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Thursday, January 15, 2015

ALBANY — The New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) is urging state leaders to create a capital program for public transit services, including nearly $100 million for the NFTA, which services Niagara and Erie counties. Locally, the NFTA offers bus service to and from Lockport on weekdays.

In all, the NYPTA states that there is $33 billion in infrastructure needs statewide over the next five years to ensure existing public transit systems can maintain and expand their services. While $32 billion of those needs are in New York City’s MTA, the group says that as much as $1 billion is needed outside of the MTA.

"Our transit systems are economic development engines that provide important connections for the people of our communities,” said Carm Basile, President of NYPTA and CEO of the Capital District Transportation Authority. “A statewide capital program that increases the investment in transit will ensure more reliable service and create jobs,"

"Transit systems from New York City to Buffalo have critical infrastructure needs that require significant repair or replacement of facilities, as well as the purchase of buses and trains to provide safe and reliable service to the people of New York," Basile added.

A report issued by the group states that 21 percent of the NFTA’s fleet is beyond its useful life and that average vehicle miles operated between service interruptions has worsened by 8 percent.

Specifically, the group states that the NFTA’s needs total $95.5 million over the next five years, including:
  • $20 million to replace and upgrade bus and rail fare collection equipment
  • $9.4 million to replace and upgrade bus radio system
  • $3.9 million to replace batteries on hybrid buses
  • $3.6 million for maintenance facility repairs
  • $7 million for CNG facility modifications and fueling system
  • $1.7 million for Transit Center improvements
  • $500,000 to replace bus stop shelters
  • $24 million to rebuild light rail station escalators
  • $13 million for rail track work
  • $4.2 million for subway ventilation improvements
  • $4.3 million to replace rail catenary
  • $3.9 million for light rail station repairs

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