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.

COVID Relief Bill: What’s in it for Passenger Rail?

Here’s a closer look at the provisions and what they could mean for agencies, advocates and riders alike.

“The $30 billion of emergency funding included in the Budget Reconciliation Title is essential to providing the public transportation industry with long-term certainty critical to the nation’s economic recovery,” APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said.

House T&I Draft Legislation: $30B in Transit Relief

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has drafted a Budget Reconciliation Title providing $30 billion of COVID-19 emergency funding for public transit and $1.5 billion for Amtrak, including $820 million for Northeast Corridor operations.

New York MTA staff participated this week in the Mask Force program—among the initiatives that public transportation agencies have undertaken to protect riders and employees during the pandemic. (Marc A. Hermann / MTA)

APTA/EBP Analysis: $39.3B Transit Shortfall

Public transit agencies are facing a projected shortfall of $39.3 billion through the end of 2023 due to the pandemic, according to findings from an independent economic analysis conducted by EBP US Inc. for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

President-elect Biden's first step in rescue and recovery is the American Rescue Plan, which tackles the pandemic and includes transit investment. The next—his Build Back Better Recovery Plan, to be introduced next month—will “make historic investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, innovation, research and development, and clean energy.”

Biden: $20B for ‘Hardest Hit’ Public Transit Agencies

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on Jan. 14 that includes a $20 billion investment to “protect the future of transit.”

Passenger Rail Outlook: Building Back

RAILWAY AGE, JANUARY 2021 ISSUE: First, getting through the pandemic—then, building a new normal. Amid uncertainty, there is cautious optimism for passenger rail in 2021. That was the general consensus of industry experts Railway Age interviewed in December.

Trump Signs $2.3T Omnibus Spending Bill (UPDATED)

Congress passed the $2.3 trillion “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021” (H.R. 133), an omnibus spending bill that includes a $900 billion COVID-19 emergency relief package as well as government appropriations for fiscal year 2021, tax extenders and other provisions. While many in the rail industry expressed appreciation—stressing that additional transit aid, for instance, will be needed—outgoing President Donald Trump did not. He refused to approve the bill—calling for higher direct relief checks to Americans and other changes—but he finally signed it into law late Dec. 27, averting a government shutdown Dec. 29.

Bostonians Fight MBTA Service Cuts

As the COVID-19 virus continues its relentless march across the nation and around the world, U.S. transit is quickly becoming one of its casualties. The picture will probably get worse as the $24.9 billion that transit got from the CARES Act runs out next year.

APTA and the Transit app offer a dashboard that tracks demand for public transit and publishes week-by-week estimates of ridership change.

APTA, Transit App Partner on Ridership Dashboard

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has teamed with Transit app to track demand for public transit and publish week-by-week estimates of ridership change for agencies across the U.S.

For House Rail Subcommittee, an Earful on Multiple Matters

“Examining the Surface Transportation Board’s Role in Ensuring a Robust Passenger Rail System” was the topic of a virtual Nov. 18 hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.