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The President of KPTA is:

BEECHER HUDSON, CEO

Louisville Wheels Transportation

1134 S Preston St

Louisville, KY 40203


 

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From: Beecher Hudson, President

Subject: New Kentucky Public Transit Website

I want to encourage each member to send information to Shirley Cummins or Pam Shepherd that you would like to go on the website. Please realize that the website will only be as good as we make it. We need you to send us your agency website or company website so that we can enter it on to our website.

Together we can make this one of the best association websites in the country.

KENTUCKY PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION

KPTA  DUES 

Small Systems:  $375.00 

Please Send Check to:  Pam Shepherd at FTSB's new address: 2308 Frankfort Ct., Lexington, KY  40510

 

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From the desk of ...........   Beecher Hudson

January 23, 2014

Dear KPTA Members:

The General Assembly is in session and I and our attorney lobbyist, Oliver Barber, have been busy visiting key members of the general assembly.  I want to thank Mr. Barber for all his hard work because he is there for us during this critical time in the life of public transit in Kentucky.

I’m sure most of you by now has heard or seen what the Governor is proposing in his budget.  The Fiscal 2014-16 budgets Beshear presented to a joint session of legislators would add more than $300 million to K-12 funding during the two years and include pay raises for teachers and restoration of money for textbooks, school safety and after school classes that were slashed in recent recession – era budgets.  To do so, Beshear’s budget would cut funding of smaller state agencies by 5 percent next year and hold funding at that reduced level in 2015-16.  Pubic transit has its work cut out during this session to just keep what has been proposed by the Office of Transportation Delivery.  Please contact your legislator’s and let them know they need to fund the public transit budget fully so we can access all of our federal funds.

Finally, on Thursday, February 13, 2014, the Kentucky Public Transit Association will be sponsoring Kentucky Transit Day at the State Capital in Frankfort.  We will be having a rally in the Capital rotunda from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to let our legislators know that Public Transit is vital in the State of Kentucky.  Thus far the following have accepted our invitation to speak: Sen. Jimmy Higdon, Rep. Leslie Combs, Rep. Jimmy Lee, Ms. Margaret Platter, Deputy Commissioner Kentucky Veterans Administration,and Ms. Juva Barber,  Exec. Dir of KBT. Invited but yet to confirm Rep. Hubert Collins, Rep. Tanya Pullin, Secretary of the Transportation Cabinet, Mike Hancock, and Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson.  We are asking every Transit agency to bring clients so we can fill up the Capital rotunda, bring busses to park on Capital Avenue, and schedule appointments to meet with your legislator’s from your area.  All of this information is on the KPTA website on the Events page.  I look forward to seeing everyone in Frankfort so we can show legislators how important public transportation is in the Commonwealth.

Also I would like to congratulate Ms. Vickie Bourne on being elected to the Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame and to Ms. Juva Barber and her staff for a successful KBT Conference.

As always, I want to thank the membership for their on going support of KPTA.

 Sincerely,

Beecher Hudson

Beecher Hudson,  President

Kentucky Public Transit Association

Chief Executive Officer

Louisville Wheels Transportation

1134 S Preston St

Louisville, KY 40203
Telephone: (502) 561-
3690
Fax: (502) 561-3611

Email:  BEECHER HUDSON

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Please remember FTSB has moved when mailing in your KPTA dues. 

The address is below:

Pam Shepherd, Executive Director

Federated Transportation Services of the Bluegrass, Inc.

2308 Frankfort Ct., Lexington, KY  40510

859-233-0066 Phone

859-233-1668 Fax

Thanks so much for all the members support of KPTA.


 

From the desk of ....

                               Vickie S. Bourne 

Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Transportation Delivery

Please enjoy the latest edition of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) Voice newsletter.

Visit the following link for previous issues:  http://transportation.ky.gov/highway-safety/pages/voice-newsletter.aspx

 


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KYTC logoKentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will expand its statewide call center and 'Vet' Transportation Connection to include five public transit providers, enhance partnerships between veterans, military, medical and service organizations statewide to identify and address transportation needs, and promote the resource to more than 335,000 veterans who live in the state.

From the desk of ...

Vickie S. Bourne, Executive Director,

Office of Transportation Delivery

 

Please post this information on the KPTA web site:

Roanoke, Virginia Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling DOT Funds

On January 17, 2012, Diane Holdren of Roanoke, Virginia, pled guilty in United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to one count of willfully and knowingly embezzling money from the United States Department of Transportation.  In 2006, Valley Metro, the business entity that manages the Roanoke City bus service, was awarded over $80,000 in grant funds from FTA to replace furniture at the company's downtown Roanoke administration building.  Valley Metro hired Ms. Holdren to complete the project.  

