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The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) was joined by Senator Charles Schumer to detail the development of its “40 miles of BRT” route network. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the fastest-growing service categories in the country, and locally provides a transportation alternative that improves connections to jobs and stimulates the Capital Region’s economy. BusPlus, CDTA’s version of bus rapid transit service, was introduced to upstate New York on Route 5 in April 2011, connecting Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) for the Annual Budget beginning April 1, 2013. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement for RGRTA. In addition to the award, RGRTA also received Special Performance Measures Recognition.
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman/CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Helena E. Williams marked the 100th anniversary of Jamaica Station. The rededication of this historic transportation hub and transfer point for 10 of the LIRR’s 11 branches is used by 150,000 commuters every day.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo partners with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on a “Come See the Comeback” tourism campaign to promote tourism in communities recovering from Superstorm Sandy. The campaign highlights the progress these communities have made in rebuilding after the storm and that they are ready to welcome visitors once again. The campaign highlights discounts and promotions on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road to promote travel to these areas.
The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced the availability of $29 million in competitive research funds for innovative public transportation projects that will help ensure safe and reliable transit service for riders of America’s public transportation systems. The grants will help transit agencies strengthen operational safety, better withstand natural disasters and other emergencies, and improve emergency response capabilities.
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
For the first time, the representatives of major US high-speed rail projects will meet together in Europe to seek the expertise and knowledge of the leading European high-speed rail companies. The United States is planning to invest approximately $150,000 million over the next ten years in the development of high-speed rail networks.
The opening of new commuter rail stations along the Fairmont Line in the Bay State is spurring a development boom along its route. According to MassDOT and MBTA officials, the station locations were chosen to support improved bus service by reducing overcrowding on existing buses, to relieve traffic congestion on main thoroughfares and to provide an alternative mode of transportation in creating “walk-to” stations for neighborhood residents along the corridor.
BUSINESS PARTNER NEWS
Q’Straint has been presented with the 2013 European Coach and Bus Week Innovation Label Award for Quantum, the transportation industry’s first fully automatic rear-facing wheelchair securement station designed for virtually any bus or rail car. The prestigious honor was recently bestowed at Busworld, an international bus transportation expo held in Kortrijk, Belgium, where Quantum debuted.