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The Texas Transit Association (TTA) was organized in 1986. Our members are Texas metropolitan, small urban, and rural transit agencies, as well as private and public entities from across the United States.
TTA’s Free Webinar with VIA’s Tremell Brown and Mark Witherell to address transit agency concerns about House Bill 1927/Permitless Carry (Presented on 8/31/21)
VIA’s Tremell E. Brown and Mark Witherell provided key elements, protocols, and preparation that transit agencies should consider regarding operator/employee/customer education along with expectations as they relate to service impacts and safe service delivery in response to the new Permitless Carry Law which will go into effect on September 1, 2021.
A few of the topics that were discussed:
- Brief overview of HB 1927
- Provided an explanation of how HB 1927 will affect public transportation and how agencies can address challenges that may arise effectively to maintain safe spaces and footprints of transit-related scenarios.
Tremell E. Brown, VIA Metropolitan Transit’s VP of Safety, Training & System Security
Mark Witherell, VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Chief of Transit Police & System Security
Save the Date!
2022 SWTA and the Texas Transit Association will combine for a Joint Annual Conference, Expo & State Roadeo – February 22 – 26 in Austin, Texas! Hosted by Austin’s Capital Metro. More information coming soon…
Deadline for submission: October 1, 2021; however, submissions will be accepted until the agenda is finalized. Priority will be given to proposed presentations that were submitted prior to the deadline. Contact TTA’s Allen Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or SWTA’s Rich Sampson (email@example.com) with any questions.
Nominations may be made by any individual employed by a transit agency, an official of a transit agency, a regular or an associate member of Texas Transit Association, any TxDOT employee who works with the public transportation industry, any elected official or employee of local, city, or county governments. An organization may self-nominate. You may make a nomination in more than one category.
Texas DSHS COVID-19 Vaccinations in Texas (This information is updated by 4:00 PM each day)
Texas COVID-19 Vaccination availability (Downloadable Spreadsheet by County with locations)
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces the Availability of $2.2 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding to Help Transit Agencies with Additional Service Needs, Posted on 9/7/21
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $2.2 billion in competitive grant funding for transit systems demonstrating additional pandemic-associated needs. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott calls special legislative session for redistricting, other conservative priorities starting Sept. 20, Posted on 9/7/21
Texas’ four largest counties now require masks in schools as battle over mandates grows, Posted on 8/13/21
Harris County became the latest county Thursday afternoon to require mask-wearing in schools in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order forbidding cities, counties, and school districts from enacting their own mask mandates. Hours later, the Houston school board voted unanimously to issue a mask mandate.
Americans Riding Public Transportation in Greater Numbers, Posted on 7/23/21
“That’s why FTA is facilitating a national conversation about ways transit agencies are attracting riders and growing new ridership,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.
U.S. Department of Transportation Thanks Transit Agencies for Helping Americans Access COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Nationwide and Encourages More to Step up as Part of National Month of Action, Posted on 6/9/21
More than 350 transit systems are providing free transportation to vaccination sites or using their transit stations and facilities as vaccination sites, and some have even converted buses and other transit vehicles into mobile clinics – many using funding from the American Rescue Plan.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccines and other preventive measures like social distancing and mask-wearing should protect people from variants.
Texas recommends resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots after CDC panel says benefits outweigh risks, Posted on 4/23/21
The vaccines might not be immediately available, as Texas health officials are asking providers to wait until they have updated government fact sheets about the clot risk to share with people they are vaccinating. They have been given no clear timetable, but federal officials said Friday that they were prepared to move quickly on the recommendations in order to start getting shots back into arms as soon as possible.
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces More Than $10 Million Funding Opportunity for Transit Planning to Address Climate Change and Equity in Communities Nationwide, Posted on 4/21/21
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. The funds will support comprehensive planning efforts that help connect communities, improve access to public transportation and affordable housing, and support President Biden’s call to combat climate change, advance environmental justice, and promote equitable delivery of benefits to underserved communities.
