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 [...]

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $70m in Transformation Grants for Small Communities

With questions surrounding local control of bike-ped funding in America’s next federal transportation bill, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has stepped up and announced the availability of $70 million in grants for small communities. The grants could be used to pursue a variety of projects that make for healthier, safer places.

From [...]

Tomorrow: Using Elections to Advance Smart Transportation Policy

Transportation for America, a broad national coalition focused on improving the country’s transportation policy (Tri-State is a member), kicks off its Transportation Vote 2012 webinar series tomorrow at 2pm EDT.

The series aims to help individuals and non-profit groups understand how to use elections to effectively advocate for smart transportation policy that emphasizes maintenance [...]

Dispatch from Albany: Legislature Plays Transportation Chicken

Governor Cuomo's proposed budget would aid the MTA and help upstate transit systems

As legislators work to negotiate between three separate visions for New York’s 2012-13 budget—Governor Cuomo’s, the Senate’s, and the Assembly’s—transit funding has assumed its usual place as a political football. Meanwhile, across the state, riders, transit agencies, manufacturers, and construction [...]

Congestion Pricing's World Tour

It is old news that congestion pricing was killed by the NYS Legislature this past April, but the idea that didn’t flourish here is quickly spreading to many other countries. As MTR has noted, the concept has been successful in London, Stockholm and Singapore (see MTR #s 311, 532, 562). That list looks to [...]