New York Public Transit Association::Tuesday Transit News


Read MoreBy and large, Western New York made out reasonably well in the grueling, nearly-on-time state budget process. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will have to continue patching the decades-old equipment, which is definitely a disappointment. But transportation officials say the $6.5 million in new state aid means that instead of cutting bus or rail service, new Metro buses can be financed by reserves, a much better alternative to borrowing at substantial interest rates.

Read MoreThe Metropolitan Transportation Authority got railroaded in the state's newly adopted budget, advocates charged. Facing a $15 billion gap in its capital budget, the MTA received a paltry $250 million from the state's $6 billion windfall from recent legal settlements. The transit agency also stands to receive $750 million from the state's capital budget, which is borrowed money. Cuomo budget division spokesman Morris Peters defended the allocation but added "work on the MTA capital plan will continue with all stakeholders."

Read MoreThe Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) will receive an additional $1,798,000 in State Operating Assistance (STOA) as part of the 2015-16 New York State Budget. The addition brings CDTA’s STOA funding package to $33.93 million. An additional $2,697,022 will be provided to support Capital needs in FY2016, bringing the total new funding to $4,495,022. “We applaud the efforts of the Legislature and the Governor for recognizing the important role transit not only here in the Capital Region but across upstate New York communities,” said CDTA Chairman, David M. Stackrow.


Read MoreAssembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Transportation Committee Chair David Gantt and Corporations Authorities and Commissions Committee Chair James Brennan announced that the 2015-16 SFY Budget provides a $25 million increase in state aid to upstate transit systems, $50 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) and $250 million in additional funds for the Department of Transportation (DOT) road and bridge capital projects. Heastie, Gantt and Brenan noted that the Assembly pushed for a greater state commitment in transit aid to help the many financially struggling upstate transit systems that are in need of additional state support.


Read MoreThe American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is sponsoring Stand UP for Transportation Day this Thursday, April 9 (#SU4T). Transit systems across the nation are encouraged to stage as many media/press events as possible in cities, suburbs and rural areas across the country. The goal is to reinforce the urgency of a long-term federal transportation funding bill. The current MAP-21 funding bill expires May 31st.

Read MoreFive hundred million dollars will be made available for transportation projects across the country under a seventh round of the highly successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced. TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area.


Read MoreNEW YORK, NY -- Full-time workers in New York City have longer workweeks than those in 29 other major U.S. cities when commuting times are taken into account, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of workplace trends released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. This suggests a need for workplace policies that help to balance work and family life, in addition to better investment in our mass transit system. “To compete in the 21st century we need to expand our transit networks,” Stringer said.

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HARTFORD — The CTFastrak system is a week old, and so far, transit administrators are pleased with how the system has begun its run. “Things have been going great,” said Michael Sanders of CTFastrak. “Operationally, things are running a lot more smoothly. The crowds are terrific. On a beautiful day like today, we’ve had tremendous loads.” The system revolves around a 9.3-mile stretch of bus-only road, which runs between New Britain and Hartford.


Regional Training Program: ADA Transit Training Workshops

The New York Public Transit Association, the Transit Training Institute and NYS PTSB present free workshops that will provide information on Federal ADA regulations for transit operations and hands-on training on the use of securement devices and be will be offered in two convenient locations. The training program is open to one person from an agency. Seating is limited to 20 people at each location.


Thursday, April 16, 9:30am-3:30pm, Greater Glens Falls Transit System, Queensbury, NY (A few seats are available)
Thursday, April 23, 9:30am-3:30pm, Regional Transit Service, Rochester, NY (Space is limited)

Call for Presentations at the NY Public Transit Connections Conference & Expo
October 27-29, Rochester, NY

Do you have a new initiative, program or best practice you would like to share or demonstrate with your colleagues? We invite you to submit a presentation to "tell your story" to other public transit professionals. Deadline for proposals is April 30th. Click here for a Call for Presentation form.

Transit as a Customer-Oriented Business Webinar
Thursday, May 14, 12-1 pm

Presented by Jonathan Scherzer, CDTA’s Director of Marketing. Customers are the lifeblood of most any business, but when you are in the business of moving people to jobs, services and recreation, the customer truly comes first. Jonathan will focus on reaching customers early and often with a positive and consistent message. Topics will include tools your agency can deploy to address customer needs: creating a culture of customer service and giving them what they want; ‘are we REALLY engaged with our customers’, internal customer service communications tactics and some lessons learned along the way. (This is a PTLI Component)

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