Tuesday Transit News
March 14, 2017
NYSDOT Announces New Director of the Public Transportation Bureau

Assistant Commissioner, Ron Epstein released a statement  yesterday announcing Kent Sopris as the new director of the public transportation bureau (PTB). Kent brings a wealth of experience to the bureau on transportation-related governmental affairs and public policy analysis. Prior to joining the Department, Kent served as an advocate for transportation stakeholders at the Albany firm of Malkin & Ross. Ron welcomes Kent and thanks Tom Vaughan for his unwavering dedication and hard work as the acting director of the bureau. 

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CENTRO Enhanced Route Schedule Released and In Effect

Service changes for customers traveling on specific routes in Syracuse, Auburn and Rome have been in effect since last week.  As a reminder to Centro customers, the covers of all Centro schedules now include line designations, which customers will also see when using Centro’s Bus Tracker and its new GoCentroBus Mobile App. Additionally, the inside format of some of the schedules has been altered for a more uniform look. 

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Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for All 62 New York Counties 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last night declared a state of emergency across all 62 counties in New York ahead of the extreme winter storm expected to bring heavy snowfall and high winds. The Governor also directed non-essential state employees impacted by the winter storm to stay home from work on Tuesday without having to charge accruals.

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President Trump Suggests 90-Day Deadline for States to Start Infrastructure Projects

President Trump is eyeing a plan that would require states to begin infrastructure projects within 90 days of receiving federal funding, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

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A Period of Uncertainty - Op-Ed by Leah Harnack, Mass Transit Magazine

Given the unpredictable and confusing political environment in which we're now living, the public transit industry needs to stay informed, prepared and active, writes editor Leah Harnack in Mass Transit magazine. That means knowing what we need to run more efficiently, moving forward on development of plans, and being active in the communities we serve as well as building relationships with legislators

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Register TODAY for "The Realities of Developing and Managing a Transit System Budget" Webinar on March 15!

Please join us THIS Wednesday, March 15 at 12 noon as CDTA's Phil Parella discusses the realities of developing and managing a transit system budget. 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. Click here to register. 

Submit Your Proposal TODAY for NYPTA Conference 2017!

Please consider submitting a presentation for the 2017 New York State Public Transit Fall Conference and Expo.This year's theme is "Innovation." 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 by April 1.

Save the Date! Ithaca's Transportation Camp on June 17

Please join fellow transit industry advocates at the Transportation Camp in Ithaca on June 17. The Transportation Camp provides an opportunity for every single attendee to be a participant in shaping and leading the event. Click here to register. 

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