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Public Transit in Texas, by Jessica Donald and Shannon Halbrook, Published 04/28/21
TTA’s Free Webinar: Bring me solutions, not problems
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Link to presentation: Bring me solutions, not problems
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
WEBINAR WITH TTI AND IDSER TO DISCUSS CENSUS BUREAU’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO URBAN AREA DELINEATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR TEXAS TRANSIT, Wed. April 21, 2021 (Michael J. Walk from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Transit Mobility Program and Po-Chun Huang from the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Moderated by John Hendrickson of HTG Hendrickson Transportation Group)
On Friday, February 19, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau posted proposed changes to the criteria for defining urban areas based on the results of the 2020 Census. Will these proposed changes, if adopted, affect Texas’s urbanized and rural areas? Will they affect federal or state funding for Texas transit systems? The one-hour webinar will include a 40-minute presentation and a 20-minute question and answer session. Topics discussed will include:
An overview of the how the Census Bureau delineates urban area boundaries.
A description of the proposed 2020 changes to urban area delineations.
A discussion of potential impacts of the proposed changes.
FTA Updates from the Region 6 Office
National Safety Council’s new 15 month calendar that starts with October 2020
The new book “The Future of Public Transportation” written by transit industry leader Paul Comfort and over forty top public transport CEOs, Futurists and Associations released on March 1, 2020, has hit #1 on Amazon for New Releases in Transportation for both the e-book/Kindle version and the paperback. This book examines the transformations coming this decade to cities and the public transportation systems that serve them and will allow readers to become more informed and ready for these changes.
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