. Also, Bentley Systems names Michael Campbell Chief Product Officer and expands the responsibilities of four executives; and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) selects new Vice Chair and announces Executive Committee and Board of Directors nominees.

Jennifer DeBruhl, Virginia DRPT Director
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People News: DRPT, RTD, COMTO, WAGO

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) appoints Jennifer DeBruhl Director. Also, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) names Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board Director Angie Rivera-Malpiede among the

Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has revised its network commissioning schedule due to continued challenges with work on the century-old Mount Royal Tunnel in Montreal. (Photograph Courtesy of REM)

Transit Briefs: GCRTA, Metra/CTA/Pace, REM, STM

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Racial Equity Commitment Pilot Program. Also, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace Suburban Bus have approved a new Regional Connect Pass for area riders; Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has revised its network commissioning schedule due to continued challenges with work on the century-old Mount Royal Tunnel in Montreal; and STM’s (Société de transport de Montréal) C$492.3 million Côte-Vertu underground train storage facility has officially opened.

Amtrak and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority are partners in bringing Amtrak Northeast Regional daily service to Ashland Station, which has been upgraded for accessibility. (Photograph Courtesy of Amtrak)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, APTA, HART, TransLink

Amtrak’s accessibility-improvement project at Ashland (Va.) Station is complete. Also, four transit agencies have earned 2022 rail safety and security awards from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) on June 3 submitted its 2022 Recovery Plan to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); and TransLink’s Brentwood Town Center Station upgrade in metro Vancouver will start later this month.

Commentary

APTA HSR Conference Focuses on Recurring Themes

There is nothing operating in the United States or Canada that meets the standard of the High-Speed Rail (HSR) lines that run in Europe, Japan and China today. Still, there are many planners, managers, transportation officials, and rider-advocates who want to remedy that situation.