While repatriation sounds appealing, the long-term impacts are not.

Ahead of MAP-21’s Looming Deadline, Bi-Partisan Efforts to Find Dollars on the Table

Pressure is building. On May 31, the one-year extension of MAP-21, the federal surface transportation law that funds roads, bridges and transit across the nation, will expire. In a flashback to last year, the federal government will start running out of transportation dollars by July, and will need to cut back on payments to the states. With […]

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was joined by a group of advocates, elected officials and senior citizens outside the AMICO Senior Citizens Center in Borough Park on Tuesday to announce the launch of his CROSS Brooklyn streets safety initiative. | Photo: TSTC Staff

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 — In his newly-unveiled OneNYC plan, the mayor calls for immediate restart on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Sheridan Expressway project. Also, at the OneNYC launch, de Blasio said in response to a question about the Right of […]

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This Earth Day, Let’s Talk About Car Addiction

Having been marketed as a status symbol for class and wealth almost as soon as its invention, car ownership, almost more so than home ownership, has become the definition of The American Dream. The open road has become so synonymous with self-discovery and modern day Manifest Destiny that cars are literally equated with freedom. Cars have become so ingrained in our […]

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Another Idea for Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue

Streetsblog reported today that the New York City Department of Transportation will make permanent the road diet on Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue, which has, until recently, been a regular in Tri-State’s annual Most Dangerous Roads for Walking analyses. The road diet, which used paint and plastic bollards to reduce the number of lanes and widen medians, has led to a 61 […]

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NJ Transit Fare Hike Proposed While Gas Tax Holds Steady

New Jersey Transit, facing a $60 million budget deficit for FY2016, announced a proposed 9 percent fare hike. If approved at the July 8 NJT Board meeting, the increase would take effect on October 1, 2015. The FY2016 deficit stems from an overall transportation funding crisis in New Jersey. New Jersey Transit riders pay some of the highest […]

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New York City Councilmember Mark Treyger announces the bill at a news conference on the steps of City Hall on Nov. 13, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images

Distracted Biking Bill Is a Distraction from the Real Problem

In terms of traffic fatalities, 2014 was the safest year for everyone on New York City’s streets since the turn of the century. Everyone, that is, except cyclists. Twenty people were killed in bike crashes last year—almost double the number of cyclist fatalities in the previous year—whereas pedestrian traffic deaths hit an all-time low. On average, motor vehicles seriously injure […]

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in New Hampshire this week as part of his "Tell It Like It Is" Town Hall Series. | Photo: northjersey.com

We’d Love to Hear Governor Christie “Tell It Like It Is” in New Jersey

This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in New Hampshire as part of a “Tell It Like It Is Town Hall Tour.” So, we ask the Governor to “tell it like it is” when it comes to the state of transportation in the Garden State. The soon-to-be-insolvent Transportation Trust Fund is “not a crisis?” Tell it like it is! How’s the five-year […]

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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 Tri-State area elected officials who “Stood Up 4 Transportation” — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Paul Tonko, State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks (New York);  Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Congressman Bill […]

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Parking garage at Stamford Transportation Center | Image: Stamford Patch

One Less Parking Garage Means it’s Time to Improve Access to Stamford’s Transportation Center

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has closed a 28-year-old, 727-space parking garage adjacent to the Stamford Transportation Center, the busiest station on the New Haven Line after Grand Central Terminal. The shutdown, according to the Stamford Advocate, “is expected to affect more than 1,000 train commuters who use the 727-space garage, both on a regular and […]

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