Transit Heads to Congress: “We Will Not Be Able to Support Our Regions Without Replenishing Losses”

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye and the leaders of 14 public transportation agencies serving communities who generate 35% of the nation’s GDP in the United States requested additional emergency federal aid for transit systems in a joint letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. House of Representatives Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

MTA Requests $3.9B in Funding on Heels of Economic Analysis

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a letter to the New York State Congressional Delegation immediately requesting $3.9 billion in federal funding as Congress considers its next COVID-19 relief package.

Transit Agencies’ #SoundTheHorn Campaign Aims to Honor Essential Workers

Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), NJ TRANSIT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other regional bus and ferry operators have launched #SoundTheHorn—a coordinated effort to simultaneously sound their vehicle horns at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 16 to honor heroic transportation and other essential workers across the country.

MTA, NYC Agree on Madison Ave. Redevelopment Proceeds

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the City of New York have agreed on “a site-specific value capture strategy” to jump-start development of 341-7 Madison Avenue, the site of the MTA’s former headquarters in East Midtown Manhattan.

Fitch: Five Transit Agencies on “Rating Watch Negative”

Fitch Ratings has placed the ratings of five large U.S. public transit agencies on “Rating Watch Negative.” Fitch said it “expects widespread and sharp declines in transit ridership and fare revenues to create significant near-term stress in the U.S. public transit sector with the [agencies] identified here at the greatest risk. Some transit agencies in major urban areas that have already been impacted by the pandemic are reporting ridership declines of as much as 70% to 90% amid efforts at social distancing, a widespread shift to telecommuting and shelter-in-place orders.”

MTA Issues RFP For L Line Cellular Connectivity

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a Request for Proposals for a real estate license to build out and operate cellular connections in the L line’s tunnel beneath the East River.

NYMTA Sets $17B Budget

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board recently approved the agency’s $17 billion 2020 budget and four-year financial plan.

McCord in as MTA CTO Ahead of Transformation Plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has chosen Anthony McCord as its Chief Transformation Officer as it undergoes its Transformation Plan—“a historic reorganization to improve service and modernize all aspects of operations for the first time in half a century.”

MTA Transit Tech Lab Seeks Submissions

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for New York City announced the second round of the Transit Tech Lab, described as “an accelerator program that allows the MTA and other public transportation agencies to explore innovative, private sector solutions to problems they face in operating the region’s subway, bus and commuter rail services.”

New York City Transit subway

MTA to Increase Train Speed 50% on Certain Track

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released preliminary findings of the Train Speed and Safety Task Force that demonstrate subway train speeds on certain sections of track can be increased by as much as 50%. The task force initiated the study with engineering firm STV, with the help of Transport Workers Union, that remains ongoing but has already determined four core areas of focus that would lead to faster trains while prioritizing customer and employee safety.