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Executive Budget is Good Start; Adequate Capital & Operating Funding Plan Still Needed

The New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA), which represents over 100 transit systems across the state, today called for an annual state capital investment of $100 million to meet transit infrastructure needs of upstate and suburban downstate transit systems.

The state must finalize a funding plan for the MTA’s $26 billion capital program and NYSDOT’s $22 billion program. NYPTA testified today before the New York State Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation that any state plan to fund transportation must include adequate funding for upstate and suburban downstate transit systems.

“The Governor has committed to providing $8.3 billion to fund the MTA capital program,” said Carm Basile, President of NYPTA. “We fully support this level of funding and believe that the rest of the state’s transit systems deserve an adequately funded capital plan as well.”

New York’s transit systems have identified $1 billion in infrastructure investment needed over the next five years, with a funding shortfall over $500 million. These transit systems need to replace over-age buses, repair outdated facilities and modernize fare payment systems in order to continue to provide safe, reliable service to communities throughout the state. Increased transit operating support is needed to meet growing demands for more and better service.

“There is an urgent need to invest $500 million over the next five years to improve transit infrastructure upstate and in the downstate suburbs, and support the growth of our communities,” said Bill Carpenter, Vice-President of NYPTA who testified at today’s hearing. “These systems operate 3,000 buses and together would rank as the 7th largest transit system in the nation.”

Transit ridership is rising in many areas of the state and both the public and business community are demanding more and better service. Transit services provided across New York State are an important component of the regional transportation network and critical to the economic growth of communities. The mobility provided by transit connects citizens to jobs, businesses, education, recreation and health care.

NYPTA recommends a state of investment of $100 million per year in upstate and suburban downstate transit infrastructure, and a $20 million increase in State Transit Operating Assistance above Executive Budget levels. This funding will allow these systems to modernize aging infrastructure and continue providing high quality service to the public.

Click here to read the full testimony of Bill Carpenter, CEO, Rochester GEnesee Regional Transportation Authority; VP, New York Public Transit Association

 NYPTA Covid-19 Recovery and Restoration Task Force Report TaskForceCover

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted countries around the world and communities throughout our state and nation. Identification of the virus in New York State in early March, and the resulting stay at home orders and business closings, had an immediate and significant impact on New York’s transit systems.

In late April NYPTA created a task force to quickly develop principles, guidelines and best practices to help guide the recovery and restoration of transit service as the economy reopens. The task force was composed of representatives from various sizes and types of transit systems across New York State. Three groups were created to identify the issues and assemble the actions:

- Service planning

- Transit operations

- Small city and rural transit

The result of the task force was a report that presents the near-term principles and guidelines identified by these experts that can inform and assist transit managers and staff over the next several months on topics ranging from planning service levels to restarting fare collection to cleaning and disinfecting vehicles.

DOWNLOAD COVID-19 RECOVERY AND RESTORATION TASK FORCE INITIAL REPORT HERE

 

Department of Health Covid-19 Reopening Resources for Transit

Reopening New York Public Transportation Guidelines

These guidelines apply to all public transportation activities statewide. See “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Public Transportation” for full details.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all owners/operators of public transportation services and riders should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to public transportation entities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

DOWNLOAD REOPENING GUIDELINES HERE

Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Public Transportation

This Interim Guidance for Public Transportation Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency  was created to provide owners/operators of public transportation and their employees, contractors, and Riders with precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19.

DOWNLOAD INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HERE

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