Support TSTC this Earth Day

The UN Climate Panel recently reported that “decades of foot-dragging by political leaders had propelled humanity into a critical situation, with greenhouse emissions rising faster than ever.” Tri-State’s charge is to spur this political foot-dragging into action in the transportation sector, but we can’t do it alone!

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Advocates Applaud Updates to NJ Route 35 Reconstruction Plan

Statement of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia on the updated Route 35 Reconstruction Plan, unveiled on Tuesday. 

For immediate release – April 1, 2014

Contact: Janna Chernetz, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, 908-208-0083 Cyndi Steiner, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, 973-886-4142 John Boyle, Bicycle Coalition [...]

Riders Lose: New York State Legislature Fails to Stop Raid on Public Transportation

Statement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, Pratt Center for Community Development, Reinvent Albany, Riders Alliance and Tri-State Transportation Campaign on the New York State Legislature’s failure to stop Governor Cuomo’s raid of dedicated transit funds: 

For immediate release – March 29, [...]

Making a More People-Friendly Jay Street

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 [...]

Save the Date for the 3rd Annual NYSTEA Conference

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 [...]

TZB Transit Task Force Recommends New Modern, Faster Bus System in I-287 Corridor

The New NY Bridge Mass Transit Task Force (of which Tri-State is a member) issued its Final Transit Recommendations today. The 119-page report details transit improvements along the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 corridor in Rockland and Westchester Counties. The recommendations propose sleeker, new buses with WiFi technology; bus stops transformed from a patch of grass or pavement to a station with pre-board fare collection, seating, shelter, and real-time bus information; and new technology improvements that will give buses lead time at intersections and improve travel flow on I-287. With the implementation of these recommendations by Governor Cuomo and the New York State Thruway Authority, transit between these two counties can be transformed from an experience that is tolerated, to an experience that is preferred. And, the Hudson Valley will have secured a big win.

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Statement: Diversion of MTA Funds Could Mean a Rough Ride for Transit Riders, Workers and Manufacturers

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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Walk or Bike During Your Day? We Need YOU in Albany on February 11

advocacy-day-albany-2013New 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.

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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 Yorkers Deliver Over 1,300 Postcards to Governor Cuomo Asking for Dedicated Pedestrian and Bicycle Funds

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 [...]

TSTC’s Suffolk County Bus Advocacy to Be Featured in PBS Special

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 [...]