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Governors of Transit-Dependent States Don’t Seem to Get It

According to Census journey-to-work data, 27 percent of New York State commuters, and 11 percent of New Jersey commuters, use public transportation to get to work each day. That makes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the chief executives of the nation’s two most transit-dependent states. But you’d hardly know it based on […]

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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 Queens Boulevard pedestrians – Mayor de Blasio announced plans to transform the notorious “Boulevard of Death” with protected bike lanes, more pedestrian space and redesigned access to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to curb speeding. MTA — The MTA Board issued a statement […]

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Through-Running at Penn Station: Benefits and Barriers

Earlier this month, MTR explored the concept of transforming the tri-state area’s commuter rail network into a regional rail network. The plans covered differ in scope and detail, but all have one major component in common: changing Penn Station from a terminal to a run-through station. Currently, many Amtrak trains run through Penn Station on the Northeast Corridor […]

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25 Years Later, NYC Has a Long Way to Go on Accessibility

Sunday, July 26 marked the 25th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which has helped improve access on streets and in transportation facilities for people with disabilities. Yet one transportation system in particular, New York City’s subway, still has a long way to go. Of the city’s 468 subway stations, fewer than 100 are fully wheelchair-accessible. The MTA pledged to make 100 […]

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Wicker-Booker Amendment Would Provide Flexible Funding and More Local Control

The U.S. Senate is working quickly and furiously on a multi-year highway bill which, if passed, would establish transportation funding levels and policy for several years to come. There are a whole host of non-transportation amendments that could be poison pills for the effort—inlcuding fights over the Export-Import Bank, Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act—but there […]

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W̶e̶d̶n̶e̶s̶d̶a̶y̶ Thursday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond. WINNERS Upper West Side pedestrians – NYPD data revealed a decline in vehicle crashes near the West 95th and 97th Streets and West End Avenue intersections since pedestrian islands were installed this past November. The redesign was prompted after several pedestrian deaths last year. U.S. […]

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We Wouldn’t Be Talking About a Cap on Uber if…

Although the Tri-State Transportation Campaign rarely weighs in on issues relating to taxis and livery cars, the debate taking place in New York City regarding a cap on for-hire vehicles has grown to include topics well within the scope of Mobilizing the Region. Medallion owners, donation-hungry pols, tabloid writers, & a tech co valued in the billions. Seems […]

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Stamford Takes a Major Step Forward with its Choice for Transportation Bureau Chief

Stamford Mayor David Martin announced last week that the City has chosen Joshua W. Benson to be the city’s first Bureau Chief of Transportation, Traffic and Parking. Although the appointment will require approval by Stamford’s Board of Representatives, the selection of Benson is a telling sign that Stamford is serious about addressing the challenges presented by its streets. Benson, who currently serves as the New York City Department […]

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Why New York Has the Smallest Ecological Footprint of Any State

New York has the nation’s smallest ecological footprint of any state, according to the Global Footprint Network‘s 2015 State of the States report released earlier this month. The report calculates the “Ecological Footprint” of an average person in each state–how much land an individual needs based on the amount of resources consumed and waste generated–and compares it to the […]

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New Jersey DOT 2016 Draft Transportation Capital Program Provides Less for Maintenance, Bike/Ped

After a tumultuous spring with no definitive solution to the Garden State’s transportation funding problems, the New Jersey Department of Transportation released a conservative Draft Transportation Capital Program that fails to take any bold action on the state’s infrastructure backlog, despite the fact that there are 621 deficient bridges, and more than a third of the state’s roads […]

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