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It’s Bike Month: Celebrate With a Ride on Connecticut’s Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, which follows the now-defunct Farmington Canal, runs north from Yale University in New Haven to its current terminus in Westfield, Massachusetts. When completed, the trail will stretch 80 miles from New Haven, up through the western portion of Metro Hartford all the way to Northampton, Massachusetts. Currently the trail has two major gaps in Connecticut: a 4.7-mile gap in Cheshire […]

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Another Summer, Another Transportation Funding Patch

Last summer, members of Congress decided they needed more time to find a long-term solution to the ailing highway trust fund, so they passed an eight-month extension. Now, in a scramble before that extension expires on May 31, the House has approved another patch—this time for only two months. While he’s not happy about the situation, President Obama has […]

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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 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — The mayor’s newly-unveiled plan to revamp the city’s Housing Authority includes raising parking fees and developing on parking lots. New Jersey pedestrians — The Assembly approved A960, a bill which would increase fines […]

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Parking in Bike Lanes: A Tale of Two Cities

The New Haven Independent published a feature last week in which a reporter shadowed a bicycle-mounted parking enforcement officer making his rounds: Seeing a white Highlander SUV blocking an Orange Street bike lane, Stephen Saladino hit the brakes. He dismounted his city-issued Fuji and whipped out his Zebra-brand ticketing device, which caught the attention of a […]

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REMINDER: NJ Transit Public Hearings Begin Saturday

New Jersey Transit, facing a $60 million budget deficit for FY2016 (stemming from an overall transportation funding crisis in the state), recently announced a proposed 9 percent fare hike, and the anger is far-reaching. New Jersey Transit riders pay some of the highest fares in the nation. The last fare hike was in 2010 where riders were hit with an historically […]

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GOP Senator John DeFrancisco calling for capital funding for beleaguered Centro, Syracuse's transit system. | Photo: New York Public Transit Association

Rare Bicameral, Bi-Party Agreement on Transit: Cuomo Needs to Step out in Front on Funding

Behind the banner of the Empire State Transportation Alliance, a diverse group of New York State legislators, businesses, labor unions, environmentalists and transportation advocates gathered in Albany this week to urge Governor Cuomo to build consensus on new funding sources for New York’s statewide transit capital needs. The MTA’s capital plan expired in December of 2014, and according […]

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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 U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski — The legislators came together to call on Congress for a long-term, dedicated solution to both the local and federal transportation funding crises. Scott […]

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Bicycle Friendly State Rankings: If You’re Not Pedaling Forward, You’re Pedaling Backward

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly States 2015 rankings were released this week. Here’s how New Jersey, Connecticut and New York fared this year. New Jersey New Jersey, the highest ranked state in the region, inched up one spot to 11th place. Last year the Garden State dropped from seventh place to twelfth, the lowest ranking for New Jersey […]

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