Scudder Falls Bridge to Include Bike and Pedestrian Path

The current Scudder Falls bridge.

In a victory for cyclists and pedestrians, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced on Tuesday that the replacement of the Scudder Falls Bridge between Ewing, NJ and Bucks County, PA will add bicycle and pedestrian access.  The span will be the only connection in a 7-mile [...]

Complete Streets Gains Momentum in Albany

On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee passed Complete Streets (S5711-a). This legislation amends the highway law, and enables safe access to public roads for all users by utilizing complete street design principles—principles that take into account the needs of bike, pedestrian, public transport, and motorist users alike. Advocates hope the companion Assembly bill (A-8587) [...]

Poor Roads Cost NJ Drivers $600 a Year: National Report

A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group finds that New Jersey drivers suffer some of the worst roads in the nation, with the state’s major roadways ranked third worst according to the percentage of lane miles in poor or mediocre condition.

One in three lane miles in New Jersey is rated [...]

Could New Leadership at NJ Turnpike Bring A Fresh Approach to Road Widenings?

New Jersey Turnpike Authority executive director Diane Scaccetti-Gutierrez is planning to retire, Bloomberg News reported last week — giving the Christie administration a chance to extend its transportation shakeup to one of the state’s most hidebound agencies and inject some creative thought into the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike widenings. The [...]

NJ Trust Fund, Gas Tax Referendum Are Hot Topics at Budget Hearing

A gas tax referendum may be on the table, and a smaller transportation capital plan is on the way, NJDOT Commissioner Jim Simpson said during a heated State Senate Budget Committee hearing last Thursday. Though the hearing was ostensibly on NJDOT’s and NJ Transit’s fiscal 2011 budgets, senators spent the bulk of it grilling [...]

NJ Transit Releases Equity Analysis in Nick of Time, Admits Some Impacts

Detail from NJ Transit's analysis of service impacts. Routes in red are completely discontinued, while routes in blue are not (the NJ Transit maps highlight only complete cancellations and not other service cuts, as TSTC's analysis did.)

Just ahead of the bell, NJ Transit released its federally mandated analysis of the fare hike [...]

“Day of Action” Highlights National Transit Crisis

Tri-State Transportation Campaign, NJ Future, and the Straphangers Campaign joined transit riders, advocates and community leaders across the country on Tuesday to urge Congress for emergency transit funding to stave off devastating service cuts and fare hikes. In a statement, the groups highlighted the impending fare hikes, service cuts, and transit worker layoffs in [...]

State Transportation Reform: How Advocates are Winning

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The upcoming reauthorization of the federal transportation bill offers an opportunity to win a more environmentally sound, financially sound, and socially just national transportation policy.  However, even if drastic changes are won in the federal bill, transportation spending decisions will almost certainly remain in the hands of governors, state [...]

Long Island Senators Join Push For Safer Streets

State Sen. Craig Johnson, center, with AARP members and advocates in New Hyde Park yesterday.

NY State Senator Craig Johnson stood up for safer streets on Monday, agreeing to co-sponsor state complete streets legislation (SB5711/A8587) after participating in a “walkability audit” in New Hyde Park with AARP volunteers, New Hyde Park Village Trustee [...]

Notes From Albany: The Bus Camera Saga Continues…

Permission for NYC to use cameras to keep bus lanes clear is still being debated in Albany.

A group from Transportation Alternatives, Environmental Defense Fund, Straphangers Campaign and Tri-State Transportation Campaign headed to Albany last week to lobby for the inclusion of the NYC bus lane camera enforcement legislation in the final state [...]