Tuesday Transit News
September 8
The New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) will hold its annual election at the Association Luncheon Wednesday, October 28th at 12:30pm in the Lilac Ballroom at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester.  The luncheon will take place during the NYS Public Transit Industry Connections Conference & Expo. NYPTA’s Nominating Committee convened this summer to identify candidates and make recommendations for Association’s open board positions.
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Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced $2.65 million in federal funding for transportation and enhanced mobility programs, including 47 vehicles, to benefit seniors and individuals with disabilities in Western New York. Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, "I want to thank Congressman Higgins and County Executive Mark Poloncarz for their combined support in seeking much-needed additional funding for Metro to be able to continue its paratransit service past March 31, 2016.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s New York City Transit received two Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants totaling $57,141,634 for two major storm resiliency projects in subway stations: a new emergency communications system and a hardening project to protect station rooms that are critical to service delivery. “These federal grants enable New York City Transit’s recovery from a devastating storm by funding critical improvements and repairs for a system that moves six million people a day,” said MTA Chairman/CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.
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Two Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) transit police officers saved the life of an unconscious woman. NFTA officers Robert Bove and Lt. James Halliday were passing the Metropolitan Transportation Center when several people flagged them down. Someone had discovered an unconscious woman in the rest room. The officers responded immediately, finding a young woman not just non-responsive, but not breathing.
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More than 30,000 weekday commuters will need to change their routines when they return to the nation's busiest bus terminal after the Labor Day holiday. Beginning Tuesday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reassigning gates at its 65-year-old bus terminal in Manhattan in a bid to reduce delays and overcrowding for the 110,000 passengers who use it daily. The gate reassignment is part of the $90 million quality of commute initiative, which the Port Authority's board approved in 2014.
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As Congress prepares to debate a long-term highway financing bill later this month, a report by an industry trade group estimates the transportation construction industry’s impact on the US economy is larger than the annual Gross Domestic Product of 160 nations. The study finds the money invested in transportation construction industry employment and purchases generates almost $510 billion in annual U.S. economic activity—and accounts for 1.6% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union is gearing up for an aggressive fall push to convince lawmakers to approve a long-term highway bill that has eluded transportation advocates for the better part of a decade. Federal funding for road and transit programs is set to expire on Oct. 29. The Teamsters union is planning to greet Congress upon its return to Washington next week with a simple message: Get serious about passing a multiyear transportation bill.
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Bethesda, MD -- It’s not just millennials who prefer a workplace that’s mass transit accessible with nearby urban amenities like bars and restaurants. In a wide ranging interview in Bethesda Magazine, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson, 56, said he also wants to work in an environment where he doesn’t need a car, and could grab something to eat nearby. Earlier this year it was revealed the company is considering moving its headquarters from its suburban campus in Bethesda.
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Indianapolis, IN -- Within the next two years, Indianapolis will have the first fully-electric bus rapid transit system in the U.S. according to IndyGo..Bryan Luellen, director of marketing and customer information at IndyGo said more than half of transit trips are about jobs. “This is a really compelling project, we’re talking about a bus every 10 minutes for 20 hours a day which will bring more than 170,000 jobs within walking distance of the Red Line.”
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NYS Public Transit Industry CONNECTIONS Conference & Expo
October 27-29 | Rochester, NY
Now that you’re back from the holiday weekend, make sure to register for the NYPTA Annual Conference. Register here. Save $100 by registering by October 6th.
Program Highlight of the Week:
Maintenance, Safety and Operations Track
Learn the latest updates and best practices about maintenance and safety issues affecting your agencies.
Wednesday, October 28
  • Maintenance Talks will discuss best practices for hiring, recruiting and training practices, and how transit agencies are handling current emission issues. A Cummins representative will provide updates on the new 2017 regulations.
  • Overview of FTA Bus Safety Program and Safety Management Systems (SMS)
  • Advanced Safety & Maintenance Technologies for Air Brake Equipped Transit Buses
  • Proactive Approach to Transit Safety: A Blueprint for the Successful Implementation of an Integrated Safety Program, and Calculating a Return on Investment

Thursday, October 29

  • Safety Best Practices: Creating Long Term Safe NORMS
  • Changes to Wheelchair Securement Safety Regulations
  • NYSDOT Transit Programs Update & Program Oversight Technical Assistance

To learn more about education sessions and networking opportunities at the Annual Conference, visit www.nystransitconference.org.

For questions regarding registration, contact NYPTA at 518-434-9060 or email info@nytransit.org.

Amtrak Discount Offered to NYPTA Attendees
Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Rochester between October 24 through November 1.  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Reservations cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X15Y-931 when making your reservation.  (Limitations apply.)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Announces New Webinar on the Next Generation Traveler Information System
The USDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program (PCB) will host a free Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar to discuss current and emerging technologies in traveler information systems.

The webinar, entitled "Next Generation Traveler Information System," will be held on September 23, 2015, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST.

Title: Next Generation Traveler Information System
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Professional Development Hours (PDH): 1.5

Register here. More information here.

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