New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views
Tuesday, August 8, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

Scot Vanderpool Named TCAT General Manager

After a 15-month extensive nationwide search, the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Board of Directors announced that it has selected Scot Vanderpool as TCAT’s general manager, effective Friday, August 11.

Vanderpool, who was hired in January as TCAT’s operations manager, came to TCAT with 34 years of transportation experience at both the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (CENTRO) in Syracuse and Syracuse University. In his new position, Vanderpool replaces the late Joe Turcotte, who served as TCAT’s general manager since 2005. Turcotte passed away in May of 2016 after a long and brave battle with cancer. “I’ve heard so many great things about Joe Turcotte; I’m honored. I know Joe will be a tough act to follow,” Vanderpool said.

NYPTA Has a New Look!

The New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) has updated its website and publications to reflect a new, contemporary look. Watch for more refinements as we continue to serve more than 130 local public transportation providers, plus hundreds of private sector manufacturers, vendors, consultants, government agencies, and millions of bus and subway riders. Our mission is to promote awareness of the transit industry, which pumps millions of dollars into the state economy each year; stimulating job growth and improving the environment.



State Government Affairs

Governors Cuomo and Christie Announce New Leadership at Port Authority

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Governor Chris Christie have announced the appointments of Kevin O'Toole as chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Rick Cotton as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and Jersey.




Federal Developments

FTA Proposes Rule to Streamline, Increase Private-Sector Involvement in Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration introduced a proposed rulemaking to increase the use of public-private partnerships in public transportation projects, partly as a way to generate new revenues for transit investments, and said it is taking public comments through September 29.

In a July 31 Federal Register notice, the agency said it is offering "new, experimental procedures to encourage increased project management flexibility, more innovation in project funding, improved efficiency, timely project implementation and new project revenue streams."

Senate Confirms New TSA Chief

The Senate has confirmed President Trump’s pick to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before leaving town for the August recess on Thursday, senators unanimously voted to approve David Pekoske to be TSA administrator.



Around the Country

Lyft and Amtrak Partnering to Help Passengers

Lyft is partnering with Amtrak to help train passengers get to and from the train station. The new deal will let them book a car with the ride-hailing service from within Amtrak’s mobile app. New Lyft riders can use the promo code “AMTRAKLYFT”  to receive $5 discounts on the first four rides, regardless of whether they’re booked through the Amtrak app. Lyft says its service reaches 97 percent of all Amtrak riders in the U.S.

New Fleet Cost Comparison Calculator for Use of Diesel, CNG and Electric in Commercial Vehicles

Want to compare costs for the use of diesel, CNG and electric in your fleets? Check out the new calculator from ACT Research here.

Here’s what’s at play: Class 8 heavy-duty diesel trucks are the standard against which all alternative fuels are measured. As such, they are the target of big electric vehicle investments.



NYPTA Events and Training

Deadline Next Week

You only have until August 15 – one week from today – to apply for the Public Transit Leadership Institute (PTLI). Don’t miss the opportunity! This yearlong series of events, webinars and hands-on activities is 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

Sharon Feigon, executive director for the Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC) in Chicago, will discuss SUMC’s plans, which draw on original research, statistical modeling and decades of experience in shared mobility operations. Learn how these initiatives serve as a catalyst to help cities establish a vision, set mode shift goals and chart a path toward a more sustainable future. 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

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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