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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

NYS Transit Industry News

Ithaca College/S. Hill Residents: How Can We Make Route 11 A Better Ride? 

TCAT is trying to figure out why one of is major routes — Route 11 serving Ithaca College and the South Hill area — is losing ridership.

To that end, TCAT is asking current and would-be Route 11 riders to click on  TCAT Route 11 survey  to help planners strategize and reverse the trend.

System-wide, TCAT’s ridership is on the upswing, but typically robust Route 11 ridership is down by 12.2 percent so far this year, on heels of a 10 percent drop in 2017. Last year’s Route 11 ridership was 193,620 compared to 215,172 in 2016.

Those taking the survey will be immediately entered into a a drawing to win a free monthly zone 2 pass valued at $60.00. Most importantly, planners will use the results to regain and attract new riders and enjoy the financial, environmental and many other benefits of using public transit.


NYCT Reopens 72nd Street Subway Station 

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) late last week reopened the 72nd Street Station on the B and C rail lines following an extensive repair project.

The project involved fixing deteriorating infrastructure and installing digital signage with real-time service information.

Crews repaired concrete slabs and steel columns, conducted waterproofing in leakage areas, cleaned and repaired rusted infrastructure, replaced floor slabs and power-washed concrete floors and wall tiles, NYCT officials said in a news release.





State Government Affairs 

Can Charging Drivers Really Solve the Subway Crisis?

The idea of charging drivers to enter Manhattan’s busiest neighborhoods has been debated for decades, but it could finally have a real shot in Albany next year.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently called the idea, known as congestion pricing, “the only realistic option” to pay for a major overhaul of the aging subway. Congestion pricing died in Albany earlier this year, but it could take center stage during the next legislative session.

Federal Developments

U.S. DOT Provides More Than $63 Billion to Major Transportation Infrastructure Investments Across America in 2018

By the end of the 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) made available more than $63.9 billion in FY 2018 multi-modal discretionary and formula transportation investments and $1.6 billion in FY 2017 discretionary funds. This marks a significant step forward in funding the Administration’s ambitious infrastructure goals.

The Department is committed to revitalizing America’s infrastructure using federal dollars as seed money to encourage additional infrastructure investment by states, localities and private sector partners.  Utilizing significantly increased levels of appropriations from Congress in the March 2018 omnibus funding bill, more investment is reaching areas and projects with the greatest impact.


Around the Country

Philly Unveils Massive Seven-Year Plan to Improve City Transit System

A new plan implemented by city officials aims to fill critical gaps in Philly’s transit system by—among other things—focusing on safety outreach, removing bus transfer fees, and finishing the construction of 40 miles of protected bike lanes.

A report detailing the plan, which has been dubbed “CONNECT,” was introduced by Philly’s office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) Wednesday morning, and it lays out a massive strategy to increase safety, improve the condition of the city’s streets and sidewalks, and support pedestrians and bikers.


Motorized Scooters are Zipping around Dallas. Is Fort Worth Next? 

Motorized scooters, either an annoyance or a revolution to transit, have come to Dallas and their numbers are growing.

Bird, Lime and now Razor operate dockless scooters in Dallas with the number totaling about 6,000, according to the city. Lime and Vbikes also operate bikes.



The 2018 NYPTA Conference Will Be Here Next Week! 

Are You Ready?

We hope you're excited for another transit-oriented conference packed with sessions, prizes, and networking! Be sure to take advantage of this professional development opportunity October 23-25 at the Albany Marriott. 

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