Nassau Budget Vote Sets Stage for Higher Fares, Reduced Service

Nassau's 2012 budget cuts annual funding to Long Island Bus to just $2.5 million.

Late Sunday night, the Nassau County Legislature adopted its $2.63 billion budget along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against.  Included in the budget was $2.5 million for LI Bus, which represents a 73% cut in [...]

Veolia Signs Secret Contract on LI Bus

Advocates warned of the consequences of privatizing Long Island Bus yesterday morning.

Veolia Transportation has signed a contract to operate Long Island Bus next year, a Nassau County spokesperson told Newsday today. But the details of the contract have been kept under wraps, even as the Nassau County Legislature prepares to vote on [...]

Is Nassau Ignoring Federal Regulations on LI Bus?

Federal regulations require that transit operators analyze the impact of planned fare hikes and service cuts on vulnerable populations. Nassau County hasn't yet done so for LI Bus.

The Federal Transit Administration requires that recipients of FTA funds – like Nassau County – analyze whether major changes to their transit systems have a [...]

NJ Transit Scorecard: Second Verse, Same as the First

Ratings on NJ Transit's second quarterly customer scorecard haven't changed much compared to the first scorecard.

NJ Transit’s second quarterly “Scorecard” results are in, and they aren’t anything to brag about. The agency’s overall score rose from 5.2 to 5.3 on a scale of 1 to 10, which NJ Transit still describes as “satisfactory” or “acceptable.” [...]

NJ Transit Holding “We’re Listening” Forums for Customers

NJ Transit wants to hear from riders. As part of its “Year of the Customer,” the agency has been rolling out efforts to acquire feedback from its customers.  To complement the “SCORE Card” initiative, NJ Transit is holding public forums “to hear about your experiences.”

According to the agency, “the forums will give customers the opportunity to [...]

AARP NJ Urges Rep. LoBiondo to Work for Safer Streets

In a video and advertisements, AARP New Jersey has asked Representative LoBiondo to support national complete streets legislation, as well as local pedestrian safety improvements.

AARP New Jersey has released a video urging Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2) to co-sponsor the “Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011″ (H.R. 1780/S.1056) and to [...]

Checking Up on South Jersey’s RiverLINE

A RiverLINE train passes through the Rutgers University-Camden Station. Source: Rutgers University-Camden

Upon beginning service in 2004, the RiverLINE, New Jersey Transit’s 34-mile light-rail service between Trenton and Camden, was often reported to have been an expensive mistake. Critics cited the large construction cost overruns and posited that South Jersey would see limited [...]

Long Island Senators Receive Green (and Oily) Awards on Transportation

Top: Fuschillo. Bottom: Zeldin.

This past year, Albany was both green and oily on transportation issues, according to the recently released 2011 Voters’ Guide done by EPL/Environmental Advocates, the only scorecard that grades New York State lawmakers according to their votes on bills that could help or harm our air, land, and water.

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Hudson Valley Smart Growth Update

Two non-Tappan-Zee stories from the Hudson Valley:

Lewisboro Passes Complete Streets Policy

On October 11, with a unanimous Town Board vote, Lewisboro became the first town in Westchester County to adopt a Complete Streets policy. Town Board member Dan Walsh, the champion of the effort, told the Lewisboro Ledger that this “modest first step” [...]

Statement on Gov. Cuomo’s Nomination of Joe Lhota to Head MTA

TSTC executive director Kate Slevin issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Cuomo’s nomination of Joseph Lhota to head the MTA:

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign welcomes the opportunity to work with Joseph Lhota as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the MTA on our shared goals of fiscal stability and [...]