NYPTA and its members actively support the advancement of public transportation in New York State and the US through advocacy for state and federal investment in public transportation and promotion of legislation and policies that foster growth in accessibility.

NYPTA's strong advocacy program provides members with direct contact and networking with key New York State decision makers in the NYS Executive Chamber, in both houses of the NYS Legislature, and at NYSDOT and other key departments and commissions. We have established strong and effective working relationships with state budget officials and key legislative fiscal staff that allow us to provide NYPTA members with timely and detailed information on important issues.

A major event in our annual advocacy program is our Transit Awareness Day, when hundreds of supporters from around the state gather at the NYS Capitol to celebrate and promote investment in public transit.

For more information on NYPTA legislative and policy initiatives, contact NYPTA Policy Director Bob Zerrillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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NYPTA Legislative and Policy Accomplishments

  • NYPTA prepared a report citing the importance of upstate transit service and documenting the need for a structural change in state operating aid due to the lack of growth.
  • As a result of NYPTA's advocacy efforts, there has been increases in New York State's operating assistance to transit systems statewide, which has allowed most systems to limit fares and maintain or even expand service.
  • NYPTA advocacy efforts identified $26 million in unspent 2005 Transportation Bond Act funding for public transportation and resulted in the appropriation of these funds in the 2014-15 state budget.
  • NYPTA prepared a report on the capital needs of transit systems other than the MTA and has advocated for a public transportation capital investment program that will provide State support for the MTA and all transit systems across the state.
  • Transit ridership has been rising across the state and is directly related to the fare and service stability resulting from state operating and capital investment.