Tuesday Transit News
July 11, 2017
Study Says Northeast Tunnel Project to Cost Nearly $13B

An urgent tunnel project that is needed to rehab the passenger rail connection between New York and New Jersey could cost nearly $13 billion, according to a new environmental study. The Department of Transportation released a draft environmental impact statement on Thursday that estimates it will cost $11.1 billion to build a new rail tunnel underneath the Hudson River and $1.8 billion to fix the current aging tube.

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Governor Cuomo Announces $200,000 to Restore Bus Service to Jones Beach

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $200,000 to resume the Nassau Inter-County Express weekday service to Jones Beach State Park this summer. Under the direction of the governor, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Department of Transportation, Empire State Development and Nassau County achieved a solution to resume service after Nassau County was forced to suspend service for budgetary reasons just last week.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program, Announces New Funding Opportunities 

The Department of Transportation has announced the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program through a Notice of Funding Opportunity in the Federal Register on June 29. The INFRA program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to projects that are in line with the administration’s principles to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure — a priority for this administration.  In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA program aims to increase the total investment by state, local and private partners. 

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Now You Can Book Uber Rides for People Without Accounts or Smartphones — Making It Easier for Seniors

Uber recently pledged to be friendlier to its employees and its drivers. Now it plans to be friendlier to senior citizens, too. The ride-hailing company has launched a feature in more than 30 countries that lets users of the Uber app book a ride for someone other than themselves. Given that many people over the age of 65 don’t use a smartphone or don't have the Uber app, this feature lets their friends and loved ones book rides on their behalf.

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National RTAP 2017 Marketing Contest

Instead of its annual photo contest, National RTAP is asking for your brochures and passenger guides!  Check out the Fundamental Communication page of its Marketing Transit Toolkit for ideas on how to improve your existing brochure, or submit it as is. Submissions will be judged by the following criteria: Passenger information provided, clarity, visual quality and overall user-friendliness. For full contest details and the consent form, go to the Marketing Contest page. The deadline is July 31.

Deadline: August 15

The Public Transit Leadership Institute (PTLI) is a yearlong 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. 


Just Around the Corner...

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


Improving Safety in Transit Webinar

July 19, 2 - 3:30 p.m. Presented by Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey of the Center for Urban Transportation Research. Register here.


BAITFISH Training in Rockland County

August 15-17, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Contact Jonathan Nicastro at 516.457.3137 with questions.


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