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SEP-OCT 2014

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1 855 510-7837 | Communication is key to any healthy relationship. Using our industry leading technology, your trains will have the ability to reach out to you when there is a problem. No more guessing. No more trial and error. Tackle problems before you have them. Stop by booth 2355 at the APTA Expo and let's talk. Get your trains talking. 55 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 m ETRO m AGAZINE > Transportation Ray LaHood called RFTA's BRT system a "model of cooperation." Blankenship was important in garnering support and funding for the VelociRFTA system, which included a tax increase that was approved by voters. Overall, VelociRFTA generated at least 250 jobs in Col- orado and significantly reduced the travel time of many workers in the valley. With the VelociRFTA, the commute from Aspen to Glenwood Springs takes less than one hour. JANNETTE SADIK-KHAN Former Commissioner New York City Department of Transportation Under Sadik-Khan, the NYC D OT revamped the entire street workings of the city's transportation, allowing more focus on bicycle and pedestrian access and minimizing the focus on automobiles. Her D OT worked on street designs more a p p ro p r i a t e f o r c i t y n e e d s a n d w o u l d d o street redesigns with paint and temporar y breakaway bollards, then measure changes in capacity and collision frequency and se- verity before repaving or making other per- manent changes. Under Sadik-Khan's leadership, the NYC DOT also is- sued the first strategic plan in the agency's histor y. The changes were all measured and analyzed; if popular or successful, they remained and if not successful, they were removed. Sadik-Khan is also known for her work in implementing the New York City's 1997 Bicycle Master Plan. In her first year as commissioner bike lane and shared-lane painting doubled from 29 miles in 2006 to 63 miles 2007. In the following five years, an additional 254 miles of bike lanes or shared lanes were painted. She also installed the city's first parking-protected bike lanes on 9th Avenue. Aside from her work at the NYC DOT, Sadik-Khan previous- ly worked at the New York Mayor's ofce for transportation under David Dinkins, the FTA and Parsons Brinckerhof. PAUL WEYRICH Free Congress Foundation Contrasting with many of the conservatives he helped rally on other issues, the man who coined the term "moral majority," had a long history of ardent support for passenger rail transportation. In 1988, he co-founded The New Electric Railway Journal, a magazine dedicated to ur- ban rail transit. In 1996, he discontinued his

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