Tuesday Transit News
  Date
Tuesday
September 1, 2015
TRANSIT SYSTEM NEWS
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has begun construction on a $5.9 million, high-capacity, fast fill compressed natural gas fueling station at Metro’s Frontier Bus Garage in Tonawanda. The state-of-the-art facility will cover 1.5 acres and feature two 250-horsepower compressors, and four fuel dispensers. NFTA executive director Kimberley Minkel called CNG an affordable, plentiful safe fuel that’s made in the U.S.
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $9.5 million in grants to 19 projects in 13 states selected to help train a new generation of skilled workers and support long-term careers in the public transportation industry. The MTA and the NFTA were each awarded grants.
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New York City passengers who use taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber should pay higher fares to support mass transit, the Citizens Budget Commission said. Increased fees dedicated to subways, buses and commuter rail lines would help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fill a $2.6 billion deficit in its proposed $30 billion capital plan through 2019, the business-backed research group said in a report.
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STATE NEWS
New York’s comptroller reports tax revenues so far this fiscal year are nearly 10 percent higher than the same four months last year. According to the comptroller’s office, the $25.3 billion in tax receipts through July reflect stronger personal income tax collections. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says settlement funds have also boosted the state’s available balance at the end of July to $9.6 billion.
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President Obama has named former New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. McDonald headed NYSDOT from March 2011 until this past July when she was succeeded by former Syracuse mayor Matt Driscoll.
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FEDERAL NEWS
American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Michael Melaniphy issued a statement on the  2015 Urban Mobility Report, which shows traffic congestion around the nation is worsening. “A new 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard released today shows the urgent need for investment in public transportation and our road network.  The report showed that traffic congestion caused drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and kept travelers stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours.
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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Hartford, CT – Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is calling for more security and safety improvements on public transportation and passenger rail systems in the wake of an attempted terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train last week, the CTPost reported. Blumenthal made his first the call for more security in May during the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administrator’s confirmation hearing.
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Philadelphia, PA -- Ever since November 2014, when Catholic Church officials confirmed Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia over two days this September, there's been an all-hands-on-deck mindset at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Although the city and its affiliated agencies have prepared for many major public-gatherings in the past, SEPTA's planning for the papal visit is unprecedented, says Deputy General Manager Jeff Knueppel.
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Washington, DC -- A newly released U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor report identifies good-paying, high-demand transportation jobs and analyzes the patterns in the education and work experience required for entry, including on-the-job training requirements for new entrants to gain full competency. “Careers in the transportation industry can lift Americans into the middle class or help them stay there,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
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TRAINING AND EVENTS
Register Today for the NYS Public Transit Industry CONNECTIONS Conference & Expo. October 27-29 | Rochester, NY

Take advantage of multiple education tracks providing outstanding learning opportunities, networking time to share ideas with your colleagues on the industry’s hottest topics and a marketplace to preview the latest products and services. See first hand why this is the state’s premier public transportation event!

Don't wait! Save $100 by registering by October 6th. Register here.

CONNECTIONS  Conference Program Highlights: Communications & Leadership Track.
Check out these sessions to improve your agency operations:
  • Media Relations: Best Practices on Crafting and Delivering your Transit Message
  • Driving Organizational Success through Employee Training and Development: How Training Your Clients, Executive Team and Employees Drives Your Company’s Success (PTLI Component)
  • Operator Websites: Innovative Ways to Communicate Safety & Service
  • Public-Private Partnerships that Provide High Result Transit Solutions
To learn more about education sessions and networking opportunities at the annual conference, visit www.nystransitconference.org. For questions regarding registration, contact NYPTA at 518-434-9060 or email info@nytransit.org.

Amtrak Discount Offered to NYPTA Attendees
Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Rochester between October 24 through November 1.  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Reservations cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X15Y-931 when making your reservation.  (Limitations apply.)
 
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