NJDOT Saves $10M, a 230-Year-Old Tree, and Perhaps its Public Image

The Route 49/55 interchange in Millville.

In a shining example of good government, NJDOT listened and responded to Millville and Cumberland County residents and elected officials opposed to a project which would have widened Route 49 by lengthening the Route 55 exit ramps.

The $28 million project was announced in April by Gov. [...]

NJ Future Gets in the Blogging Game

Our friends at New Jersey Future have joined the blogosphere! Garden State Smart Growth offers a new way for fans of NJ Future’s biweekly newsletter Future Facts to read and comment on stories, and link roundups to help readers stay updated on land use and development news from around the state. NJ Future is [...]

Gov. Rell Keeps Transit Riders on the Hook for Fare Hikes

Riders board a CT TRANSIT bus.

Connecticut’s budget continues to frustrate transit advocates. In the latest twist in the protracted process, Gov. Rell has vetoed a bill that would have staved off bus and rail fare increases. This isn’t the first time she’s kept transit riders on the hook. To recap:

The year [...]

A TOD Program for Long Island is Among Adjustments to MTA Capital Plan

At some LIRR stations, surface parking could be replaced with garages and transit-oriented development.

Earlier this week, the MTA board approved a $28.1 billion capital program covering 2010-2014, although nearly $10 billion of the plan is unfunded. The plan has undergone a few changes since it was first proposed, displaying a firmer commitment [...]

Demand is High for Meadowlands Rail

Giants fans took the train to a preseason game earlier this year.

New York football fans have a lot to be happy about this season. The Giants have continued their strong play, the Jets are 2-0 behind new quarterback Mark Sanchez — and for the first time, customers can get to Giants Stadium [...]

New York Tolling Foes Up for “Oil Slick” Award

State Sens. Espada (on left) and Monserrate at a press conference on the MTA. The two were influential in dropping bridge tolls from the MTA funding package.

EPL/Environment Advocates announced an addition to its annual Voter’s Guide this morning: the “Oil Slick” award, which will be bestowed on the “public figure who has [...]

In Record-Setting 2008, Transit Saved Region 1.7 Billion Gallons of Gas

People in the tri-state region are driving less and taking transit more often. (Reductions in gasoline and CO2 reflect benefits from total transit use, not just the 2007-08 increase in ridership).

2008 was a record-setting year for transit agencies around the country and in the tri-state region. That’s a trend that state and [...]

Maine Puts the Brakes on Highway Widening, While NJ Drives Toward the Cliff

Maine took a second look at widening its Turnpike after traffic fell by over 3% from 2007 to 2008. In New Jersey, traffic on the Parkway and Turnpike was 5.6% lower in the first half of 2009 compared to the same period last year.

Last month the state of Maine canceled a planned [...]

Poetic Justice in the New York State Senate

Aponte.

Last week, the NY Daily News uncovered the latest scandal to hit the ethics-plagued State Senate. According to the News, Senate Secretary Angelo Aponte “tried to broker a meeting between the MTA and HBO about filming a Martin Scorcese pilot near transit property — just weeks after the network’s parent company [...]

ConnDOT Puts Route 11 Expansion on the Back Burner

In a move that should be lauded by transportation and smart growth advocates statewide, the Connecticut Department of Transportation is reevaluating whether the Route 11 expansion project fits within the state’s transportation priorities.

The Route 11 project would have extended the highway through sparsely developed land to the I-395/95 junction.

Essentially this means [...]