Bill Aims to Stop Dangerous NJ Environmental Waiver Rule

NJ State Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono is trying to stop a dangerous proposed rules change, known as the “DEP Waiver Rule,” which could weaken environmental protections. The proposal would allow the state Dept. of Environmental Protection to waive its own rules under certain vaguely defined circumstances, such as if a rule is considered […]

Port Authority Chief Has Told It Like It Is on Infrastructure


Multiple news outlets have reported that Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward will resign by the end of October, after 3 years of leading the agency. During his tenure, Ward kept agency budgets lean and took control of the World Trade Center rebuilding efforts. As Tri-State’s executive director Kate Slevin told the […]

Interest in NJ Transit Village Program Continues

Downtown Summit, NJ, near the NJ Transit station.

Calling Summit, NJ “almost a poster for what a Transit Village is,”  the Summit planning board recently approved a motion to recommend the City Council apply to NJDOT for Transit Village designation. Clearly, municipalities still see the benefit transit-oriented development can bring. But given the defunding of the […]

Trouble Ahead For Upstate NY Transit Funding, Too

In 1998, dedicated tax revenue ("PTOA Receipts") covered almost 90% of non-MTA transit appropriations, but now covers less than half. (Click for larger version.)

Last week, advocates in New York City told state and federal lawmakers, “Don’t X Out Transit” at two events. That message is just as resonant when it comes to […]

CT’s Putnam Memorial Bridge to Include Pathway for Pedestrians

The Putnam Memorial Bridge connects Glastonbury and Wethersfield in central Connecticut.

For years, livable community activists, including current and former elected officials, have advocated vigorously for pedestrian and cycling access to the Putnam Memorial Bridge, oftentimes in the face of consistent ConnDOT refusal.

Earlier this month, however, the Department announced that the debate […]

More Cycling, Fewer Injuries: Study Shows Need for Better Bike Infrastructure in NYC

Data from a Hunter College study shows fewer pedestrians being injured by cyclists between 2007 and 2010, the same time frame in which NYC has improved bike infrastructure and cycling has grown.

[Update 9/26: For further reading, see last week’s City Room article about how this study has been critiqued by other members […]

Advocates Tell Albany, Washington: “Don’t X Out Transit”

Rally participants at City Hall in NYC.

On Tuesday, transit advocates, labor, elected officials, and transit users stood together on the steps of City Hall to call on Congressional leaders, Governor Cuomo, and Mayor Bloomberg to support transit.  Concerned about the outlook of the subways, buses, and rails amidst projected funding cuts in […]

Cooperation Boosts Ronkonkoma TOD Project

A conceptual image of what a transit-oriented development near the Ronkonkoma LIRR station could look like.

A promising transit-oriented development project around the Ronkonkoma LIRR station in Suffolk County seems to be moving forward, thanks to an unusual amount of cooperation between two bordering municipalities. The Town of Brookhaven (which includes the station […]

Tri-State’s 2011 Annual Benefit is November 3

Sandi Vega and Sen. Charles Fuschillo.

[Update: We are also excited to announce that NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will appear as a special guest.]

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s 2011 Annual Benefit is November 3 at Top of the Garden (251 W. 30th Street, 16th floor) in New York City. This year, we will […]

Metro-North Testing Bike Racks on Newest Train Cars

ConnDOT's Eugene Colonese loads a bicycle onto a prototype rack being tested on a Metro-North train at Union Station in New Haven on Thursday.

Metro-North Railroad officials are testing bike racks on the railroad’s newest rail cars, the M-8s, which are being rolled out on the New Haven Line. The agency had prototype […]