November 14, 2011 | Issue #110

ABA Meets With FTA On Charter Rule

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Clyde Hart, ABA's Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy, met with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Chief Council, Nancy Ellen Zusman, last week to discuss enforcement of FTA's charter bus regulation.

The FTA charter bus regulation prohibits publicly funded transit agencies from providing charter bus services in competition with private bus operators. Although these regulations have been in place since 1973, they have recently come under attack.

For the last several years, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has included a provision in the annual transportation appropriations bill that exempts Seattle's King County Metro from abiding by this rule.

Clyde met with Ms. Zusman to ask that the agency actively enforce the charter bus regulation in the rest of the country.

During their meeting, Ms. Zusman stressed that operators need to register their company with the FTA, which can help reduce the chances of transit agencies violating the charter rule. Operators can register their company through this website.

Ms. Zusman has been invited to be a speaker at Marketplace 2012 in Grapevine, TX. Click here to register for Marketplace.