Tuesday Transit News
April 11, 2017
Increased Transit Funding Included in the Budget

The Governor and Legislature have completed action on the 2017-18 state budget. Thanks to the hard work of NYPTA members and staff over the past several months, the agree-upon budget includes increases in transit capital and operating aid above the executive budget levels, addressing several of NYPTA’s priorities. Overall, the State Operating Funds spending is $98.1 billion in FY 2018 – an increase of 2 percent. (State Operating Funds exclude federal funds and capital) while All Funds spending is $153.1 billion for FY 2018. 

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NFTA to Launch Corporate Metro Pass Pilot Program

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority plans to roll out a six-month trial of a new corporate matching discount that could cut the cost of a $75 monthly pass down to $38.50 for some commuters. Starting June 1, the transit agency will begin offering a $10 discount on Metro passes bought in bulk by employers who agree to subsidize at least another $10 toward the cost of a monthly pass.

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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on FY 2018 State Budget

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie this past weekend announced an agreement on the FY 2018 State Budget. The agreement continues the state’s record of fiscal responsibility, holding spending growth to 2 percent while reducing taxes, making smart investments in education, enacting comprehensive criminal justice reforms, creating well-paying jobs and rebuilding New York’s infrastructure.  

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Senator Schumer Calls for Federal Funds to Fix Infrastructure

Senator Chuck Schumer urged President Trump to allocate funds to help with New York City's infrastructure, saying that it will only get worse with each derailment (last week's derailment caused delays for much of the week). Senator Schumer said he hopes a $1 trillion general infrastructure plan advocated by President Trump will pump money into the so-called Gateway Program to help replace some of Amtrak's tunnels. 

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Trump Taps Lyft Manager for No. 3 Spot at Transportation Department

President Trump plans to nominate Lyft’s general manager for the No. 3 spot at the Department of Transportation (DOT), the White House said in a statement. Derek Kan, who works for the ride-hailing firm in Southern California, has been selected to serve as undersecretary of transportation for policy.

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National Transportation Safety Board Marks 50 Years of Saving Lives

It was 50 years ago on April 3 that a Lexington Air Taxi Beechcraft D-18 crashed shortly after takeoff from Lexington, Kentucky, fatally injuring nine. It was the first major accident investigated by the newly formed National Transportation Safety Board. In the five decades since the NTSB was created, it has investigated thousands of accidents and made more than 14,500 recommendations to improve transportation safety. More than 80 percent of these accident-prevention recommendations have been acted upon favorably, saving countless lives.

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Submit Your Proposal TODAY for NYPTA Conference 2017!

Please consider submitting a presentation proposal 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 14.

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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