How will NYC fund mass transportation needs? (commentary)


When it comes to public transportation, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent  speech on his proposed $82.1 billion 2016-2017 fiscal year budget sounded great but provided little substance. He failed to give any specifics of how he will come up with $2.5 billion promised to meet the shortfall in the proposed $28 billion 2015-2019 MTA Five Year Capital Plan.

The Mayor is kicking the can down the road. He hasn’t given any specific information on how the MTA and NYC will come up with funding to implement transportation projects advocated by many other NYC elected officials, constituents and transit advocates.

Just where does de Blasio stand on these ideas? Many NYC Council members are supporting the Commuter Rail Fare Equalization Proposal. This would allow NYC residents to pay the same $2.75 fare on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro North Rail Road as riding the New York…

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Finger Lakes short line opens new Seneca Falls rail terminal


Finger Lakes Railway Corp. last week officially opened its new Auburn Road Rail Terminal in the Seneca Meadows Renewable Resource Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Construction was recently completed on a 2,400-foot passing siding on the rail right of way and a gravel unloading yard on leased property in the park, where trucks can access the rail line. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Feb. 24 at the site.

The facility was built with agricultural customers in mind, Finger Lakes officials said in a press release.

The short line — which operates on 167 miles of track from its headquarters in Geneva, N.Y. — connects with CSX, Norfolk Southern Railway, Canadian Pacific and New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway.

Finger Lakes Railway’s current customer base has grown to 89 active shippers.

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Worst Things Bosses Do To Their Employees


Yeah, you’re in charge. Yeah, it’s your way or the highway.

And, yeah, your employees might hate you.

As a boss, you have a lot of power. But you need to be smart about how you use it. Here are seven things you need to avoid:

1. You make employees evaluate themselves.

I know. “I’ve done self-evaluations before,” you’re thinking, “and I found it to be a very helpful period of self-reflection.”

Um, BS.

2. You make employees evaluate their peers.

I’ve done peer evaluations. They suck.

Peer means “work together.” Who wants to criticize people they have to work with afterward? Plus, you can claim evaluations are confidential all you want, but people figure out who said what about whom.

You should know every employee’s performance inside and out. If you don’t, don’t use his or her peers as a crutch. Dig in, pay attention, and truly know the…

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