Tuesday Transit News
January 19, 2016
Counting Down to Transit Awareness Day

Two weeks to go! Have you registered to join your transit colleagues in Albany on February 2nd? Be a part of this important pro-transit event at the Capital to lend your voice and help us communicate the importance of public transit in communities all across our great state!

The program includes a review of key initiatives, meetings with legislators, transit displays, and the critical Public Transportation Summit. Be sure to schedule meetings with your local legislators and make the most of your time in Albany. Click here to download the registration brochure.

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Preliminary Review of Governor’s 2016-17 Executive Budget Proposal
Governor Cuomo’s 2016-17 executive budget proposal includes significant transportation infrastructure investment, including increased investment in MTA and upstate transit systems.  The proposed transit funding to upstate and suburban downstate transit systems begins to address some of NYPTA’s funding recommendations, but not fully.
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NFTA Introduces CNG Vehicles to Fleet
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) has introduced three different models of compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicles to its Metro fleet. As NFTA takes the initiative toward implementing a greener mode of public transportation, Metro has begun operating the first of 44 full-size buses, first of 10 paratransit vans and two MV-1 supervisor vehicles – all powered by CNG. The new buses and vans will replace the agency’s oldest diesel vehicles. Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said “This investment in New York’s transportation infrastructure magnifies the ongoing synergy between public transit investment, job creation and economic growth in western New York and further enhances the current fiscal stability of the NFTA in the process.”
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Centro Expands Sales Outlets for State Fair Passes
Central New Yorkers who ride Centro’s popular State Fair Park-N-Ride bus service are now able to purchase discounted advance sale bus passes at more than 20 Central New York locations and online. “The success of last year’s program has encouraged us to expand sales to other Centro outlets,” said Centro Director of Marketing & Communications Steven Koegel.
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Budget Hearings Begin with Transportation
New York state lawmakers will soon start dissecting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $145 billion state budget proposal with a series of legislative hearings zeroing in on different parts of the complicated spending blueprint. The hearings, which are held jointly by the Senate and the Assembly, begin Wednesday with a meeting focusing on transportation spending.
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9/11 Train Car Moved to Kingston Museum
Fourteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, one of only two cars from a PATH train that was parked in station under the World Trade Center when the twin towers collapsed has found a home in Kingston at the Trolley Museum of New York. Erik Garces, president of the museum, said it’s probably the most significant acquisition the museum will ever make.
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National Complete Streets Coalition celebrates 10th anniversary
Washington, DC -- The National Complete Streets Coalition hosted its Sixth Annual Complete Streets Dinner in Washington, DC on January 12th. The evening assembled more than 50 advocates, supporters, partners, and friends to celebrate 10 years as a Coalition and over 845 Complete Streets policies passed at the state, regional, and local level. The 10th Anniversary Award was presented to Barbara McCann, Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Safety, Energy and Environment, honoring her legacy as the founding Executive Director of the Coalition as well as her longstanding commitment to the Complete Streets movement.
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Pittsburgh’s PA Considers Lowering Average Fare
Pittsburgh, PA -- The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Board is considering a policy change that would lower the average fare for public transportation in Allegheny County for the first time in at least 35 years. The proposed changes to the state's second-largest public transit system came as a result of overwhelming input of riders who asked for a flat fare, single-zone pay-on-enter system.
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Public Transit Leadership Institute (PTLI) Webinar

The Board-Savvy CEO

February 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST
This PTLI event is open to all public transit professionals
Register now

The long-term success of public transportation authorities in terms of financial and political stability, operational performance, and system growth heavily depends on the strong leadership of a rock-solid board-CEO strategic governing team. And experience has taught that CEOs who are truly “board-savvy” must take the lead in building such partnerships. Webinar presenter Doug Eadie will draw on his newest book, The Board-Savvy CEO, in providing participants with detailed, practical and thoroughly tested guidance for becoming truly board-savvy CEOs. Doug will describe the key characteristics of board-savvy CEOs and will explore the primary partnership-building roles of the board-savvy CEO, including: Chief Board Developer; Chief Governing Process Designer; and Chief Governing Relationship Manager. Doug will pay special attention to the role of the board-savvy CEO in turning board members into satisfied owners of their governing work.

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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