Tuesday Transit News
  Date
Tuesday
May 26th, 2015
TRANSIT SYSTEM NEWS
Robert J. Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), the chairman of the Assembly's Infrastructure Sub-Committee, says it is time to find new ways to finance mass transit. Rodriguez offers five ways to help bridge the MTA’s funding gap; he says the time to make tough choices is now.
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STATE NEWS
NYPTA has been working closely with the Empire State Transportation Alliance (ESTA), Tri-State Transportation Campaign and others to highlight the need to fund the MTA Capital Plan and the capital needs of all transit systems across the state.  The attached letter from State Senator Martin Golden to new Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan supporting a fully funded statewide transit capital program is a recent example of this cooperation.
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FEDERAL NEWS
The House approved a two-month extension of funding for transportation projects, setting up what could be a defining fight over money for highways and other infrastructure this summer after years of stopgap measures. The extension, which passed in a 387-to-35 vote with one member voting present, would maintain funding for the Highway Trust Fund through July 31. The bill now goes to the Senate.
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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Boston, MA -- Public transit can be a ride out of poverty. The cities identified by Raj Chetty, an economics professor at Harvard University, as having the highest chances for a person moving from the bottom fifth to the top fifth of income across generations are the cities ranked as having the best public transportation, as my research found. Five of the top ten cities for physical mobility — New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Seattle — are also in the top ten for social mobility. Of course many other factors are at play, but good public transportation is among them.
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Portland, OR -- Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on public roads within Oregon, instead of the tax now added when filling up at the pump.
 
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Washington, DC -- Arlington County, Virginia, is one of the most active places in the country when it comes to nudging companies toward car-free commutes. But the tools at its disposal in this effort have been stuck in the past.  That’s about to change with a new site called CarFreeAtoZ.  It calls itself the “Washington region's first fully multimodal trip planning and comparison tool.  “People are looking for options to get to work,” says David Emory, a principal at Conveyal. “Particularly options that don't involve driving their car.”
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TRAINING AND EVENTS
An Update on Recent Trainings and Events

Our May 14th webinar, “Transit as a Customer-Oriented Business” was presented by CDTA’s Director of Marketing, Jonathan Scherzer. The program was well-attended and provided great information on tools agencies can deploy to address customer needs, creating a culture of customer service, and lessons learned. It also was the final webinar for our PTLI participants.

The ADA Transit Training USDOT Workshops held in March and April were also very successful. All were well-attended and received excellent reviews. Our thanks to Liberty Lines Transit in Yonkers, Greater Glens Falls Transit in Queensbury and Regional Transit Service in Rochester for hosting the workshops.  Special thanks to John Fabian of NYSDOT Public Transportation Safety Board for coordinating the overall program, Bill Telovsky of NYSDOT for RTAP’s financial and promotional assistance, and Kristi McLaughlin and Donna Smith of Easter Seals Project Action.Consulting, Leo Williams and Charles Acevedo of Centro, and Greg Buff and Sean Moore, PTSB Investigators, for their contributions to the program.

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 managementPresent unique perspectives from a variety of agenciesProvide 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.

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