October 13, 2023

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APTA Inducts Former SWTA President John Bartosiewicz, Paul Ballard Into Hall of Fame

John P. Bartosiewicz – known to many in the industry simply as John B. – was inducted into the American Public Transportation Association’s Hall of Fame during its TransForm Conference this week in Orlando, FL. John served for many years as the General Manager of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (known as Trinity Metro today) and was SWTA’s President from 1996-1997. APTA also inducted Paul Ballard, who also led Trinity Metro and was a dedicated SWTA member, into the Hall of Fame. SWTA Executive Director Rich Sampson and previous Executive Director Kristen Joyner joined John & Paul at the event. Read More


DART Board Chair Michele Wong Krause Named APTA Chair

Michele Wong Krause, Chair of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors, was appointed Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) during its TransForm Conference this week in Orlando, FL. She will serve as APTA Chair for a one-year term. “As a member of the DART Board, and most recently as Board Chair, Ms. Wong Krause has worked to make the organization better for our communities,” said Nadine S. Lee, DART president & CEO. “Her work at APTA amplifies the role of transportation in connecting our communities and providing them with the resources and modes our residents need on a daily basis.” Read More


Ozark Regional Transit achieves highest monthly ridership since 2016

In August, total ridership rose to 27,929, the highest total since September 2016. Average daily passengers rose to 1,166, which is more than ORT was averaging before the pandemic. Between January and August, total ridership increased by 37.1% to 174,432 from 127,242 in the same period last year. Read More


Zero fare summer an ‘overwhelming success’ for Durango Transit

Durango Transit’s zero fare summer program that offered residents and tourists completely free rides on city buses and trolleys proved popular enough to break ridership records. Read More


Post-Pandemic Travel Patterns Call for Different Transit Schedules

Transit agencies like Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in the San Francisco Bay Area are reworking their schedules to provide more frequent service on nights and weekends, and running shorter trains to improve safety by having more people in each car as ridership remains relatively low, writes Jared Brey in Governing. “As part of the change, the agency is also reducing service on weekdays on several lines,” Brey adds. Read More

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