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SORTA Board Welcomes Four New Trustees

March 28, 2023

Members of Metro’s governing body, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees, swore in four new members, marked the reappointment of two sitting members, and expressed their gratitude to one outgoing member at a recent meeting. The SORTA Board consists of 16 volunteer members, 11 of whom are appointed by Hamilton County…


Federal Transit Administration Announces Availability Of $212.3 Million In Emergency Relief Funding To Help Transit Agencies Affected By Disasters

March 27, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $212.3 million under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program to transit agencies to help them recover from major declared disasters in 2017 and 2020-2022. To receive funding, transit agencies must have eligible expenses resulting from an event for which the President declared a major disaster within those timeframes.…


Laketran Invests $22 Million Into An Operations And Maintenance Facility Renovation

March 15, 2023

Local officials and Laketran board of trustees gathered for a recent groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate a headquarters renovation project, involving the expansion of operations and maintenance facilities. The ceremony took place at the Frank R. Angeloro Laketran Headquarters, at 555 Lakeshore Blvd., in Painesville Township, OH. With a fleet of 160 vehicles, Laketran provides public…


Metro Celebrates 2nd Round Of Transit Infrastructure Grants, Opens Applications For Next Round Of Awards

March 11, 2023

Metro (Cincinnati, OH) played host to a recent signing ceremony celebrating the second round of Transit Infrastructure Fund (TIF) grants, which awarded $39.2 million to 36 road, bridge and other infrastructure improvement projects across 25 Hamilton County (OH) communities. “The Transit Infrastructure Fund is a critical piece of the Reinventing Metro plan. This year’s recipient’s…


Biden-Harris Administration Recommends Advancing 18 Major Transit Projects

March 10, 2023

Eighteen large transit projects, in 11 states across the nation, have been recommended to receive $4.45 billion for construction by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. These large rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects were recommended to receive federal support in President Biden’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget Request to Congress. Nine of those projects would…


RTA Board Adopts Strategic Plan: ‘Transit Is The Answer’

March 1, 2023

The Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois (RTA) Board of Directors recently voted to adopt “Transit is the Answer,” the 2023 regional transit strategic plan that has been in development for more than a year. The plan was released as a draft for public comment in December. The plan’s vision is “Safe, reliable, accessible public transportation that…


Green Bay Metro Helps ‘Titletown’ And Region Move Forward With Key Services, Travel Options

February 20, 2023

By Harrell Kerkhoff Busline Magazine Editor Although life in general is beginning to settle after several challenging pandemic years, a steadfast commitment to the people who rely on public transportation, and its growth, remains strong among many representatives of the industry. That includes the dedicate staff and officials at Green Bay (WI) Metro. “I have…


Transdev Continues To Expand Its Partnership With Colorado Springs By Adding Fixed Route

February 1, 2023

Transdev continues to expand its partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, CO, by adding Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) Fixed Route and Deviated Fixed Route Services to its Colorado Springs set of contracts. Transdev has been partnering with the City of Colorado Springs since 2016, when it signed its first contact with them to maintain…


Laketran Saves A Front Seat On Buses To Honor Rosa Parks

February 1, 2023

Laketran (Lake County, OH), with NAACP of Lake County, honored the life and legacy of Rosa Parks by reserving a front seat on buses during the early part of February, in honor of the civil rights icon who sparked the Montgomery, AL, bus boycott. Born on February 4, Rosa Parks’ act of defiance for refusing…


U.S. Federal Transit Administration Announces Availability Of Nearly $1.7 Billion To Modernize Fleets And Deploy Clean Transit Buses Across America

January 31, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the availability of nearly $1.7 billion to support state and local efforts to modernize aging transit fleets with low- and no-emission buses, renovate and construct bus facilities, and support workforce development. Made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which included historic funding to…


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