The House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) approved the THUD appropriations bill for FY 2014 last week. The bill now moves to the full House Appropriations Committee on June 27. Read details of the bill here.
The New York State legislative session ended on time last week for the first time in decades. However, some unresolved issues could mean lawmakers will be back at the Capitol later this year to finish business. Read more here at WNYC.org
The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of Thomas Prendergast as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week. Read the story at lohudblogs.com.
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week the appointment of John Molloy of Nassau County and Mitchell Pally of Suffolk County to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. See the press release here. The governor also announced the appointment of Charles Gurney and Wesley Hicks, MD to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Read the release here.
Dutchess County LOOP will soon have a new transit hub in the city of Poughkeepsie. Ground was broken on the $2.2 million dollar project last week. It’s expected to take six months to complete. View the story and video of the groundbreaking on PoughkeepsieJournal.com.
NYPTA Business Partner New Flyer Industries has purchased North American Bus Industries, Inc. Read about the purchase on Metro-Magazine.com.
Capital District Transportation Authority has been honored by the American Public Transportation Association with an industry Safety Excellence Award. CDTA reported its lowest number of employee injuries in its Maintenance Department and the lowest number of severe cases overall it its history for its 2013 fiscal year. Read more here.
Other News of Interest
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority held a mock terrorist attack drill in its Broad Street Subway line last week. The drill was a test of the authority’s emergency readiness plans. Read about the drill and what SEPTA learned.
Cleveland’s new HealthLine bus route is proving to be an economic stimulus for the city. The buses, designed to look like rail cars, run along a nine-mile corridor in their own rapid-transit lanes on a route to and from the area medical center and university. Read how they are speeding up the trip and creating a new environment along the route on MassTransitMag.com.
The US High Speed Rail Association website is featuring a clip from a Dan Rather video that openly and objectively analyzes the transportation method and how it might be used in this country. View a segment and find a link to the entire 46 minute show by clicking here.
NYPTA Social Media
On our NYPTA Facebook and LinkedIn pages this week, we shared the story of "Iowa Bus Queen" Helen Schultz, the first woman owner of a transit company in the US. We found out about Helen on the USDOT Women in Transportation History Timeline. Find the links on our Facebook page and our LinkedIn page.