Tuesday Transit News
December 29, 2015

Dear NYPTA Members, Sponsors and Supporters,

As 2015 comes to a close, I extend a very Happy New Year to all of you! As we think about our upcoming New Year’s resolutions, let’s pledge to continue to move the transit industry forward in New York State.

One way to act on this pledge is to take part in Transit Awareness Day on February 2, 2016 in Albany. NYPTA is your voice at the state level on critical legislative issues. By joining our advocacy efforts, your single voice is magnified through several key activities:   

  • Make appointments with your local legislators between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm on February 2nd and share your stories on how transit is critical to New York’s economy and the future of our state.
  • Take part in the Transit Awareness Day Summit in Meeting Room 6 at the Empire State Concourse.  Panelists include a broad spectrum of participants including public officials, transit professionals, business partners and organizations.
  • Go the extra mile and become a Transit Awareness Day sponsor! Your support will off-set the costs of displays, materials, breaks, shirts and other activities.
  • Provide materials for our pro-transit displays that help tell our story and emphasize the importance of transit in our communities.

To register for Transit Awareness Day, click here. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 518-434-9060 or info@nytransit.org.

On behalf of the NYPTA Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your continued support and dedication to our industry.


Carm Basile
NYPTA President           

Maggie Brooks to Join RTS
Regional Transit Service (RTS) is pleased to announce that Maggie Brooks has accepted an offer to become the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Brooks, who will complete her 12-year term as Monroe County Executive at the end of the year, will begin her new position on Monday, January 4, 2016. “I am excited that Maggie accepted our offer and will be joining the RTS team,” said Bill Carpenter, CEO of RTS. "Maggie’s experience, dedication to the community and involvement with these initiatives make her the perfect fit for the job."
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Congressman Reed Thanks Transit Workers
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed visited the Coach & Equipment bus manufacturing plant in Penn Yan where he met with company officials and officials from Regional Transit Service (RTS).  “I just wanted to say thank you for what you do,” he told some of the workers, explaining their work helps keep the local community healthy by keeping families in the area. Coach & Equipment has been building coaches and mid-size buses at a Penn Yan facility since the 1890's.
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Call for Funding Parity Grows
The town of Carmel has joined the chorus of hundreds of other New York State municipalities in asking Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature to be more equitable in how it divvies up funds aimed at capital improvements for local roads and bridges. The board passed a resolution at its meeting last week calling on Albany to close the funding gap, which was estimated by the state comptroller’s office to be $1.3 billion.
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NYSDOT Adds New Snow Plow Technology
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll announced that 62 state-of-the-art tow plows will be deployed this winter to help clear state roads more efficiently and improve safety across New York State.  The tow plows attach as trailers to the back of the large dump trucks traditionally used as snow plows. The tow plow can be hydraulically adjusted to swing out to the side of the truck, doubling the plow width and giving operators the ability to simultaneously clear two travel lanes at once.  The tow plow offers a greater range of motion and better operator control than standard wing plows.
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2016 Infrastructure Improvements
Infrastructure fans across the U.S. had plenty to enjoy in 2015. New York got its first new subway station in a quarter-century, Portland, Oregon, gave the U.S. a major bridge that bans cars, Houston showed how to reimagine a bus system for the 21st century—all of it punctuated by the passage of the first long-term federal highway bill in about a decade. That’s a tough list to top, but 2016 will give it a run for its taxpayer money.
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Transit System Naming Rights on the Way
Detroit, MI -- What’s going to be the name of Detroit’s future streetcar line? Whatever billionaire Dan Gilbert wants it to be. For $5 million, Detroit-based Quicken bought the right to name the line for 10 years. Turns out, selling the naming rights for an entire mass transit system puts Detroit future streetcar on the forefront of a trend in public transportation, say several industry analysts. “Detroit is on the cutting edge of this and we should expect to see more,” said Robert Puentes, who studies public transportation and infrastructure issues at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
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Nevada DOT Branding with a Purpose
Reno, NV -- The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has revamped its logo to include an embedded safety/connectivity emphasis, as part of a new communications strategy that includes enhanced driver information. The plan focuses on heightening strong relationships between NDOT and constituents and illustrates the proactive approach NDOT takes to transportation safety and mobility. At its core is a new "Safe and Connected" tagline for the logo that highlight the agency's commitment to providing a safe and mobile transportation system for Nevada.
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Register now to join your fellow transit professionals at the Capital in Albany February 2 for NYPTA’s 2016 Transit Awareness Day. Help us in bringing lawmakers a unified message on the importance of investing in transit infrastructure.

The Governor and Legislature need to take the lead on securing resources to fund critical infrastructure investments necessary for safety and meeting increased public demand.

We need a unified voice, we need to be heard and we need you make it happen!
Our industry partners can play a key role, too. Become a Transit Awareness Day sponsor and secure a prominent position on Transit Awareness Day 2016!

Mark your calendars. Be in Albany on February 2nd. Register here.

The NYPTA Board of Directors and staff wishes everyone a happy and safe New Year and much success in 2016!


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