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Tuesday, December 5, 2017


NYS Transit Industry News

Centro Lends TCAT Buses to Contend with Shortages

Syracuse-based Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) has come to TCAT’s rescue by lending two buses to the Ithaca-based transit agency to help it prevent missed trips due to bus shortages.

Upon the request of TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool, Centro CEO Rick Lee last week quickly agreed to lend two 40-foot 2005 New Flyer diesel buses, which TCAT bus operators and a mechanic transported back to Ithaca on Fri., Dec. 1. After they pass the required state inspections, the buses will be put into service.   

TCAT has already ordered and expects to receive 11 brand new Gillig buses to replace older buses in February, but needs help in the meantime to get through “a rough patch” with equipment failure and bus shortages ─ both of which force TCAT dispatchers to make the difficult decision to pull trips, thus, inconveniencing riders, Vanderpool said. In October alone, TCAT reported 90 missed trips due to bus shortages. Though TCAT pulls trips on high-frequency routes so that passengers can catch the next bus within a relatively short time frame, any missed trip is unacceptable, Vanderpool said. 


Ontario County Cuts Ties with Bus Company,
Goes with RGRTA

Despite an 11th-hour financial offer, the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has terminated its contract with the company that runs the county bus system.

At their meeting Thursday night, supervisors voted to end their contract with MV Transportation and join the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority. The only dissenting vote came from Canandaigua city Supervisor David Baker.

The decision largely came down to finances following a decision by state officials to have a Syracuse company arrange transportation for non-emergency Medicaid patients in Ontario and other upstate counties. The move resulted in fewer of those patients taking County Area Transit System buses and MV Transportation receiving less Medicaid reimbursement.


CDPHP Cycle! Finishes Inaugural Season Strong

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and CDPHP wrapped up the inaugural CDPHP Cycle! riding season with more than 11,000 trips taken and nearly 2,500 members in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs.

“The first season of CDPHP Cycle! has exceeded our expectations,” said John D. Bennett, MD, President and CEO of CDPHP. “But more than that, it has given our community a healthier way of commuting while lessening the impact of pollutants on the environment. Simply put, mobility is life, and the fact that we’ve introduced yet another way to get and keep people moving furthers the mission and vision of CDPHP.” 

State Government Affairs

Transit Experts Propose Ending NYC's 24/7 Subway System

Imagine New York without its 24/7 subway system?

The experts at the Regional Plan Association did, and they believe it's key to building a reliable transit system for a growing metropolitan area.

The radical idea to snuff the pride of New York is one of dozens of recommendations in the research group's latest regional plan — the association's fourth region-wide blueprint since 1929 — being released Thursday.


Federal Developments

Congress Launches Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus​​​​​​​

The Bus Coalition and Community Transportation Association of America are excited to join Co-Chairs Congressmen David Young (R-IA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) to announce the official launch of the Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus (BCBC). The purpose of BCBC is to give a stronger voice to the over 1,100 bus transit systems across the country and highlight the need for adequate federal funding of bus transit programs.


Around the Country

D.C. May Seek To End Private Contracts For Public Transit​​​​​​​

A coalition of organized labor and social justice groups are calling on D.C. lawmakers to stop the District from contracting out public transit services, saying the private firms that operate the Circulator bus system and D.C. Streetcar fail to provide reliable service to riders and treat their employees poorly.

Boston’s MBTA Wants to Trade Street Parking for Bus Lanes​​​​​​​

The Boston MBTA is ready to swap curbside parking for bus-only lanes — though the move could be challenged by frustrated motorists.

The agency has been considering bus lanes on a number of congested streets after a parking ban in downtown Everett reduced bus travel times by about 20 percent, reports. The ban governed one side of the road over a one-mile section.


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