New ConnDOT Commissioner Joseph Marie has taken over an agency that has been marred by corruption and is in dire need of policy reforms that shift its culture away from prioritizing the expansion of roadways and towards maintaining Connecticut’s existing road and bridge infrastructure, promoting mass transit, and investing in smart growth. Those aren’t [...]
The first page of a fifteen-page table of property acquisitions and temporary easements required if Rt. 347 is widened. From Rt. 347 Final Environmental Impact Statement.
Increasingly, the New York State Dept. of Transportation (NYSDOT) and its regional offices are acknowledging the need for a more smart growth oriented and sustainable [...]
162 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in New Jersey in 2007, 9 percent fewer than in 2006. But the good news is overshadowed by the devastating toll of those tragic deaths, and New Jersey’s inability to make sustained progress on reducing bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. In 1998, then-Gov. Whitman pledged to halve New Jersey’s [...]
The Connecticut Post recently reported that the police department in Seymour, Ct., is jittery about potential liability issues that may arise from installing traffic calming measures like speed humps on a neighborhood street which is seeing heavy traffic and speeding. According to the article, the Seymour PD is concerned that “low profile” vehicles will [...]
MTA staff unveiled a preliminary budget full of bad news at this morning’s board meeting, with the biggest news an eight percent fare and toll increase to take effect in July 2009. The hike, which would be larger than the 2008 fare and toll increase, would raise $200 million towards what could be a [...]
NYC Councilmember Michael McMahon, union leaders, and transit and environmental advocates called for federal operating assistance to transit agencies at a July 22 press conference.
Nearly every New York City metro area news outlet has reported that the MTA will propose a fare and toll increase at tomorrow’s board meeting, but it [...]
Connecticut’s Transportation Strategy Board has selected a consultant, Cambridge Systematics, to study applying congestion pricing in the state. The TSB, a division of the Office of Policy and Management which sets broad state transportation goals, has been a long-time supporter of congestion pricing and first announced it would conduct the study late last year. [...]
The latest victim of the MTA’s budget shortfalls may be the LIRR Third Track project.
LIRR President Helena Williams told Newsday in a story published last week that the project, which would add an additional track to the Main Line between New Hyde Park and Hicksville, would likely not be included in the next [...]
According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadephia, more than half of the Delaware River bridges between Lambertville, NJ and Wilmington, Dela. do not allow bicyclists or pedestrians, severely limiting access across the river, particularly in urban areas. A planned replacement for the I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge could continue this pattern, denying bicycles and [...]