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Tuesday,  February 27, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

Calling All Procurement Directors

NYPTA's Procurement Directors Network has launched an email listserv via which members can contact the entire group to ask questions and share information. If you would like to be added to the Procurement Directors listserv or know someone who would like to join us, please let us know by emailing

Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the Fall Conference

Planning is underway for the New York Public Transit Industry’s 2018 Conference & Expo, October 23-25 in Albany, NY. Our theme this year is Public Transit and The Mobility Movement. The New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) seeks proposals specific to our conference theme to be considered for conference sessions.

Selected proposals will be allotted 30-55 minutes for a presentation. Proposals that tie to the conference theme will be given priority. 

Presentations will be selected based on topics, relevance to conference attendees, timeliness, and other criteria. Business partners who submit presentations are asked to include a transit agency representative as part of their program.

When completing your proposal, be concise, yet include enough detail to convey the scope of the presentation content. Proposals should not exceed two pages in length.

To submit a proposal, complete the attached form and return it to no later than April 1.

Please Join Us in Honoring Leaders in Our Field!

The New York Public Transit Association is currently seeking nominations for inductees into the Public Transit Association Hall of Fame. Awards will be presented at this year's Fall Conference & Expo, set for October 23-25 in Albany.

NYPTA established the Transit Hall of Fame in 1999 as a tribute to leaders in the transit industry who have made extraordinary contributions to the Association and our transit community. Browse our Virtual Hall of Fame to learn more about the transit leaders who have shaped our industry.

Attached is the Hall of Fame Application.


State Government Affairs

MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative Gets Transit President’s Approval 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s controversial plan to close subway stations for extended periods of time to undergo complete rehabilitations earned New York City Transit President Andy Byford’s endorsement on Tuesday.

Byford’s approval followed a crescendo of uproar against the ongoing $1 billion program, known as the Enhanced Station Initiative, or ESI, which peaked last month when MTA board opposition led the MTA to delay votes on several of the 33 stations identified for the construction. With the Transit president’s endorsement, the board on Thursday will again be asked to vote on ESI repairs.



Lawmakers Scold Railroads Over Delay in Safety Upgrades

A panel of lawmakers on Thursday admonished the nation’s railroads and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to meet a fast-approaching deadline to enact a key train safety feature that could have prevented two recent Amtrak crashes. 

Railroads have until at least the end of 2018 to implement Positive Train Control (PTC). Congress provided the option for a two-year extension through 2020, but mandated the railroads to meet certain stipulations, like specific hardware installation and employee training, by the end of 2018 to qualify for the delay.


Around the Country

Seattle Mayor Wants to Provide Free Transit for All High School Students

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is proposing a plan that would provide free transit passes to all public high school students. Daniel Beekman reports that Mayor Durkan revealed the proposal to the public in the state of the city address she delivered on Tuesday of this week.

The school district already provides free ORCA passes to about 7,000 students who live more than two miles away from their school, "and the city funds passes for an additional 2,600 high-school students from certain low-income households," reports Beekman.

Integrating Shared Mobility into Multimodal Transportation Planning: Improving Regional Performance to Meet Public Goals  

New shared mobility services driven by technological advancements have become increasingly common and important modes of travel in U.S. cities, but transportation planning practices are only beginning to adapt in response. These innovations show potential to improve mobility and address transportation challenges. However, failure to integrate shared mobility with the established system of roads, public transit, and other modes and services could diminish this potential, create greater challenges, or limit progress toward public goals.  


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