New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views


Tuesday,  December 26, 2017

NYS Transit Industry News

TCAT Trip Planning Is Available on Google Maps

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc., is pleased to announced its service information is now available in Google Maps.

Veteran riders and newcomers to the TCAT system are able to use the trip planning feature on line or download the Google Maps mobile app via on the home page at

Meantime, TCAT continues to work to provide Google with accurate departure predictions, which will enable the Google Map function to give customers real-time information.

TCAT Service Analyst Tom Clavel has been working with Google Maps for the past several months to provide this service to passengers. Other apps for TCAT information already available include MyStop, Moovit and Transit.

“As we build up the quantity of apps and the quality of the data I am really happy to have Google on board because so many people already have access to its maps platform,” Clavel said. “In the coming months we hope to continue to improve the schedule and real-time data to help our riders make better use of the TCAT system.”

Transit Awareness Day Is Less Than Four Weeks Away!

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 Directs MTA & Port Authority to Heighten Security Throughout the Holiday Season

Last week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the MTA and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to surge their security presences at all bridges, tunnels, airports and mass transit systems throughout the holiday season in New York City. In light of recent terrorist attacks and out of an abundance of caution, the Governor is deploying special operations teams from the New York State Police and National Guard to work with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police, MTA Police Department, Port Authority Police Department and New York City Police Department in this coordinated effort. Additional personnel and security equipment will be deployed by state agencies, including rapid radiation response trucks, bomb-detecting canines, an increased heavily armed presence, enhanced surveillance and rapid response vehicles at all high-profile locations. 


Federal Developments

Utah Obtains SSO Program Certification

On November 17, 2017, Utah became the third state to obtain FTA certification of its State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program in accordance with the requirements of federal public transportation safety law and the SSO final rule, 49 CFR Part 674.

Certification demonstrates that an SSO Program has the authority, resources, and expertise necessary to provide safety oversight of the rail transit systems in its State. By April 15, 2019, each eligible state must have an FTA-certified SSO Program or FTA cannot award new federal transit dollars. By law, the deadline cannot be waived or extended. The FTA is provided technical assistance and other support to assist states in meeting the deadline.

To track states’ progress, please refer to FTA’s SSO Program Certification Status Table.



Around the Country

Dayton RTA Set to Raise Rates, Trim Routes to Cover
$4.6M Sales Tax Loss​​​​​​​

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is a step closer to increasing fares for nearly all riders and cutting or altering nearly two dozen routes for others.

The agency's finance committee approved the changes Tuesday, pending a vote by the full board next month.

RTA officials say the changes are needed to partially absorb a $4.6 million loss of sales tax revenue no longer received from Medicaid managed care, according to the agency. The loss represented more than 6 percent of RTA's revenue.

Growing Dallas-Based Ride Share Service
Employs Police as Drivers​​​​​​​

A Dallas-based ride share service that employs only off-duty or retired police officers as drivers is expanding.

“It offers a great service to people, and that’s what I’ve pretty much done my whole life is serving the public,” said Tim Atkins, a retired police officer and firefighter who now drives for Bubbl.

The company started in August 2016 and now employs 60 drivers, each of whom must each pass rigorous background checks.


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