New Jersey Future‘s annual Redevelopment Forum is approaching fast! Register now to take advantage of the early-bird rate (which ends this Friday, February 20).
The Redevelopment Forum takes place on March 13 at the New Brunswick Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center, and will feature keynotes from Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Congress for the New Urbanism President Lynn […]
Can community gardens in Camden, New Jersey help to support local health needs and, if so, are the surrounding streets and intersections safe conduits for residents to access these spaces for healthy eating and recreation?
TSTC was recently awarded a grant that will seek to answer this question.
The grant will support a day-long health impact and livability assessment in Camden called “Walking Towards the Green.” The assessment will take place in the spring, and will include a walking audit to inventory and note community assets and needs such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, trails, green space, community gardens and access to community gardens. This work is funded through the Shaping New Jersey program, which “focuses on environmental and policy change to reduce obesity and chronic disease.”
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NACTO Executive Director Linda Bailey (above) and NYLCV New York City Sustainability Program Director Ya-Ting Liu
TSTC welcomed two new members to the organization’s Board of Directors this week: Linda Bailey, Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and Ya-Ting Liu, Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters’ (NYLCV) New […]
On Tuesday, February 3, New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) will be teaming up with New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) for a lobby day in Albany to discuss pedestrian, bicycling and transit infrastructure. Join us!
In light of yesterday’s State of the State address, now is the time to let your Albany legislators know that sustainable transportation options are […]
This Friday, January 23, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will be hosting the first of seven public hearings to solicit public feedback on ten alternatives to move freight across the New York Harbor.
The reason for the study is the current system, which is untenable. The lack of existing freight track infrastructure in downstate New York east of the Hudson River means freight must come in on a truck or barge from New Jersey or via trains that are rerouted 140 miles north to Selkirk, NY and then make their way back south toward New York City.
Source: Port Authority DEIS
CURRENT PROBLEM: SELKIRK DETOUR
More than 90 percent of freight crossing the Hudson River is moved in trucks. As has been noted time and time again, large commercial trucks are a significant contributor to roadway congestion, poor air and water quality, and the deteriorating conditions of regional infrastructure. There is also a significant social cost, as trucks affect roadway and pedestrian safety and quality of life in residential communities.
There are ways to reduce our region’s overreliance on and the impacts of truck freight while improving the overall system of moving goods into and out of our region. Alternatives to the current system are being studied in the recently released Cross Harbor Freight Program NEPA Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Five of the “rail tunnel alternatives” being studied would create a direct connection across the harbor, allowing freight to move directly from New Jersey to Brooklyn and enabling goods to reach Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties by rail.
SOLUTION: RAIL TUNNEL DIRECT CONNECTION
This would be a significant improvement over the current system. Some of the rail tunnel alternative benefits are:
- reduced truck emissions, which pollute our air and contribute to increased asthma rates,
- project construction jobs,
- port jobs,
- protection of the current and future flow of goods, including the region’s food and clothing supply,
- safer roads, especially for pedestrians, and
- avoidance of costly repairs of roadway damage caused by large trucks (According to one report, road damage caused by a single 18-wheeler is equivalent to that of 9,600 cars).
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Even Santa takes public transit! | Photo: LakeCharles.com
2014 has been a huge year for news from the transportation and transit sectors — especially in the tri-state region. We worked hard this year and are proud of our many accomplishments, including:
successfully fighting the diversion of clean water funds to the new Tappan Zee Bridge project; helping to […]
Tomorrow evening the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee will be holding a public meeting, which will include a presentation by NICE CEO Michael Setzer. Last week, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano stated that in order to make up for revenue lost after the repeal of the county’s school zone speed camera program, “painful” decisions about […]