Tuesday Transit News
  Date
Tuesday
July 25, 2017
NYS TRANSIT INDUSTRY NEWS 
MTA Weighs Food Ban on Subways After Track Fire Cripples Service

After a garbage fire crippled Monday's commute, the MTA is mulling a ban on food in the subways.

MTA chairman Joe Lhota on Tuesday said the agency will ramp up track cleaning and has begun a "debate" about "what foods are appropriate" to eat on the subway and how to educate riders on such faux pas, without ruling out eliminating dining in the system altogether.

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STATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Major Milestone Achieved in New Schenectady Train Station

Demolition of Schenectady Station is underway, making room for a modern, new rail station to connect travelers to New York City, Niagara Falls and beyond. The fully accessible station has a total project cost of $23 million, supported by $17 million in state funding for construction costs and an additional $2 million in state funding for engineering services and other project costs. The project is in addition to $181 million in key rail improvement projects recently completed along the Empire Corridor in the Capital Region, easing congestion, modernizing service, shortening travel times and improving accessibility for intercity passenger rail customers traveling between New York City and Niagara Falls. 

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FEDERAL DEVELOPMENTS
AASHTO Urges Congressional Tax Writers to Consider New Taxes, Fees for Trust Fund 

With the Highway Trust Fund on course to hit fast-approaching deadlines that could force it to sharply cut spending on road and transit projects, the group representing state departments of transportation urged congressional tax-writing committees to "consider supporting taxes or user fees" for the trust fund. 

The comment came in a July 17 le‚Äčtter to the chairs of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which are preparing legislative proposals to overhaul U.S. tax laws that could soon move to the center of the congressional agenda now that health care reform plans are firmly on hold.

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AROUND THE COUNTRY
Lyft Takes Heat for New Shuttle Service

The ride-sharing company Lyft launched in June a beta version of Shuttle, a carpool service that will travel along a designated route and make specific stops along the way.

If that sounds like a familiar concept, it's because it is.

The biggest difference between Shuttle and a city bus is that Lyft's service will only appear during times of high demand and accommodate fewer passengers. 

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NYPTA EVENTS AND TRAINING
TimeIis Running Out!

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. 

 

Guess Who's Speaking at the NYPTA Conference

Greg Lindsay, futurist, will present an overview on the Connected Mobility Initiative, describing how four cities are trying — and so far failing — to capture the potential of connected mobility, as well as offer recommendations gleaned from successful experiments and programs around the world. Register now!

 

PARTNER EVENTS
FTA State Programs Meeting/State Public Transit Partnerships Conference

August 15-18, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. 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.

 

First-Ever Bike Summit to Be Held in Albany

NYBC is holding the first ever New York State Bike Summit on September 15 in Albany at the newly constructed Hearst Media Center! This inaugural Bike Summit will bring together many organizations and constituencies leading the growing bike movement across the state with the goal of making New York the most bicycle-friendly state in the country. Learn more.

 

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