New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views
Tuesday, September 12, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

Transit Staffers Honored With Medals for
Work at Ground Zero

A group of 10 transit workers on Thursday received recognition for their time toiling at Ground Zero in the weeks after 9/11.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 honored the group with specially made medals depicting their unheralded work in the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attacks.


CDPHP Cycle! Going Strong at One-Month Mark

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and CDPHP are excited to announce that during its first month of operation, CDPHP Cycle! has been used for more than 4,568 trips in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs.

Trips in Albany are primarily being used to commute, while in Saratoga Springs, users are renting the bikes mainly for recreational purposes. This week, as college students return to campus, ridership is expected to increase once again.

Sign Up to Participate in the 2017 Bus Roadeo

Plans are underway for the 2017 Bus Roadeo! This is a great opportunity to provide some well-deserved bus operator recognition while promoting safety and professionalism. Transit systems throughout New York state send the best bus operators to compete in this event. The competitors drive a bus through a test course marked with traffic cones that simulate various situations encountered on the road. They are expected to meet Bus Roadeo qualifications by maintaining good attendance and a safe driving record.

The New York Public Transit Association invites your transit system to participate in the Bus Roadeo! If your transit system has not yet participated in a Roadeo and you're interested in learning more about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact Carol Hargrove at 845.340.3335.


State Government Affairs

HOV/Bus Lane to Open Westbound on
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

On Tuesday, September 5, an HOV/bus lane opened on the Upper Level westbound (Staten Island-bound) direction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, completing a seamless route from Manhattan to Staten Island for users of the special lane, which reduces travel time and helps the environment. The reversible seventh lane of traffic will transition from eastbound to westbound to accommodate the afternoon/evening rush hours and will connect HOV/Bus lanes on the Gowanus/Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Staten Island Expressway, improving travel times for HOV/bus commuters heading home to Staten Island.


Federal Developments

NY, NJ Leaders Push Trump for Gateway Funding

Top officials from NY and New Jersey traveled to the White House Thursday to make a pitch to President Donald Trump for a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River - considered to be one of the region's most critical infrastructure needs. "This was one of the best meetings I have ever had at the White House or in Washington for that matter," Rep. Pete King said, according to the Daily News


Around the Country

Nashville Mayor, Boosters to Launch Petition Drive for Transit Funding Referendum​​​​​​​

Nashvillians will soon be asked to sign their names saying they're ready to fund a transit system.

Mayor Megan Barry and boosters of her proposed referendum on funding mass transit are launching a citywide petition-drive Saturday to begin gathering signatures that represent support for a transit plan as well as funding to pay for it.

How Transit Can Speed Houston's Recovery​​​​​​​

Hurricane Harvey hit one of the most famously auto-dependent places on Earth: Nearly 91 percent of the commuters in the Houston metro travel alone by car to get to work. Somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million cars were destroyed by the storm, the most of any natural disaster in U.S. history.

Now, waitlists for rental cars are vertiginously long, gas prices are spiking, and the 32,000 who escaped flooding to are now fanning out to other forms of temporary housing. Many Houstonians are grappling with how they’ll get to their jobs, their shattered homes and their children’s schools, minus car keys.


NYPTA connects

Featured Conference Session: Managing and Integrating Emerging Technologies With Fixed-Route Transit​​​​​​​

This Fall Conference session, presented by Joe Iacobucci of 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. Additionally, partnerships from the FTA Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program will be discussed in order to educate attendees how successful partnerships are established. Register now!


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