US Congressional Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) have formed a bipartisan caucus to address the need to expand and improve public transportation networks nationwide. According to Grimm, “a strong public transport system is crucial to our economy and our livelihood, which is why it must be maintained and updated to meet growing demand and ensure the highest levels of safety." We encourage all NYPTA members to call on their congressional representatives to join and support the caucus. Read the press release from Congressman Grimm.
Senator Chuck Schumer and US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week that Superstorm Sandy relief funding will be used to start work on a new railroad tunnel that will eventually connect New Jersey to Penn Station. Schumer said the project would also benefit Long Island Railroad commuters, adding new tracks and more capacity to Penn Station. Read more on Newsday.com.
Governor Cuomo sent language for a bill proposing a financial restructuring board for distressed local governments to the legislature on May 17. The board would assist municipalities in developing specific plans for restructuring and applying for a portion of the $80 million included in the 2013-14 state budget to support local governments with reorganization plans. See the Executive Chamber press release here, and read the draft bill here.
Hundreds of New Yorkers got a surprise last Thursday when they were invited to board subway cars from the 1930s pulled back into service to celebrate the return of the A Train to the Rockaways. The return of the route comes seven months after Superstorm Sandy swept away commuter train access to the rest of New York City. Read the story on Yahoo news.
One hundred fifty feet below New York’s Grand Central Station a second terminal is being constructed where the East Side Access project is bringing the Long Island Railroad into central Manhattan. The tunnel bringing the railroad in was begun in 1969. That was the easy part. View a video about the project on Wired.com.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND VIEWS
NYPTA is pleased to announce that nationally known executive leadership consultant Doug Eadie will present a workshop at the Partners in Progress 2013 Fall Conference and Expo in Saratoga Springs September 11 and 12. Eadie is a widely published author and speaker on not-for-profit leadership, whose latest book is Leading Out of the Box Change. His website features a series of excellent podcasts of interviews with outstanding leader like Spokane Transportation Authority CEO Susan Meyer. Click the image below to listen.
Watch your email for more exciting conference news beginning June 15th!
Dutchess County is currently accepting bids for “Medium Duty Transit Busses with Accessory Options,” bid #RFB-DCP-42-13. To learn more about the counties bid system and register as a vendor, click here.
THIS WEEK IN NYPTA SOCIAL MEDIA
In a recent survey conducted in nine major cities, a large majority of public transportation users said they would not mind paying more for advances in technology, like being able to pay with a smartphone. What is your system doing to meet the demand? Join the conversation on NYPTA’s LinkedIn Company Page.
Ithaca, New York native Laura Meilman is making a name for herself via her sketches of Boston’s MBTA stations. Find the story on NYPTA’s Facebook Page.