Tuesday Transit News
March 1, 2016
CDTA Continues Advocacy Efforts Ahead of Final Budget
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) continues to highlight the need for a more thoughtful investment in infrastructure across upstate New York. “We are telling the CDTA story of success and talking about the work we have done to make our system and facilities more attractive to the people of the Capital Region,” said CDTA Chairman of the Board David M. Stackrow. “We work as a team with other transit systems, lobbyists and stakeholders to put forth a consistent and positive message about the need for better mobility choices for upstate residents.”
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MTA Pushes to Finish 2nd Avenue Subway by Year's End
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will provide an extra $66 million in a push to get the first phase of the Second Avenue subway opened and running on schedule by the end of this year. The funding will provide longer and additional work shifts for construction workers and come from a contingency fund, which will still contain around $50 million, according to the MTA. 
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RTS Launches Efficiency Study
To meet the evolving transit needs of customers in Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties, the Regional Transit Service (RTS) launched a Regional Service Efficiency Study. The purpose of the study is to identify service improvements and connections across the seven counties and a key component of that study involves input from customers in those areas.
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Assembly Members Call on Cuomo to Fund MTA
In a letter sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Brooklyn Assembly Member Jim Brennan called on the Governor to commit $1.825 billion annually over the next four years to the MTA. This would cover the $7.3 billion gap that remains in the capital program, the five-year package of critical maintenance projects and upgrades for the region’s transit system. An additional 35 members of the Assembly signed on to the letter.
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Inside the World Trade Center Transportation Hub
The arched ceilings inside the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub soar as majestically as the wings on the building’s exterior. It's a sight visitors will be unlikely to forget. Port Authority officials recently led tours of their $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub that is scheduled to open March 3.
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Former Leader Honored at Staten Island Transit Workers Event
More than 700 people attended the celebration of the Amalgamated Transit Union’s Local 726 100th year at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield. The evening doubled as an opportunity to honor Lawrence (Larry) Hanley, the former president of Local 726 and the current international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, who was the event's honoree.
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Feds Push Congress to Spend $98B on Transportation
President Obama recently proposed a fiscal 2017 budget that would sharply increase spending on mass transit, infrastructure grants and "clean transportation" projects while maintaining most highway spending at FAST Act levels. The proposal calls for paying for the increases with a new per-barrel tax on petroleum.  
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Public Transit Users Save $9,052 Annually
Riding public transportation saves money. The annual savings is $9,052 for a person who switches their daily commute by car to taking public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) February Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $754 per month. 
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FL Transit Agency to Pay for Half of UBER Ride
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority says it will cover half of a passenger’s Uber bill if they’re going to or from a bus stop in a designated zone. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the partnership, which also works with United Cab, is the first of its kind in the country. The transit authority will pay half the cost of a ride in the cities of Pinellas Park or East Lake, up to $3, that is destined for or originating from a bus stop and within the designated geographic zone.
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Submissions Deadline Approaching for NYPTA Fall Conference
We invite you to share your expertise on Transit, Technology & Smarter Communities at the New York State Public Transit Fall Conference & Expo, October 19-20, 2016 in Albany, NY. Please consider submitting a presentation proposal related to our theme. Proposals that tie to the conference theme will be given priority. To submit a proposal, complete the attached Call for Proposals form and return it to the New York Public Transit Association no later than March 16th.
PTLI Webinar: The Realities of Developing and Managing a Transit System Budget

In addition to advocating for transit funding on the state and federal level, transit managers have the greater responsibility of managing the funds the agency receives. Transit agency budgets must be developed, adopted and then implemented with the input and involvement of a number of key players agency-wide. This webinar will address how to develop and maintain a sound transit agency budget amid a far-reaching spectrum of community needs. Please register for this webinar developed for PTLI candidates but available for all NYPTA members.

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