Tuesday Transit News
August 1, 2017
CDPHP Cycle! Rolls Into the Capital Region

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and CDPHP officially launched CDPHP Cycle!, the Capital Region’s first bike-share program.
CDPHP Cycle! features 160 bikes distributed among 41 bike stations in Albany,
Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga Springs. The program offers the community a healthy,
affordable and fun mode of transportation.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Historic $5.6 Billion Transformation of the Long Island Rail Road

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a historic $5.6 billion transformation of the Long Island Rail Road to strengthen the region's transportation infrastructure and usher in a new era of economic growth. After 70 years of stagnation, all 100 transformative LIRR capital projects are moving forward, including the Main Line Third Track, Double Track, Jamaica Station Reconstruction, 39 renovated Long Island Rail Road stations and grade crossing eliminations -- modernizing transportation across the region to provide a state-of-the-art system for Long Island.

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Senate Panel Approves Funding Boost for Transportation Department

A Senate panel approved a funding boost for the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Thursday, moving ahead with spending plans that reject what President Trump had envisioned for the agency.

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously backed legislation that would provide nearly $19.5 billion in discretionary funding for the DOT in fiscal 2018 -- which is $978 million above current levels and nearly $3.3 billion more than what Trump requested.

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First Mile-Last Mile, Intermodalism and Making Public Transit More Attractive

As planners seek to leverage public transit investments with enhanced first mile-last mile connections, it is critical that market analysis guide those initiatives and that impacts and cost effectiveness are part of the performance assessment.

In the ever-trendy world of transportation planning people seem to be infatuated with discussions of first mile-last mile public transportation connections and intermodalism. Given all the attention, one would think that the traveling public is anxiously awaiting their next opportunity to transfer vehicles to complete their trip. Nothing can be further from the truth. People don't aspire to transfer; they don’t aspire to experience an intermodal terminal. They almost always want to get door to door in the fastest, simplest and most reliable fashion. Transferring between vehicles is a necessary inconvenience, not a virtue.

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Two Weeks Remain

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 Rolling Into the NYPTA Conference

Joe Iacobucci, director of transit for Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, will discuss emerging technologies that can enhance first/last mile connections for transit systems and will be based on the report Private Mobility, Public Interest. Attendees will gain a better understanding of TNCs (such as Uber and Lyft), microtransit, bikeshare and other modes. Register now!


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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