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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the state will purchase 400 acres of waterfront in Buffalo’s outer harbor from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. It is believed that the purchase is a renewed sign that the NFTA’s new leadership is focusing on what it knows best: transit. What will this win mean for Buffalo’s transit riders? Click the link at right for an interesting opinion piece.
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) Board of Directors today approved parking lot expansion and entrance and exit enhancements at the Rensselaer Rail Station. Construction is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks and be completed in November.
MTA awards prizes to new transit apps! The MTA and luminaries from the tech world
Prevost unveils new lifecycle mobile app! The new app entitled, “Lifecycle Cost Calculator” allows coach operators to measure and compare the lifecycle costs of different coaches based on numerous factors. Once the information for any coach has been entered users can view the total lifecycle cost per mile for that vehicle.
The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced that the agency is seeking public comment on the most significant regulatory step taken under FTA’s new transit safety authority. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Safety and Transit Asset Management will be published in the Federal Register next week. Safety advocates, industry leaders and the general public are all invited to comment on several MAP-21 requirements that are part of FTA’s new safety and transit asset management authority.
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, led by Cleveland’s HealthLine, provides a cost-effective catalyst for urban development in North America, according to a new report released today by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). The research highlights the role that government investments and policies play in developing the areas served by mass transportation systems “In the 21st century, we are seeing that mass transit can revitalize cities if governments act wisely — and the type of mass transit providing the best bang for the buck is bus rapid transit,” said Walter Hook, CEO of ITDP.
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood accepted the 2013 WTS Navigator Award — the first ever awarded by WTS International. The Navigator Award was created by WTS, the association for building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women, to recognize the achievements of an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts to attract, retain and advance women in the transportation industry.