New Jersey’s Candidates on the Issues: Part Two

Frustrated by the lack of attention to the looming transportation funding crisis in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race, TSTC sent surveys to the three major candidates late this summer. Below is a narrative of the responses to the survey, broken down by issue. Coincidentally, the surveys were received the same week that transportation entered the […]

New Jersey’s Candidates on the Issues: Part One

Frustrated by the lack of attention to the looming transportation funding crisis in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race, TSTC sent surveys to the three major candidates late this summer. Below is a narrative of the responses to the survey, broken down by issue. Coincidentally, the surveys were received the same week that transportation entered the […]

Federal Policy: Six Bills to Watch

While it remains unclear when Congress will make progress on the re-authorization of the federal transportation bill, here are six bills TSTC supports that are worth mentioning to your congressperson. All may move forward as standalone legislation, or get rolled into the broader re-authorization.

Livable Communities Act (S. 1619 / H.R. 3734) – Gives […]

Are Residency-Based Toll Discounts Unconstitutional?

Residents of Grand Island (at left) and Staten Island can apply for discounted toll rates.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a class-action lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of residency-based toll discounts should be judged on the merits.

The plaintiffs in Selevan et al. v. NY Thruway Authority have challenged a toll […]

MTA’s Walder Meets the Press

New MTA chief Jay Walder is in his third week on the job and on the front page of today’s New York Times. That article, which lays out a proposal for lower transit fares at off-peak times, is the latest piece in a multi-day media blitz that Walder has used to introduce three priorities […]

Transportation Kong Muscles Into NJ Governor Race

The looming bankruptcy of New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund has long been the unaddressed 800-pound gorilla climbing up the side of NJ’s statehouse. The main funding source for state transportation projects could run out of money by 2011, but hasn’t been an issue in the gubernatorial race. Until now. With less than a month […]

Transit Funding Reinstated in CT; Battle on Long Island Continues

It has been the “fall of fare hike fights” here at Tri-State.

MTR has documented at length the bus and rail fare hike fights in Connecticut as well as the fight to stave off cuts in Nassau County’s contribution to LI Bus over the past weeks and months.  Well the results are in, and […]

Symposium Outlines Need for Rapid Buses in Connecticut

Even if every one of Connecticut's historic rail stations was reactivated, over 90% of residents would be beyond walking distance of a train station — one of the many reasons why a robust bus system is needed in the state. (Click to expand; warning: original image is 2200 pixels wide).

Why is bus […]

OUTRAGEd Over Trucks in Brooklyn? Group Seeks Volunteers to Document Issue

OUTRAGE has previously helped organize truck enforcement crackdowns.

OUTRAGE, a local group advocating to reduce community impacts of truck traffic in North Brooklyn, is organizing a survey to document truck traffic in Williamsburg and Greenpoint and needs volunteers.  OUTRAGE, which stands for Organizations United for Trash Reduction And Garbage Equity, conducted a similar […]

More Transparency Would Make Improved NJ Transit Website Even Better

NJ Transit's new website is an improvement for transit riders.

Not to be outdone by the Port Authority, which unveiled an updated website last week, NJ Transit has pulled off a website makeover of its own. The new site is a clear improvement for riders and includes a better trip planner, more visible […]