New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views

Tuesday,  August 21, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

Based on Rider Feedback, TCAT Implements Changes to Improve Service

TCAT’s fall service will be in effect from Sunday, August 19, 2018, through Saturday, January, 19, 2019.

Based on analysis and rider feedback, TCAT’s Service Development team made adjustments on trips and added trips to some routes to improve service. The team will continue to analyze ridership over the fall service period to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes.


Quebec Orders Nearly 500 Electric-Hybrid Buses from
BAE Systems 

BAE Systems, a global provider of more than 9,000 electric-hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel-cell electric systems, recently announced that the Association du Transport Urbain du Quebec (ATUQ) ordered 497 electric-hybrid buses using the BAE Systems Series-E electric drive propulsion system. The five-year contract includes an option for up to 1,028 additional systems.

“This recent order adds to ATUQ’s more than 900 electric hybrids powered by BAE Systems technology,” said Bob Lamanna, global accounts manager at BAE Systems. “The additional system orders validate the success of our product in the transit market and the need for electrified buses in Canada.”

Canada’s ATUQ represents the nine Quebec public transportation organizations serving the major urban centres of the province: Montreal, Quebec City, Lévis, Laval, Longueuil, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, and Sherbrooke. Together, they provide more than 90 percent of public transportation trips in Quebec.


State Government Affairs

Governor Cuomo Announces All 135 Tappan Zee Bridge Concrete Deck Panels Delivered to Local Municipalities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of deliveries of 135 concrete deck panel units from the retired Tappan Zee Bridge to local municipalities across New York. The New York State Thruway Authority made the deck panels available following the opening of the first span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to traffic last year. Including removal and delivery, the units have an estimated value of approximately $4.1 million.

"The Tappan Zee Bridge will live on as part of critical bridge and infrastructure projects across this great state," Governor Cuomo said. "Re-using materials from the bridge to support local communities is another example of smart, cost-effective governance." 


Federal Developments

New National RTAP Rural Transit Manager's Forum

National RTAP just launched the Rural Transit Manager's Forum on Facebook - a private group for rural and tribal transit managers to post questions about transit management and share ideas and best practices. If you are a transit manager who would like to participate, visit the forumand request to join.

Around the Country

The Grand Central Station Of The West: Giant Transit Hub In San Francisco Opens

Three months after the official opening of the commanding 61-story Salesforce Tower in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, thousands of people showed up next door on August 11 to celebrate the opening of the Salesforce Transit Center. Civic officials and real estate professionals have high expectations that the long-awaited transit center can generate additional economic development in the area. It's off to a decent start: Salesforce in 2017 agreed to pay $110 million to put its name on the 2.5-block-long project for 25 years.


"Transit" App Launches Crowdsourced Real-Time Public Transit Data in Philly

Crowdsourced transit-tracking mobile app "Transit" launched vehicle locations for SEPTA, PATCO, NJ Transit and DART on Wednesday.

According to Transit’s release about the Philadelphia launch, the app works in part thanks to users who inform others about the location of buses, subway cars, and any other sort of public transportation with the “GO” feature, hence the “crowdsource” part of Transit’s model. (It works like Waze in that regard.) 

Users who help out others by using the “GO” feature will rack up a personal score of how many riders they’ve helped each month.



Regional Bikeshare:
A Mobility Management Solution

Presented by Lauren Bailey, Mobility Manager, CDTA

CDTA rolled out the Capital Region’s premiere bike-share program in 2017, CDPHP Cycle! Learn how CDTA has used bikeshare to unite the Capital Region, create a sustainable transportation option, and change the way the area views cycling.

See you at the Albany Marriott October 23-25 for another conference that is sure to deliver valuable knowledge and networking opportunities. 

Register here today and see why people are excited about the 2018 Public Transit and The Mobility Movement Conference! Register by September 14 and save $100. 


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