New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views

Tuesday,  July 10, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

New MTA App Shows All Transit Info In One Place

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week rolled out a new smartphone app and website that aim to streamline how straphangers plan their commutes. The cellphone-friendly website and "MYmta" app, currently in a beta test phase, show straphangers real-time subway, bus and commuter rail information that has been housed in separate apps.

"Right now 65 percent of customers try to touch us for travel information through their mobile phone, and we think that number is just going to be increasing," MTA Managing Director Veronique Hakim said.

MYmta, currently in a beta test phase, is available for download on Google Play and the Apple App Store.


Ride-and-Read Program Offers Books to BC Transit Riders

Bus riders in Broome County can now crack open a book while waiting to get off at their stop.

County Executive Jason Garnar was at the Hinchey Hub bus station in downtown Binghamton recently to announce the launch of the Ride and Read program.

Each BC Transit bus will have a bin of 25 to 30 books that riders can help themselves to, even taking them home to read and share.

Transit Commissioner Greg Kilmer says each collection will have a mix of children's books, books for teens and older readers, fiction books, and non-fiction books, in a variety of subjects.


State Government Affairs

NYSERDA Announces $5 Million Available for Innovative Transportation Clean Technologies and Strategies to Increase Efficiency in Public Transit Systems

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that up to $5 million is available for proposals that include innovative clean transportation technologies and strategies to improve operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for public transit systems throughout the state. The proposals support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “This funding is part of Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive clean transportation strategy, which is driving transformation throughout the transportation sector to reduce emissions and make it easier than ever to ride clean and electric. These projects are a critical component for advancing solutions to some of our most pressing transportation efficiency and operations challenges while improving ridership experiences for New Yorkers.”



Federal Developments

Trump’s Own Tariffs Make it Difficult to
Rebuild Infrastructure

President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports.

But that second goal could make it more costly to accomplish the first. 

Since Trump announced the tariffs in March, prices have been rising for the American steel used to build bridges, reinforce concrete highways and lay the rails for mass transit systems. Though many of this summer’s big construction projects had locked in pre-tariff prices, concerns are mounting among contractors and some transportation officials that the tariffs could raise costs and delay work that is still in the planning stages.

Around the Country

Dallas Transit Embraces Uber, Lyft and Other Mobility Options​​​​​​​

Dallas transit riders can do much more than purchase bus or train tickets with the region's GoPass app. Riders can now use it to book a ride with Uber or Lyft, and will soon be able to schedule other modes of getting around, such as renting a bike on one of the city’s five bike-share apps.

“The bottom line is DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) is looking at a very open platform,” said Tina Mörch-Pierre, assistant vice president for payment systems and statistical reporting at DART. “We want the customer to have the choice, whether it’s the brand — an Uber or Lyft — a certain type of taxi, whether it’s the cost, the time or the distance, we just want the customer to make that decision.”


Bay State Cities, Towns See Money From Ride-Hailing Fees

Massachusetts is raking in money from fees charged to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, reflecting an explosion in use of the emerging transportation services.

The law signed by Governor Charlie Baker in 2016 regulating smartphone-based transportation companies included a 20 cent per ride fee, half of which is distributed to cities and towns annually based on how many trips originate there.

Statewide there were 64.8 million trips last year, according to the Department of Public Utilities. That represents a windfall of more than $12.9 million for cities and towns.

More than half of the trips — or 34.9 million — originated in Boston. The city collected more than $3.4 million in fees.




Driving Electric Without Stopping to Charge

Operators are looking to integrate electric buses into their fleets quickly, but the infrastructure can be a bit overwhelming. An electric-range hybrid will provide electric travel without the need to stop and charge. Zero emission zones can get your operation on the path to all-electric.

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