Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated Thomas F. Pendergrast to serve as chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitain Transportation Authority. Pendergrast has served for over three years as president of MTA New York City Transit. Read the press release from the Executive Chamber.
Other State News
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. has secured nearly $400,000 to support alternative transportation methods for its 12,000 employees. The funding is a combination of support for NYSERDA, NYSDOT and grant funding from the Federal Transit Authority. Read about it in Mass Transit.
MTA celebrated a major milestone in its East Side Access Project by release a video of a major underground blast they say will be the last of its kind in Manhattan. The largest construction venture in United States history is creating six miles of new underground tunnels. See the video at www.huffingtonpost.com.
Also of Interest
HopStop, the number one ranked transit app in iTunes and Google Play recently launched a free, real-time social transit app that allows public transportation riders to contribute, receive and share real-time transit information about stations, lines and transit systems. Called HopStop-Live!, the service includes every market across the country currently supported by the app, including New York City and Buffalo/Niagara.
As part of the county's first International Bus Driver Appreciation Day, ore than 350 mass transit passengers in Yuma, CA expressed their appreciation to their drivers by filling out "Declaration of Appreciation" forms in exchange for free bus rides. The thank-you notes were pasted onto a Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) bus parked at the Downtown Yuma Transit Center, nearly covering a 21-foot bus. The notes recognized 29 operators who keep the system running smoothly. Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) celebrated its first International Bus Driver Appreciation Day, recognizing the 29
operators who keep the transit system running smoothly.
The Seneca Nation of Indians is soliciting proposals for the procurement of bus services as a “sponsored” bus operation subject to Federal Transit Administration and New York State Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations Part 975 Statewide Mass Transportation Operating Assistance (STOA) Program between the Village of Irving, the City of Salamanca, and the Village of Steamburg and the environs of the Cattaraugus and Allegany Territories of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Cattaraugus County. All information concerning this request for proposal is available on the Seneca Nation website, www.sni.org.
The Principals of Transit Management workshop at The Desmond hotel in Albany, April 23-25 is now full. Those still wishing to attend should contact us at 518.434.9060 to be added to the wait list.