New York State County Highway Superintendents Association News & Views

Tuesday,  September 6, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

Westchester County, Liberty Lines Announce Five-Year Partnership

With transit workers in attendance, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Liberty Lines announced a new five-year partnership Monday that includes $20 million in savings to County taxpayers. Liberty Lines — a Westchester-based company — provides 27 million rides every year on 58 routes throughout the county while also providing express bus service from Westchester to Manhattan.

Earlier this year, the Journal News reported that 68 percent of riders rate Liberty's service as "good" or "excellent," illustrating that county taxpayers are satisfied with the level of this vital provided service, according to a spokesman.


New Yorkers Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin on MTA Subway Stations

As Aretha Franklin was laid to rest with church services in Detroit, New Yorkers were offering respect.

MTA New York City Transit installed decals at the Franklin Avenue Station in Brooklyn and the Franklin Street Station in Manhattan.

The stations were named after other people, nearly a century ago.

“We wanted to memorialize the outpouring of love from the community for Aretha Franklin and in consultation with local leaders we agreed that ‘respect’ was a beautiful tribute and worthy message,” said an MTA Spokesperson in a statement.

The transit agency's sign shop created the display.


State Government Affairs

Cuomo, Nixon Trade Barbs Over Subway, Taxes and
More in Debate

Almost two weeks to the day before New York’s primary elections, Governor Andrew Cuomo and gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon met for what will be their only debate prior to voters hitting the polls.

The debate was recorded earlier in the afternoon at Hofstra University on Long Island, but aired a few hours later on CBS. And as expected, it touched on some issues of interest to New Yorkers—the broken subway system, legalizing marijuana, paid family leave—as well as some head scratchers. (Was the renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge actually worth spending several minutes debating?)

Throughout, both candidates had barbed comments for one another (one memorable moment: Cuomo angrily asked, “Can you stop interrupting?” to which Nixon replied, “Can you stop lying?”), but otherwise, little of substance was ultimately revealed. But here’s what we did learn in some of Curbed’s key areas of interest—namely, transit and housing.


Federal Developments

Joint Statement Between the White House, DOT, EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on
SAFE Vehicles Rule

“Today Administration officials from the White House, DOT, and EPA met with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule.  The Administration and CARB agreed to future meetings to discuss technical, legal, and policy issues with the shared goal of achieving one national set of standards for vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions.”


Around the Country

Uber Launches Jump, a Dockless and Electric
Bike-Share System, in Denver​​​​​​​

A new bike-share company hit the streets just after midnight.

It’s called Jump, and it’s a dockless system, meaning riders rent bikes through an app and can roam around without being tethered to stations. Uber owns Jump, which has a starting fleet of 250 bikes that can be checked out downtown and and in surrounding neighborhoods, but not citywide.

These bikes come with an electric boost that tops out at 20 mph. There’s no throttle — you don’t press a button and blast off. They’re “electric assist” bicycles — you pedal to activate the boost, which helps riders push up hills and haul groceries more easily, or ride further without sweating as much.


Why NYC's Cap On Uber May Not Be Sensible For All Cities​​​​​​​

When Uber and Lyft first began to launch commercial ridehailing services approximately six years ago, policymakers and planners were unprepared for how these services would transform transportation in cities.

To address a number of issues, including, primarily, concerns of whether for-hire vehicle (FHV) drivers are still able to earn a decent wage and the growth in urban congestion, last week the New York City Council voted to cap the number of for-hire vehicles from services like Uber. A key question is whether a cap was the most appropriate policy for New York City, and more broadly, whether other cities should consider hard limits on the number of ridehailing vehicles.


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