Tuesday Transit News
  Date
Tuesday
May 12, 2015
TRANSIT SYSTEM NEWS

Ithaca may see its first hydrogen fuel station by the end of this year as demand grows across the country for vehicles that run on the alternative energy source. The Standard Hydrogen Corporation is currently working on getting state support to fund a hydrogen station next to the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit facilities on Willow Street. The company hopes to tap into Ithaca residents’ interest in alternative energy sources, as well as provide fuel for the hydrogen-powered bus that TCAT is slated to add to its fleet in November as a result of a federal grant.

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TCAT Board Chairman Frank Proto and TCAT Acting General Manager Alice Eccleston joined numerous dignitaries, including NY State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey and NY State Parks Finger Lakes Region Director Fred Bonn, in celebrating the start of Taughannock Falls State Park $1.9 million Overlook Revitalization project. Commissioner Harvey praised TCAT for expanding what is now called the “Bus to Nature” Route 22 service to run seven days a week instead of weekdays only.

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SL Green Realty’s planned 63-story office tower across the street from Grand Central Terminal looks like it’s on the way to final approvals along with proposed rezoning of the Vanderbilt Corridor thanks to a deal worked out with New York City officials that call for the developer to make $220 million in transit improvements. Commercial real estate experts and New York City leaders say the agreement marks an important milestone in private-public partnerships and should pave the way for more new development in Manhattan’s East Midtown market.

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STATE NEWS

A top transportation official from the Obama administration pleaded with transportation officials from throughout the New York metropolitan area to pull together on a plan to build new rail tunnels under the Hudson River before it is too late. The existing tunnels — the only rail links between the city and New Jersey — are 105 years old and in urgent need of an overhaul. The White House ranks the proposal, known as the Gateway project, as the most important planned piece of rail infrastructure in the country, said Peter M. Rogoff, an under-secretary in the federal Transportation Department.

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FEDERAL NEWS

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) included passing an extension of federal transportation funding that is scheduled to expire this month on a list of “must-do items before Memorial Day".  “We clearly have to do an extensions on highways and FISA before we leave for Memorial Day," he said. The transportation funding deadline has dominated talk in Washington for most of the year, but lawmakers have been unable to reach an agreement on an extension. 

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On June 18, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 10th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.

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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
San Francisco, CA -- San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced a proposed additional $48.1 million investment into the city's public transit system that would allow the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to increase reliability and cleanliness of its fleet and hire almost 250 new Muni employees.  "The entire system is being paid attention to," Lee said, explaining that the funds would ensure that Muni expands and improves as the city's population continues to grow at a rapid pace.
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Washington, DC -- Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is rapidly gaining momentum in the Washington region and will likely become a key component in this area’s efforts to address traffic congestion, pollution and quality-of-life issues. TOD has become the dominant public- and private-sector planning strategy for real estate development and redevelopment throughout the metropolitan area and isn’t limited to downtown Washington. TOD projects are under way or being envisioned in Maryland and Virginia counties.

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Hartford, CT -- More than 150,000 rides have been taken on the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system in the five weeks since operations began on March 28, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced this week. Ridership has grown to more than 7,000 riders per day on the bus-only roadway. This is in addition to the 7,000 daily riders that use existing CTtransit bus routes in the corridor. “We’re working to transform Connecticut’s transportation system to boost jobs, improve our economy, and enhance quality of life to build a brighter tomorrow,” Governor Malloy said.

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TRAINING AND EVENTS

Webinar: Transit as a Customer-Oriented Business
This Thursday, May 14, 12-1 pm

Presented by Jonathan Scherzer, CDTA’s Director of Marketing.

Customers are the lifeblood of most any business, but when you are in the business of moving people to jobs, services and recreation, the customer truly comes first. Jonathan will focus on reaching customers early and often with a positive and consistent message. Topics will include tools your agency can deploy to address customer needs: creating a culture of customer service and giving them what they want; ‘are we REALLY engaged with our customers’, internal customer service communications tactics and some lessons learned along the way. (This is a PTLI Component). Register Now!
 

Webinar: Let's Talk Performance Series
June 9, 2015, 2:00-3:30 PM EST

The Let's Talk Performance Webinar Series is a recurring webinar series that aims to:

  • Broach new topics in transportation performance management
  • Present unique perspectives from a variety of agencies
  • Provide a forum for collaboration with fellow practitioners

A working group comprised of national stakeholders and USDOT staff vets topics selected for the Let's Talk Performance Webinar Series. The performance management concepts explored during each webinar will appeal to all transportation professionals.

Fundamentals of Transportation Data Part 2
Share examples of how agencies overcome internal IT, leadership, and resource issues that inhibit their ability to create data management and performance data programs. Register Now!

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