New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views

Tuesday,  July 17, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

CDTA Completes Albany Transit Improvement Project

 The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and   several of its partners celebrated the completion of the   Lark and Washington Transit Improvement Project at a news   conference Thursday morning in Albany. This cooperative project focuses on a three-block area of Washington Avenue, where many improvements were made for customers waiting for buses and walking to buses. The project also focuses on improving traffic operations and safe pedestrian crossings and movement.  

“We are proud to complete this project that will have a major positive impact on customers and the community around it,” said Georgeanna Nugent, CDTA Board Chairwoman. “Customers have better facilities, traffic will flow more efficiently, our bus routes will be streamlined, and pedestrians will be able to navigate through the intersection safely and confidently.”


2018 State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference

The 2018 State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference is scheduled for August 15-17, 2018, at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. 

The State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference is a joint conference of APTA, CTAA, and AASHTO. This conference emphasizes best practices and programs of state public transit associations and state DOTs, as well as federal, state, and local partnerships for public transportation. 

Who should attend: State transit association leaders, state department of transportation officials, transit system representatives, state DOT program managers, and FTA staff interested in the role states play in supporting and promoting public transportation.​​


State Government Affairs

New York Seeking Proposals for Clean Energy Solutions for Public Transportation

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced up to $5 million for proposals to improve operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for public transit systems throughout the state. 

Proposals must achieve energy savings through reducing traction power energy use; increasing the efficiency of transit buses; or developing new hardware and software technologies that improve transit agency operations and ridership. 

The funding will be awarded through a two-part competitive process. First, applicants must submit concept papers before August 7. Concept papers must be for technical feasibility studies, new product development or demonstration of technologies and business models. All projects should be economically viable, replicable and relevant to transit agencies in New York State.


Federal Developments

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Competitive Buses and Bus Facilities Program 

On June 25, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $366.3 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funds for buses, bus facilities and bus equipment. In the most recent round of Buses and Bus Facilities grants, which were announced in April, FTA awarded Buses and Bus Facilities grants using FY 2017 funds and $38 million of FY 2018 funds.

The new NOFO allows applicants to request grants for the remainder of the competitive bus program. In total, Congress appropriated $408 million for the competitive Bus and Bus Facilities competitive grant program in FY 2018, which is $161 million (or 65 percent) more than the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act authorized level. Applications are due by August 6, 2018. To view the NOFO in its entirety, including eligibility and submission instructions, please click here.

Around the Country

How Ride-Hailing Could Improve Public Transportation Instead of Undercutting it

Over the last half-decade, public transit ridership declined nationwide. The number of vehicle miles traveled in cars is rising, and traffic congestion is getting worse in many U.S. cities. At the same time, the century-old taxi industry is struggling, with many taxi companies going bankrupt.

Are ride-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber to blame? What has been their impact and what should be done?


Lyft and Uber Won’t Be Happy Until They’re Your One-Stop Transit Guide

Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation — with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities.

Lyft on Monday struck a deal to buy the core parts of Motivate, the parent company of CitiBike in New York and seven other bike-sharing programs around the United States. At first, that acquisition may seem puzzling — why would a ride-hailing giant want to get into the far smaller market for bicycles? — but there’s a bigger idea at work here.



Design Guide Training Offered in Conjunction with NYPTA Conference

NYPTA is pleased to partner with the Capital District Transportation Committee to offer a full-day National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guide Training on Tuesday, October 23, in conjunction with the NYPTA Fall Conference at the Albany Marriott.

The Transit Street Design Guide Training develops a strong rationale that cities cannot grow sustainably and equitably without a robust and efficient transit system, and that the most cost-effective way to integrate transit into the urban infrastructure is through on-street design interventions at all scales. The Training covers core themes, technical street and intersection design guidance, in-depth discussion of transit stations and stops, and illustrations of how design strategies cohere into effective and inviting transit streets.

The first half of the day provides an overview of the principles and case-making elements for designing streets for transit, and then dives deep into the NACTO Transit Street Design Guide. The training dives into contextual guidance, technical design details, and performance measures, drawn from the Guide and supported by case studies from NACTO member cities and their transit agencies.

During the second half of the day, participants apply the lessons learned in the morning to a hands-on design charrette. Attendees are broken into groups and encouraged to directly apply the toolkit in the Guide to a specific corridor or street section. They may be assigned roles within their groups by mode (e.g., transit operations, typical cross-sections, pedestrian & bicycle interactions), and may be assigned specific locations within a larger study area.

The training is just $69 and includes a copy of the NACTO Transit Street Design Guide, continental breakfast and lunch. Register at under Full Conference & Commuter Registration or RTAP Conference Registration.


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