Happy Day After Earth Day!
Yesterday, April 22 was Earth Day. We all know that public transportation is good for the economy and for the environment, too. So, we're wondering if you used the occasion to help spread the word. If so, send us your story, and perhaps a photo, at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share it with all our members. Read here to see how some systems around the country celebrated.
CDTA stepped up safety and security measures for its customers, tenants and employees in the wake of this past week's events in Boston. The bombing at the Boston Marathon focuses even more importance on their "If You See Something, Say Something" initiative. Read more at cdta.org.
Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York State will provide over $8 million to areas affected by Superstorm Sandy to reimburse cleanup costs in FEMA approved localities, including: the Village of Amityville, Suffolk County; Village of Babylon in Suffolk County; Town of Huntington, Suffolk Couny; Town of Southampton, Suffolk County; Town of Bedford, Westchester County; and the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Read the press release from the Executive Chamber.
Also of Interest
At the American Planning Association conference in Chicago recently, transportation planners from a variety of locales discussed ways to create better and more inviting systems for people who walk or bike to reach their public transit. Thoughtful layout and certain conveniences, can help increase ridership. Read about it in Passenger Transport.
Tracking quotes and spending extra "face-time" with potential customers can make a significant difference in the number of quotes that turn into contracts. Check out how careful tracking can help increase your "quote-to-close ratio" in this Metro article.
Dutchess County is currently accepting proposals for Public Transit Management Services (#RFP-DCP-29-13). If you are interested in additional information, please visit our web site at http://www.dutchessny.gov, go to the left column titled “QuickLinks”, then click on the link for “Bidding and RFP’s”.
The New York Public Transit Association website is soon to receive a complete facelift! Keep an eye out for the launch of our new website in early May!