Can NJ Turnpike Tolls Fund Transit? Check the Fine Print.

If the ARC project, which includes new rail tracks (shown in red above) in Secaucus and under the Hudson River, will reduce traffic on the NJ Turnpike, it can probably be funded with toll revenues.

A debate over the legality of funding the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) rail tunnel with toll […]

NJDOT Releases Three New Bicycle Guides

NJDOT released three new bicycle guides earlier this month, adding the “Burlington County Bikeways,” “Cape May Shoreline Ride,” and “Cumberland Salem Revolution” guides to a growing list which now includes 14 guides. The new guides encompass over 168 miles of bike routes, encouraging healthy, carbon-free day trips in South Jersey.

The guides offer loop […]

Transit Combo Chosen for Tappan Zee Bridge and Corridor; Advocates Cheer

This cross-section of the I-287 corridor in Rockland County shows buses running in HOT lanes on I-287, with commuter trains in a tunnel which would extend from just east of I-287's Interchange 12 to the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor project hit a major milestone this morning, when NYSDOT […]

Astorians to FedEx: No Truckin' Way!

Astorians rallied against a planned FedEx distribution center on Saturday. Speaking is Rudy Sarchese of the Astoria-Ditmars Homeowners and Tenants Civic Association.

On Saturday, the Coalition for a Better Astoria held a rally to protest the sale of a piece of ConEd land in Astoria, Queens, for the development of a FedEx distribution […]

TSTC Is Kicking Transit-Oriented Development Up a Notch

Seventy-five percent of the units in Center Commons, a TOD in Portland, Ore., are affordable housing units.

Today the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the One Region Funders’ Group announced a new community assistance grant program to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) by offering financial support to municipalities ready to address the linkages between affordable […]

$4.3 Million Awarded for "Safe Routes to School" on Long Island

Fulton Elementary School, in Hempstead, will receive a half-million dollars for safety improvements. The school is bordered by two state highways.

Last week, Long Island was the recipient of $4.3 million in aid from the federal Safe Routes to School program, a program to improve infrastructure to enable and encourage children to walk […]

Connecticut Tolling Study Ready to Kick Off

Late last year, Connecticut’s Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) commissioned a study to analyze the impacts and benefits of tolling Connecticut’s roads and highways in some capacity. (See MTR here and here for background.) This past Thursday, the TSB received an update from the study team, Cambridge Systematics, concerning the status of the project and […]

Tri-State-Area Highway Teardowns Make National List

Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct took the top spot in the Congress for the New Urbanism's "Freeways Without a Future" list.

Today the Congress for the New Urbanism, a national advocacy group, published a list of the top ten highway removal projects with the most potential to stimulate urban revitalization. Three projects TSTC has […]

TSTC, La Casa de Don Pedro Win Safety Improvements in Newark

Some of the intersection improvements won by TSTC and La Casa de Don Pedro.

Some of the intersection improvements won by TSTC and La Casa de Don Pedro.

On Wednesday, TSTC and La Casa de Don Pedro, a Newark-based community group, held a press rally to celebrate pedestrian safety improvements won as a result of joint advocacy efforts. The City of Newark recently installed three flashing street signs at the intersection of Crane Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., giving additional safety to children playing in nearby Coretta Scott King Community Playground and students attending the Barringer 9 Success Academy. In addition to the new lights, the intersection had also been repainted alerting drivers to pay attention to pedestrians.

Over a two-year period, Tri-State and La Casa conducted three walking tours of several Newark neighborhoods to call attention to unsafe conditions for pedestrians (see “Newark’s Children Call for Safer Streets” [Oct. 2007], MTR # 542). Working with the City and County, our groups were successful in winning some visible changes. Besides the improvements described above, the earlier walking tours have helped win improvements at eleven other intersections in the Lower Broadway neighborhood.

After the jump, a Google Maps image of the intersection before improvements were made:

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Nassau's Proposed 2009 Budget Is More of the Same for LI Bus

Although Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi’s Proposed 2009 Budget Summary includes a property tax hike of 3.9% for the next fiscal year, none of that will be dedicated to increased funding for Long Island Bus. That’s because it was more of the same when it came to the County’s responsibility for funding […]