House GOP: Northeast Corridor, New Haven-Springfield Worthy Of High-Speed Rail $

Newly ascendant House Republicans are taking a different tack when it comes to national plans for high-speed rail. At a hearing at Grand Central Terminal in NYC, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) restated his priorities for the national high-speed rail program. These have been two-fold: 1) Concentrate high-speed rail […]

North Hempstead Becomes First Nassau County Town to Adopt Complete Streets Policy

"The public right-of-way is more than just a conveyor of vehicles… it instead serves a vital role in shaping a community's landscape and livability," North Hempstead's new complete streets policy asserts. Click to read.

North Hempstead adopted a Complete Streets policy on Tuesday, making it the fourth policy of its kind on Long […]

What Does State Takeover of Nassau County Finances Mean for LI Bus?

This past Wednesday, the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), a state watchdog with a mandate to monitor and oversee Nassau County’s finances, voted unanimously to go one step further and assume control of the county’s finances. But the MTA and county are still locked in a dispute over funding LI Bus that could […]

Speak Up For Pedestrian, Cycling, Transit Improvements in NYC!

Click here to say thanks for all the transportation improvements NYC's received over the past three years.

Three-plus years of pedestrian, cycling, and transit improvements in New York City have come under fire from some local media and politicians in recent weeks.

The data repeatedly shows that the kinds of green transportation projects […]

House of Horrors: Spending Reduction Act is Bad News for Tri-State Transit

Members of the Republican Study Committee recently unveiled the Spending Reduction Act of 2011 that reduces federal spending by $2.5 trillion over ten years, starting with rolling back all non-defense spending to fiscal year 2008 levels.  As Streetsblog Capitol Hill reported earlier this week, the proposed cuts to transportation are deep and would translate […]

Safety Group’s Pedestrian Fatality Report Substitutes Guesswork for Analysis

Over half of pedestrian fatalities take place on wide "arterial" roads like Hempstead Turnpike on Long Island, even though arterials are only 12% of roads (by mileage). Yet "no single pedestrian fatality cause stands out," according to the umbrella group for government road safety agencies.

Last week, the Governors Highway Safety Association, which […]

Gov. Cuomo to Keep MTA, Port Authority Heads

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Crain’s New York reports that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo will keep MTA Chairman Jay Walder and Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward in their posts.

That’s good news. Tri-State and other advocates had urged the governor to retain both leaders, both of whom have proved adept at cutting costs while continuing to […]

Conference to Look at Challenge of Growing Air Delays

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The three major airports in the New York City metro region — LaGuardia, Newark, and JFK — handle about a third of all air traffic in the nation. But because of growth in air travel, they don’t handle it particularly well. Over […]

Henry Hudson Pilot is Major Step Down MTA’s Long Road to Open-Road Tolling

MTA Chairman Jay Walder unscrewed a barrier arm from one of the toll booths on the Henry Hudson Bridge this morning.

The MTA has long been known as the region’s laggard when it comes to high-speed tolling. Virtually every other agency in the region that runs highways, bridges, or tunnels has begun to […]

GAO: Transportation Spending an Investment With Uncertain Returns

A December study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that, well, there’s not much government accountability when it comes to how states spend federal transportation funds. Despite the existence of a federally mandated transportation planning process, the federal government offers no clear goals for state spending and there’s no clear way of knowing […]