public transportation

NY Assemblywoman Pat Fahy steps off a CDTA Electric Bus
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The Capital District Transportation Authority unveiled its first four zero-emission, electric buses today.

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The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has unveiled updated routes and new service options for public transportation users in Berkshire County. BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati spoke with WAMC about changes for Berkshire County bus riders, and how the authority appealed to its ridership for guidance.

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Tate Coleman – the 15-year-old Chairman of the Great Barrington Public Transportation Advisory Committee – is pushing to make public transit more efficient and responsive to Southern Berkshire County residents. The Simons Rock student tells WAMC that a forum Tuesday at the South County Berkshire Community College Center will allow locals to share feedback on efforts to modernize regional bus service.

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As we’ve reported in recent months, a teen has taken on the task of improving public transit in Southern Berkshire County.

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As budget negotiations continue, local officials and New York state lawmakers are seeking state dollars to bring the Capital District Transportation Authority to Montgomery County.

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Capital Region bus schedules are being reduced.

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At last week’s Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard meeting, a teenager offered a new vision of public transit.

Ride-hailing company Uber has begun serving travelers at Albany International Airport after a long period of negotiations.

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New York state will now allow people to take pets on any kind of public transportation when evacuating during an emergency.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses denuclearization in North Korea. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on the impact of Uber and Lyft on public transportation.

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  The largest public transit system in western Massachusetts is considering fare hikes and service cuts to close a projected budget deficit.

Senator Charles Schumer
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says charter bus companies should be graded for safety and the grades should be posted the way New York City posts restaurant letter grades.

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After years of work, the growing city of Saratoga Springs has adopted a planning document to make the community more walkable and bikeable, while improving public transit.

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More than 200 new transit vehicles are coming to upstate New York.

The recent transportation bill has many important impacts for the Northeast.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what’s in the law. 

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Senator Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to establish a national college student discounted transit fare program.

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People who take public transportation tend to be opinionated regarding service. They'll have an opportunity to air grievances and praises alike tonight in downtown Albany at a meeting on bus transit policy.

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Aug 25, 2015

I’d like to talk about an issue that has been below the surface of the news but reflects a constant disagreement in our politics. Economic conservatives would displace almost everything in favor of the marketplace. But when you decide what to pay for, what are you including or excluding from the transaction?

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An organization that provides transportation for low and middle income workers in northern Berkshire County is seeking state money to expand services and become self-sustaining.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority is getting $15 million in federal funding to replace its outdated dispatch and vehicle communication system with new state-of-the-art equipment.

The announcement was made by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.  Congressman Paul Tonko  provided a letter of support for the grant:   "Anytime we can improve the CDTA services and impact the ridership favorably, and strive and achieve greater efficiencies, that is welcome news, and we're doing it without relying on state or local revenues."

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Extensive state-financed service changes are being rolled out later this month at the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.   Pioneer Valley Transit Authority riders are being promised faster, more efficient, and cost-effective service.      

The changes include seven new routes, longer hours of service – mostly on the weekends – on 14 routes, and buses running more frequently on 15 routes.  This will be the transit authority’s biggest change in fixed-route bus schedules in nearly a decade, according to PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes.

CDTA Gets "Smart"

Jul 22, 2014
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New technology and changing social norms are impacting public transportation. "Smart" devices, electric buses and smoking all are being scrutinized by the Capital District Transportation Authority.

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The Mayor of Johnstown, New York is exploring the possibility of expanding public transportation in the Fulton County region. 

Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius said he has expressed his interest in expanding public transportation through the city with Gloversville Mayor Dalton King.

“I’m just having preliminary discussions, just casual talking with the mayor, just to find out what it would cost us to reinitiate the bus service, and that’s the extent of it at this point,” said Julius.

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People using public transportation in western Massachusetts will soon be able to tap into 21st century technology.

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A recent study finds internet and social media use could be linked to a decline in private, personal transportation.

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The leaders of the businesses and agencies that support public transportation in New York are meeting for a two-day conference in Saratoga Springs. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that the industry is focusing on forging new partnerships.

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Democratic lawmakers in the Berkshires have voiced their support for a transportation budget that would reinstate tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the New York border through Springfield.

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A new report from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group highlighting the decline in the average number of miles driven by the average American is supporting the call for investments in public education in the commonwealth.

The report released by the MASSPIRG Education Fund titled “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future” says that on average, the amount of miles driven by Americans has been on the decline for the past eight years.

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A recently launched grassroots campaign advocating for improved public transportation in the Berkshires is now online, and some are hoping that it will catch on in communities across Massachusetts. 

The Wish I Had Transit campaign was recently launched by volunteers in the Northern Berkshires, in less than two weeks since the idea of using social media to demonstrate the need for improved public transportation was discussed at a community forum in North Adams.

Concerned members of the Northern Berkshire community gathered in North Adams Friday to participate in an open discussion on their current and future public transportation needs.

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