Our friends at Transportation Alternatives are hosting a community workshop next week geared toward making safety improvements on Brooklyn’s Jay Street, “a critical connector to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge [that] lacks the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needed to protect New Yorkers from dangerous traffic.” Jay Street was an area of particular concern for cyclists who participated in the [...]
Join the New York State Transportation Equity Alliance (NYSTEA) for its third annual conference on March 19 at One Empire State Plaza in Albany. The conference unites policymakers, advocates, practitioners, transit riders and transit businesses from around the state to discuss and organize for equity in local and regional transportation.
A wide range of equity issues will be [...]
In advance of tomorrow’s hearing on the transportation section of the New York State 2014-2015 Executive budget, a coalition of transit, labor, business, environmental, good government and rider advocacy groups issued a statement on the proposed diversion of dedicated MTA transit funds:
Transit riders should be concerned. The 2014-2015 Executive Budget contains a troubling diversion of MTA dedicated funds that could mean a rough ride for bus and subway riders, workers, and manufacturers. In the Budget, $40 million in dedicated transit funds, which pay for day-to-day operations, service and maintenance are being diverted into the General Service Debt Fund. With this action, Governor Cuomo reneges on an agreement the State made with the MTA in 2002 in which the State would pay for $2.4 billion in MTA debt.
This proposal, which first occurred with a $20 million diversion in the 2013-2014 NYS budget, is not only planned again this year, but in 2015, 2016 and beyond. In total, nearly $350 million could be siphoned away from transit in future years.
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New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) are gearing up for their second annual advocacy day on February 11. This is a great opportunity to tell your representatives in Albany why walking and biking are important to you, and why you need their support to build a safer walking and biking environment for all New Yorkers.
Issues on the agenda:
Budget: Governor Cuomo deserves praise for setting aside $67 million in Transportation Enhancement funding for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure earlier this month, but New York residents also need a long-term policy commitment that recognizes walking and biking as vital transportation infrastructure. That means a dedicated pot of money, distributed annually, that can provide a consistent source of funds for communities that want to build pedestrian and bicycling-friendly road and trail networks. Governor Cuomo left this out of his draft Executive Budget, but there is still time for the Senate and Assembly to do the right thing in their budget bills.
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New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and TSTC Albany Legislative Advocate Nadine Lemmon | Photo: Rohan Parikh
Today, advocates from New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) decided to test out how safe it is to walk and bike (just kidding) the halls of the State Capitol building in Albany. With panniers overflowing with postcards [...]
Photo: Ed Betz/Newsday
Update: The PBS Weekend News Hour program has been moved from Sunday, January 12th to Saturday, January 11th, at 6pm.
Last year, after several months of advocacy by Tri-State and allies including the Welfare to Work Commission, LI Jobs with Justice, Vision Long Island and others, Suffolk County announced it [...]
We’re looking back on transportation in the tri-state region in 2013 and we could use your help. In the comments section below, let us know your thoughts on what was good, what was bad, and what was just plain ugly in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in 2013.
Last week, a statewide coalition of pedestrian and bicycling safety advocates sent a letter to Governor Cuomo with a very important item on their holiday wish list: dedicated funding for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. Individuals can add their voice to the chorus here, and a postcard will be sent to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole Governor Cuomo’s office in Albany, courtesy of Parks & Trails New York.
As the letter states:
The adoption of the Complete Streets law in 2011 has developed significant momentum for pedestrian and bicycle projects at the local level in our state. Communities across New York are eager to invest in pedestrian and bicycle projects, knowing that these projects improve their community’s quality of life, promote a healthier population, revitalize downtowns, increase real estate values and business activity, provide equitable and affordable transportation choices, and reduce air pollution.
Unfortunately, recent reductions in funding, on a state and federal level, greatly reduce the ability of communities to realize their goals.
Those reductions include a 30 percent cut ($12 million annually) of dedicated funds from the federal government via MAP-21, and a 40 percent cut in planned expenditures for bike-ped only infrastructure ($100 million over four years) on the state level. In part, this reduction in support for bike-ped infrastructure is a result of NYSDOT’s new Preservation First policy that categorically excludes new bike-ped infrastructure from 80 percent of the dollars spent by NYSDOT on transportation projects.
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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 [...]