NY TRANSIT: ON THE MOVE
Transit Training Free Webinars
Developing a Succession Plan
Presented by Rose Miller, CEO/Owner Pinnacle Human Resources LLC
Thursday, April 24 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports one third of civilian employees working for State and Federal governments will retire in seven to ten years with 34% currently over the age of 50. Today’s leaders understand the importance of having a succession plan to support the continued growth and vitality of their organization. This webinar examines the benefits of succession planning for your organization, and practical approaches and strategies for securing strong leaders well into your organization’s future.
Participants will focus on the process of developing a strong succession plan. You will learn how to identify key positions and leaders within your organization, and how to engage those people both inside and outside of the organization who will allow for continued growth as current leaders are phased out. The various elements that are contained in a succession plan will be reviewed such as performance metrics, recruiting strategies and tracking of outcomes. Registration is Free!
Mobility Management Technologies for Creating Sustainable Operations and Accessibility
Presented by RouteMatch Software
Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Transportation providers and non-emergency medical transportation providers face tough challenges these days. Labor and fuel prices are on the rise. Budgets remain flat or declining. Yet demand is soaring in many areas, due to the need for specialized service and the rising aging population. Instead of handling these issues alone, organizations that share overlaps in service areas or ridership can work together or provide coordinated transportation. Not only can this open up more vehicle capacity and reduce overall operational costs, coordinated transportation often results in fulfilling underserved areas and communities and greater customer satisfaction.
In this session, conference attendees will learn how Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are utilized to ease the complexities of coordination. Software and hardware components of ITS technologies allow coordinating agencies to respond to both fixed and on-demand trip requests, coordinate trips among different providers, and directly communicate with customers through call centers, web portals, and mobile applications. Regional agency coordination best practices will be presented so attendees can view firsthand how technologies have played a large role in sustaining costs while increasing services. Registration is Free!
2014 Transit Awareness Day Wrap-up
TRANSIT AWARENESS DAY KEPT NEW YORK MOVING DESPITE THE WINTERY FORECAST
Transit agencies throughout the state, including upstate authorities and small urban and rural transit, business and labor came together in Albany this week in a show of support for public transit. Emphasis was put on the industry's valuable contribution to productivity, mobility, sustainability, responsibility, opportunity and the New York State economy.
NYPTA supports Governor Cuomo's SFY 2014-15 Executive Budget proposal which recommends $4.907 billion for the State Transit Operating Assistance program, and includes a 2.0% increase for downstate transit systems and a 1.35% increase for the upstate systems over SFY 2013-14 levels. NYPTA supports the two capital appropriations - $18.5 m in state transit matching funds and $18.5 m for the SDF program, but urges that the SFA funds be released for capital projects early in the fiscal year. NYPTA also supports the continued state commitments to MTA's multiyear plan as well as the $25 m appropriation from New York Works for transit, rail and aviation capital projects with a recommendation that at least $10 m be dedicated to transit projects.
NYPTA recommends the release of over $10 m in remaining 2005 Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act funding for Non-MTA transit capital projects. The Association remains concerned with the lack of growth in revenues flowing into the upstate account (especially as compared to the downstate account) as a constraint on state investment in upstate transit. The current structure of funding for upstate transit created 30 years ago cannot support the transit services necessary to grow the upstate economy and needs to be improved.
Speaking at Transit Awareness Day were Carm Basile, NYPTA President and CDTA CEO, who facilitated the lineup of the day's rally messages; Karen Rae, Governor Cuomo's Deputy for Transportation, a long-time friend of public transportation; Stephen Morello, MTA's Counselor to the Chairman and CEO; Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director, who shared the New York State Transportation Equity Alliance's (NYSTEA) mission of focusing on transportation policy reformation to address the needs of all New Yorkers; Kevin Dawson, Nova Bus' Regional Sales Manager, who relayed the corporate partner perspective; Kevin Corbett, Empire State Transportation Alliance's (ESTA) Co-chair, who spoke in support of spending plans that continue restoring New York's transportation infrastructure; Chris Boylan, Director, General Contractors Association of NY's Director of Governmental and Strategic Partnerships, who advocated on behalf of member contractors who build the foundations, transportation and utility infrastructure that define New York City; and, Earl Phillips, TWU Local 100's Secretary/Treasurer, who delivered the message of dedication of the men and women on the front lines of public transit that keep New York moving.
Transit Awareness Day participants included members of the New York State Public Transit Association, NYSTEA, ATU Locals 100, 1179 and 1321, advocacy organizations, and the business community.
NYPTA thanks our Transit Awareness Day sponsors and supporters for their contributions in supporting this important event and our advocacy work throughout the year.
NYPTA's Year in Review
As we work and prepare for 2014, it's also a great time to look back at our progress over this past year. Please flip through our brief Year in Review which highlights some of our major accomplishments and, in many ways, sets the stage for our important work ahead.
Ensuring the Future of Transit Service to Upstate Communities
A Proposed Rationale and Solution to Address the Challenges of Flat State Funding to Upstate Transit
- Describes the importance of transit services to the upstate community
- Answers the question of, "Why Invest in Transit?"
- Explains how transit helps itself
- Discusses the structural issue with upstate funding
- Puts forth a recommendation
- Cautions on the consequences of not acting
- Showcases the investment in public transit - a commitment to mobility, quality of life, building a stronger economy, reducing congestion, and improving the quality of air - in numbers
NYPTA's Call to Action - NYPTA members are meeting with local legislators this fall to engage decision makers in a solution-driven discussion on the upstate funding structural issue and to gain widespread support for a long-term solution.
Click here to download a copy of the policy report.
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Legislative and Policy Matters
Invest In Transit Advocacy Day Sponsors & Supporters
Clever Devices - T-shirt Sponsor
Seifert Transit Graphics - Posters
Leonard Bus Sales
Luminator Technology Group
Shepard Bros., Inc.
American Seating Co.
The Nevison Group
Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison
Capital District Transportation Authority
Central New York Regional Transportation Authority
City of Glen Cove
City of Long Beach
County Area Transit (CATS) of Ontario County
Creighton Manning Engineering
Empire Bus Sales, LLC
First Transit, Inc.
Fullington Trailways, LLC
General Contractors Association of NY, Inc.
Greater Glens Falls Transit
GTS, Inc. - I/O Controls
Johnston & Pulcher Inc.
Matthew Buses, Inc.
Middletown Transit Corporation
New Flyer of America Inc.
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.
Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
St. Lawrence NYSARC
Seifert Transit Graphics
Suffolk Bus Corp.
The Nevison Group
USSC Group LLC
Watertown CitiBus System
Public Transit Facts
Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day.
83 percent of older Americans say that public transit provides easy access to the things they need in everyday life.
NYC Transit was the first public agency in the world to have a bus fleet 100 percent accessible to customers who use wheelchairs.