Today is #GivingTuesday, the unofficial start of the holiday giving season, and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign is hoping you’ll share your giving spirit with us by making a small donation. Non-profits like ours work hard to get a lot done with limited resources. Our staff of ten is incredibly resourceful, covering three [...]
Last week, Tri-State listed the many reasons we have to be thankful in 2013, but as advocates, we know there’s always room for improvement. As we made our way out of our Thanksgiving-induced food comas, we identified a list of things that we’d be even more thankful for in 2014:
We’d be more thankful if…
Citi Bike received more funding from public and private sources – Elected officials in the Bronx, northern Manhattan and Queens have been calling for Citi Bike’s expansion since the bike share program launched in May, but the blue bikes won’t be docking in those areas anytime soon without additional funding.
Transit commuters had permanent parity with motorists – The deal made last January to avert the “fiscal cliff” included a provision that temporarily matched the pre-tax transit benefit with the parking benefit. This was a big win for transit riders, but it will expire on January 1 if Congress doesn’t soon pass a bill that makes transit equal with parking (and includes a tax benefit for bike share too).
New York City would stop giving away so much free real estate for cars – It’s counter-productive to allocate so much public space to cars without asking vehicle owners to pay at least something for it.
Connecticut highway designers used better guidelines – The Connecticut Highway Design Manual contains outdated and ill-advised guidance that is incongruent with the state’s Complete Streets efforts.
NJ Route 35 had bike lanes and continuous sidewalks – New Jersey has an opportunity to make Route 35 a truly Complete Street, but without bike lanes and continuous sidewalks, this major Shore road will remain an auto-centric thoroughfare that’s unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians, and lacks the redundancy that Superstorm Sandy exposed.
Reckless driving were taken more seriously – After a spate of recent curb-jumpings in New York City, we’ve come to understand that it’s possible to drive a motorized vehicle onto a sidewalk and injure or kill a person and not be charged with a crime.
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Photo: AP/Kathy Willens
MTR won’t be publishing any new content until next week. Safe travels and happy holidays!
Photo: Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo
Although it seems like we’ve been hearing Christmas music since Halloween, we should not forget that there’s another major American holiday coming up. So before we hop on Metro-North, LIRR, NJ Transit and the Fung Wah bus to join our families for some Thanksgiving fun, we thought we’d take a moment to list a few of the things we’re most thankful for:
Citi Bike’s success — Citi Bike has proven to be the nation’s – and one of the world’s – most successful bike share program by multiple metrics, and those who predicted total carnage in the streets have been proven wrong.
CTfastrak spurring development in the busway corridor — Central Connecticut’s under-construction bus rapid transit system CTfastrak won’t start running until 2015, but millions of dollars of new development are already popping up along the Hartford to New Britain busway corridor.
NYSDOT is making progress on some of Long Island’s most dangerous thoroughfares — Hempstead Turnpike, one of the region’s most dangerous roads, is getting much-needed safety upgrades, and years of advocacy are paying off on Route 347, which is being transformed into a true multi-modal corridor.
New Jersey Assemblypersons Singleton, Conaway and Spencer — Troy Singleton, Herb Conaway and Grace Spencer introduced legislation that would bring improved engineering, enforcement and education solutions to protect vulnerable road users and to improve pedestrian safety on New Jersey’s most dangerous roadways.
Sunday bus service adopted in Suffolk County — County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislators found a way to add more service to Sundays beginning in 2014, and in a surprise to no one, the existing service on two East End routes is becoming even more popular with riders.
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In New York State, more than 50 local communities have passed Complete Streets policies and laws, and in many instances the next question on their agenda is, “Now what?”
This December, Tri-State Transportation Campaign is partnering with the New York Academy of Medicine to deliver a two-part webinar on Complete Streets implementation. These webinars will be open to all audiences who are interested in learning about steps to take after a Complete Streets policy is in place. Representatives from municipal agencies and community-based organizations, transportation professionals, planners and all others interested in learning more about implementation of Complete Streets projects are encouraged to participate. The webinars are free, but you must register here.
Moving into Action: Planning and Implementing Complete Streets Projects – December 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Panelists: Nadine Lemmon, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Christopher Eastman, NYS Department of State, Jamie Konkoski, North Country Healthy Heart Network
This first webinar will support participants in thinking about aspects of planning and implementing Complete Streets policies and projects. Issues covered will include:
- Getting everyone to the table
- Understanding the decision process for transportation projects
- Culture wars, liability, costs? Identifying and overcoming your community’s concerns
- New tools for planning and implementation
- Challenges in a rural community
- Complete Streets and the revised State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) forms
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For immediate release: November 14, 2013
Contact: Nadine Lemmon, 917-767-7698
Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool issued the following statement in response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of the Transit Lockbox Bill (S.3837/A.5084):
Governor Cuomo’s veto of the Transit Lockbox Bill (S.3837/ A.5084) sends the wrong message to New Yorkers who [...]
Founding TSTC board members and 2013 honorees (L to R) Jeffrey Zupan, James T.B. Tripp, Rich Kassel, Charlie Komanoff with TSTC executive director Veronica Vanterpool. | Photo: Joseph Cutrufo/TSTC
Last Thursday’s 20th Anniversary Benefit was a great success, with one of our largest guest lists to date. The event, which took place at [...]
We’re auctioning off a custom bike from SPCarbon at our Nov. 7 benefit. Don’t miss your chance to win!
Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s 20th Anniversary Benefit is just FOUR DAYS away. Get your tickets now for the event this Thursday, November 7th, taking place from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Top of the Garden (251 West 30th Street, New York, [...]
Statement of Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool on the region’s transit systems recovery from Superstorm Sandy and planning for future storms:
A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the tri-state region, we are seeing a stronger regional vision of resiliency emerge. The storm exposed our region’s vulnerabilities, especially those of [...]
The Town of Brookhaven, New York has been working to support development and revitalize its Greater Bellport neighborhood, one of the most economically distressed communities on Long Island. Last year, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the One Region Funders’ Group awarded $48,500 to the town to further these efforts, and the town is already seeing dividends. Last [...]