1 in 5 Texans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Posted on 4/19/21
As of April 17, 15.9 million doses have been administered — 10 million people have received at least one dose and 6.4 million people, or 22.1% of Texas’ population, are fully vaccinated. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose. The state is counting people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as fully vaccinated. They are also included with the people who have received at least one dose.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $30.5 Billion to Help the Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19, Posted on 3/29/21
FTA will host a webinar about the American Rescue Plan Act funding on Friday, April 2, at 2 p.m. to provide additional guidance to transit stakeholders. More information about the webinar and additional resources are available here.
There are far more Texans eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine than doses available. Here’s what you need to know about getting one, Posted on 3/29/21
Everyone age 16 and older, regardless of occupation or health status, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas starting March 29. But the vaccine is still in short supply.
The percent of Texans vaccinated against COVID-19 now exceeds the percent who have tested positive for the virus, Posted on 3/17/21
As of March 16, 8.5 million doses have been administered, with 5.7 million people receiving one dose and 2.9 million people, or 10.2% of Texas’ population, fully vaccinated.
The move to expand eligibility to a new category of Texans — labeled 1C — means that vaccine availability is ramping up across the state. However, appointments may continue to be hard to find, as the number of eligible recipients outnumbers the vaccine supply.
Today Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on businesses which will go into effect on March 10., Posted on 3/2/21
However, please remember that the federal executive order that is currently in place still mandates that passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses, subways, and other modes of public transportation.
Texas’ COVID-19 vaccinations begin to rebound after plunging during last week’s winter storm, Posted on 2/24/21
Texas expects to see about 1.5 million doses arrive this week, including last week’s undelivered doses, and the opening of three new federally supported vaccination hubs.
Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine deliveries, injections delayed by winter storm, Posted on 2/16/21
2 million Texas households without power as massive winter storm drives demand for electricity, Posted on 2/15
Texas has administered most of its 1.7 million vaccine doses as it prepares to receive 333,000 more, Posted on 1/19/21
One month after the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the state, Texas has become the first in the nation to administer 1 million doses, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday. The milestone comes as intensive care beds are dwindling across the state and as experts predict daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations will worsen following an influx of holiday season gatherings.
More than 8 million Texans qualify to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but fewer than 2 million doses have shipped. Providers are facing clogged phone lines, crashing websites and tough decisions about who will get the first shots.
Vaccinations are underway for Texas’ front-line health care workers, Posted on 12/14/20
Four Texas sites received a total of 19,500 doses of the vaccine on Monday, the first phase of a rollout that will put a quarter-million doses into 109 Texas facilities this week — with more on the way next week.
Nurse gets the first dose of COVID vaccine in NY, Posted on 12/14/20
A nurse in New York City was among the first people to receive the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning.
“I feel hopeful today,” said Sandra Lindsay, the critical care nurse at New York’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo watched via livestream.
First COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the US, expected to ship Sunday, Posted on 12/13/20
How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations, Posted on 12/12/20
What you need to know about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations in the United States.
COVID-19 vaccines may be coming soon, but most Texans won’t get them for months., Posted on 11/20/20
Officials are preparing for the massive undertaking of distributing a vaccine that may require multiple doses and subzero storage temperatures across a state that covers 270,000 square miles and some 170 rural counties.
DART President to Retire After Almost 20 Years of Leadership, Posted on 11/1/20
Gary C. Thomas, the president, and executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit informed the DART Board of Directors of his intention to retire from his position after almost 20 years of leadership. “It has been my privilege and honor to be part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit for this moment in time,” Thomas said. “
Texas is on the cusp of another COVID-19 surge. Is the state better prepared to handle it? Posted on 10/20/20
Experts say Texas is more prepared to handle another wave. But they fear that if the state fails to control the outbreak, it could quickly spiral out of control.
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $277.5 Million in Emergency Relief Funding for Transit Systems Damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Posted on 10/2/20
FTA plans to allocate the funds as follows: approximately $223.5 million for Puerto Rico, $23.3 million for Texas, $22.8 million for Florida, $6.7 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $187,000 for Georgia.
