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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NYS Transit Industry New

The NFTA Gets Its PINK On! 

On Monday, October 1, the NFTA held a media event outside its headquarters in downtown Buffalo to recognize its partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the initiative to turn Metro's October passes PINK in support of breast cancer awareness. This collaborative effort is to help acknowledge the importance of annual mammography for early detection of breast cancer. 


Pink Buses to Support “Real Men Wear Pink” Until October 31 

CDTA is once again partnering with the American Cancer Society on its Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. As part of the initiative, pink buses will be rolled out on Capital Region Streets to raise awareness and support the campaign. Materials and decals to transform the city buses were generously donated by NAPA Auto Parts and Lamar Advertising.

Last year, CDTA employees helped raise nearly $16,000 for Real Men Wear Pink. Overall, the 2017 Capital Region Real Men Wear Pink campaign raised more than $146,000, ranking 4th in the nation, after Atlanta, Boston, and Pittsburgh.

Donations to the RMWP campaign can be made here.




State Government Affairs 

New Yorkers Can Now Bring Their Pets on
Public Transit in Emergencies

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that allows pets to be brought aboard any public transit service during an emergency.

During Superstorm Sandy, many pet owners refused to evacuate their flooded neighborhoods because they had no way to transport their dogs and cats, the governor said.

“For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of their families, and no one should be forced to abandon them in the event of an evacuation,” Cuomo said.

Federal Developments

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2 Million in Federal Funding to Help Build a New, State-of-the-Art Electric Charging Building for Rochester Buses

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2 million in federal U.S. Department of Transportation funding for the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) to help construct a new $10 million Advanced Environmental Service Building, which will both support charging of new, low-pollution electric buses and use reclaimed water to clean buses to reduce the environmental impact and lower operational costs.

Around the Country

For One Day, Public Transit Will Be Free Across
San Diego County

Public transit riders across San Diego County can board buses and trains for free on Tuesday, thanks to the region's first-ever Free Ride Day.

San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez, who chairs the Metropolitan Transit System board of directors, said at a news conference promoting the event on Friday that more transit ridership would mean cleaner air, savings on gas and parking costs and a more relaxing commute.

"I want to make sure that we are changing the culture in San Diego ... that transit is a real choice for San Diegans," she said.


‘Win-Win-Win’: Seattle Will Require Businesses To Let Workers Pay For Transit With Pretax Wages  

Seattle will require many businesses to offer workers the opportunity to pay for their transit commutes with pretax wages.

Voting unanimously, the City Council approved legislation Monday to impose the mandate on companies with at least 20 employees.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who championed the legislation, said it will save money for workers and businesses while reducing congestion and pollution by promoting transit use.



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  1. Leadership Track
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You can mix and match or stick with one track. There's something for everyone at the 2018 NYPTA Conference.

Don't miss the Public Transportation and The Mobility Movemement, October 23-25 at the Albany Marriott!

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