A Good Year in Albany, IF Governor Cuomo Signs

Legislatively, it was a surprisingly good year in Albany for sustainable transportation and smart growth issues. Six good bills successfully navigated the Legislature’s gauntlet, one bad bill was killed, and now, real success for the season lies in the Governor’s pen.

The key to sustainable transportation is a well-funded, interconnected system that provides people […]

Tri-State’s Senators Speak Up for Transit in Face of Possible House Cuts

Last week, amidst the din in Congress over debt ceilings, budget deals and spending cuts, 25 senators spoke up for the critical role of transit in helping Americans get to work, look for work and actually get work.  In a letter sent to Finance Committee leaders, the senators (including all six from the tri-state […]

A Five-Point Plan to Transform NJ’s Deadly Black Horse Pike

The design of the wide, fast Black Horse Pike makes it dangerous for walking. This is compounded by a lack of pedestrian infrastructure and walking-friendly development in the corridor.

Recently, MTR walked Atlantic County’s Black Horse Pike, in southern New Jersey, to explore and document the conditions that make this road particularly dangerous […]

What Will Connecticut’s “Plan B” Budget Mean for Transportation?

The possible collapse of an agreement between Connecticut and its state employee unions has created tremendous uncertainty around the state budget. While the state employees’ coalition has postponed any action on contract concessions which would be necessary for Connecticut to balance its budget, Governor Malloy has given no indication that he will back down from moving […]

Apparently, Using Transportation Revenues for Transportation is a Good Thing

The existing Merritt 7 Metro-North station has only a small shelter and a low platform.

The prospect of a balanced budget in Connecticut is unclear now that an agreement with state employee unions appears at risk of collapse. But one positive highlight from the state’s budget was the shielding of more transportation revenue from […]

NJ Democrats’ Budget Would Restore Transit Village Funds

Late last night, New Jersey legislative Democrats released a budget which allocates funding for the Transit Village program, which helps towns support walkable, transit-oriented downtowns. The Christie Administration proposed cutting the $1 million program in fiscal year 2012. Tri-State Transportation Campaign, NJ Future, and other groups have advocated for the program’s restoration for months.

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Groups: Environmental Protection Under Siege in New Jersey

Environment New Jersey, Audubon New Jersey, NJ Environmental Federation and 25 other groups gathered in Trenton this week to fight two proposals that are fatal to NJ’s economy and environmental health: pulling out of RGGI and a rule that could exempt the Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies from strict compliance with existing […]

Jersey City, Ridgewood Pass Complete Streets

Jersey City is the largest municipality in the state to adopt a Complete Streets policy.

Jersey City and Ridgewood are the latest municipalities in New Jersey to adopt local Complete Streets policies saying that roads should be designed and built with pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders in mind, reports NJ Future’s Jay Corbalis. There […]

Stall Tactics Slow NYC’s Solid Waste Plan

It’s been five years since NYC passed a landmark Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) to alleviate the burden of garbage disposal in low-income communities and communities of color throughout the five boroughs, but most of the plan’s benefits have yet to materialize.  Implementation of the SWMP, which was passed by the NYC Council in […]

Transportation Equity Town Hall in Buffalo Tomorrow

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Tomorrow night, there will be a Transportation Equity Town Hall meeting at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center in Buffalo from 7-9 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Buffalo Carshare, Citizens for Regional Transit, Green Options Buffalo, and  members of the New York State Transportation Equity Alliance, a coalition of over 75 groups […]