Tompkins County
New York


Authorizing Application for New York State Public Transportation Modernization & Enhancement Grant for TCAT, Inc., in SFY 2017-2018


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              WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of New York awarded $1,436,655 in Public Transportation Modernization & Enhancement Program funding for capital projects in Tompkins County, and


              WHEREAS, Tompkins County wishes to apply for the State grant on behalf of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc., to modernize and enhance the public transportation system, and  


              WHEREAS, the $1,436,655 in New York State funding will reimburse 100% of the costs of proposed projects as follows:


State Funds

Transit Facility Rehabilitation

$  332,486

Bus Associated Capital Maintenance Items

$   38,677

Maintenance Lift Replacements (3 lifts)

$  203,646

Bus WiFi System

$   76,500

TCAT Web / App Design

$   50,000

Bus Passenger Shelter Upgrades

$  181,375

Bus Traffic Signal Prioritization System

$  553,971



, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature authorizes the application for $1,436,655 in Public Transportation Modernization & Enhancement Program funding to the New York State Department of Transportation for the above listed projects on behalf of TCAT, Inc.,


              RESOLVED, further, That the Tompkins County Legislature authorizes the County Administrator or designee to sign any and all agreements between Tompkins County and the State of New York for the Project.



Meeting History

Sep 7, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Mengel provided a brief explanation of the funding for public transportation from the New York State budget. The funding total is $1.4 million and is to be used for capital projects. This is a modernization and enhancement grant to be used towards customer-service improvements.

Mr. Yarrow and Mr. Vanderpool discussed some of the following projects that would be completed with these funds:

* keeping the current facility in good working order,

* repairing of the current parking lot,

* repair to the interior floor of the garage,

* maintenance lift replacement,

* transit signal prioritization system,

* bus wifi system county-wide, and

* upgrade of rural bus shelters.

Mr. Vanderpool stated the signal prioritization system would be compatible with emergency services and would have a minimum impact on other traffic on the roadways. He explained that the proposed shelter upgrades include making the shelter Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

Following an inquiry made by Mr. Sigler, Mr. Yarrow stated he would supply additional information regarding the whereabouts of the rural shelters.

Ms. Robertson inquired about assistance for shelter installation coming from municipalities. Mr. Yarrow and Mr. Vanderpool stated they would welcome any type of cost sharing from municipalities to assist in upgrading their rural shelters and discussed some of the assistance they have already received.

MOVER:Michael Sigler, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, David McKenna, Carol Chock
Sep 19, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Ms. Kiefer suggested the details of the projects reflect the same detail as the memorandum provided; these suggestions were accepted as friendly.

MOVER:Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER:David McKenna, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein