04/05/2016

 

 
  Therese McMillan named chief planning officer for L.A. Metro

From Metro:


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) named current Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Therese McMillan as its new chief planning officer.

The FTA announced that Carolyn Flowers will assume the role of leadership as Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration and all decision-making duties .

McMillan currently manages a staff of over 500 at the U.S. Department of Transportation, including staff in Washington D.C. and 10 regional offices. She provides executive direction for all functions within the FTA and oversees an annual budget of more than $10 billion in federal formula and competitive grant funds for nearly 1,000 transit agencies and state DOTs across the country. McMillan joined the FTA staff in 2009 as Deputy Administrator.

“We are looking forward to having Therese join the Metro team and return to her hometown where she will provide great value as we position LA County for its transportation renaissance,” said Metro CEO Phillip Washington. “She is a leader in transportation policy, a community and coalition builder, and knows how to translate strategic planning into implementation.”

During her years at FTA, McMillan has led reform in transit safety, capital planning and oversight, civil rights, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs and efforts related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“As the FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillan was a tremendous collaborator with the public transportation industry and an effective advocate for public transit in the Obama Administration,” said Valarie J. McCall, APTA Chair and board member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, upon hearing the news that McMillan would be leaving the FTA. “Proof of her effectiveness are the budget levels for public transportation that were in the Administration’s Grow America proposals, President Obama’s 2017 budget submission, and the recently passed FAST Act.”

Before her career at FTA, McMillan was Deputy Executive Director of Policy at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission serving 7.5 million people in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. During that period, she was an instructor in transportation funding and finance at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

“I am thrilled to join the LA Metro team and to return home to LA County,” said McMillan. “I look forward to helping the people of Los Angeles County travel and thrive in this dynamic region.”

Among her professional accomplishments are serving as an Advisory Board Member for the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and......   READ MORE >

 

  FTA announces $266M in bus improvement grants
From Metro:

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $266 million in competitive grant funding for bus programs nationwide.

The funding consists of $211 million in grants for buses and bus facilities projects, as well as $55 million specifically for FTA’s Low and No Emission (Low-No) bus program, which promotes technologically-advanced and environmentally-friendly buses.

The investments will help advance President Obama’s vision for a cleaner, 21st century transportation system that reduces carbon emissions while expanding transportation options for families.

“Transit buses are a lifeline to opportunity for countless Americans, but too often these buses are outdated and unreliable,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “As demand for transit grows and our nation’s population continues to expand, these much-needed funds will help bring communities the latest technologies to strengthen and improve their bus infrastructure.”

Eligible projects include those that replace, rehabilitate, lease, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, construct or lease bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance.

“Our state and local partners across the country will benefit from the increased funding and flexibility available through this program,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “With a large and growing maintenance backlog throughout the public transportation industry, it is vital for local agencies to have additional resources to address their community’s needs.”

FTA will award the grants to eligible transit agencies, state transportation departments and Indian tribes on a competitive basis. Projects will be evaluated by criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, including the need for investment in bus transit systems, benefits to the community (including economic and workforce development), implementation of low and no-emission technologies, and integration with local and regional long-term planning.

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