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Read MoreTCAT bus operators who acted on a New York State Amber Alert, which led to the safe custody of two children allegedly abducted by their father in Tompkins County are being lauded. Upon learning about the alleged abduction via an Amber Alert, TCAT Bus Operator Kirill Karandeyev asked TCAT Dispatcher Jeremiah Anderson if he could issue an alert to his fellow bus operators via the TCAT radio system. Anderson granted him permission and shortly after hearing the Two radio alert, TCAT bus operator Patrick Naughton spotted the children and their alleged abductor riding on the Route 32 he was driving on Cornell University's campus. Naughton quickly turned down his radio and quietly notified TCAT Dispatcher Anderson, who in turn notified local police. Police then pulled the bus over and apprehended the suspect.

Read MoreMTA NYC Transit is unveiling a new placard campaign which urges customers to be aware that just a few courteous actions can make the ride more efficient while creating an atmosphere that can make a daily commute more pleasant and less stressful. In January, a series of placards will begin appearing inside subway cars and then buses and the commuter railroads in February. They will bear gentle, but firm reminders pointing out common courtesies that can make traveling by mass transit more enjoyable for everyone.

STATE NEWS

Read MoreGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Prevost, a division of the Volvo group specializing in touring coach and bus assembly, has opened a new production line in sister company Nova Bus’ expanded Plattsburgh facility. This production line is Prevost's first in the United States. The $26 million expansion project is tied to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) award to build 300 Commuter Over the Road Buses worth $164 million. Once complete, the expansion project will create more than 50 new jobs at the Plattsburgh facility. Combined with a $195 million MTA contract for 414 Nova Bus buses for the MTA’s New York City Transit, the number of employees at the facility will grow to more than 250 people.

Read MoreNew York will have a good problem in 2015: a $5 billion windfall and budget surpluses in the years to come. Because of huge bank settlements and fiscal controls, the state is in the enviable position of being able to spend money next year on long-overdue items, mainly infrastructure needs. The state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are already facing pressure to invest in schools and mass transit and help fund a new Tappan Zee Bridge, to name a few.

FEDERAL NEWS

Read MoreWhen considering what to expect for transportation in 2015, start with the nation's capital, where there is an unusual alignment of congressional authorization bills needed for highways, aviation and rail programs. Meanwhile, a number of states are either taking action of their own to beef up their own highway and transit revenue, or starting to talk about it at the leadership level in hopes of crafting new plans. So with all that as background, here's a list of possibilities to look for in 2015.

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Read MoreNEW YORK -- A real estate executive, inspired by an Alpine holiday in France, believes that cable cars can solve New York's transport problem -- too many people and too few trains. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the demarcation with Queens, up to 20,000 extra apartments are being built in the next 20 years, according to Daniel Levy, the man behind the ambitious idea. Building a new tunnel or bridge would be prohibitively expensive, but European-designed cable cars could ferry as many as 5,000 people an hour across the water into Manhattan in just four minutes, said Levy, the president of New York's City Realty.

Read MoreATLANTA -- The Atlanta streetcar will be operational on Tuesday, reviving a form of public transit not seen in Atlanta since 1949. The Tuesday opening of the long-delayed $98 million, four-car streetcar system will beat a self-imposed deadline by Mayor Kasim Reed by one day. Reed said such transportation initiatives are attractive to two important players: the federal government, which funded $46 million of the project and seeks to fund similar projects around the country; and sought-after millennials, who increasingly prefer to live in cities and who prefer the option of public transportation.

TRAINING AND EVENTS

TRANSIT AWARENESS DAY 2015

Plan to join your public transit colleagues in Albany for NYPTA’s 2015 Transit Awareness Day. Be at the Capital February 3 to bring lawmakers a unified message on the importance of investing in transit infrastructure.

We need a show of strength, a united voice to be heard, and we need you make it happen.

Our industry partners play a key role, too. Become a Transit Awareness Day sponsor and secure a prominent position on Transit Awareness Day 2015!

Be in Albany on February 3. More details and Registration here.

Webinar: BECOMING A BOARD-SAVVY CEO

February 12, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

A key component to the long-term success of public transportation authorities is the strong leadership of a rock-solid board-CEO strategic governing team. And experience has taught that CEOs who are truly “board-savvy” must take the lead in building such partnerships. “The Board-Savvy CEO” will provide participants with detailed, practical and thoroughly tested guidance in becoming truly board-savvy CEOs. The key characteristics of board-savvy CEOs will be described, and the primary partnership-building roles of the board-savvy CEO will be explored.

Presenter: Doug Eadie, the President & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, a Tampa Bay-based firm that works with public and nonprofit organizations in the areas of board and CEO leadership and strategic change.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST. Register here.

                                                                                                                                               The New York Public Transit Association Board of Directors and Staff wish all our members, sponsors, industry partners and colleagues a very Happy New Year. We hope the year ahead brings everyone much success, both individually and in our collective effort to advance the public transit industry in New York State and across the country.

                       

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