The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) supports the call from the New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) for an annual investment of $100 million to balance the announced aid package for the MTA. “The Governor has committed to providing $8.3 billion to fund the MTA capital program,” said Carm Basile, CDTA CEO and President of NYPTA. “We applaud that action and encourage the administration to commit to providing appropriate funding to the rest of the state’s transit systems.”
RTS is applauding Congress’s passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which fully restores the 5340 High Density States Program transit funding. “The passage of the federal transportation bill this week is great news for RTS and the State of New York,” said Bill Carpenter, CEO of RTS. “The five year, fully-funded bill provides a level of stability we haven’t seen in many years.
New York City is the best city for public transit in the U.S., according to the 2016 Transit Score ranking by Walk Score, a Redfin company. Other New York cities on the list of the top 350 include Mount Vernon at #36, Hempstead at #48, Yonkers #50, Albany #52 and Buffalo #62. “Urban dwellers today want convenience,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Particularly in congested urban areas, a car may be the slowest way to get around the city.
A car from the last train that was underneath the World Trade Center and miraculously survived when the twin towers collapsed on 9/11 will be taken from an airplane hangar at JFK and displayed to the public in the Trolley Museum in Kingston. Since early 2002, the Port Authority had stored the cars in a massive plane hangar at JFK.