The most congested roads on Long Island, highlighted in purple. | Map credit: Patchogue Patch
Segments of Long Island’s Sunrise Highway in Nassau County and Route 25A in Suffolk County are two of the most congested areas in New York, according to 2011 New York State data published in the Patchogue Patch.
The stretch of Sunrise Highway between Route 135 and Route 107 in Massapequa has three lanes in each direction and average daily traffic of 52,729, while a mile east, between Park Boulevard and 27A sees average daily traffic of 51,951 and also has a total of six lanes. Rounding out the list is Brookhaven’s Route 25A between Echo Avenue and Route 83. This road has two lanes (five total where there is a turning lane) in each direction and sees average daily traffic of 50,560.
Part of the reason these roads have such high average daily traffic stems from the way they are designed. While certain areas within these segments have sidewalks on at least one side of the street, these sidewalks are far from contiguous. By creating an environment that doesn’t welcome walking or bicycling, like a road with multiple lanes of fast moving vehicles and nothing to help people safely walk or cross, driving becomes the only “reasonable” mode of transportation. It should come as no surprise then that these roads rank among the most heavily congested on Long Island.
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The intersection of Fifth Avenue and Marvin Street, where a pedestrian was hit and killed last week. | Image: Google Maps
In one week, two more lives were claimed along Fifth Avenue in North Bay Shore, which ranks as one of the most dangerous roads for walking in Suffolk County according to Tri-State’s annual report.
A 59-year old pedestrian was hit and killed last Monday morning while trying to cross Fifth Avenue at the intersection of Marvin Road, and just a few days later, a 63-year old bicyclist was killed riding along Fifth Avenue at the intersection of Jensen Road—each crash was within just two blocks of each other. And according to Tri-State’s analysis, a pedestrian was hit and killed in 2011 at an intersection between these two crashes.
In response to these most recent tragedies, Suffolk County Legislator Thomas Barraga, who along with Legislator Ricardo Montano represents the area, sent a letter to Suffolk County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) requesting a study to determine what can be done to make the corridor safer for pedestrians, cyclists and all users of the roadway. In the letter, Legislator Barraga notes that the intersections where these fatalities occurred “have no traffic signals and lack sufficient sidewalks for pedestrians to walk safely along this busy road.” There is no word on whether Legislator Montano has taken similar action.
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Source: Newsday.com. A letter from almost two dozen groups called on Nassau County to increase its contribution to NICE Bus.
In the face of declining ridership and high levels of rider dissatisfaction, nearly two dozen local groups sent a letter to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and the members of the Nassau County Legislature in August calling for increased funding for Nassau County’s bus system, Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE).
Unfortunately, although the final Nassau County budget is due by the end of the month, the County’s proposed contribution to NICE remains a paltry $2.6 million in the County Executive’s proposed budget. The groups hope that robust support from a diverse background of service sectors including rider, labor, social services, planning, environmental and transportation groups, will help convince Nassau County’s elected officials that funding the beleaguered bus system is good public policy. Support for increased funding for the bus system was particularly strong from Nassau’s business community, which made up 20 percent of the signatories to the letter. Region-wide business groups like the Long Island Business Council and the Long Island Association, as well as local business advocates like the Hicksville and Freeport Chambers of Commerce, helped make the case that County investment must be increased.
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Source: Suffolk County Transit. Sunday bus expansion will not only add service, but create jobs.
Last month Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone released his proposed operating budget for 2014. As expected, the budget included a $2 million increase in funding from New York State over last year’s budget-$24.1 million in 2014 versus $22 [...]
For the third year in a row, the Nassau County budget calls for a County contribution to the bus system of only $2.5 million. | Image: nassaucountyny.gov
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano released his $2.79 billion 2014 Proposed Budget earlier this week, and unfortunately for Nassau County Inter-County Express (NICE) riders, no new transit funding was included in his budget plan. For the third year in a row, the County Executive is proposing to keep the County’s contribution to its bus system at a paltry $2.5 million. According to the budget’s Executive Summary, this level of funding only exists because it is a “mandated County match to the STOA (State Transit Operating Assistance) program.”
