New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was in the North Country today, touring transportation manufacturing plants that supply subway and bus cars to New York City.
The Assembly Speaker first stopped in Ticonderoga for a brief foray into imagined future transportation as he toured an original Star Trek set. The Trekkie then traveled to Plattsburgh, where state-of-the-art manufacturing plants are building buses and subway cars. Following a tour of Bombardier’s plant, Nova Bus/Prevost Plant Manager Jason Martin showed off a completed bus. “This is 100 percent electric. We then have a compressed natural gas powered. You’ll see a few around New York City, compressed natural gas. And then we also have a diesel-powered power train. And then we have combinations of those power trains just like you would see a hybrid car. So this is a typical we’ve sold into New York City about a thousand busses.”
Martin explained that the Plattsburgh facility employs about 500 people to supply busses to transit authorities across the country including the MTA. “We don’t just recognize the fact that we employ about 500 people here locally in Plattsburgh but we have 102 other New York state suppliers, so with New York state addresses that supply us with components. So for every one job we create there’s about five additional add-on jobs throughout the state that really support the state’s economy.”