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Tuesday,  April 17, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

Transit-Oriented Development Planned For White Plains

An office complex a block from the White Plains Metro-North station will become a mixed-use development with residences, offices, retail shops and restaurants. Martin Ginsburg, founder and principal of Ginsburg Development Companies, LLC, announced Wednesday the acquisition of The Westchester Financial Center, a 571,000-square-foot landmark office complex located on a square block between Main Street and Martine Avenue. The property was purchased by entities affiliated with principals of Ginsburg and Robert Martin Company, LLC, the original developer of the property.

The new ownership plans to bring this landmark property up to the highest contemporary standards, according to a spokesperson. Rebranded City Square, the redevelopment project will look to create a synergy with the new City of White Plains Transit District Strategic Plan to transform this Main Street gateway into a new pedestrian-friendly district.


CDTA’s Model Can Be a Blueprint for Regional Cooperation

The Capital District Transportation Authority is one of the few government-created entities that connect the Capital Region.

The authority has stamped its footprint where the population is densest. Its coverage area is a study in where people live and work.

As CDTA's chief executive, in a way Carm Basile is a prototype of what a mayor would look like if this area used a more regional, metropolitan government.

“We cross municipal lines, county lines,” Basile said. “We cross all those real and perceived lines every day with ease. We understand it, we live it, we realize the issues.”

The area has been talking about regionalism for decades, with no results beyond the theoretical. As CDTA, the transportation agency covering Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties, takes over control of the area’s taxis, the government-chartered organization now oversees much of the regional transportation web.

Other cities, facing similar existential economic development questions, have used a government layer to pull together as a region with a cohesive brand. That’s what some say Albany would need, too.

State Government Affairs

Cuomo Says NYC Funding Boost Will Speed Up
Emergency Subway Fixes

Governor Cuomo took a victory lap around a 207th Street subway repair shop Friday after he forced the city to pony up more than $400 million for emergency fixes.

Cuomo and labor leaders, along with Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota, checked out the 207th Street overhaul shop together to see the Subway Action Plan in action.

A day before joining the workers who make the trains run, the governor celebrated his win among the city’s business class. At a brunch at Cipriani Wall Street hosted by the Association for a Better New York, Cuomo spoke at length about his Action Plan, with Lhota on the stage with him.

Federal Developments

Trump Infrastructure Policy Adviser to Leave White House

DJ Gribbin, President Trump's infrastructure policy adviser, is departing the White House as the administration's rebuilding plan appears to have hit a wall in Congress.

Gribbin, who led the Trump administration's push for an infrastructure proposal that was released in February, is "moving on to new opportunities," according to a White House official.

“Since he joined the team early last year, DJ has played an important part in coordinating the Administration-wide process behind the President’s infrastructure initiative,” national economic adviser Gary Cohn, who is also leaving the administration, said in a statement Tuesday.



Around the Country

Uber Users Can Now Get Bikes, Rental Cars and Public Transit Tickets

The Uber app is going well beyond taxis — with some users now able to get bikes, rental cars, and public transit tickets, company officials announced Wednesday.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is in Washington, DC, to tout an expanded app in that city that features dockless bikes operated by Brooklyn-based JUMP, which Uber acquired earlier this week.

The app company will now also offer rental cars options and subway and train ticket sales, said Khosrowshahi. 

Mobile Payment for Metro Fares Coming in 2019,
Transit Agency Says

Metro plans to allow customers to pay their train and bus fares with their mobile phones by the end of 2019, the transit agency announced Tuesday.

The agency is upgrading its fare boxes, fare gates and fare vending machines — adding new hardware that will allow customers to use the same tap-and-go technology with their phones that they use with SmarTrip cards.

The upgrades will be finished sometime next year, Metro said, though it’s unclear how many riders will immediately have access to the system. Each mobile payment platform (such as Apple Pay or Google Pay) must separately work with Metro to ensure that their technology meets the transit agency’s standards for speedy transactions before users of that platform can start using the mobile payment system.

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