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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond. WINNERS Port Authority – Governor Christie signed legislation on Monday which subjects the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to public records laws. NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso — Along with a call for more bus and bike lanes, […]

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Senators James Inhofe and Barbara Boxer introduced the DRIVE Act last week. | Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Senate’s DRIVE Act Signals Hope for a Long-Term Federal Transportation Funding Solution

MAP-21, the current federal highway legislation, is set to expire on July 31, and Congress is feeling the pressure. The federal government has been unable (or unwilling) to find a long-term solution for funding the nation’s transportation infrastructure during the last few months. But then last week, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee introduced a bipartisan piece […]

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Democratic legislative leaders were not able to stop NJ Transit fare hikes. | PolitickerNJ

Lights! Camera! (In)action!

The stage has been set and unfortunately it looks like the show must go on with fare hikes and service cuts for New Jersey Transit riders. The strong opposition and calls to fix New Jersey’s broken transportation funding structure have evidently fallen on deaf ears in Trenton. Last week, the New Jersey Legislature passed, and Governor Christie signed, a […]

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MTA Funding Gap Hurts Riders Downstate, Manufacturers Upstate

Public and private officials from New York State’s North Country this month announced the founding of the North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment, a partnership intended to build upon the Plattsburgh area’s demonstrated strength in building transit vehicles. Plattsburgh has become a perhaps unlikely center for the construction of trains and buses in recent years. […]

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Bus Rapid Transit Planners from Across the Region Visit Connecticut to Borrow Ideas from CTfastrak

Planners, policymakers and elected officials convened at the Connecticut Department of Transportation in Newington on Tuesday for a tour of the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system. The tour, organized by TSTC and led by ConnDOT’s Maureen Lawrence and Mike Sanders, was attended by about two dozen transportation and policy professionals from Rockland and Suffolk Counties, […]

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond. WINNERS Pope Francis — In his encyclical on climate change, the Pope eloquently summed up the challenges facing automobile-dominated cities. U.S. Senator Cory Booker — A bill proposed by New Jersey’s junior senator would “pump $6.6 billion over […]

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BusPlus has large shelters with real-time arrival info, but no off-board fare payment. | John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union

How CDTA’s BusPlus Can Become True BRT

With so much attention currently focused on the MTA capital program, it’s easy to overlook the challenges and achievements of lesser-known Upstate transit systems. Today, TSTC intern Sandy Johnston presents part two of a two-part feature on the Capital District Transportation Authority. The Capital District Transportation Authority has been working toward creating a region-wide bus rapid transit system, with one BusPlus line already […]

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond. WINNERS NYC Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez — Councilmember Rodriguez, whose district was targeted with a union-backed bus service slowdown this week, said “we should leave the Right of Way Law as it is” and not exempt bus drivers from the […]

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NJ Transit plans to move ahead with a 9 percent fare increase. |  Image: AP File Photo

NJ Transit Riders Will Have to Pick Up the Pieces of the State’s Broken Transportation Funding System

Despite strong opposition, New Jersey Transit is moving forward with a 9 percent fare increase and service cuts. The public comment period (more information below) ended on May 21, and now the official request to move forward with the fare hikes and service cuts has been sent to the Board Administration Committee for consideration at the committee meeting later […]

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