NY TRANSIT: ON THE MOVE
NYPTA Working with Coalition Partners to Fund Transit Initiatives
NYPTA has been working closely with the Empire State Transportation Alliance (ESTA), Tri-State Transportation Campaign and others to highlight the need to fund the MTA Capital Plan and the capital needs of all transit systems across the state. Below are links to the letters NYPTA President Carm Basile delivered to the Governor and Legislators along with the letter State Senator Martin Golden sent to new Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan supporting a fully funded statewide transit capital program is a recent example of this cooperation.
Another recent example was the press conference held by downstate and upstate legislators, including Assemblyman James Brennan (chairman of the Assembly Corporations and Authorities Committee) and Senator John De Francisco (chairman of the Senate Finance Committee), on May 12 calling on the Governor to take the lead in developing a statewide transit funding plan.
Legislative Leaders, Labor, and Businesses Advocate for Public Transit
Legislative Leaders, Labor, Businesses, Advocates: Governor Cuomo Must Help Reach Consensus to Fund Statewide Transit Capital Plan
Albany, May 15 - A diverse group of state legislators, businesses, labor unions, environmentalists, and transportation advocates are calling on Governor Cuomo to lead the way and build consensus on new revenue sources to fund New York’s statewide transit capital needs. Budget season is over in New York State, but the MTA still has a $14 billion shortfall in its proposed $32 billion 2015-2019 capital plan, and suburban and upstate transit systems still have a $500+ million gap in their proposed 5-year capital plan. Viable funding options exist—user fees, toll reform, sales and income taxes, increased state and local support—but the state needs to act now in order to avoid returning to the dilapidated transit systems we experienced in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Final Analysis of the SFY 2015-16 Enacted Budget Funding for Public Transportation
The enacted 2015-16 State Budget contains transit funding for the new fiscal year and addresses several of the priorities raised by NYPTA.
SFY 2015-2016 State Budget Transit Funding Webinar
NYPTA Policy Director Bob Zerrillo and NYS Department of Transportation CFO Ron Epstein discuss the funding and answer questions from participants.
Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. The audio will be posted shortly.
Legislative and Policy Matters
- NYPTA Working with Coalition Partners to Fund Transit Initiatives
- Legislative Leaders, Labor, and Businesses Advocate for Public Transit
- Final Analysis of the SFY 2015-16 Enacted Budget Funding for Public Transportation
- NYPTA Summary of Senate 2015-16 Transit Budget
- NYPTA Summary of Assembly 2015-16 Transit Budget
- NYS Senate & Assembly Proposed Budgets for Transit and Infrastructure
2015 Transit Awareness Day Sponsors & Supporters
Transit Awareness Day T-Shirts
Signage & Posters
ARC of Otsego County
Association Development Group, Inc.
Axion Technologies USA
Capital District Transportation Authority
City of Long Beach
Creighton Manning Engineering
Greater Glens Falls Transit System
GTS Inc. - I/O Controls
The Institute for Human Services Inc.
Johnston & Pulcher Inc.
Luminator Technology Group
Monroe Dial A Bus
The Nevison Group
Newburgh Beacon Bus Corporation
Oswego County Opportunities Inc.
Regional Transit Service
Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC Inc.
Stewart & Stevenson Power
Products, LLC-Atlantic Division
USSC Group LLC
Public Transit Facts
56% of the population of New York City uses the public transportation system.
Almost 60 percent of people who ride public transit are commuting to and from work.
Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 796 million hours in travel time annually.