Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation, passed through the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last weekfollowing smooth sailing in the committee’s hearings. He awaits action by the full committee. Read more about the nomination here.
Don't forget Dump the Pump Day this Thursday, June 20. Dump the Pump Day is in its eighth year, and transit systems around the country are joining in to encourage people who might normally take public transit, to leave their cars at home for at least one day, in hope that it might become habit. The event is sponsored by The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and APTA. Last week, we invited you to share your plans for the day. We heard from CDTA and RGRTA. CDTA is inviting rides to join a contest by sharing stories of how much money they save taking public transportation, and RGRTA is joining a coalition of public transit supporters for a day of activities called "ROC Transit Day." Last year, almost 150 public transportation agencies participated in Dump the Pump day. If your system is participating, this year, please send us your story or a photo to share! To learn more and download a participation kit, click here.
Bills have been introduced in both houses of the US Congress to continue the commuter tax benefit at levels equal to the current parking benefit. APTA wants transit supporters to urge their congressmen to support the parity legislation. Read more here.
The New York Works Task Force formed last year has released New York State's first-ever 10-year capital funding plan for infrastructure improvements that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo called “a visionary roadmap on how we will leverage state resources to improve infrastructure in all corners of New York.” The plan is also expected to stimulate job growth and economic development. Read the Governor’s press release here. To view the State of New York Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-14 through 2022-23, click here.
NYS Department of Transportation took home two America’s Transportation Awards in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Annual Awards for its Northeast Region. NYS DPT received two awards in the "Ahead of Schedule" category – one each for the NY Route 201 Bridge Replacement Project and the Taconic State Parkway AMVETS Memorial Bridge Project. Read more about the awards.
TCAT is seeking passage of state legislation that will allow the mortgage recording tax to support local transit in order to maintain current levels of service with ever increasing ridership numbers. Read more here.
NFTA received a Certificate of Merit for Security from the American Public Transportation Association in recognition of its commitment to increasing rail safety and security on its Metro Rail systems. Read the press release here.
We've shared a few videos from Leadership and Change Management Consultant Doug Eadie, who will be presenting at the NYS Public Transit Industry Partners In Progress Conference + Expo. This week, we invite you to read part one of Doug Eadie's two-part interview with DART CEO Gary Thomas.
Exhibitor and sponsor registration for the NYS Public Transit Industry Partners in Progress Conference + Expo is now OPEN! To learn more about how your organization can support public transit and access key industry decision-makers, click here.
THIS WEEK IN NYPTA SOCIAL MEDIA
The Sky Net over Fulton Center has been revealed. It certainly does capture the light, and sends it down to the subway station below the center. Check out these photos of the dome and its construction See the post on the NYPTA Facebook Page.