Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

An MTA bus in operation after Hurricane Sandy | Photo: MTA

Your weekly guide to heroic and villainous actions in tri-state transportation and development.

Winners

Transit workers, utility workers, volunteers, and first responders–As the tri-state region gets back on its feet after Hurricane Sandy, transit workers, utility workers, volunteers, and first responders [...]

Climate Change and the NYC Metro Area Transit System

A boat on Metro-North tracks in Ossining | Photo: MTA

In the New York City metro area, the worst of Hurricane Sandy seems to have passed, and the long work of recovery has begun. At a press conference today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at length about the two biggest challenges [...]

Connecticut Agencies May Move to Downtown Hartford

A recent Hartford Business Journal story examines a number of efforts by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy to strengthen Hartford, the state’s capital city. One which promises both economic benefits and symbolic value is to bring state agencies into downtown Hartford. Currently, many state agencies — including ConnDOT — are located in suburban office parks that [...]

American Dream Developer Offers Transit Plan, But No Funding

As northern New Jersey awaits a plan to deal with the heavy traffic expected from an influx of 55 million annual visitors to the American Dream Meadowlands megamall, the project’s developer, Triple Five Worldwide, recently revealed an outline of public transit improvements that could reduce automobile traffic. The catch? The developer hasn’t committed to paying for improvements.

The Plan: Bus Improvements

Under the terms of Triple Five’s plan, three local bus lines could be enhanced to provide service to the megamall project. The developer maintains that NJ Transit is committed to this expanded service. The plan identifies these lines as conduits for employees, not customers.

Triple Five has also indicated that it is in conversations with private operators about getting routes to Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, since, according to the plan, NJ Transit is prohibited from providing express service to the Meadowlands from that location. Whether or not the PABT is prepared for more buses is another question.

According to the plan, NJ Transit has also said it will “consider” creating new interstate/commuter express bus stops at American Dream, “contingent on providing appropriate accommodations for north- and southbound express bus stops on Rt120 adjacent to the [American Dream] site,” along with safe pedestrian paths at any new bus stops.  Depending upon the exact placement of the bus stops, the burden of making and maintaining bus stop safety infrastructure could fall on the shoulders of East Rutherford. Although the borough could apply for Safe Streets to Transit funding—which goes to projects that make walking to transit safer—support for the program has been spotty in recent years (though it was recently restored).
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Two Weeks Until Tri-State’s Benefit!

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be honored at Tri-State's benefit | Photo: governor.ct.gov

As Mobilizing the Region readers know, the tri-state area has made tremendous strides in sustainable transportation policy over the past several years, and much of that progress owes to the vision and commitment of public officials in New York, [...]

Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

Your weekly guide to heroic and villainous actions in tri-state transportation and development.

Winners

A pedestrian plaza in Union Square | Photo: Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation

Hartford, Connecticut pedestrians and cyclists—After popular opposition arose in the face of a CTfastrak-related plan that would have closed Hartford’s Flower Street, a crucial conduit for pedestrians and [...]

Where Is the Tappan Zee Transit Task Force?: Two Months, Seven Days, and Counting…

The Tappan Zee | Photo: Dougtone/flickr

In August, New York State committed to forming a transit task force in order to get essential local support for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, which dropped its transit focus when the project was fast tracked last October. Over two months later, traffic-weary Lower Hudson Valley residents have seen [...]

Tri-State and Vision Long Island Release “Complete Streets in a Box: Long Island”

Today, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Vision Long Island released “Complete Streets in a Box: Long Island,” a toolkit for local Long Island communities that are interested in passing and implementing complete streets policies. The toolkit builds on an earlier project with the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium and includes a primer on complete streets and liability in [...]

High Stakes for NJ as Federal Transportation Law Is Implemented

Will MAP-21, the new federal transportation law, reward states for investing in public transit, or provide perverse incentives to widen roads?  Will the cuts to pedestrian and bicycle funding in the law imperil progress towards street safety?  And as Congress begins work on a successor to MAP-21, what are the chances that it will [...]

NACTO to Host Designing Cities Conference Next Week

For three days next week, October 24-26, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and NYU’s Rudin Center are hosting a conference that seeks to “forge a common vision for cities to achieve national objectives for healthier, more sustainable, equitable, and efficient cities of tomorrow.” The transportation officials, planners, architects, designers, and urbanists [...]