This publication is geared toward local officials and suggests ways that they can work with local public transportation systems to encourage ridership and make their communities more livable. Written in conjunction with the Transportation and Livable Communities Consortium, it provides lots of examples of what other communities have done to spur action. 2002. Available only as a PDF
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The 2013 APTA Annual Report details the many, significant activities APTA undertook on behalf of its members. As mentioned within the report "The commitment to adapt, engage, and invest is at the core of every successful organization. In 2012 - 2013, those three principles guided APTA's work toward a stronger future - for APTA members and the communities we represent and support." Additional details include the major strides made in a number of areas through the course of the year.
Paper copies - FREE
APTA's 2014 Annual Report highlights the association's many efforts throughout the year, including communication, legislative, and advocacy efforts, as well as conferences, standards development, workforce development, and other activities.
Hard Copy - FREE
The 2014 International Practicum on Innovative Transit Funding & Financing took place June 12-13, 2014, in Montréal, QC, Canada.
“It would be difficult to imagine a better assembly of highly qualified, experienced panelists on the subject of transit funding and financing than was assembled in Montreal on June 12 and 13.”Tea – David Leininger, CFO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
About this Practicum
This in-depth, hands-on and interactive workshop explored new and non-traditional funding and financing tools for public transportation agencies, including capturing the value of transit, revenue strategies, and partnering with the public, as well as nonprofit and private sector “beneficiary pays” models. Successful case studies from North America and abroad were explored, their practical applications and lessons learned.
The program was delivered through case studies presented by project principals, each of which was the feature of an individual learning module. The two day line-up was filled with international experts, and included keynotes by thought leaders George Hazel and Anne Golden.
The case studies and keynote powerpoints, and video of the same, are now available for purchase. $150 US.
*note* please go to "transactions & events" under "myAPTA" to download the login info.
APTA's 2015 Annual Report highlights the association's ongoing and new efforts throughout the year including: communication, legislative and advocacy, conference, standards development, workforce initiatives, and many other activities.
Hard Copy - FREE
To address the growing security risks associated with imported oil, Paul Weyrich and William Lind have incorporated a conservative's appreciation for history in a sound proposal for a National Defense Public Transportation System. Their clear vision, incisive analysis, and sound policy recommendations build on our existing public transit infrastructure to provide the mobility and security that Americans deserve. Available only in PDF format.
APTA Members & Non-members: free
The ADA Essentials for Transit Board Members provides a historical context within which the disability civil rights movement and the Americans with Disabilities Act was rooted. The handbook also provides a listing of the key public transportation tenets of the ADA. Only available in pdf form.
This brochure provides information on the positive development and direction of the bus industry today, as well as on the broad-based need the bus industry fills in American communities. 2002.
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In this booklet commissioned by APTA with BoardSource, transit board members and general managers are guided through an effective assessment process. This assessment instrument provides tools to lead the board and the general manager through a thoughtful discussion about the general manager’s performance and future aspirations. The booklet includes an assessment tool that allows the board to evaluate the general manager’s performance around specific, annual goals set by the board. A computer disk included with this publication makes customizing the survey possible to ensure that the questions are relevant and appropriate to your transit system. 2003.
After purchase, you can download the tool from your My Transactions and Events section.
Member Cost: $50.00 Non-member Cost: $100.00
Doug Eadie’s exciting new book, The Board-Savvy CEO, is a powerful new addition to the nonprofit and public governance literature. It provides readers with detailed, practical guidance in building the kind of close, positive, and productive board-CEO partnership that is essential for organizational stability and growth. The book is available to APTA members at a 30% discount, and it MUST
be purchased by going to www.theboardsavvyceo.com
and putting in the discount code: APTA. There is no limit to the number of copies that can be purchased using the APTA discount code.
Investment in workforce development and human capital issues is critcal to the continuing success of the public transportation industry and a priority for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce able to deliver high-quality performance that effectively and efficiently responds to the evolving needs of public transportation customers throughout North America is key to our industry's success. In recognition of these challenges, Dr. Beverly A. Scott, 2008-09 APTA Chair, established APTA's Workforce Development Blue Ribbon Panel. The panel developed a unified work plan with 32 recommendations for new programs, projects and services that address six areas. Summary recommentdations are outlined in this brochure.
As the number of older Americans continues to grow, our transportation network must find new ways to meet the needs of citizens who are either unwilling or unable to drive. This population represents an important and growing new market for transit agencies, and one that is currently under-served. Across the nation, public transportation systems are working to broaden and improve services for seniors. Through reduced fares, employee awareness training, buddy travel programs and individualized assistance, transit agencies are meeting the growing needs of America’s senior population in innovative, cost efficient ways. Public Transportation Partnership for Tomorrow created the Easy Rider Guide to generate new ideas and initiatives in communities throughout the country. Format: Downloadable Zip File of CD-ROM
APTA Members one copy free/Additional copies $5.00 each.
Non-Member Cost: $10.00 each
This white paper focuses on the many economic benefits derived from public transportation. Members are encouraged to use this document when reaching out to their legislators.
APTA members: free
Non-member cost: .50 each
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Provides safety and technological recommended practices for use in construction of rapid transit facilities. The reader may also wish to refer to the Glossary of Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Terminology for Rail Rapid Transit. 1981.
Member Cost: $30.00 Non-member Cost: $60.00
Key to the success of our public transportation systems is board leadership and quality administrative support. Boards and commissions rely on the professionalism and experience of the board support staff as essential to fulfilling their roles. This handbook describes the work of APTA’s Board Support Subcommittee in sharing information and best practices that enhance the ability of board support staff to serve the board, CEO, and executive staff; prepare and disseminate information to the board in a timely manner; assist in the meeting procedures by following all legal mandates; secure proper record keeping; and provide the highest quality professional assistance. Valuable for both new and tenured board support staff members, the handbook highlights topics such as tools of the board support staff, legal matters, board member orientation, preparation for board meetings, board confidentiality, records management, and making arrangements for board retreats and travel.
Member Cost: $15.00 Non-member Cost: $30.00
High-speed rail is critical to America's economic future. Congestion on our highways and runways already costs $130 billion a year, and our population is expected to grow by another 100 million people in the next 40 years. That is the key rationale behind the Obama Administration's more than $10 billion investment in high-speed and passenger rail projects across the country.
The report by Paul M. Weyrich and William S. Lind describes the benefits of transit service for people who do not ordinarily ride it. Nonusers encounter less congestion, save money, and see the values of their homes go up because of transit service. Transit’s positive impact for conservation and the importance of transit for the occasional users are also investigated. 2003
APTA Members up to 10 free/ $0.50 each for 11+
Non-Member Cost: $1.00 each
Member Cost: $175.00 Non-member Cost: $210.00
This informational pamphlet describes the provisions, background, and legal authority for the transit pass commuter benefit. $10.00 per 50 copies. Updated 2009
Guidelines for the installation of electrical and mechanical equipment in transit track. This is a basic treatment of the subject with basic models for track circuits and electrical computations. Basic computations are also provided on track bracket loading. 1980.
Member Cost: $15.00 Non-member Cost: $30.00