NYPTA President Carm Basile participated in an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) event on September 29th in Albany, that highlighted statewide transportation infrastructure conditions and needs. NYPTA's 5-Year Capital Program for Upstate and Downstate Transit formed the basis for ASCE's reporting on non-MTA transit needs and NYPTA Policy Director Bob Zerrillo assisted ASCE is its report. Similar ASCE events were help around the state, with a number of elected officials attending.
With the proliferation of mobile ticketing, scheduling and more, NYPTA would like to remind its transit agencies and business partners to let us know if you have any transit apps you would like listed on the NYPTA website. Visit our Transit Tools, Apps and Online Resources page here, and email your app’s icon and link to firstname.lastname@example.org
A deal has finally been struck to fund the New York City region's mass transit capital spending program, ensuring that vitally needed infrastructure upgrades - including repairs to damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy - will be underwritten for the next five years. The $26.1 billion agreement to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was jointly announced Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had spent weeks sniping at each other about the city's contribution as the Oct. 28 deadline to adopt the plan loomed.
Rockland County announced that four new buses are now in service in Rockland County’s Transport of Rockland (TOR) fleet. The buses – two 29-foot and two 35-foot vehicles feature a low-floor design for easy boarding. The vehicles also include front door wheelchair access ramps; front, rear and street-side destination signage; “stop request” signal buttons and touch tape; and bicycle racks. The two larger buses also have rear exit doors.
If the local Economic Development Council has its way, the Capital Region will spend the next five years — and $500 million in state support — creating communities that are more livable. The plan would expand CDTA's service and facilities by constructing two transit hubs, in downtown Albany and south of the Rensselaer Amtrak Station, to support "a model transportation system that increases intraregional connectivity and better connects workers to jobs, especially hard-to-place populations."
The White Plains Common Council unanimously authorized the city to sign a contract to design a new Multimodal Transportation Center at the Metro-North train station and bus terminals. This includes reestablishing the transit district, the area immediately around the station, by creating more pedestrian-scale streets, transit-supported land uses -- both commercial and residential -- as well as "engaging public spaces."
LaShaun North of the MTA New York City Transit was honored Oct. 2 with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert W. Hrostoski said "MS. North deserves to be commended for her outstanding support of Reserve and National Guard personnel. She is always there for us and works tirelessly beyond and above her duty to accommodate service members. She is like a guardian angel for service members. She is well liked and appreciated."
Wind turbines on MTA trains, metal bars on subway platforms, and a car-free city on Earth Day were some of the grandiose ideas that the city council transportation chairman pitched during a transit summit. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez highlighted more than a dozen proposals to remake the transit system at the NYU Rudin Center -- but was hazy on how to fund his massive proposal.