New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views
Tuesday, November 7, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

New York Steps Up Security in Wake of Terror Attack

Commuters say the city feels and looks different, with uniformed officers having taken up positions across the city with bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling the streets and the transit terminals alongside National Guard soldiers and tactical teams with heavy weapons and body armor.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo increased security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems around the state and said additional security personnel are being deployed to high-density areas and large public gatherings.


State Government Affairs

Governor Cuomo Announces Progress on $110 Million Statewide Initiative to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced that pedestrian safety improvement projects are beginning on roads across New York State as part of a $110 million multi-agency initiative to utilize engineering, education and enforcement campaigns to enhance pedestrian safety across upstate New York and Long Island. The plan seeks to reduce pedestrian fatalities in New York State by 20 percent by 2021. Along with engineering improvements, a law enforcement blitz in June resulted in nearly 4,500 interactions by police agencies with pedestrians and motorists. A new pedestrian safety public service announcement began airing recently encouraging pedestrians to be visible when walking after dark, and comes in advance of Daylight Saving Time ending.



Federal Developments

Lyft Officially Selected for 5 Transit Pilot Projects by U.S. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the award of $4.7 million in federal grant funding to 5 new pilot projects between Lyft and public transit agencies under the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility on Demand (MoD) Sandbox grant program. The projects, which range from app integrations and subsidized first-and-last mile rides to transportation for seniors and those with disabilities, will demonstrate promising new models for how Lyft can work with the public sector to expand mobility for all.

Lyft’s mission has always been about re-connecting people and communities through better transportation. Simply put, we believe that cities should be designed for people, not cars. It’s a bold vision: and we know we can’t do it alone. That’s why we created our Friends with Transit campaign and have rapidly launched a growing number of partnerships with transit agencies around the country in recent months.


Around the Country

Chicago Making Room for Uber, Taxis and Transit​​​​​​​

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to tax ride-share services to boost mass transit. Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, wants to regulate ride-share to save taxis. And Chicagoans? They just want to get from A to B.

The more options Chicagoans have, the easier it will be for them to make that journey. More regulation and taxes, however, don’t enhance choice — they inhibit it.

Madison Poised to Pursue Bus Rapid Transit​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Madison is poised to take a serious step toward bus rapid transit, eyeing an initial $40 million to $60 million east-west corridor including Downtown and the UW-Madison campus.

Bus rapid transit, or BRT, is a high-frequency, high-capacity, limited-stop service with unique branding that can run on city streets or dedicated lanes, or even in a rail corridor.


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