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  APTA report finds public transit users save $9,712

APTA report finds public transit users save $9,712

From:  Metro

The annual savings is $9,712 for a person who switches his or her daily commute by car to taking public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) December Transit Savings Report.

Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $809 per month.

The savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle. These costs include the Dec. 21, 2016, national average gas price ($2.25 per gallon, as reported by AAA) and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

The national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district is $166.26, according to the latest report of the Colliers International Parking Rate Study. Over...  READ MORE >

  San Francisco, Reno, Nev. BRT projects land federal grants

San Francisco, Reno, Nev. BRT projects land federal grants

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of approximately $75 million in federal grant funds for construction of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will significantly improve transit service in one of the busiest bus corridors in San Francisco, as well as $39 million in funds for construction of the 4th Street/Prater Way BRT Project between Reno and Sparks, Nev.

The two-mile BRT line will operate in dedicated lanes along U.S. Highway 101/Van Ness Avenue, a key route for commuters traveling between the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco.

The project includes nine side-platform stations with low-floor bus boarding and passenger shelters, as well as traffic signal priority, pedestrian improvements, and the purchase of new buses.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is receiving approximately $45 million through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, as well as $30 million in FTA Bus and Bus Facilities funds toward the $223 million project. The remaining cost is being covered by other federal, state, and local sources.

The CIG Program is the nation’s primary grant program for funding major transit capital investments. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law in order to be eligible for and receive..........    READ MORE >

  UMA begins search for new President/CEO

During the next few months, the United Motorcoach Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors will be working on a transition program preparing for the appointment of the next President/CEO.

While working diligently to maintain the organization’s focus and moving forward during this time, UMA Board Chairman, Dale Krapf, has appointed a Search Committee made up of the Executive Committee of the UMA Board, the association announced.

In addition to the appointment of the committee, the Executive Committee of the Board has engaged the services of Steve Klika, former president of the International Motor Coach Group, to manage the national search process. Klika has been active in recruiting new leadership for numerous motorcoach companies and trade associations in the U.S. and Canada.

These actions follow the retirement announcement last month of long time UMA President/CEO Vic Parra. He is scheduled to step down on March 31, 2017.

The UMA enjoys the support of over 1,000 members located throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. UMA Motorcoach EXPO annually attracts nearly 2,000 industry professionals and vendors to its event.  READ MORE >

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