New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views

Tuesday,  March 13, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

NFTA's Rachel Maloney Is Making Strides in Transit

Congratulations to Rachel Maloney as she has been selected to take the lead on the Amherst Rail Extension environmental study and preliminary engineering efforts as the Project Manager. Rachel has been a point person for Metro on this project since its inception and has effectively managed numerous consultants while engaging with the public and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.

Through her six years in the Service Planning Department, Rachel has been a key member on large planning initiatives including the Amherst Rail Extension, DL&W Station and Niagara Street as well as proactively working with the Citizens Advisory Committee and Go Buffalo Moms. Prior to joining Metro, Rachel spent three years at the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority as the Manager of the Paratransit LIFT Division and then as the Manager of Grants and Planning.

Rachel is also known for her team-player attitude and willingness to support group initiatives outside of her project manager role. Each year she helps coordinate the NFTA corporate team for the American Lung Association's Buffalo Air Climb and ascends 36 flights of stairs (800 steps) on behalf of her mother who passed away from COPD. She is also a graduate of APTA's Emerging Leaders Program and continues to remain active within the network.

Attention All PTSB STOA Properties and
BAITFISH Course Attendees

Attached is a document of a notice regarding the elimination of NYSDOT's 718 emergency reporting phone number. The 518 and 800 numbers remain the same. The 718 number will remain active for a period of time to allow for outreach to all stakeholders.

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State Government Affairs

Tomorrow: Join Us in Albany Call for
Equitable Transit Funding

Over the next few weeks, the Governor and Legislature will negotiate the final elements of the 2018/19 state budget. NOW is the time to visit your state legislators -- both in Albany and at their local district offices -- to re-emphasize the importance of an equitable investment in public transit.

Please plan to JOIN US at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 in LCA Pressroom, Room 130 (first floor) in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Please help us fill the room and maximize our impact by bringing as many colleagues as possible!

All NYPTA members able to attend are asked to schedule meetings with your state representatives following the press conference, beginning at 11 a.m. 

Please sign up here if you're able to join us tomorrow -- there's no fee -- we just need to know who's coming!

Can't make it to Albany? Please schedule personal visits in your district and click here to send a letter to your local lawmakers on NYPTA's behalf!



Bomb Detection Technology to be Tested in Penn Station

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced progress had been made toward having the latest bomb protection technology installed in transit hubs to prevent attacks such as the December 2017 bombing of a tunnel between 42nd Street - Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Immediately following the December attack, Schumer called for the fast-tracking of technology in development by the Transportation Security Administration known as Stand Off Explosive Detection, which helps identify individuals with explosives by screening the natural emissions emanating from a person’s body. The technology has been in development since 2004 and was to begin testing in Penn Station this week.


Around the Country

Lyft Deal with Allscripts Lets 180,000 Doctors
Call Rides for Their Patients

Last week, Uber announced it was rolling out a service aimed at helping healthcare providers summon rides for patients. Now it's Lyft's turn to up the ante.

Lyft announced Monday that it is expanding its partnerships with healthcare providers to provide the ride-hailing service to doctors and hospitals who want to arrange transportations for patients who can't get to appointments. 

Lyft is teaming with Allscripts, one of the nation's leading electronic health records companies, to integrate its platform into the daily routines of 2,500 hospitals, 45,000 physician practices and 180,000 physicians, reaching an estimated 7 million patients.

Snapping Together a Better Bus Stop​​​​​​​

us bulbs and their cousin, the bus island, speed up transit service by positioning the boarding area right next to the travel lane. Buses don’t have to pull in and out of traffic, which saves 5 to 20 seconds per stop, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials. That can add up to significant time savings over a whole route.

Some cities aren’t waiting to build out bus bulbs in concrete. To get these improvements done faster, they’re using inexpensive snap-in-place plastic platforms made by the Spanish company Zicla.

New York, Pittsburgh, and now Oakland have all experimented with the Zicla product as a way to accelerate implementation of bus bulbs.

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