FTA Announces Final Report of the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) to Improve Access to Transportation, Posted on 10/1/20
Federal Transit Administration Announces $6.2 Million for Transit Planning in Communities Nationwide, Posted on 9/25/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Streamline Project Management Oversight for Major Capital Projects, Posted on 9/24/20
High-speed train between Dallas and Houston gets federal approval, Posted on 9/22/20
The railroad plans to connect Texas’ two biggest cities within 90 minutes. Construction could begin in the first half of next year.
Gov. Greg Abbott loosens coronavirus restrictions for restaurants and other businesses in most regions of Texas, Posted on 9/18/20
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $1 Billion to Upgrade American Infrastructure, Posted on 9/16/20
The state budget plan offers a glimpse at state agency cuts, Posted on 9/1/20
In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on 4/23/20 that it will give transit agencies more time to meet the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation.
Agencies in the Spotlight
Houston’s METRORapid Silver Line opens for service Posted on 8/24/20
DART Approves ‘Hero Pay’ for Frontline Workers Posted on 7/10/20
CCRTA to Require Use of Facial Coverings Posted on 6/26/20
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Per order of Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) will require all individuals to use facial coverings while utilizing public transportation, or while at CCRTA transfer stations, bus stops, or facilities. The order goes into effect on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:59pm.
DART installing COVID-19 shields on all buses Posted on 6/18/20
Local farmers partner with CapMetro to deliver fresh produce to vulnerable families Posted on 4/22/20
METRO Expands Public Safety Efforts, Adjusts Some Service, Encourages Social Distancing on System Posted on 3/16/20
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $28.22 Million for Montana RTS Corridor in El Paso, Texas Posted on 3/13/20
VIA announces Smart Transit Milestone: 1M Tickets Sold on goMobileApp Posted on 2/10/20
DART launches discount GoPass Tap Card Posted on 2/10/20
CapMetro’s brand new electric buses hit the road in Austin posted 1/26/20
South West Area Regional Transit District (SWART) has been nominated as Uvalde’s Business of the Year! The voting is open to the general public and runs through the end of January. Please take a moment to support one of our member agencies by casting your vote today. This can be done by selecting the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Uvalde2020
Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority Proudly Announces the Unveiling and Launching of Corpus Christi’s First Autonomous Shuttle on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Help REAL reach its matching opportunity! Give today through the Coastal Bend Day of Giving. Martín Ornelas explains how important this project is.
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New Guidance for Transit Joint Development Projects Posted on 8/14/2020
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $464 Million in Grant Awards Nationwide to Revitalize America’s Bus Infrastructure Posted on 8/11/20
Texas to allow limited visitation in nursing homes with no active coronavirus cases Posted on 8/6/20
While hospitalizations declined, more than 20% of coronavirus deaths were reported in the past week Posted on 8/5/20
Texas reports over 7,000 people have died from coronavirus Posted on 8/3/20
Here’s how the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded in Texas since March Posted on 7/31/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Availability of $225 Million for Transit Pilot Program Posted on 7/29/20
Federal Government to Distribute Nearly 100 Million Cloth Facial Coverings for Transportation Passengers Posted on 6/12/20
U.S. Department of Transportation to Distribute Over 15 Million Cloth Facial Coverings to America’s Transportation Workforce Posted on 5/28/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.25 Million in Funding Available for Real-Time Transit Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Condition Assessment Demonstration Program Posted on 5/28/20
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 100,000 as South American Cases Surge Posted on 5/27/20
Child care centers, bars and sporting events scheduled for Texas’ next phase of reopening Posted on 5/18/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Safety Advisory to Reduce Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Among Transit Employees & Passengers Posted on 4/14/20
Coronavirus Reveals Transit’s True Mission Posted on 4/8/20
Fiscal Year 2020 CARES Act Supplemental Public Transportation Apportionments and Allocations Posted on 4/2/20
Senate passes stimulus bill that includes $25 billion in emergency funding for transit agencies Posted on 3/26/20
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