Tuesday Transit News
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Tuesday
June 20, 2017
NYS TRANSIT INDUSTRY NEWS 
MCC and RTS Announce Partnership to Provide Free Bus Transportation for MCC Students to the Brighton and Downtown Campuses

Monroe Community College (MCC) and Regional Transit Service (RTS) announced today that they have reached agreement on bus transportation for students, faculty and staff beginning with the fall 2017 semester. This new service agreement will ensure safe, reliable, convenient and free transportation to MCC’s Brighton Campus and the new Downtown Campus beginning on September 5, 2017, the first day of classes this fall.

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STATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Gov. Cuomo: MTA, Port Authority, Amtrak to Fund $1.6B Plan to Renovate Farley Post Office Train Hall Near Penn Station

A $1.6 billion deal for a long-awaited train hall near Penn Station — with several transit agencies kicking in hundreds of millions of dollars — will become a reality, Gov. Cuomo announced Friday. The landmarked Farley Post Office will be redeveloped into a space with 700,000 square-feet of retail, dining and office space in addition to 255,000 square-feet for a train hall for Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak riders.

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FEDERAL DEVELOPMENTS
FTA Requires SSO Program Certification by April 2019 

FTA has notified the 30 states where rail transit systems operate that federal law requires they establish an FTA-certified State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program by April 15, 2019. If a state fails to obtain certification for its SSO Program by the deadline, FTA is prohibited by federal transportation law from obligating any funds to public transportation agencies throughout that state until certification is achieved. When FTA’s SSO Program final rule took effect in April 2016, it established a three-year timeframe for states to obtain certification for their SSO Programs. With the certification deadline less than two years away, FTA is encouraging states to act quickly to enact any necessary legislation, statutes and regulations, particularly those states whose legislatures meet only part-time or biennially. Currently, there are nine states remaining that still require legislative action at the state level prior to FTA certification.

State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program
State Safety Oversight Program Certification Status
 

Trump’s Transportation Budget Runs Into Resistance from Both Parties 

President Trump’s proposed budget for the Department of Transportation (DOT) is running into resistance from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. During a hearing on Thursday, House appropriators expressed deep concern over the administration’s proposed cuts to a number of popular transportation programs, as well as Trump’s support for a controversial plan to separate air traffic control from the federal government.
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AROUND THE COUNTRY
Free Ride Week at JCT Highlights Public Transit’s Importance

Need to get to work, the doctor or the mall next week? ​​​​Johnson City Transit’s got you covered: It’s offering a free ride week Monday through Saturday, June 24. Retired part-time driver Teresa Buck hopes the free ride event will call attention to the importance of the transit system to Johnson City.

“If it weren’t for the buses, I don’t know what people would do,” Buck said. “People depend on the buses to go to the doctor, appointments and work, so we are here to help them.

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Google’s San Jose Renewal Plan: ‘Grand Central of the West’

Google’s plan to build a massive transit-centered village in downtown San Jose could provide a new model for the design of sprawling tech campuses by addressing one of the Bay Area’s biggest headaches: commuters sitting in seemingly endless traffic jams.

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NYPTA EVENTS AND TRAINING
PTLI: Take Your Career to the Next Level

The Public Transit Leadership Institute (PTLI) is a year-long series of events, webinars and hands-on activities for mid- to senior-level managers aspiring to serve in an executive leadership role. The curriculum, under the instruction and mentoring of experienced NYPTA and transit industry executives, will provide enhanced opportunities for professional development and career advancement in the transit industry. Click here for additional application information. 

 

Innovation is Change That Unlocks New Value...

Value is what the NYPTA Innovation Conference is all about! Save the dates: October 16-18 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Registration is now open!

 

PARTNER EVENTS
Webinar: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies

July 19 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Register here.

 

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