Pictures of the Week: Major Street Makeovers From England

Tom Vanderbilt’s How We Drive blog recently posted some eye-opening photos of street makeovers in the English town of Ashford. Here’s the “before” image for one street:

And here’s the “after”:

In some areas the redesign incorporates “shared street” concepts, eliminating traffic lights and forcing all road users to keep an eye […]

RELEASE: NJ Turnpike Authority Asks for Sanctions to Silence Critics of Parkway Widening

In a recent court filing, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority asked the NJ Appellate Division for sanctions against the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, which is suing the Authority and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection over the widening of 50 miles of the Garden State Parkway. The Campaign claims that the DEP should not have […]

CT Traffic Safety Advocate Injured While Jogging

Kehoe.

[Update 7/31: Glastonbury police have charged Rep. Kehoe with “reckless use of the highway as a pedestrian.” The driver of the truck was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, as well as operating without a license and not carrying a valid insurance card.]

According to the […]

Q Poll: New Yorkers Support Car-Free Times Square, Still Distrust MTA

New York City residents and tourists agree: Times Square is better without cars.

It’s not just for tourists. Real New Yorkers like car-free Times Square, according to a just-released Quinnipiac University poll. The survey of registered NYC voters found support for the new pedestrian spaces by a margin of 58%-34%, and 44% of […]

Traffic Calming and Community Empowerment, Year 2: Newark’s East Coast Greenway

High school students in the Newark Youth Leadership Project were asked if they knew someone who had been hit by a vehicle. This was their response.

“Who in this room personally knows someone who has been hit by a car?” Tri-State’s Zoe Baldwin asked a classroom of the 45 high school students interning […]

A Free Pass for a Fake Parking Permit

A fake "Citizen Protection Administration" placard earned Norvell six hours of free illegal parking.

Last week, Transportation Alternatives recreated an event that occurs every day in New York City, using a phony parking placard bearing the name of a made-up agency to avoid NYPD enforcement at four locations in Manhattan. From a write-up […]

There's No Sheriff in Town, Analysis of NYC Traffic Enforcement Finds

Transportation Alternatives’ recent report, “Executive Order: A Mayoral Strategy for Traffic Safety,” confirms with hard data what is apparent to anyone who has walked, ridden a bicycle, or driven in New York City recently: that the streets can resemble a scene from Escape from New York, with little enforcement of the most basic traffic […]

NYC Summer Streets Looking for Volunteers

Summer Streets 2008 was a big success.

New York City’s Summer Streets are back this year. The city will close off parts of Park and 4th Avenues and Lafayette Street to cars on August 8, 15, and 22 between 7am and 1pm.

The city is also looking for volunteers who can help marshal […]

Build Your Own Toll and Transit Plan With the Balanced Transportation Analyzer

Yesterday, TSTC board member Charles Komanoff presented the newest version of his masterpiece Balanced Transportation Analyzer (BTA) to a packed room at the Manhattan headquarters of Sam Schwartz Engineering.  The Analyzer estimates how different tolls and transit fare incentives would influence commuter behavior in NYC, and calculates the resulting travel speeds, revenues, and other […]

Comments on NYMTC Long-Range Plan Due This Month

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, the NYC-area metropolitan planning organization, is looking for feedback on its 2010-2035 regional transportation plan. It is titled “A Shared Vision for a Shared Future” and includes demographic forecasts and funding strategies for the next 25 years. Overall, however, the plan reads less like a long-term planning document […]