I'm at the NY Public Transit Assoc. Fall Conference and Expo. In yesterday's board meeting, a financial officier for NYSDOT reported that he had no good news, either for New York State transit funding or prospects for Federal transit funding in Washington. NYSDOT is trying to preserve their transportation assets, including transit. At the national level, NYS will lose important committee seats in the House of Representatives in January. The best possible outcome is to maintainthe status quo. The future will not be better for New York than it is right now.
Dwight Mengel works in the Tompkins County Department of Social Services as its Chief Transportation Planner.