Tuesday Transit News
March 8, 2016
CDTA "Goes Blue" for Colon Cancer Awareness 
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), the American Cancer Society, and the Cancer Services Program are encouraging everyone to get on board with colon cancer screenings. As part of the increased outreach efforts, colorectal cancer awareness posters are displayed at select CDTA shelters with the message, “Preventable. Beatable. Treatable.” along with contact information on free screenings.
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LIRR Rates Best Record for Mechanical Performance
In 2015, the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) rail cars traveled an average of 208,383 miles before experiencing a break down that caused a delay, marking the railroad's best record for mechanical reliability since 1981. The number surpasses the previous year's record by more than 2,000 miles and was 18 percent above the railroad's goal of 176,000 miles. 
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RTS Gains Rider Feedback
Livingston County bus users recently shared their requests regarding weekend service, bus stop locations, routes, and more with the Regional Transit Service (RTS). Officials recently brought the RTS Regional Service Efficiency Study to the Livingston County Highway Facility at Hampton Corners. There, a stakeholder meeting and open house let the community share with RTS and study officials what they want and need.
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State Legislators and Transit Groups Call for Parity
As budget negotiations begin in Albany, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo) joined local transit advocates to call for true transportation parity between upstate and downstate and a fully funded capital budget for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). As New York City’s MTA continues to see billions allocated towards its improvement plan, the NFTA and its capital projects remain severely underfunded.
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U.S. DOT Launches National Transit Map Initiative
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched an initiative to create a National Transit Map, which is a critical missing element in the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The National Transit Map will display stops, routes, and schedules for all participating transit agencies. DOT is asking transit agencies to voluntarily permit DOT to collect General Transit Feed Specification data from their web sites on a periodic basis. 
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Acting FTA Administrator Leaves to Take Job in LA
The head of the federal agency tasked with overseeing the safety of Metro’s rail system is leaving to take a job with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency. Therese W. McMillan will leave her job as acting administrator with the Federal Transit Administration to become chief planning officer of the Los Angeles system.
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Transit-Oriented Development (TAD) Initiatives Gain Steam
As demand grows for more sustainable and equitable urban planning, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) initiatives have gained steam worldwide. Many cities have developed TOD policies that aim to increase public transit use, enhance resident access to jobs, and reduce carbon emissions that arise from automobile dependency.
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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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