NIFA Approves Veolia’s LI Bus Contract

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) approved Nassau County’s contract with Veolia last week, which sets the stage for the company’s takeover of Long Island Bus on January 1. Despite some misgivings, the five-member body voted unanimously in favor of the contract.

“My prediction is that a year from now, we’re going […]

TSTC Board Member Connie Sidamon-Eristoff Has Passed Away

Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff

Connie Sidamon-Eristoff, who served on TSTC’s board for many years, passed away peacefully yesterday in New York City. Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff was a highly regarded public servant, attorney and philanthropist. The board and staff will miss his wisdom, humor, and energy.

After serving in Korea and graduating from Columbia Law School, Mr. […]

LI Bus Operator’s Parent Company Target of Investigation


Photo: Kriston Lewis

A law firm that specializes in shareholder class action suits has announced an investigation into Veolia Environnement, the parent company of Nassau County’s new bus operator.

From the press release:

The investigation focuses on whether a series of statements made between February 5, 2008 and August 4, […]

“Transit Tax Hike” Is All But Guaranteed Next Year

Virtually all LIRR riders who receive federal transit commuter benefits will be hit with a "transit tax hike" next year. (Click to view larger.)

While some in Congress indulge in end-of-year partisanship, it’s transit riders who will be hit by the hangover come January 1. Transportation For America reports that the transit commuter […]

Fare Hikes on the Horizon, But At Least CT Transit Riders Have Access to Google Transit

Photo: Mira Hartford

Last week, the Connecticut Department of Transportation provided a friendly holiday reminder to transit riders that the first of three scheduled 4% fare increases will take effect on January 1, 2012. The fare increase really is a gift that keeps on giving—it will be the first of three consecutive 4% […]

Reductions in State Funding Force NFTA to Make Hard Choices

Steady Cuts to STOA have left Buffalo with Terrible Choices

Chart: NFTA

Yesterday, the commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) formally adopted a plan to cut 22% of service miles from their Metro transit system.

These cuts attempt to address NFTA’s $15 million budget shortfall, which stems from increased operating costs and reduced funding from Albany (money that’s known as State […]

Journal News Urges Deliberation on Tappan Zee Plans

Photo: Alex Bellink

Over the weekend, The Journal News published a smart editorial that urged Albany and Washington to think seriously about their stated desire to build the new Tappan Zee without bus rapid transit (BRT). The article, which responded to a coalition statement released by TSTC and others, reminded officials that the bridge […]

NHTSA Releases Report on Motor Vehicle Crashes

Fatalities Chart

NHTSA's data shows a decrease in fatalities per vehicle mile traveled.

In New York, Connecticut, and many other parts of the country, travelling by foot has gotten more dangerous. A recent analysis from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that pedestrian fatalities in car crashes rose by 4.2% between 2009 and 2010. […]

Diverse Coalition Demands Bus Rapid Transit on New Tappan Zee

Photo: Doug Kerr

Earlier today, a group of elected officials and advocacy organizations (including TSTC) banded together to demand that bus rapid transit (BRT) be incorporated in the state’s plans to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge.

The statement also pointed out the decade-long public debate that lead to general agreement on BRT’s importance […]

Nassau County Legislature Adopts Amended NICE Contract

Photo: Kriston Lewis

Late Monday night, the Nassau County Legislature unanimously adopted an amended version of a contract with Veolia Transportation.

While the new contract still cedes much power to Veolia, the amendments and a new memorandum of understanding do guarantee that there will be no fare increases in 2012, no cuts to Able-Ride […]