New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views
Tuesday, September 5, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

Centro Provides State Fair Park-N-Ride Express Shuttle Service to Thousands Each Year

The New York State Fair is a busy time of year for Centro, which in 2016 provided 577,624 rides to customers from various Park-N-Ride locations across Onondaga, Cayuga and Oswego Counties directly to the Fair’s Main Gate. That number represented a 23 percent increase in rides from 2015. Centro also provided shuttle rides to 319,189 Fairgoers from the State Fair’s Parking Lots to the Main Gate -- a 13 percent increase from 2015.

During the 12-day 2016 State Fair, Centro’s combined total of Fair service, regular line service, and a home football game at Syracuse University accounted for 910,000 rides, which represents 8 percent of Centro’s total annual ridership.

In 2017, after the first seven days of the Fair, Centro’s Park-N-Ride service had provided nearly 294,000 rides to and from the Main Gate at the Fairgrounds.

NFTA Collects 1,300 Pounds of Food Thanks to the
"Giving and Grooving" Bus

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the impressive results of its food drive that garnered 1302 pounds of food to help those served by the Food Bank of Western New York. 

The NFTA launched its mobile “Giving and Grooving” Metro stuff-a-bus outreach program on Tuesday, August 1. The theme was in honor of the NFTA’s 50th anniversary. The Giving and Grooving bus moved around town on a mission to collect as many canned goods and non-perishables as possible. 


State Government Affairs

Drone Technology Used for First Time to Monitor Traffic at New York State Fair

State-owned drones were used for the first time to monitor weekend traffic conditions at the 2017 Great New York State Fair. Weekends are traditionally the highest attended days of the 13-day extravaganza, often with heavy traffic volumes and near-capacity parking lots. The new drone technology will help the New York State Police and the State Department of Transportation better monitor traffic and parking lot capacity, allowing them do their jobs more effectively and reduce delays for fairgoers.


Federal Developments

States Must Meet Rail Transit Safety Program Certification Deadline to Maintain Federal Public Transportation Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is again notifying the states where rail transit systems operate that federal law requires they establish an FTA-certified State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program by April 15, 2019. If a state fails to meet the deadline, the FTA is prohibited by federal law from obligating any funds to public transportation agencies throughout that state until certification is achieved.


Around the Country

First 100-Percent Electric, Zero-Emissions BRT Route
Opens in the U.S.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will convert its existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Route 44 to 100% battery-electric, zero-emissions buses in August 2017. The route will be the first in the U.S. to feature an all-electric bus service.   

For That Last Mile or More, Zipcars Will Be
Added to Metrorail Stations

As part of a new partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation, car-sharing service Zipcar will add put 10 vehicles at five Metrorail stations, providing transit riders with on-demand access to vehicles parked at train stops.


NYPTA connects

Ridesharing & Transit:
Our Place in the New World of Mobility

National leaders in transit and mobility will gather at the NYPTA Conference on October 17 for a timely discussion on ridesharing and transit. Join the discussion on how new models are impacting transit by providing new opportunities and challenging the status quo! Speakers include Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared Use Mobility Center; Joe Iacobucci, Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants; Greg Lindsay, Futurist, Connected Mobility Initiative; Harmony Lloyd, Director of Planning, Innovation & External Affairs, MTA Flint; and an invited representative from Lyft. Register now!

Bid Opportunity

Requests for Proposals are being solicited by the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) Department of Transportation (DOT) Seneca Transit System (STS) to procure Bus Service as a “sponsored” bus operation subject to New York State Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations Part 975 Statewide Mass Transportation Operating Assistance (STOA) Program between Irving, Salamanca, and Steamburg New York, and the environs of the Cattaraugus and Allegany Territories of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Cattaraugus County. Click here for the full RFP.

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