Tuesday Transit News
  Date
Tuesday
June 16, 2015
TRANSIT SYSTEM NEWS
In honor of the 10th Annual National Dump the Pump Day, all day Thursday, June 18, TCAT is inviting passengers and send “selfies” or photos of yourself using the bus or standing beside a non-moving bus in a safe location. The most creative will win free bus passes. National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to encourage people to park their cars, and instead ride public transit or use other alternative transportation.
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Rochester is marking Dump the Pump day with ROC Transit Day. The grassroots car-free day is organized by Reconnect Rochester and encourages everyone to support a healthier Rochester community by using public transit and going car-free for the day. Reconnect Rochester is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization working to build a more sustainable transportation network for the greater Rochester community.
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The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is looking for a broad cross section of customers to pilot test the new Navigator smart card and mobile ticketing system. The new prepayment system will offer new customer features and deploy innovative technology as CDTA embarks on the first simultaneous dual rollout of smartcard and mobile tickets in the United States. CDTA’s Navigator will offer two easy choices for customers when paying their fares; a durable plastic smartcard or the ability to load fares directly onto their smartphone through the free i-ride application.
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Rockland’s TRIPS paratransit service has placed 19 new buses on the road and upgraded its dispatch system. The vehicles were manufactured by Coach & Equipment Mfg. Corp. of Penn Yan, NY, and distributed by Shepard Bros., Inc. of Canandaigua, NY. “These buses help us provide demand-responsive public transportation for Rockland residents who are unable to use Transport of Rockland (TOR) and other fixed-route buses," said Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

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MTA Arts & Design has been honored by Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Year in Review for two projects in the newly opened Fulton Center: the one-of-a-kind cable-net sculpture “Sky Reflector-Net” and the large-scale video installation “New York Minute.”  The two works commissioned by Arts & Design were honored in the permanent art category (“Sky Reflector-Net”) and in the temporary art category (“New York Minute”).
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FEDERAL NEWS
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is wading into a fight over the future of federal transportation funding that has bedeviled lawmakers for a decade.  Ryan has scheduled a hearing on "Long-term financing of the Highway Trust Fund" for June 17.  The hearing comes as lawmakers face a July 31 deadline for the expiration of current federal infrastructure funding and are struggling with coming up with a way to pay for an extension.  Ryan said he would "explore the feasibility of various ideas to provide a sustainable long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund shortfall" during the upcoming hearing.
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The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee says raising the federal gas tax is off the table, but he’s still confident a long-term transportation bill will pass Congress this year.  Republican Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania said he thinks the funding idea that has the strongest chance of making it through Congress is what some senators call "repatriation." It's the idea of lowering corporate tax rates in hopes that American companies would move their money out of offshore accounts and back to the U.S. "I like any idea that can fund the transportation system that's passable, that's possible," Shuster says.
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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Washington, DC – The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) has announced nearly $400,000 in competitive grants to 16 communities to better connect residents with health care services. For example, in Buffalo, a team from United Way of Buffalo and Erie County will test Transportation Navigation services aimed at reducing missed pre-natal appointments among low-income women. Another grant was awarded to Finger Lakes Performing Provider System in Rochester.
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New Britain, CT — Doubling down on a controversial position, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced the new state budget will expand CTfastrak to East Hartford and Manchester. The busway between New Britain and Hartford has been so successful since it opened in late March that the state will use $6.5 million of bonding to extend it to communities on the other side of the Connecticut River, Malloy said. Municipal leaders in East Hartford and Manchester cheered the announcement at a press conference at New Britain's downtown CTfastrak station.
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TRAINING AND EVENTS

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National RTAP Webinar:
Integrated National Transit Database Analysis System - Rural Transit Module

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

You may have used the Integrated National Transit Database Analysis System (INTDAS) for urban transit systems. Now you can conduct similar analysis with rural and tribal transit systems. This webinar will introduce you to the INTDAS and how to use the new rural transit module. Albert Gan, Ph.D. Professor of Engineering at Florida International University will be the presenter and tour guide to show you how easy it is to access and analyze Rural NTD data using this module.

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