Tuesday Transit News
February 7, 2017
Veronique Hakim Annouced as Interim MTA Chief  

Governor Cuomo annouced last week that Veronique (Ronnie) Hakim, 57, of NYC Transit would serve as the  interim president and CEO to replace Thomas Prendergast, who earlier this month declared his retirement.

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CDTA Board Approves Purchase to Address Need for Service Increase

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) Board of Directors approved the purchase of several buses and trolleys at its monthly meeting to meet consistent demand for more service in support of continued development.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Rapid Growth in Second Avenue Subway Ridership Since Opening Day

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced initial ridership figures for the Second Avenue Subway, underscoring the new line’s immediate success in attracting customers and reduced ridership on the crowded Lexington Avenue Line. 
Since the line opened on January 1 with three new stations and a new entrance at 63rd Street, ridership has grown steadily by approximately 8,000 daily riders per week, hitting 155,000 daily riders on Friday, January 27th.   

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House Lawmakers  Begins to Map out Infrastructure Strategy

House lawmakers have begun mapping out ideas to tackle one of President Trump’s chief campaign promises: to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges and airports.During its first hearing of the new Congress, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee considered input from key businesses and organized labor about a strategy to upgrade the country’s ailing transportation system.

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Smart Cities Council Announces Finalist Cities for Readiness Challenge Grants

Smart Cities Council announced today ten finalists for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Five of these cities – which will be announced on February 8 – will receive tailored Readiness Workshops to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.

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