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NYPTA has begun airing radio spots underscoring the need for state lawmakers to increase funding levels for public transit systems in the upcoming state budget. The spots are airing on the Fred Dicker show on Talk 1300 in Albany, a regular-listen for legislators and government employees. Funding for upstate and downstate transit systems outside of the MTA has been relatively flat for six consecutive state budget cycles, leaving current services, and the public’s demand for even more services, in danger. Listen to the spot here.

TRANSIT SYSTEM NEWS

Read MoreCentro is staring at a $5 million hole as it puts together its next budget. According to the public transit authority’s executive director, Frank Kobliski, they’ve run out of one-time funding streams to fill the hole. Centro has put forward a plan to eliminate Sunday and holiday bus service and stop running buses late at night. It’s gotten people’s attention. Riders and community advocates say it will impact people who work odd shifts and the disabled and working poor.

Read MoreIn a visit to Albany, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio added his voice to the chorus demanding more money for the MTA’s five-year program, which pays for things like expanding the system, replacing aging subway cars and keeping tracks and other critical equipment in shape. "The state must do more to fund the MTA's Capital Plan, a situation that is reaching crisis levels," de Blasio said. Transit advocates said the mayor also needs to kick in far more. Since the early 1980s, the city has contributed roughly $100 million a year to the MTA.

Read MoreThe Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has unveiled the design and branding of its new payment system, called Navigator. CDTA debuted Navigator at its inaugural “State of CDTA,” which took place at The Desmond Hotel. The new fare system will allow customers to efficiently travel across CDTA’s route network that spans four counties and more than 2,300 square miles. CDTA is the first in the nation to simultaneously introduce both a smartcard and mobile ticketing application.

Read MoreWilliam Ronan, the first chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has been memorialized by a plaque at the MTA’s new board room. Ronan died on Oct. 15, 2014, at the age of 101. Under Ronan’s leadership, the MTA expanded the subway system further into New York’s outer boroughs, created the Metro-North Railroad, and incorporated Long Island Rail Road into its commuter rail network. Ronan’s tenure as MTA chairman began in March 1968 and ended in April 1974, when he became chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

STATE NEWS

Read MoreLewis County residents raised concerns to Jim Durkish, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s constituent representative, about transportation and housing for disabled persons. Durkish said he and the Lewis County Economic Development and Planning Department, have discussed having better bus coverage. “The state is trying to cut funding for bus routes. ... We are not like a city where we have all this mass transit,” Mr. Durkish said. “The senator is on board with making sure we have some kind of transportation maintained throughout the county.”

FEDERAL NEWS

Read MoreLast month’s average annual savings for public transit riders was $9,238, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) February Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can also save, on average, more than $770 per month. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle which includes the February 23, 2015 average national gas price ($2.30 per gallon- reported by AAA), and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers.

Read MoreJohn Thune wants a long-term surface transportation bill. Paul Ryan wants comprehensive tax reform. Both powerful Republicans in Congress see the potential for marrying the two, and both realize the window for such an ambitious legislative proposal is short. Basically, we have until August. Ryan, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, recently said that comprehensive tax reform was the "only way" that the Highway Trust Fund could see an influx of cash that would keep it afloat for five or six years. That's a heavy lift for a Congress that has done almost nothing in the last two years.

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

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Boston – Former Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Katherine Lapp is part of a special panel named by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to conduct a detailed examination of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MPTA). The panel will synthesize recent MBTA studies, conduct a performance review, examine the T’s core functions and benchmark results with other transit operations in order to ascertain the status of the system’s governance, finances, and capital planning. Lapp served as the MTA’s CEO from 2002-2006.

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Washington, DC  The Federal Transit Administration-funded National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) has launched its Healthcare Access Mobility Design Challenge, seeking eight community teams to design innovative solutions to common transportation challenges related to healthcare. Each multidisciplinary team, competitively selected to participate in the six-month Design Challenge, will receive grant funds of up to $25,000 and technical assistance to take potential solutions from concept to impact.

TRAINING AND EVENTS

ADA Transit Training
Presented by the Transit Training Institute & NYSDOT Public Transportation Safety Board

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30am-3:30pm, Liberty Lines Transit Inc., Yonkers, NY
Thursday, April 16, 9:30am-3:30pm, Greater Glens Falls Transit System, Queensbury, NY
Thursday, April 23, 9:30am-3:30pm, Regional Transit Service, Rochester, NY

The New York Public Transit Association, the Transit Training Institute and NYS PTSB present another in its series of regional training programs. This free program will provide information on Federal ADA regulations for transit operations and hands-on training on the use of securement devices and offered in three convenient locations.

The program is open to one person from an agency
. Seating is limited to 20 people at each location. If your agency wants to send more than one person, a waiting list will be established. If the class does not fill up with staff from 20 different agencies, then additional seats will be offered to those on the waiting list a few days prior to the training.

DESCRIPTON: NYSDOT/PTSB, Centro and Easter Seals Project Action Consulting are collaborating to present a one day hands-on workshop on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). It will cover:

  • Federal ADA regulations for transit operations
  • Training of drivers, securement of devices
  • Lift inspection, maintenance, and service animals

The day will be split between lecture and hands on training, and is limited to 20 participants.

Attendees will leave with knowledge of requirements for applying ADA regulations to the operation of their system, a practical use of securement devices for today's mobility equipment, inspection of buses equipped with FMVSS 403 Public Use Lifts and guidance to bring back to the bus property for an appropriate ADA operations policy and to teach drivers proper techniques. Bring your questions.

An attendance certificate will be issued. RTAP reimbursement for expenses associated with this training is available for RTAP eligible systems. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30am-3:30pm, Liberty Lines Transit Inc., Yonkers, NY (Space is limited)

Thursday, April 16, 9:30am-3:30pm, Greater Glens Falls Transit System, Queensbury, NY (Space is limited)

Thursday, April 23, 9:30am-3:30pm, Regional Transit Service, Rochester, NY (Space is limited)

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

  • Kristi McLaughlin, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting is a certified ADA Coordinator. She is an experienced trainer with extensive knowledge of the transportation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, best practices in customer service, and paratransit eligibility and operations.
  • Donna Smith, Director of Training, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting is an ADA Coordinator and has been with Easter Seals since 2002 with more than thirty-five years of experience as a professional in the field of disability advocacy with most of those years as a training and technical assistance specialist on disability-related laws and issues. Since 2002, she has focused specifically on transportation.
  • Centro Representative
  • John Fabian, Chief Investigator, Bus Safety, New York State Department of Transportation, Public Transportation Safety Board will present the program. John has been with NYSDOT for 30 years. Currently, John manages the statewide bus safety program for the PTSB (including 115 bus systems) including all bus accident investigations, System Safety Program Plan reviews and approvals, bus carrier audit and site review.

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