August 12, 2022

RTA Announces New Appointment of Chair of the Board of Commissioners 

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced the appointment of Mark Raymond Jr. as Chair of the Board of Commissioners following a special board meeting. At the meeting, the Commissioners unanimously voted Commissioner Raymond as Chair, and they voted Arthur Walton as Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. Raymond is a disability advocate and founder of the Split-Second Foundation, an organization committed to breaking barriers for people with disabilities and operates the first fitness facility in Louisiana dedicated to people living with paralysis, stroke, or amputation. Raymond succeeds Flozell Daniels, who served as chair on the board for the last four of his 11 years on the Board of Commissioners.  

"Commissioner Raymond is a proven, solutions-oriented leader with a deep commitment to improving the lives of underserved and disabled communities," said Alex Z. Wiggins, RTA CEO. "He brings vision, dedication, and experience to the board, and I am excited to continue working together to build a world-class transit system that remains equitable and inclusive." Read More

Colorado’s free transit month is a perk for some, a budget saver for others

David Bledsoe’s $3 fare was mostly covered by a Democratic-sponsored bill that spent $28 million to incentive drivers to leave their cars behind by making public transit free during August 2022 and 2023, when sunshine and hot weather typically make air pollution worse. The program’s success depends on how many people like Bledsoe are lured out of their cars over the next four weeks. RTD does not yet have ridership figures for Monday morning; it and other agencies will track data and later report it to the state legislature.

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KCATA Appoints Interim CEO

Frank White III, the son of Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr., was selected Monday as the interim CEO and president of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. 

The KCATA board appointed White at a special meeting Monday, the agency said. The younger White is currently the vice president of RideKC Development Corp., KCATA’s real estate development subsidiary. The Kansas City Star reports he was initially hired by former CEO Robbie Makinen in 2016, shortly after his father took over as county executive. Read More

Springdale (Ark.) meeting to focus on state transit needs

The Arkansas Department of Transportation will conduct several public meetings across the state, including one in Springdale later this month, to seek input on an update to the federally required Statewide Public Transit Coordination Plan. Members of the department's Transportation Planning and Policy Division will host a local meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission offices, 1311 Clayton St. in Springdale. Read More

Improved transit might be coming to some of Fort Worth’s poorest neighborhoods

The North Central Texas Council of Governments was awarded a grant of approximately $270,000 to identify innovative, affordable transit solutions to improve access to basic needs such as grocery stores and doctors offices. The area is served by Trinity Metro’s bus service and on-demand Zip Zone micro transit. In part, the study will examine current transit options available in the 76104 ZIP code and whether they should be enhanced or revised to better meet demand. The study will also look at transit fares and their impact on equitable access to these transit services. Read more.




Federal Update

With the House set to vote on the Senate-approved Inflation Reduction Act Friday morning, a couple of small provisions may benefit transit providers:

  • A three-year extension of the Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (one year retroactive for FY 2022 and continuing for 2023 & 2024); an extension was proposed for the Build Back Better Act in 2021, which never received a vote in the Senate
  • An additional $1.1 billion in investment will be added to the Neighborhood Access & Equity Grant Program (SEC. 60501) through the Federal Highway Administration will for Fiscal Years 2022-2026.

Stay tuned to this newsletter, and our social media feeds for additional details once this legislation becomes law.

Federal Program News:

  • USDOT Announces Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program

  • CTAA comments on Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Vans and Minivans

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