Biden: ‘That’s What it Means to Compromise’ (Updated)

President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have agreed on a five-year, $973 billion infrastructure framework that includes $579 billion in new spending over that period, of which $312 billion is slated for transportation.

Greater Cleveland RTA recently canceled a new railcar RFP when the only bidder whose proposal was considered did not respond to technical requirements.

Transit Briefs: Greater Cleveland RTA, Denton County TA, WMATA

Greater Cleveland (Ohio) Regional Transit Authority (RTA) canceled its railcar procurement Request for Proposal (RFP); Denton County (Texas) Transportation Authority (DCTA) received four first-place honors in the 2021 AdWheel Awards, presented by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Amazon are partnering on a transit-oriented development (TOD) program to create 1,000 affordable housing units.

The “Assessing the Business Case ROI for Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Investment” report from APTA and AASHTO includes a guide for decision-makers and an associated methodology and ROI toolkit.

APTA, AASHTO Release High-Performance Rail ROI Report

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have issued a new high-performance rail return on investment report, quantifying the economic and social benefits of passenger rail corridor investments.

Senate Commerce Committee Debuts $78B Bill for Surface Transportation

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has released a bipartisan five-year surface transportation bill authorizing $78 billion for rail, freight, safety and research programs; it is a companion to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) recently advanced, and also bipartisan, $303.5 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021.

House Dems: $547B for Surface Transportation

Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a $547 billion, five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill on June 4.

Legislators Reintroduce Grade Crossing Safety Grant Bill

U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) have reintroduced a bill authorizing $250 million annually for highway/rail grade crossing safety projects.

MARTA earned Gold in APTA's Sustainability Commitment Program for successfully achieving ISO 55000 certification for its asset management program, and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System certification at nine facilities.

WSP, MARTA Take Top Honors in APTA Sustainability Program

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has awarded members WSP and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) with Platinum and Gold recognition, respectively, in its Sustainability Commitment Program.

Nuria Fernandez is currently Deputy Administrator and senior official of the Federal Transit Administration.

Fernandez Nominated for FTA Administrator (Updated)

President Joe Biden has officially sent to the U.S. Senate his nomination of Nuria I. Fernandez for Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the move would elevate her from Acting Administrator.

COVID-19 Rescue Package Signed: What’s in Store for Transit and Amtrak

Let’s take a closer look at the increases in relief for transit and Amtrak; consider how they will affect service; and examine what transit, Amtrak and their riders can expect in the near future.

“We greatly appreciate that the bill includes $30.5 billion of emergency transit funding and distributes these funds in a manner that ensures that all public transit agencies can continue to be a lifeline for our essential workers,” American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said in a statement after the bill was passed March 6. (Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit)

Senate-Passed American Rescue Plan: $30.5B in Transit Relief

The U.S. Senate has passed an amended version of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, providing $30.5 billion in emergency funding for transit and $1.7 billion for Amtrak.