After 2 Years of Progress, ConnDOT Commissioner Joe Marie Steps Down

In a statement today, Governor Rell announced that ConnDOT Commissioner Joseph Marie had submitted a letter of resignation and was leaving to “pursue long term employment opportunities and to spend more time with his family.” Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Parker, who oversaw ConnDOT’s public transit bureau, has been appointed the Acting Commissioner.

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With a Flourish, NYSDOT Planners Spare Brooklyn Heights

One of the tunnel options would route the BQE under downtown Brooklyn (in blue and green). NYSDOT suggests using the existing right-of-way (in black) as a "collector/distributor" highway, but it could have alternate uses.

The public reaction was quick and furious to a concept design for the downtown Brooklyn section of the Brooklyn-Queens […]

The Misery Starts as NY Transit Cuts Go Into Effect

The MTA’s service cuts went into effect over the weekend, stranding and inconveniencing many. Newsday captured the reactions of Long Island Bus riders, who saw 11 of their bus routes canceled and many others curtailed:

“There’s no more 28?” Eva Ramirez, of Inwood, said after waiting several minutes for the N28 bus near the […]

New Yorkers Deserve Better Than Assembly’s Flawed Complete Streets Bill

New Yorkers: Click to ask the State Assembly to support strong complete streets legislation.

As the legislative session nears its end, New York advocates are demanding that the NY State Assembly fix its flawed complete streets legislation. In a joint statement released yesterday, Tri-State, AARP New York, Empire State Future, the NYS Bicycle […]

NJ Turnpike’s Air Quality Plan: Turn Carpool Lanes Into Regular Ones, Build Parking

Interchange 11 connects the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

Yesterday MTR obtained a copy of a letter sent to NJDOT Commissioner Jim Simpson from the NJ Turnpike Authority earlier this month, requesting that the current HOV lanes on the NJ Turnpike between exits 11 and 14 be converted to general purpose lanes. […]

Early Word on Tappan Zee Planning Workshops Comes Back Positive

Each transit-oriented development workshop included a field visit to a relevant site. At the Tarrytown workshop, attendees assessed sites near the village train station.

Local officials who have attended the first three transit-oriented development workshops organized as part of the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 corridor project tell MTR that the sessions are worthwhile and […]

Now Hiring: Join the Sheridan Expressway Teardown Team!

Note: Hanging out on the little-used Sheridan Expressway is only a small part of the job.

Want to join the movement to replace the Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx with mixed-use development, affordable housing, and park space?  The Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance — the coalition of Bronx and citywide groups […]

New York Passenger Rail Costs Set to Soar

The two main intercity rail services in New York are Amtrak's Empire Service and Adirondack.

As previously noted in MTR, New York State is facing a bleak revenue outlook for non-MTA bus operations and intercity passenger rail (Amtrak).  It’s soon to get bleaker. The State’s transportation capital program and rail plan both […]

Route 347 ‘Vision Plan’ Advancing

Retrofitting strip malls: NYSDOT is looking into a frontage road concept for parts of Route 347. Buildings would front on the sidewalk and the agency has suggested it may work with developers to concentrate infill development on the large swaths of excess parking in the corridor (as seen in this rendering).

A few […]

“Flying at Light Speed” on Planet Albany

Sen. Martin Dilan stands with advocates and others to announce Senate support for complete streets and smart growth legislation yesterday.

With the New York legislative session scheduled to end next week, there has been a flurry of activity in Albany on the legislative front. Debate over bills is minimal to non-existent, kill-the-bill tactics […]