The following is a quote from MTA Chief Innovation Officer Mark Dowd on the awarding by the Federal Transit Administration of a $600,000 grant to the MTA to examine how people move and how CoViD-19 travels throughout the metropolitan region by studying aerosol dispersion in transit.
Statement from Mark Dowd, MTA Chief Innovation Officer:
“This grant from the FTA is great news for the MTA, our customers, and our workers. We intend to use it to further our work around aerosols and bring together a team of public health and transportation experts to review studies and data, and provide recommendations that will help create additional layers of safety for New Yorkers during the pandemic.”
- This funding joins millions of dollars dedicated to related studies for the MTA by DOE, DHS, and EPA.
- The MTA has been a pioneer in the use of technology to fight the spread of aeresols in public transit, including using advanced filtration.
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“The CoViD-19 pandemic has wreaked economic havoc — devastating the MTA’s ridership and revenues and bringing them to levels far worse than the Great Depression. It has also hit people of color and low income communities hardest, many of whom are the very same essential workers that have been on the frontlines of this crisis and who are also most dependent on mass transit.
“As part of our biennial review of fare and toll policy, the MTA conducted the unprecedented level of outreach this year required, holding eight public hearings and receiving 2,100 public comments. What we heard at these hearings was that people are suffering and cannot shoulder even a modest fare increase right now.
“Buoyed by President-elect Biden, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the MTA also has hope for $8 billion in additional pandemic relief and continued federal investment in mass transit in 2021 and beyond. For these reasons, the MTA has decided to postpone the planned fare increase for several months. We plan to move forward with a discussion and vote on recommended toll changes in February.”
Mario D’Agostino, who passed away June 14, 2020, was a true leader in his community in the Bronx and left his mark on the neighborhood and everyone, who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Mario was an honorable man, who changed people’s lives with his beautiful mind, strong work ethic, positive outlook on life and investing in his favorite part of NYC, the Bronx.
Brenda Jimenez, a Bronx native, has been named the winner of four Stevie ® Awards in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business including two silver awards and two bronze awards.
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You should know that before the end of the year 2020, President Trump has dressed himself like Santa Claus to bring some relief to the American people by increasing funds from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples. This will help alleviate the economic struggle caused by CoViD-19.
As you know my dear reader, CoViD-19 has caused the loss of lives, jobs, and separation from love ones, families and friends. This pandemic has caused much pain and devastation. Tragically many have been prohibited from being at the bedside of their loved ones at the time of their departure from this life. Adding salt to their wounds many have been unable to give their loved ones a proper burial.
CoViD-19, or The Chinese Virus, has not only destroyed and impacted countless American lives in the United States, but tragically it has impacted the entire globe, all nations and their peoples.
Here in America President Trump, as promised, through “Operation Warp Speed”, has not only delivered to the world one vaccine, but three to combat CoViD-19. This was made possible by the President’s initiative to eliminate governmental bureaucracy that would have taken years to develop a vaccine. By eliminating the red tape and working with, not only scientific experts but with the private sector, has ensured that these vaccines would meet the President’s goal to have them available for distribution by the end of this year. President Trump accomplished this feat while many critics mocked his deadline and said it would be impossible. But he did it!
You should also know, that to the surprise of Democrats and Republicans alike, President Trump has gone above and beyond the $600 (six-hundred dollars) that Congress had allocated. President Trump has recognized that $600 barely offers any help to suffering Americans. $600 can barely help cover the cost of a family’s utilities and rent. Therefore, the President is asking members of Congress to increase this amount to $2,000 for individuals, and $4,000 for couples. Praise be to God!
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On Monday, January 18, 2021, on this National Day of Service honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., in conjunction with ADNIM Foundation, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), school leaders and community partners distributed Chromebooks to 400 Bronx students in need at eight different schools.
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Bronx Borough President Diaz will distribute equipment to 400 students, on this National Day of Service, celebrating the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helping address technological inequities, facing Bronx…
In conjunction with the federal holiday that celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is celebrating 10 years of its Small Business Development Program (SBDP), which has provided minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) with mentoring and capacity building opportunities surpassing all other agencies in the transportation industry.
The program has awarded 455 contracts amounting to $480 million and more than 11,520 jobs created or maintained.
The idea to provide both classroom and field training to small contractors in minority and disadvantaged communities was embraced by MTA leadership upon the program’s inception. New York State legislation was secured to provide the approval and funding for the program in 2010 and it was just renewed for another decade. SBDP gives smaller construction firms an opportunity to do work as a prime, giving them the experience, the technical training and the support of larger construction firms. In the years to follow, New York State raised it goals for MWBE state contracting utilization, now at 30 percent, changing the paradigm for small business procurement in minority and disadvantaged communities.
“The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: ‘The time is always right to do what is right’. His words and wisdom remain as relevant and important today as our country continues to reckon with racial injustice and an unprecedented public health crisis,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “We must all strive to match Dr. King’s commitment to equality and his desire to create a better world for all.”
“Having the ability to take taxpayer-funded projects and award contracts in an inclusive manner to a pool of businesses who have historically been shut out is true social justice and economic empowerment,” said MTA Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Michael J. Garner. “The principles of Dr. King are extolled here in the State of New York, and at the MTA, as we continue…
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