March 8, 2023

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Cherokee Nation Vinita Food Distribution Warehouse employee Robert Soldier cuts the ribbon along with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner; Council of the Cherokee Nation; and Cabinet, Career and Human Services employees during the grand opening event.

New Orleans RTA picks interim CEO as permanent leader after three-month selection process


The Regional Transit Authority board promoted Lona Edwards Hankins from interim to permanent chief executive on Friday following a three-month-long selection process to replace its last leader after his abrupt retirement.

Hankins, who has served as interim CEO since December, edged out agency veteran Mark Major in a 4-2 vote. Read More



EMBARK Proposes Plan to Implement OKC Moves Bus Service Changes  


EMBARK is seeking input from the public on the proposed OKC Moves service changes, which include modifications to Oklahoma City bus routes planned to go into effect this fall if approved by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) Board. There are several opportunities for the public to offer feedback, including community meetings, online at, or by calling 405.235.7433 or *711.  Read More


'New Flyer’ receives new order for 41 transit buses

Transdev Completes Acquisition of First Transit


Transdev Group has completed the acquisition of First Transit.

 After receiving all necessary regulatory approvals in the U.S. and in Canada, Transdev and First Transit now officially form part of the same company, according to Transdev's news release.

This transaction, announced on Oct. 26, 2022, makes Transdev the leading operator of environmentally-friendly public transportation services in the U.S. and in Canada across fixed-route bus systems, paratransit, shuttle services, rail, light rail, and fleet maintenance. Read More



VIA Metropolitan Transit adding eight electric buses to its fleet


VIA Metropolitan Transit debuted the first of eight electric buses it expects to begin deploying into service later this year. The electric buses are part of the agency’s commitment to more sustainable transit options and the vehicles join a fleet that consist of nearly 500 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Read More

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Legislative Update

Attending APTA’s Legislative Conference Next Week? Be sure to join us for SWTA’s Annual Bullfeathers Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14th to discuss the latest legislative & policy developments across the SWTA Nation and the presentation of our 2023 Legislative Of The Year Award! Free registration is available here


FTA releases final rule on National Transit Database (NTD) Safety and Security Reporting Changes and Clarifications. "FTA believes that the collection of data on the new S&S-60 form is sufficiently detailed... and that requiring only summary data from Reduced, Rural, Tribal, and Capital Asset-only reporters is an appropriate mitigation of reporting burden" 


FEMA Transit Security Grant Program: Provides funding to eligible public transportation systems to promote efforts to protect critical transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism. 

Rise in Bus Driver Assaults Triggers New Protection Laws: More than 30 states have laws classifying assault on transit operators as a special category of misdemeanor. Incidents are increasing, and transit workers and their unions are pushing for action at all levels of government. 


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