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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Albany, NY, March 22nd- The President of the New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) says it is imperative Governor and State provide additional public transit aid in the 2017-2018 state budget. “The demand for our services continues to grow across the State,” said NYPTA President Bill Carpenter. “A modest two percent increase in proposed funding would provide an ever-growing number of New Yorkers the public transit options they want and need,” Carpenter added.
In a press conference at the Capitol’s Great Western Staircase, transit officials, lawmakers, business leaders and customers talked about the impact public transit has on communities, the state economy and quality of life. Therese Daly of Albany is a daily commuter: “I made the conscious decision not to own a car,” Daly said, “so the bus is my mode of transportation. It is a part of my life and a way of life,” she added.

The Governor and Legislature have made reviving the New York economy a priority, with new business development and jobs emerging across the state. New York’s transit systems are building on this success and providing critical connections to jobs, education, recreation and health care. Demand for more service is increasing in urban, suburban and rural areas, and among senior citizens, millennials, people with disabilities and those working to escape poverty. This means that the State’s efforts will only be successful if adequate resources for public transit are made available for communities throughout the state.
“The Business Council, and our president, Heather Briccetti, have long advocated for increased funding for upstate transit,” said Johnny Evers, PhD, director of government affairs for The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “The NYPTA represents many of the best regional transportation companies in the state and we are happy to stand with them today and ask the governor and the Legislature to increase funding for critically needed projects and improvements throughout the system.”

In addition to the 2% increase for the larger systems, Carpenter said the smaller rural transit systems need an increased investment in aid to offset the loss of revenue from medical transportation. Additional capital funding is also needed for transit systems other than the MTA. “The impact public transit has on the state economy cannot be ignored,” Carpenter said. “We connect people to jobs and services and ask lawmakers to provide the additional funding we need to ensure that communities across the state continue to grow.”

Contact:
Bill Carpenter, NYPTA President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (585) 654-0607
Bob Zerrillo, NYPTA Policy Advisor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (518) 491-7212

TRANSIT SYSTEM SERVICES CHANGES
DUE TO COVID-19

These are unprecedented times for our industry. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo's office are issuing daily updates on requirements and recommendations regarding social distance, actions to stop the spread of the virus, and more. 

Each transit agency is taking necessary precautions for employees and for the communities they serve. As we navigate uncharted territory, we ask our members to update us to any changes in their transit services. The following transit systems have made changes:

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  • MTA: The MTA is continuing to run as much service as they can with crews that are healthy and available to work, but service on many lines is limited. Essential Service is provided to help get health care workers, first-responders and other essential personnel where they need to go. More information can be found at new.mta.info/precautions-against-coronavirus

  • CDTA:
     CDTA is working on a modified weekday schedule and has increased frequency and hours of operation on critical routes that service hospitals, medical facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses. More information can be found at www.cdta.org.

  • GGFT:
    GGFT is running on a limited schedule as of April 20. GGFT is offering essential demand responsive transportation to doctors, grocery stores and other essential purposes. More information can be found at www.gftransit.org.

  • Westchester County and Liberty Lines Transit:
     Westchester County has moved to a Saturday schedule and is no longer collecting any fares. Riders are asked to use the rear door to ensure the safety and health of the operator. For passengers who require use of the ramp, they will continue to follow normal practices. More information can be found at www.transportation.westchestergov.com

  • TCAT
    :
    TCAT has suspended the collection of fares until May 23 and reduced their services to 35% due to lower ridership. In addition, they have adjusted multiple routes. More information can be found at www.tcatbus.com or its FAQ page.  

  • RTS:
     RTS has waived bus fare. More information can be found at www.myRTS.com.

  • Broome County:
     
    Broome County has waived bus fare and limited total riders per bus. More information can be found at www.gobroomecounty.com/transit.

  • NFTA:
     NFTA has temporarily waived bus fares and has asked riders to uses the rear doors when boarding and exiting the bus. More information can be found at www.metro.nfta.com.

  • Greene County Transit:
     
    Due to lack of ridership, Greene County Transit has moved to a Dial-A-Ride service. Riders are asked to call in and schedule an appointment, but will only pick up and drop off on their pre-existing routes. More information can be found at www.greenecountytransit.com/


Here are a few additional resources:

U.S. Department of Health
Center for Disease Control 
American Public Transit Association
Governor's Press Room
NYS Department of Health
Local Departments of Health

 

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