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Tuesday,  December 19, 2017

NYS Transit Industry News

Room Block Filling Up Quickly for Transit Awareness Day

Join us Tuesday, January 23, 2018 for Transit Awareness Day. This pro-transit event includes a Public Transportation Rally, meetings with lawmakers, and public transit displays in The Well of the Legislative Office Building (LOB). NYPTA is pleased to once again bring the transit community together in support of a unified message on the importance of a strong state investment in public transportation.

We have reserved a block of rooms for Monday, January 22 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Albany. Space is limited, and our block is filling up quickly, so please make your reservations now.

This year's program will build on last year's success and drive home the message that public transportation is vital to New York communities and a driving force of New York state' economy. All NYPTA members are encouraged to attend. Business partners, with a special emphasis on New York state-based companies, are asked to participate and specifically share information about the economic impact their companies have on New York state's economic success. 

Register for Transit Awareness Day today! 

State Government Affairs

Governor Cuomo Unveils Third Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Round Three of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week unveiled the third proposal of the 2018 State of the State: Invest $100 million to launch round three of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative - an innovative approach to economic development aimed at transforming communities for the next generation of New Yorkers to want to live and work. The revitalization program, first announced in the Governor's 2016 State of the State address, would invest up to $10 million to award communities in each economic development region. The downtown areas will be selected by the state's Regional Economic Development Councils.


Federal Developments

Senator Schumer: Bomb-detection Units Needed at
Transit Hubs​​​​​​​

Screening devices that detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel are being tested in a Los Angeles transit station, but U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said Sunday the Transportation Security Administration should speed up plans to deploy the technology nationally.

"The fact that we have this new, potentially life-saving technology at our fingertips — an ability to detect concealed explosives worn by cowards looking to do us harm — demands the federal government put both the testing and the perfecting of this technology on the fast-track," Schumer said. "We not only want these devices in America's busiest cities, like New York, but we need them here."

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is partnering with TSA to test devices known as stand-off explosive detection units, which do a full-body screening of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down. If an explosive device is detected, it triggers an alarm. The operator, a transit employee, sees a camera image of the passenger on a computer screen, but no anatomical details.


Around the Country

Cities Must Prepare for Integrated Transit Future,
Experts Warn​​​​​​​

Imagine a future in which you start your journey to work by typing your destination into a smartphone app. By the time you walk out your door, the app has located the nearest available car2go vehicle, which you use to drive to the local rail station.

As you wait on the platform the app tells you when the next train will arrive to take you downtown. From there the app directs you to the closest bike share dock, where you pick up a bicycle and ride the last kilometre of your commute to the office.

You never have to swipe a fare card or fumble in your pocket for a token, instead the app bills the cost of all your travel to your credit card at the end of the month.

Seattle-area Transit Ridership Growing Faster than Other Big U.S. cities, with More Options on the Way​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Seattle’s bus and rail system is growing faster than its counterpart in several major U.S. cities, with more light rail lines set to open in a few years.

Ridership for bus and rail has risen close to 60 percent since the end of 2002, according to monthly statistics from the Federal Transit Administration. That is more than double the next closest city tracked by FTA: New York City at 24.6 percent.

The other cities tracked are Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Most of these cities have older, more established transit systems, so it’s not surprising that they would be growing at a slower rate.

transit industry events

BraunAbility Offers Commercial DPA Lift
Technical Training Webinars​​​​​​​

These training courses will cover aspects of our BraunAbility Dual Parallel Arm (DPA) lift products, including identification, maintenance and repair procedures. BraunAbility Lifts covered are Century, Millennium, and Vista. It is intended to provide you the information to properly maintain and repair BraunAbility DPA lifts. THIS COURSE IS NOT A BRAUNABILITY CERTIFICATION OR RECERTIFICATION COURSE. NO CERTIFICATE IS PROVIDED. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please click on the date for which you would like to register:

Should you have any questions, please email


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