While New York State has tried to pick up the funding slack by contributing 20 percent more to the bus system since NICE replaced Long Island Bus in 2012, and riders have seen a fare hike totaling $3 million, Nassau County has stubbornly refused to take its responsibility to fund its bus system seriously. And in recent months it has become increasingly clear that Nassau County’s failure to prioritize this funding is significantly impacting what was once one of the largest suburban bus systems in the country. Ridership in 2012 was the lowest since 1998 and ridership through July of 2013 is approximately 5 percent lower than 2012 ridership over the same time period. In addition, rider satisfaction rates from 2012 to 2013 have dropped precipitously. According to a NICE survey, overall satisfaction rates for the second quarter of 2013 dropped by 32 points, or nearly 52 percent, from Q2 of 2012 to Q2 of 2013.
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Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert (pictured) secured funds for the sidewalk and was a key supporter of the bike lane on Wilson Avenue. | Photo: Liz Krolik-Alexander
Construction on Straight Path Road in the Town of Babylon | Photo: Jonathan Keyes
Several communities across the region have adopted Complete Streets policies [...]
(L to R) TSTC Associate Director Ryan Lynch, TSTC Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool, TSTC Research Fellow Ben Rosenblatt, Ellyn Shannon and Bill Henderson of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, and Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander
Today, Tri-State Transportation Campaign presented its inaugural Laggy Awards given to those branches of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) with the greatest lost economic productivity, delay per rider, and lost time.
The awards are intended as a signal to state legislators whose districts are home to the LIRR’s least-reliable branches that additional capital investment is needed to ensure that the system continues to serve as an asset — and not an impediment — to Long Island’s economic success. The next capital program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, of which LIRR is a subsidiary agency, will cover 2015-2019 and planning for the program will begin this fall.
TSTC estimates the total lost productivity due to late, cancelled and terminated trains between July 2012 to June 2013 at $60,760,661. The Babylon, Ronkonkoma and Huntington branches led the way, winning the gold, silver and bronze Lost Productivity Laggies, respectively.
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“LIRR’s frequent delays truly add up to lost economic productivity and commuter time over the course of a year,” said Ben Rosenblatt, the research fellow for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign who conducted the analysis. “In fact, estimates of total lost productivity are greater than last year’s profits of some of Long Island’s largest companies, such as VOXX International, Nathan’s, and 1-800 FLOWERS.”
Tri-State also awarded Laggy Awards for total hours of delay and average delay per rider; a fact sheet with all Laggy recipients in the three categories is available here.
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A new report says NICE riders’ satisfaction with Nassau County’s bus system is falling. | Photo: Newsday/John Paraskevas
At June’s Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) Bus Transit Committee meeting, NICE riders were greeted with good news about plans to use increased funding from New York State, as well as additional revenues generated from a March 2013 fare hike, for new and restored service scheduled to begin in September.
At the same meeting NICE released its Key Performance Indicators (KPI) of 2013 for January-March, providing the first opportunity to review how NICE customers see the system today versus how they viewed the system when NICE first launched last year. While there is some good news (bus breakdowns per day have dropped dramatically and the farebox recovery ratio is up slightly), the year-over-year NICE report indicates the system still has a long way to go.
According to the KPI, overall customer satisfaction dropped 18 points from 47 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to just 29 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Riders were dissatisfied in the survey’s sub-categories as well:
- Bus cleanliness satisfaction dropped 30 points, from 48 percent to 18 percent;
- Stop cleanliness satisfaction dropped 26 points, from 49 percent to 23 percent and;
- On-time perception fell 13 points, from 42 percent to 29 percent.
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Nassau County joined its neighbor to the east on Monday by unanimously adopting a county-wide Complete Streets policy. With its passage, Nassau County becomes the tenth local government to adopt a Complete Streets program on Long Island, helping to close loopholes in the New York State law. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s effort to [...]
NYSDOT plans to extend the LIE’s existing HOV lane (green) from 58th to 97th Street in Queens (purple).
Not to be outdone by Connecticut and New Jersey, it looks like New York State is also looking to join the highway widening party.
The Draft New York State FFY 2014-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) was recently released for [...]