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Governor Cuomo has moved to establish stability at the top of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, announcing he will nominate Chairman Tom Prendergast for a full six-year term. Prendergast has done a “phenomenal job,” Cuomo said at a breakfast forum hosted by the Association for a Better New York, a coalition of business, labor, non-profit and political leaders. The chairman’s term is set by state law at six years. But Prendergast, who was confirmed by the state Senate in 2013, is technically serving a term that originally granted to consultant Jay Walder. That term expires in June.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport have each received awards for excellence at the 49th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium, in addition to an Airfield Operator of the Year honor and an Idea Corner Award for an ice-inspired fabrication design. Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, "Four awards is a monumental achievement.Based on results of an independent study, RTS will gradually begin to eliminate 25 percent of redundant bus stops along its routes and, at the same time, update bus signs with clear information that reflects recent route changes. Transit authorities across the U.S. are making bus stop placement a priority in an effort to streamline service and reduce costs—a process known as “bus stop optimization.”
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) continues to lead the way in creating a “Greener” Capital Region. The Authority’s efforts were on display for Earth Day 2015 with customers receiving free tree seedlings and bus passes at various Earth Day events and special bus stop drop-ins. CDTA continued its tradition by partnering with local agencies on Earth Day, highlighting the benefits of public transportation and promoting an enhanced Capital Region sustainable footprint.
Governor Cuomo announced the Federal Railroad Administration has approved a loan of $967.1 million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the improvement of the safety of the signal systems used by the MTA's two commuter railroads, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. The loan, which is the largest and lowest-cost financing for the MTA, will finance the installment of positive train control, a technology designed to remove the potential for human error that can lead to train-involved accidents.T
Public transportation advocates are asking Congress to spend an extra $12 billion per year on the nation’s transit systems as lawmakers struggle to come up with a way to pay for a new round of infrastructure funding. The federal government typically reserves 20 percent of its surface transportation spending for transit projects, but some Republicans have argued that the funding should be cut. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) told lawmakers in the Senate that instead of considering cutting transit spending, the whole infrastructure funding pot should be increased so transit systems can get a bigger piece of the pie.
This year, the congressional fight over transit is a small blip within the broader surface-transportation debate, which focuses almost entirely on overall funding. But the protests against federally-funded transit still exist. This means Transportation Committee ranking member Peter DeFazio must continue stating, as he has many times in the past, that he won't support a bill that cuts funding for mass transit.
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Cupertino, CA -- Apple is indeed working on bringing public transit directions back into its Maps apps for iOS and OS X, following a nearly three-year absence since the iPhone maker abandoned data from Google Maps, an official job listing confirmed. The company could announce Maps upgrades at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts June 8. Any changes would presumably be linked to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, preview versions of which are expected to be the focal points of Apple's keynote presentation.TRAINING AND EVENTS
Last Call for Presentations! Deadline this Thursday!
Final 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 this Thursday, April 30th. Click here for a Call for Presentation form.
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)