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TRANSIT SYSTEM NEWS
MTA 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.
New 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.
When 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
NEW 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.
ATLANTA -- 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
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.