Good Luck Taking the NICE Bus to These Nassau County Bus Transit Committee Public Hearings

On Wednesday, July 9 at 2PM and 5PM the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee will be holding two public hearings regarding fare changes on the NICE bus system. The Committee is required to hold an open meeting for public comments before it makes any decisions on the final fare changes, and NICE has ensured that the “hearing location is accessible [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan | Photo: NY Daily News

NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan | Photo: NY Daily News

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.

WINNERS

President Barack Obama – While visiting the Tappan Zee Bridge today to urge congressional action for transportation infrastructure funding, President Obama said that “Rebuilding America shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”

NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan – In response to media inquiries about whether NYPD would be cracking down on distracted pedestrians, Chief Chan said: “Motorists are operating a 4,000 pound vehicle. And we cannot be distracted while we’re operating that vehicle. When a collision occurs between a motorist and a pedestrian, the pedestrian loses 100 percent of the time.”

Suffolk County Transit Riders Octavia Clarkson and Dawn Wing – Octavia and Dawn led a grassroots effort to collect nearly 1,500 signatures calling on Suffolk County’s state elected delegation to find additional funding for the county’s bus system.

New Brunswick , New Jersey – Just one week after three children were hit by a car, city officials announced a “road diet” for Livingston Avenue, slimming the road from four lanes to two in an effort to calm traffic and prevent future crashes.
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Nearly 1,500 Petitions Calling for Better Funding and Service Delivered to Suffolk County State Elected Officials

suffolk-bus-may2014Suffolk County Transit riders, students and advocates held a press conference at the Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station this morning to call on Suffolk County’s state elected delegation to find additional funding for the county’s bus system. The group released nearly 1,500 petitions from Suffolk County residents and transit riders highlighting the broad-based support for expanding  Suffolk County Transit service. Immediately following the press conference, the participants boarded the S40 bus bound for State Senator Phil Boyle’s office in Bay Shore – their first stop on a ride to deliver the petitions to each representative in the state delegation over the next week.

The event followed a New York State budget session where Suffolk County state elected officials resolved to allocate only a fraction of the $10 million in transit operating assistance requested by  riders, advocates, businesses and workers, as well as Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. $500,000 in increased support was included in the final budget, which is not even sufficient to cover inflation increases from 2013. The lack of a substantial boost perpetuates the regional funding imbalance that Suffolk County Transit experiences every year. In 2013, Suffolk County contributed to over 50 percent of Suffolk County Transit’s operating budget, while New York State only contributed 35 percent to the system. In comparison, neighboring Nassau County contributes only 2 percent to the Nassau Inter-County Express operating budget while the state contributes more than 50 percent. » Continue reading…

Save the Date: “How to pay for: Parking & Transportation Improvements”

Photo: Newsday.com

Photo: Newsday.com

On Friday, May 16, the Long Island Section of the American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter is hosting the annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast. This year’s event will kick off the Section’s 2014 program series with a panel discussion on “How to pay for: Parking & Transportation Improvements”. The event will be moderated by Jean Celender, mayor of Great Neck Plaza, with guest speakers: Gerard Giosa of Level G. Associates, a parking consultation firm; Scott Howell,  Senior Planning Analyst for Parking with the LIRR; and Larry McAuliffe of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council.

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Mobilizing the Region’s 10 Most Popular Stories in 2013

Keep an eye out for our upcoming recap of the good, the bad and the ugly in tri-state transportation news from 2013. Until then, here are the most popular stories on Mobilizing the Region in the last year:

New Jersey Transit Ridership Trends Illustrate the Need for More Transit Funding  Ridership is steadily increasing, but the Garden State’s lack of support to shore up the Transportation Trust Fund makes it difficult for NJ Transit to plan for years of growth ahead.

Leaving the City, But Not For Your Parents’ Suburbs  The importance of job access and a walkable town center can’t be overstated when it comes to attracting young families from New York City.

Speed Bumps and Stop Signs Are Not the Answer to Speeding in New York City  Not all traffic calming treatments have the same impact on making streets safer.

How Walkable is Your State DOT Headquarters?  How walkable are the locations of state department of transportation headquarters, and what does this tell us about their transportation priorities?

Connecticut Approves Borrowing to Widen Three Miles of I-84  Committing to another expensive road widening means less funding available for fixing the state’s roads and bridges and safe walking and cycling infrastructure.

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Don’t Confuse Real News for First of April Ruse

The MTA is erecting a wall that will keep seawater away from tracks that bring A trains to the Rockaways. | Photo: Jim O’Grady/Transportation Nation

We thought about crafting a fake April Fools’ Day story, but it turns out that A) we’re not that clever, B) others have already posted some really funny April [...]

NY Building Congress Announces Voluntary Payment of Payroll Mobility Tax

All things considered, it’s been a good couple of weeks for the MTA. They’ve been called “magical.” Newspapers are lining up to support more funding for the agency. The Governor is going to Washington to plead for more cash. And now, the once-reviled Authority has another ally going to bat for it: the NY Buiding Congress [...]

POSTPONED: BK Gateway Vision Launch this Saturday!

 

The BK Gateway area faces numerous land use and transportation challenges.

Due to the ongoing relief efforts and resulting impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the BK Gateway Vision launch has been postponed until further notice.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign—in collaboration with the Office of New York City Council Member Letitia James, [...]

Energy Project in Philadelphia Offers Lessons for Regional Transit Providers

Yesterday, the nation’s sixth-largest transit agency, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) demonstrated that it is possible to reduce energy consumption, lower harmful emissions, and increase operating revenue all with a single project.

At a ribbon-cutting event held in the Letterly Substation along Philadelphia’s busiest transit line, SEPTA representatives unveiled the “Wayside Energy Storage Project,” [...]

From the Editor

Outgoing TSTC Executive Director Kate Slevin

As many Mobilizing the Region readers know, I’m leaving TSTC this month to join the NYC Department of Transportation. Starting Monday June 25th, I’ll be an assistant commissioner for intergovernmental affairs serving as the agency’s liaison between the City Council, State Legislature and other government agencies.

I’ve [...]