Tuesday Transit News
October 25, 2016
Transit Conference Huge Success: Basile Honored for Service
Over 300 transit professionals gathered in Albany last week for the NYS Public Transit Industry's Transit, Technology & Smarter Communities Conference & Expo. The program - packed conference included keynote presentations from MTA CEO & Chairman,Tom Prendergast, Acting Region II Administrator, Henrika Buchanan-Smith, APTA's Senior Director of Government Affairs, Andrew Brady, and NYSDOT CFO, Ronald Epstein. 

A conference highlight was the recognition of outgoing NYPTA President Carm Basile (CEO of CDTA) for his six years of outstanding service. During his time as President, Carm was   instrumental in reversing the decline of state aid and helped secure over $2.6 billion in additional state operating assistance for NY transit systems. Carm had a great relationship with area legislators as well as leaders of the Senate and Assembly. Carm’s ability to build and maintain relationships on all levels of government served NYPTA very well.  Over the years, Carm attended scores of meetings with state leaders’ in the Governor's Office, DOT, DOB, and the State Legislature to educate them on transit issues and needs, and the importance of transit to communities and economic growth. Under Carm’s leadership, NYPTA implemented new leadership programs, launched our new website and social media strategy, created the Maintenance Directors Network and increased corporate involvement. Carm changed the conversation from one that focused on all the challenges that transit faces to one that acknowledges the importance of our industry and its positive impact on Communities and quality of life.
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Carpenter Elected NYPTA President
Bill Carpenter, President and CEO of the Regional Transit Service (RTS) serving Greater Rochester and Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties, has been elected President of the New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA). The vote was taken during NYPTA’s Transit, Technology & Smarter Communities & Expo held last  week in Albany.
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Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Makes Largest Financial Commitment to the Gateway Program

Stepping up with the largest commitment of funding for the Gateway Program to date, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners recently authorized more than $300 million toward a new Portal North Bridge, an essential early project in the overall effort to build a new trans-Hudson rail network.The Port Authority’s commitment will pay debt service on a low-cost federal loan for the Portal North Bridge, a critical rail infrastructure component for trains into and out of New York City. 

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Governor Cuomo Announces $21.6 for Housing Projects in NYS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Thursday that nearly $21.6 million has been awarded for eight supportive housing projects that will create a total of 265 units for homeless New Yorkers. The awards, made through the New York State's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, will fund supportive housing projects in Suffolk and Oneida counties for homeless veterans and their families, as well as ones in New York City, Erie, Nassau and Oneida Counties for homeless individuals and families. All eight projects are part of Governor Cuomo's historic $10 billion commitment to building affordable housing and combating homelessness.
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U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx Announces Nearly $65 Million in Advanced Technology Transportation Grants
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx  announced that local communities across the country will receive nearly $65 million in grants to support advanced technology transportation projects. Secretary Foxx joined President Obama at the White House Frontiers Conference on the future of innovation, where he will discuss how new transportation innovations are reshaping cities in the United States.
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PA House Passes Bill to Allow Uber, Lyft to Operate Permanently
Ride-sharing company Uber has been at odds recently with segments of Pennsylvania government, but the state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would give the company the go-ahead to operate throughout the state.
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Save the Date: Transit Awareness Day, January 31, 2017!

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