Last week, The Business Council participated in a lobby day to oppose the Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, a bill The Business Council has opposed for several years. The bill claims there is widespread independent contractor misclassification abuse in the truck transportation industry; it would subject the many independent truck owner-operators in the state to an unrealistic set of tests to keep their independent contractor status. Read more about this legislation on our Transportation Committee page.
The new bike-sharing program about to be unveiled in New York City has hit a few bumps in the road − with New Yorkers not liking the look of new bike racks around the city. Hundreds of bike-sharing stations have sprung up but critics say the kiosks “are attractive only to pigeons, garbage bags and dogs in need of relief.” The New York Times has more in a story outlining how although many New Yorker support the concept of cycling, they do not like the way the new program is rolling out.
The Journal News is calling for a task force to be put together to discuss the impact of a possible toll increase associated with the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Although there has been no official announcement of a toll increase, it is rumored that a toll on the new bridge could top out at as much as $14. Governor Cuomo recently sent a letter to the New York State Thruway Authority saying that a $14 toll would be too high. Read the full editorial online at The Journal News.
The North Country will see an infusion of funds from a new bus contract, Nova Bus in Plattsburgh was recently awarded a contract to build 300 new buses for the Chicago Transit Authority.
The Wall Street Journal has the full story.
Here’s some evidence the auto industry have revived from the 2008 economic collapse. From Bill Vlasic of The New York Times: ” 1.45 million vehicles were sold during the month, a 3.4 percent improvement over last year, as a strengthening housing market and low interest rates spurred consumers and businesses to replace aging models.”
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Join the New York State Department of Labor as they present two informational forums for job seekers interested in working on various aspects of the New NY Bridge project. Hear from representatives of the NYS Thruway Authority, members of the Tappan Zee Constructors consortium, and the NYS Department of Labor. Pre-registration is required.
|March 6||March 7|
|10:00am – 12:00pm
Rockland County Community College
Cultural Arts Theatre and Atrium
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
|10:00am – 12:00pm
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10592
Space is limited and seats will go on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in attending, we strongly encourage you to pre-register for the event. Information for this post provided by the NYS Dept. of Labor.
For more information about the New NY Bridge project, visit the New NY Bridge website.
Southwest Airlines is bumping up its service in Rochester starting in April.
The Dallas-based carrier will add service between Rochester and Chicago, Orlando and Tampa, effective April 14, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports. That service will be offered one day after AirTran’s flight schedule from Greater Rochester International Airport ends. Southwest is combining with AirTran Airways, a transition that has already begun, the company said this week.
Southwest holds the largest market share among airlines serving Buffalo Niagara International Airport.