Reminder: Long Island BRT Symposium Next Friday

Next Friday, Tri-State, in collaboration with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and numerous local advocacy organizations, is hosting a bus rapid transit symposium on Long Island.

The event, Building Regional Ties: Bolstering Long Island’s Economy and Mobility Through Bus Rapid Transit, will feature Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, ITDP U.S. and Africa […]

ConnDOT Studying Tolls for Hartford Area Highways

ConnDOT is studying congestion tolling on I-84, I-91, and I-384 | Image: fhwa.dot.gov

When Tri-State spoke with ConnDOT Commissioner Jim Redeker in 2011, he identified state of good repair—prioritizing the maintenance of Connecticut’s existing road, bridge, and transit infrastructure—as the primary goal for his agency. In order to help achieve this, ConnDOT is now […]

Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

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Winners

Newark Mayor Cory Booker's city has just passed a complete streets policy | Photo: ci.newark.nj.us

Connecticut, Westchester, and Long Island rail commuters—According to recently released data, 93% of customers are satisfied with Metro-North service and 86% of customers are […]

New Jersey’s Most Populous City Adopts Complete Streets Policy

A bike lane in Newark | Photo: Newark Department of Engineering

[An eagle-eyed reader has pointed out that Vineland is technically the largest city in New Jersey; Newark is actually the most populous. Thanks for the spot!]

Yesterday, Newark announced that it had adopted a complete streets policy, making the roads of New […]

Tappan Zee Project Clears Federal Environmental Review

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that the Federal Highway Administration has signed off on the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. The approval was the largest regulatory hurdle remaining before construction, which the state aims to begin within several months, although the construction firm that will build the bridge has yet to be named. The next major hurdle for […]

NJ Future Report: Strategically Target Investment in Transit-Oriented Development

Click through to read about the report on New Jersey Future's website.

As New Jersey municipalities (and developers) continue to show enthusiasm for development near transit hubs, the state and its local communities have just gotten a valuable resource that could help foster better land use patterns. Over three years in the making, New Jersey Future’s latest report and an accompanying dataset contain valuable information on the state’s extensive network of transit stations and the areas surrounding them, and suggests that New Jersey avoid one-size-fits-all transit-oriented development decisions. Instead, the report and dataset help the state and its communities strategically target investment in transit-oriented development:

A comprehensive and objective assessment of conditions around all of New Jersey’s transit stations would help identify those stations that pose the greatest opportunities for TOD in general, and for which variety of TOD. This in turn will help to direct limited public and private investments more efficiently and strategically.

While the dataset provides exceptionally detailed information on New Jersey’s transit stations, the report shows the tremendous opportunity for further transit-oriented development in general. Although 11.2% of New Jersey workers take transit to their jobs—the second-largest statewide figure in the nation, and one that rose between 2000 and 2010—there is much more opportunity for New Jersey communities to pursue sustainable development.  According to the report, “out of the state’s 1,944 Census tracts (as defined for the 2000 Census), 657 fall at least partially within half a mile of one or more of the [state’s] 215 rail stations.” These tracts contain approximately 2.8 million people, or roughly one third of the state’s entire population. And that figure does not include stations that are only served by bus or ferry. » Continue reading…

Traffic Fatalities Rise on NYC Streets

Over at Streetsblog yesterday, Stephen Miller broke down the “Mayor’s Management Report” and uncovered some disheartening news for New York City residents: “in the last fiscal year, traffic fatalities were at their highest level since 2008, and NYPD moving violations summonses were at a 10-year low.”

Although the number of traffic crashes went down […]

Troubling Trends Continue in NJDOT’s Final 2013 Capital Program

PANYNJ

According to a Tri-State analysis of NJDOT’s $3.2 billion Transportation Capital Program for FY2013, which lays out much of the state’s transportation spending for the coming year, the agency will continue a trend towards building new roads while lessening investment in bicycle and pedestrian programs. In June, the Campaign analyzed the draft version of this capital program, and while differences emerged between the draft and final documents, trends noted in the draft plan remain in the final version. Below, we review the state’s plans.

Capital Program Allocation by Project Type*

2012 2013
Draft Capital Program Final Capital Program Draft Capital Program Final Capital Program
New Road Capacity Projects 10.95% 13.35% 15.81% 13.96%
Bicycle/Pedestrian Projects 2.74% 3.01% 2.35% 2.32%
New Jersey Transit Share 33.26% 33.26% 36.09% 36.00%

* PANYNJ Project Program funds are excluded from the New Road Capacity and Bicycle/Pedestrian Project figures for the 2012 Final Capital Program and 2013 Draft and Final Capital Programs (the funds amount to $343 million in 2012 and $353 million in 2013). The New Jersey Transit share includes the entire capital program.

New Road Capacity Remains High

Projects that add capacity to the state’s roadways make up about 14% of the $1.712 billion NJDOT portion of the Final Capital Program.** Although this is down from almost 16% in the Proposed Capital Program, it is an increase from previous years when new road capacity made up less than 4% of the agency’s capital program. Furthermore, the reduction may be misleading—$20.7 million that was apparently shaved from a South Jersey interchange project (Direct Connection), for example, is simply being spent in a way that is not shown in the FY2013 Capital Program documents. The project’s overall cost has not been reduced and the final capital program means another year of ballooning state spending on added road capacity. » Continue reading…

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The Haddon Avenue Transit Village project has taken a big step forward | Graphic: DVRPA

Camden, New Jersey—Camden’s Haddon Avenue Transit Village took a big step forward after New Jersey approved a sizeable tax credit for the transit-oriented development.

New York […]

New Report: Departments of Transportation Can Innovate Through Transit-Oriented Development

Smart Growth America and the State Smart Transportation Initiative have just released a great resource for state departments of transportation looking to pursue forward-thinking policies. The report [pdf], entitled “The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice”, outlines a variety of progressive transportation ideas and highlights that many innovative policies—like reforming the way DOTs […]