What We’re Thankful For in 2008

Despite the economic crisis, there is still plenty to be thankful for this year, including:

New Jersey funding Access to the Region’s Core. You could argue that the ARC Tunnel, which would double NJ Transit capacity to NYC, is the most important project in the region. (A good bar argument for transit nerds?) Congrats […]

Fed Axed: No Sale for Distribution Center in Astoria

As reported by the NY Times‘ City Room blog, Con Ed announced on Monday that it is walking away from a land sale that would have led to the construction of a major FedEx distribution center in Astoria, Queens. The distribution center would have unleashed hundreds of trucks on the residential streets, in an […]

Newark to Get First Red-Light Camera Next Year

Newark will install a red-light camera at the intersection of Raymond Blvd. and Broad St.

In January of this year, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill allowing municipalities to join a pilot program that will install red light cameras at key intersections throughout the state. Taking an important step forward, NJDOT announced […]

Rockland Transit Agencies Also Raising Fares

Some of the proposed increases (full list in story).

The MTA isn’t the only transit agency planning a fare increase. The Transport of Rockland, Tappan ZEExpress, Spring Valley Jitney, and Clarkstown Mini Trans bus systems, as well as the TRIPS paratransit system all have increases planned. Base fares would increase on all services […]

NYC Comptroller: Car Fees Could Raise $1B for Transit

Under Thompson's plan, annual registration fees for light vehicles would be lower than for heavy vehicles.

Yesterday NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson announced a plan (available here) to raise over $1 billion to fund the MTA — more than enough to halt planned service cuts — by increasing vehicle registration fees in part of […]

Inside the MTA Budget: Metro-North Railroad

Pascack Valley weekend service, which was introduced just last year, would be partially cut.

While the MTA’s doomsday budget means that NYC Transit, LIRR, and LI Bus riders must deal with night and weekend station closures and total elimination of several bus routes, Metro-North’s riders are slightly better off. But riders will not […]

Economy Kills Long Island's Bad Road Projects

A widening of Route 110 in Suffolk County has likely been delayed.

According to a New York State Budget Bulletin released November 4, all agency projects “not involving Federal reimbursement of at least 75 percent or impacting public health and/or safety” will be subject to a pre-approval process for moving forward. For Long […]

Inside the MTA Budget: Long Island Bus

Like the other MTA agencies, Long Island Bus is facing deep service cuts and steep fare increases. However, the MTA plan to balance LI Bus’s budget is unique in that it assumes other government entities will increase their funding to the agency. If this does not happen, Long Island Bus would need to double […]

Region's Monumental Interest in TOD Reflected in Panel, Grant Program

The station house in Harrison, where Metro-North and the town are working on a TOD project.

Interest in transit-oriented development (TOD) is soaring. This past Friday, New York University’s Rudin Center held a conference on TOD that was its best-attended conference ever. Meanwhile, Tri-State closed its application process for its new TOD grant […]

"Several Miracles" Needed to Fix MTA's Crisis

Manhattan B.P. Scott Stringer (not pictured) and transit advocates came to the MTA board meeting with 4,000 signatures urging investment in transit. Regional Plan Association's Neysa Pranger looks on.

The grim tone of today’s MTA Board meeting was set with opening remarks by Board Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger who said solving the transit system’s […]