Feds: New Jersey on Hook for Full $271M ARC Tunnel Bill

[Update: Gov. Christie said on May 2 that the state would continue to fight the bill in federal administrative court. Federal officials said interest would begin accruing on the $271 million bill immediately.]

When Gov. Christie canceled the Access to the Region’s Core rail tunnel between New Jersey and NYC, he not only set […]

MTA Votes to End LI Bus Contract With Nassau County

Despite the pleas of advocates for more time, the MTA officially voted to end its lease agreement with Nassau County for the operation of Long Island Bus at its Wednesday board meeting. The county plans to turn the system over to a private operator next year, and is choosing between three companies that submitted […]

NJ Transportation Funding Plan Would Shortchange Bus Riders

Limited capacity at the Port Authority Bus Terminal translates into congestion in New Jersey and on local NYC streets.

An article in last week’s Wall Street Journal indicated a dire need to do something about the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which has reached its capacity, as TSTC has pointed out in reports and videos. But New […]

Connecticut, NYC, New Haven, NJDOT Championing Complete Streets

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Many governments in our region are leading the way on using complete streets laws and policies to ensure roads are designed for everyone who uses them. According to the National Complete Streets Coalition’s new report, Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2010: A Story of Growing Strength:

Connecticut’s complete streets law is […]

Bridgeport Mayor Gets ‘A’ Grade From CT Post on Transportation

Finch.

The Connecticut Post’s Earth Day coverage of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch gave the mayor glowing reviews and an “A” for his work to make Bridgeport’s transportation network more sustainable. And it wasn’t only the paper who lauded the mayor. Regional Plan Association’s David Kooris applauded Mayor Finch for “his citywide policy to link […]

Have New Jersey’s Smart Growth Programs Helped You?

Downtown Metuchen.

Have New Jersey’s Transit Village program, and others designed to support walkable and transit-friendly downtowns, benefited you? New Jersey Future has begun collecting stories in support of smart growth programs which the state has placed on the chopping block.

On NJ Future’s blog Garden State Smart Growth, Jay Corbalis reprints this […]

For Earth Day, NY Green Groups Embrace Complete Streets

"Super Bills" are the top legislative priorities of New York's environmental movement and play a large role in legislative scorecards like those released by Environmental Advocates. (Image is from EA's 2010 voter guide.)

In recognition of Earth Day, 14 New York public policy, environmental, transportation and energy groups released today a slate of […]

Improving Public Safety in Camden, One Street at a Time

Like many other U.S. cities that have experienced significant industrial decline, high rates of poverty and racial and ethnic segregation, Camden is often presented as a virtual “lost cause.” Negative coverage of the city has only intensified since it was forced to lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters […]

New Jersey’s Patchwork Transportation Funding Plan

As outlined, NJ's transportation funding plan relies on Port Authority funds, new debt, tolls and general tax revenue. There's no indication of where that general revenue would come from, which means that in later years the green portion of the chart is basically unfunded.

At both a March 31 Assembly Budget Committee hearing […]

Albany Inaction Could Mean $3 Fare, Maintenance Backslide

In a two-part series earlier this month, Streetsblog examined the consequences of inaction on the $10 billion gap in the MTA’s 2010-14 capital program. The capital plan is fully funded only through the end of this year, but there’s been barely a word from the state politicians who must figure out how to pay […]