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  • The Economic Cost of Failing to Modernize Public Transportation - May 2018
    Our failure to adequately invest in public transportation infrastructure holds back America’s economy. Absent of increased investment, the country would see $340 billion less in cumulative business sales over the next six years.  This translates to a loss of $180 billion in cumulative gross national product (GNP) and a loss of $109 billion in household income. This equates to over 160,000 fewer jobs. The economy benefits when transit operators can devote resources toward expanding and modernizing service in response to emerging growth.  ​​
  • An Analysis of Bus Axle Weight Issues - November 2014
    This report provides information to help decision-makers identify options to reduce bus weight, mitigate the negative impacts of transit buses exceeding weight limits, and address competing regulations in this area.
  • Public Transportation Vehicle Database - latest release 2017
    Annual report of revenue vehicles by fleet characteristics, including date of manufacture, manufacturer, model, length, and equipment. Includes summary tables which group vehicles by mode and list by manufacturer, size, year built, and equipment. Special section on the new vehicle market includes orders, planned orders, prior year deliveries, and vehicle costs. Approximately 300 transit systems included. Published annually in June. Database available for download in Microsoft Excel and Access, and Adobe PDF formats.
  • Acts of Nature and Public Transportation -- November 2012
    This white paper reviews the ways in which acts of nature – particularly extreme weather events – can impact transit’s $77 billion investment backlog, identifies strategies transit agencies can pursue to reduce weather-related risks, and discusses resources and opportunities for the transit community.
  • Handbook for Implementing a Service Quality Program for Transit Agencies - 2011
    This document aims to guide the user through the implementation of a service quality program or management system.
  • Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices for Rail Passenger Equipment - PRESS Manual
    For the new items that have replaced the PRESS Manual see the APTA Standards Website.
  • Glossary of Transit Terminology - 1994
    Designed for transit system board members, new employees, and citizens involved in transit activities. This glossary provides easy-to-understand definitions for almost 200 transit terms. Also see the Glossary that accompanies our annual Public Transportation Fact Book, which provides definitions for additional terms specific to that publication.
  • Guidelines for Design of Rapid Transit Facilities - 1981
    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.
    Members $30, Nonmembers $60, available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • Manual for The Development Of System Safety Program Plans For Commuter Railroads
    The development of the manual is a direct outgrowth of the work of the commuter rail industry and further refinements made by the APTA Commuter Rail Safety Subcommittee, the Federal Railroad Administration, and APTA staff.
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