New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views
Tuesday, August 29, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

TCAT Riders Now Have Access to Real-Time Information

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) this week announced the official release of real-time information to its passengers via mobile apps and on its web site as part of a $1.5 million Information Technology/ Intelligent Transportation System (IT/ITS) project.

TCAT contracted with Avail Technologies, Inc., based in State College, PA, for the project, which was launched in February 2016. The project was mostly funded by the City of Ithaca and partially with federal dollars.


State Government Affairs

First Span of Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Open to Traffic

Early Saturday morning, the first span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, an iconic twin-span cable-stayed crossing that will serve the Hudson Valley for the next century, opened to traffic. For the next few months, northbound/westbound drivers on the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) will cross the Hudson River on the new bridge, while southbound/eastbound drivers will use the Tappan Zee Bridge, each having four traffic lanes available. Later this fall, the new bridge will completely replace the 62-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge when four lanes of Westchester-bound traffic are also shifted onto the first span. On Thursday, Governor Cuomo commemorated the milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured more than 800 dignitaries and residents from Rockland and Westchester counties. 


Federal Developments

Trump Administration Drops Local Hire Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that effective on August 25, it will no longer support local hire programs in cities that receive federal grants.

The DOT announced this week that it is withdrawing a proposed revision of a rule that — since 1988 — has prohibited the use of geographic preferences in the expenditure of federal grant funds. 


Around the Country

How Contactless Ticketing Is Increasing Convenience for Transit Travelers

In cities like Portland, OR, and Chicago, mass transit riders no longer have to fumble through multiple tickets or smartphone apps as they board the region's network of buses, trains or streetcars.

Instead, payment systems for these various transit providers are gravitating toward cloud-based technology, making the payment and management of the rides one seamless swipe for users.

New York City Will Test Dedicated Street Parking for Carshare Companies

Will a City-supported carshare program help reduce car ownership in Brooklyn? The NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) intends to find out with a two-year pilot program launching this Fall.

While the agency will not run a carshare service, it will designate parking spaces on-street and in municipal parking facilities to carshare companies participating in the pilot.

NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced at the end of 2016 the launch of a two-year citywide pilot that will dedicate approximately 300 parking spaces in municipal parking facilities and another 300 street parking spaces in select neighborhoods exclusively to participating carshare companies.


NYPTA connects

Goodman to Speak at Innovation Conference

The NYPTA Conference will feature a Transit Industry Panel Discussion: “The New Administration: Politics & Transportation.” We're proud to welcome Richard White, Acting CEO of APTA; Ron Epstein, Deputy Commissioner of NYSDOT; and Stephen Goodman, Administrator for FTA Region 2 (pictured right). Hear the latest developments from the leaders at the forefront of our National and State governments.  Register now!

Bid Opportunity

Dutchess County is currently accepting proposals for bid #RFB-DCP-57-17 for Ricon Wheelchair Lift Parts. To obtain the official bid documents, go to Empire State Purchasing Group to login and download the bid documents. If you are not registered, you may register for free (Search Registration) or pay the annual fee (automatic notification); in either instance, you have the same capability to download the bid documents.





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