In her plea, Ms. Holdren admitted she fabricated and submitted multiple bids of furniture vendors to Valley Metro in relation to the project.  She admitted to fabricating and inflating all vendor bids, thus guaranteeing that Valley Metro would have to pay more than the true costs associated with the project. Following Valley Metro's acceptance of the b ids, Ms. Holdren submitted inflated invoices related to the bids that included inflated and nonexistent shipping costs. 

Subsequently, Valley Metro paid the furniture vendors directly based on the inflated bills it had received from Ms. Holdren.  The vendors then issued checks to Ms. Holdren for the difference between the true costs and the costs paid by Valley Metro that were based on the defendant's deceptions.  The total loss caused by the defendant's actions is between $80,000 and $120,000.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 30, 2012. 

This is a joint investigation with the United States Postal Inspection Service.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Civil Rights Division

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011                                                                          (202) 514-2007

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ADA SETTLEMENT

WITH INTERCITY BUS COMPANY, MEGABUS

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with intercity bus service providers Megabus USA LLC., and Megabus Northeast LLC., which are located in Chicago and Elizabeth, N.J., respectively.  The Justice Department initiated its investigation of Megabus as part of its ongoing review of the private transportation industry.  In particular, the department has been investigating accessibility of private transportation operations for individuals with disabilities.    

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Megabus will ensure that all of the vehicles in its intercity service are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids.  Megabus will also alter its online reservation services so that passengers with disabilities are able to access schedule information and make reservations in the same manner and using the same reservation system as other passengers.  Megabus will pay a $55,000 civil penalty to the United States, and $12,500 in damages to a complainant who was not permitted to use the ramp on a passenger bus, and who was forced to transfer out of his wheelchair rather than be secured in the wheelchair, as required by federal regulations, during his trip from New York, to Baltimore.  The United States credits Megabus for their cooperation throughout the investigation and their willingness to address the deficiencies identified.

“Commercial passenger buses are an affordable and growing sector of the transportation industry, and making sure that they are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities is a necessary part of integrating individuals with disabilities into all aspects of American life,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.  “The department is committed to vigorously enforcing the transportation requirements of the ADA.”

Title III of the ADA prohibits specified private transportation providers like Megabus from excluding persons with disabilities, including persons with mobility impairments, from full and equal enjoyment of the services provided.   Anyone interested in learning more about federal disability rights statutes can call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA information line at 800-514-0301, 800-514-0383 (TTY), or access the ADA website at www.ada.gov.

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LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (LEP) 

The State and its transit agencies must take responsible steps to ensure meaningful access to the benefits, services, information, and other important portions of their programs and activities for individuals who are Limited English Proficient (LEP).  Necessary steps will be based on four (4) factors:  (1) the number and proportion of LEP persons served or encountered in the eligible service population; (2) the frequency with which LEP individuals come into contact with the program, activity, or service: (3) the nature and importance of the program, activity, or service provided by the program; and, (4) the resources available to the agency and costs. 

Reference: 

FTA Circular C4702.1A

Executive Order 13166 on Accessing Transportation for Persons with Limited English Proficiency 

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Welcome to KentuckyAtWork.ky.gov – the web site dedicated to openness and accountability.

 

As part of President Obama’s Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Kentucky will be receiving about $3 billion in federal money to help preserve critical services during the economic crisis our nation and state are facing, as well as invest in infrastructure and job creation.

 

To spend that money strategically, we have developed a program called Kentucky at Work.  Its primary focus is on jobs – protecting existing jobs and creating new ones.  But federal limitations also allocate much of this money for specific programs and services, such as Medicaid and education.  We think it’s important that Kentuckians know how, when and where this money is being spent.  So we’ve created a user-friendly Web site that will serve as a “one-stop shop” for information on Kentucky at Work and the federal funds that will be invested in our Commonwealth.

 

Much like Kentucky’s opendoor.ky.gov web site, which breaks down biennial budget numbers, we believe this web site will help educate the public on where your tax dollars are being spent, and in so doing inspire confidence that state government is looking out for your interest.

 

 

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Bourne Inducted into Kentucky Transportation

Hall of Fame at KBT

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During the Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT) Conference on January 10, 2014, Ms. Vickie S. Bourne, Executive Director of the Office of Transportation Delivery was inducted into the Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame, a well-deserved honor after over 40 year contribution to the success of public transportatilon in the Commonwealth.  A few of the previous inductees include Congressman Hal Rogers, Bert T. Combs, Paul Patton, Calvin G.Grayson, and Patsy Anderson.

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CTAA Offers Online PASS Training

The PASS basic program consists of 6 modules and includes comprehensive training on the assistance that drivers should be providing to passengers with special need. It is based on CTAA’s Passenger Service and Safety (PASS) driver and trainer certification program that has successfully trained and certified over 25,000 drivers and instructors. It is regarded as an industry standard and we are proud to offer this opportunity to take the training in an online format.