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Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority (RGRTA) and 16 other transit agencies across the U.S. are asking customers to participate in a brief online survey about area bus service. Data collected from all agencies will be combined to help improve service for customers by guiding the formation of a national benchmark of best practices in public transit. Occasional and infrequent riders are welcome to take the survey. The survey takes approximately five minutes. Information and individual responses will remain confidential.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved a six-year measure to reauthorize the highway portion of the current surface transportation bill MAP-21 upon its expiration Sept. 30.The MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, or S. 2322, provides $265 billion for highway programs over six years and continues the core program structure put in place in MAP-21 including the National Highway Performance Program, Surface Transportation Program, Highway Safety Improvement Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.
A one-time tax change related to U.S. companies’ overseas earnings is the most feasible way to provide the additional funding needed to rebuild aging highways and mass transit systems, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. Other ideas being considered are falling flat and time is running out to replenish the Highway Trust Fund this year, Foxx said. Proposals to increase the 18.4-cent-per-gallon gas tax or other fees on drivers can’t clear Congress anytime soon, Foxx said.
Business and labor groups kicked off a week of dire warnings and noisy jackhammers to promote highway and bridge construction to overcome congressional reluctance to boost funding for the projects. "If we don't do anything, nothing is going to happen," Thomas Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. "All of us have got to go up and explain to our representatives that we're so glad to have them — and we need the money, or we might not keep them."
Infrastructure Week 2014 is led by a diverse partnership of organizations including the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Building America’s Future, 1776, the Organization for International Investment, the Value of Water Coalition, and the National Association of Manufacturers. These groups may not agree on everything, but when it comes to investing in transportation, they have put their differences aside and come together to explore emerging solutions, innovative approaches, and best practices being developed nationwide to modernize America's aging infrastructure.
With the new Tappan Zee Bridge taking shape behind him, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to inject billions of dollars into the nation's transportation infrastructure to keep Americans working and encourage businesses to stay. During his first visit to Westchester as president, Obama praised the progress on the new $3.9 billion crossing, which is replacing the 58-year-old crumbling structure. He noted the new Tappan Zee will be the first new bridge in New York in 50 years and announced the federal government plans to apply the same "fast track" process to 11 other infrastructure projects.
Bus riders rejoice! The city could be getting its first world-class Bus Rapid Transit route on which public transportation would roll — unimpeded by traffic — from neighborhood to neighborhood just like subway trains. It’s early in the process, but the city Transportation Department is considering creating a BRT corridor on Woodhaven and Cross Bay Blvds. in Queens, officials confirmed. BRT routes — already available in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Guangzhou, China — typically feature bus-only lanes separated from regular traffic by landscaped medians or other barriers.
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
PITTSFIELD -- The Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center is the logical choice for a railroad station to serve passengers traveling a proposed new line linking Pittsfield and New York City. Governor Deval Patrick has supported spending $131.8 million from a state transportation bond to improve the Berkshire line. Housatonic Railroad previously assessed the viability of passenger rail service between Pittsfield and Danbury, Conn. From Danbury, riders could connect to Grand Central Terminal in New York City via Metro-North.
HOUSTON --- By eliminating route redundancies and emphasizing ridership, the city thinks it can get a better trip at the same price. Calling attention to the new Houston Metro plan at his blog, Human Transit, planner Jarrett Walker calls it perhaps the "most transformative transit plan" in the city's history. So that might happen. For no new operating costs. The proposed system uses straighter routes and ties names to streets, which makes it more intuitive to navigate. It's an all-day system, which means riders get the same type of service on nights and weekends that they get during rush hours.
DALLAS --- Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in North America, is commemorating its 100th anniversary. To celebrate, the company will host a series of events scheduled throughout the year – showcasing its growth from one vehicle operating out of Hibbing, Minn., to its current standing as one of the world’s most iconic brands and an integral part of America’s transportation infrastructure. On May 29, the company will launch its Centennial Tour, which will be composed of two mobile museum tours simultaneously moving across the United States.
NYPTA TRAINING AND EVENTS
Mobility Management Technologies for Creating
This unique program will address overcoming common procurement issues, and be will be offered in three convenient locations. There are certain findings that present themselves in all of the FTA Oversight reviews. James Harper, Director of the Office of Acquisition Management at the FTA, will discuss those common findings (deficiencies) and give suggestions on how grantees can eliminate them from your reviews and move beyond them. Space is limited, so register today!
Tuesday, June 24, 10am-2pm
Wednesday, June 25, 10am-2pm
Thursday, June 26, 10am-2pm
2014 NY Public Transit Fall Expo