Issues: Transportation

SERINO FIGHTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS

SERINO FIGHTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS

Bill To Create MTA Half-Fare Rate Program for Vets Passes Senate

ALBANY, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today announced that her bill to create a half-fare program for veterans utilizing services provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) passed in the Senate.

“Our veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms and for that, they deserve not only our respect, but also our gratitude,” said Senator Serino.

June 17, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara legislation to focus on public transportation 'crisis' in rural New York ~ Calls for state-local, interagency committee to examine impact on rural communities and populations, including the disabled, elderly and the rural workforce

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to focus state and local attention on the future of public transportation systems in rural New York.

June 17, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  Tuesday, June 16, 2015  OFF THE FLOOR

June 16, 2:52 PM - 3:30 PM
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Ortt Passes Bill That Keeps NFTA Funds From Being Diverted

Bill is Now Passed in Both Houses of the State Legislature

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today passed a bill that would ensure money allotted for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) goes directly to the NFTA. The legislation (S4523A) has now passed in both houses of the state legislature. Funds dedicated to the NFTA often get diverted from its general fund to the state for governmental purposes. This bill would prohibit that diversion.

June 15, 2015
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”

 

June 10, 2015
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Senator Young Dedicates Highway To Honor Local Veterans

Legislation passed by the Senate will designate portions of State Route 15A in Livingston County to honor local veterans

 

ALBANY – Paying tribute to veterans in Livingston County, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) passed legislation this week that will designate portions of State Route 15A as the Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and the Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway.

 

This nearly nine mile stretch of the highway will now serve as a salute to American service members, past and present, hailing from the Towns of Springwater and Livonia and remind travelers of the sacrifices made on their behalf.

 

June 9, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SCHOOL BUS PASSING SCOFFLAWS

The New York State Senate passed S.2978, a bill sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to stiffen the penalties for drivers who break the law by passing a stopped school bus. The legislation would increase monetary penalties for the traffic violation of passing a stopped school bus and also apply criminal charges to those who injure or kill a person while doing so. Senator Funke’s bill passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.

June 4, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Room 804 LOB

June 9, 10:30 AM - 10:39 AM
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Room 804 LOB

June 2, 10:30 AM - 10:37 AM
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 804 LOB

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME. 

May 28, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM
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RITCHIE BRINGS TOGETHER AMISH, LOCAL LEADERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY SAFETY

Participants Agree to Find Better Safety Markings for Buggies

In an effort to help the North Country public and the region’s Amish population more safely share the road, State Senator Patty Ritchie brought together St. Lawrence County Legislators, law enforcement and Amish leaders to explore different ways to improve markings on buggies and announced  that by using a state grant she had secured, St. Lawrence County recently finished installing more than 100 new warning signs to alert motorists to buggies traveling on roadways. 

“St. Lawrence County is home to the fastest growing Amish population in our state, and while they have different beliefs and customs, members of the Amish community have become a significant part of our community—living working and investing in our region,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation To Dedicate Bridge After Interstate 86 Champion

Bridge will be dedicated in memory of Susan Foster Myers

 

ALBANY – Susan Foster Myers, a former Councilwoman on the Board of the Town of Friendship and a former Allegany County Legislator, will soon be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and across the region.

 

This week, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) helped guide legislation that will name the bridge that crosses Interstate 86 over State Route 275 in Susan’s honor.

 

May 20, 2015
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Senator Carlucci Calls for "Safer Crossings"

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester), hosted a press conference on Friday, May 15th to call for the passage of S3858, legislation that will authorize the New York State Department of Transportation to collaborate with other organizations to find out which grade crossing lanes are not safe, and how much it would cost to fix them.

The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved an amendment to increase funding set aside for railroad grade crossing improvements in the Highway Safety Improvement Program by $130 million. Although the numbers of accidents and fatalities at level grade rail crossings have fallen steadily on a national level, they have increased in New York State.

May 15, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Room 804 LOB

May 19, 10:30 AM - 10:37 AM
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Senate Passes Bills to Strengthen Laws for Reckless and Irresponsible Driving

The New York State Senate today passed four measures that would keep our roads safe by holding drivers accountable for reckless and irresponsible actions.

May 12, 2015
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THIS MONTH: LOOK TWICE, SAFE A LIFE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Did you know that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than those traveling by car to die in a crash?  According to the most recent numbers available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2013, there were more than 5,100 motorcycle crashes statewide.  Those crashes resulted in 171 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries.

This month, we make an extra effort to increase the safety of our roadways through “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” a time when those who travel our roadways are encouraged not only to be extra alert, but also to make an extra effort to learn how to more safely share the road with others.  If you travel on four wheels, here are some safety tips for staying safe:

May 11, 2015
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TimesLedger: More Buses to be Added to Q28 Line

Changes are coming to the Q28 bus route this summer, with additional buses allocated to increase frequency and decrease crowding.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will implement changes to the bus route beginning in late June, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced last week.

The Q28 route, which runs from Main Street in Flushing to Bell Boulevard in Bay Terrace, will be scheduled to run every 3 1/2 minutes during peak morning hours, as opposed to the four-minute increments currently in place.

The MTA estimated the changes will reduce the average bus capacity from 109 percent to 97 percent in the morning.

May 11, 2015
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Times Ledger: Traffic Measures Announced Ahead of 3rd Avenue Exit Reopening

The city Department of Transportation announced traffic calming measures in conjunction with MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ anticipated reopening of the Third Avenue exit ramp at the Whitestone Expressway.

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, along with state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), announced plans to install bollards, or short posts that identify an area to guide traffic and safeguard vulnerable spots, for additional traffic calming.

“Local intelligence is critical to creating smart, safer designs for streets,” Trottenberg said in a statement. “Our ongoing conversations with the community and these elected leaders led to this important safety upgrade which will make vehicles slow down as they approach residential streets.”

May 6, 2015
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION STUDY TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT HUTCHINSON METRO CENTER IN THE BRONX

NYC DOT Design Study to Examine New Access Ramp to Hutch Metro Complex Via Hutchinson River Parkway

New Access Point Would Significantly Reduce Congestion, Improve Traffic Flow, Provide Emergency Exit for More Than 10,000 Employees & Visitors

May 1, 2015
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