New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

RTS to Study Redesign of Public Transit System
In Monroe County

Regional Transit Service (RTS) has announced that in October it will begin a study entitled "Reimagine RTS"  on the redesign of the public transit system in Monroe County. It is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. RTS has engaged the services of a consulting team to assist with technical analysis and community engagement. Transportation Management & Design, Inc. (TMD) will conduct the study, analyze community input and data, and make recommendations for what a reimagined public transit system could look like. TMD has contracted with local firm Highland Planning to support community engagement efforts.


MTA to Unveil Better Stats to Measure
Subway Service Quality

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be putting riders first when measuring the quality of subway service.

MTA managers on Monday showed the agency’s board new statistics to measure service and a flashy digital dashboard that will give everyday riders a better sense of how bad their ride is and where it needs to improve, sources told The News.

For the first time, riders will know how much longer than normal they’re waiting on a platform, and the MTA will tell them how many minutes are wasted inside delayed trains.


Buck Up and Register for the Roadeo!

The 2017 Bus Roadeo 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

Cadillac Launches First Hands-Free Cross-Country Drive From Its NYC Headquarters

Cadillac launched the nation's first cross-country, hands-free drive from its new global headquarters in New York City. The 12 Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac Ct6 vehicles will cross through 16 states and Washington, DC, as they make their way from New York to California. The vehicles will make stops in major cities across the US, including Cleveland, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas, Santa Fe and Phoenix.

"New York is the nation's hub of cutting-edge technology, and by launching the first-cross country trip using hands-free technology in New York, Cadillac is furthering that spirit of innovation," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "By encouraging businesses to reimagine driving technology in New York, we are spearheading the creation of new, safe travel options for current and future generations of New Yorkers."



Federal Developments

USDOT Announces $55 Million in Grants to Support
High-Tech Low-No Buses, American Manufacturing

 The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) last week announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle program, which funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Fifty-one projects in 39 states will receive a share of the funding.


Around the Country

NAFA Offers Important Safety Tips In Storm Situations

With the tragic circumstances of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma fresh in everyone’s minds, NAFA Fleet Management Association issued a reminder to all drivers – in fleet and not – to approach all rainstorms with caution.

Drivers need to be aware of weather conditions all the time, not just in the winter months. Ask Bob Henson, Weather and Climate Science Writer for the Weather Channel’s website Weather Underground. “When it rains, it rains harder now. Downpours are increasing in intensity.”


NYPTA connects

Tomorrow’s Transit Technology Today​​​​​​​

We have seen the future, it’s powered by electricity, and there’s nobody in the driver’s seat.

Join us at NYPTA’s Innovation Conference for a two-part Maintenance & Operations Track session, “Your Options for Electric Travel” and “Are Self-Driving Buses a Threat to Public Transit?” This session takes place Tuesday, October 17 at 1:30 pm.

In Part 1, John Hroncich and Bart Mancini of BAE Systems will discuss the many options available to public transit systems interested in transitioning to electric power and propulsion – eliminating emissions and saving money on fuel and maintenance.

Then Brady Young of DoubleMap Inc. will explore the possible effects of self-driving vehicle technology on the public transit industry. He’ll cover the steps leading agencies have taken to provide their own service and the new options available for those interested in on-demand technology for public transit.

If you haven’t registered for Conference yet, don’t put it off any longer. The deadline is October 2. Click here to register and here to book your hotel accommodations.

See you in Albany!


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