New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views
Tuesday, October 10, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

Red Cross Lauds TCAT for Helping Tenants Displaced by Apartment Fire Last Winter

TCAT was honored by the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter at its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner in Apalachin, NY, on Wednesday, September, 27, with a Good Neighbors Award for helping evacuate tenants at an apartment building fire in Slaterville Springs last winter.

The award stems from a freezing cold night on Friday, December 30, when TCAT Transit Supervisor Mike Smith sprang into action to drive a bus to provide shelter and transport to tenants displaced by a blaze at Fountain Manor Apartments.


BAITFISH Training Set for November 13-15 in Buffalo

The NYSDOT’s Public Transportation Safety Board (PTSB) is pleased to announce the schedule for a training class in the B.A.I.T.F.I.S.H. program, Bus Accident Management and Investigation, Accident Preventability and Hazard Assessment and Mitigation offered by the Public Transportation Safety Board in conjunction with industry peers. These classes will be presented at various locations throughout the state in 2017. The intent of this program is to facilitate with the PTSB’s Rules and Regulations Part 990.12 requiring the completion of a comprehensive accident investigation course. These classes provide training assistance to all bus systems throughout NYS who may not have the staffing or financial resources to obtain this training out of state or by private providers.

Preference will be given to those properties who receive Statewide Mass Transportation Operating Assistance (STOA), however, if all seats have not been taken, the remainder will be filled on first come first served basis to interested parties.

Company management is responsible for selecting the appropriate individual to attend. This is usually a supervisor, dispatcher or any company representative who will be responsible for responding to accidents. The class schedule will generally run from 8am to 5pm. Class one will include such topics as: interviewing skills, photography, data collection, skid tests, measuring and analysis, and basic speed formulas. Class two involves the determination of the preventability of accidents, and class three educates the student in hazard assessment and incident/crash mitigation.

To apply, you must e-mail this application form to Applicants will be notified directly if they are accepted to the class. There is no charge for enrollment-participants are responsible for their own lunch, travel costs and lodging, if necessary. A certificate will be issued after successfully passing tests that will be given at the completion of each module. This course is RTAP funding eligible.

Please note that certificates issued for prior courses that contain an expired certification date are considered valid per the regulatory requirement contained in Part 990.12. One day refresher courses will be given periodically, carriers are encouraged to participate. Refresher courses may also be mandated as a part of a cooperative safety plan improvement process.


State Government Affairs

New $44.3 Million Rail Station Opens in Rochester

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter last week joined Amtrak officials to open the new, $44.3 million Rochester Intermodal Station to passenger service. The new station will speed up travel with expanded track service, streamline operations with a modern concourse and baggage handling system, and improve the overall passenger experience with enhanced accessibility, retail amenities and a larger building inspired by the aesthetics and architecture of the historic Bragdon Station, which once stood on the same site.   



Federal Developments

White House Meets with Lawmakers on Infrastructure Plan

President Trump’s legislative affairs team met with a small group of House lawmakers at the White House on Thursday morning to discuss the administration’s plan for rebuilding U.S. infrastructure.

Two Democrats and three Republicans attended the meeting, including two members who sit on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The panel is expected to be a key player in Trump’s $1 trillion rebuilding proposal, which has yet to be released.

The administration is also hosting an infrastructure briefing Thursday evening with state transportation officials, industry groups, union representative and other stakeholders. The event will be lead by Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen and policy adviser D.J. Gribbin, according to a White House spokeswoman.


Around the Country

Mobile Ticketing Arrives in Atlanta

Rather than pay for journeys using cash, or queue to top up their Breeze smart card, passengers will be able to buy tickets online through their smartphone. Breeze Mobile is reliant on a QR code-based ticket platform, which is available through a mobile app, and validates travel for users when entering and leaving the metro system, and boarding and disembarking a bus.

Could London Set Up a Nonprofit,
Cooperative Alternative to Uber?

ondon recently dealt another blow to Uber’s plans to take over the world. Saying the ride-hailing giant had failed to abide by public safety rules governing private cab companies, regulators in the U.K. capital said the company would lose its “license to operate” at the end of September.

The decision hit hard for 40,000 fare-earning Uber drivers and its 3.5 million customers, many of whom undeniably like the service. Uber’s cars fill a void in London because its iconic black cabs are expensive (compared to New York’s yellow cabs, particularly) and are far from ubiquitous outside central areas. Already more than 800,000 people have signed a petitionasking Transport for London (TfL), the regulator, to overturn the decision (we’re assuming these people are bona fide residents of Chiswick and Islington and not fictitious astroturfers).



NYPTA connects

Don't Be That Person...

Who is THAT person? The one who misses this year's NYPTA Innovation Conference, which starts just one week from Today!

NYPTA’s Innovation Conference has two Management Track sessions on Tuesday, October 17, devoted to the challenges of managing three generations of workers.

At 1:30 pm, John W. Martin, transportation futurist at the Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc. (SIR) will present “Winning Work Cultures of Tomorrow: Applying a Generational Lens.” He’ll explain how to connect with each generation to improve recruiting, engaging, motivating and retaining workers of all ages. You’ll also learn what to expect in the future and how to embrace and manage the changes that are coming.

At 2:30 pm, Sujata Chaudhry of Tangible Development will present “The Inclusion Revolution,” exploring how millennials are changing traditional attitudes toward diversity in the workplace. While boomers and Gen Xers tend to think of diversity and inclusion as moral and legal issues – “the right thing to do” – millennials’ approach is that welcoming different backgrounds and perspectives also benefits the bottom line.

If you manage a multigenerational workforce – and you probably do – these sessions are not to be missed.

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

See you in Albany!


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