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NJ Transit Board Approves 9 Percent Fare Hike

Today the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors approved a proposal to raise fares by 9 percent and implement service cuts exactly how it was proposed back in April.  The changes will take effect on October 1, 2015. Despite pleas from advocates and commuters who oppose the proposal, each and every board member voted to approve the hikes and cuts, validating their vote […]

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Hudson County Still Waiting for Bike Share

Late last month, Together North Jersey circulated its latest report, Exploration of a Public Bike Share System in Hudson County, which examined the prospect of a regional bike share network between Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken. The report arrives 16 months after the three cities announced their own plan for such a system, which was slated […]

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Tear Down I-81, for the Sake of the Economy

The future of the elevated section of Interstate 81 that bisects downtown Syracuse has been of particular interest to local, state and federal transportation agencies for the last several years. While the process has been contentious, pitting the city’s interests against those of the surrounding suburbs, options for the freeway have been narrowed down to rebuilding to modern […]

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond. WINNERS NYC Councilman Mark Levine & NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat – Levine and Espaillat are pushing to extend the bus-only lanes throughout the entire 125th Street corridor to speed up travel times. North Buffalo pedestrians – As part of a series […]

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Capital District Planners Envision the Future Amid Fragmented, Dysfunctional Government

MTR recently met with the Capital District Transportation Commission (CDTC), the Capital District’s federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, to hear about the agency’s 25-year regional transportation plan New Visions 2040, and how it will move forward despite facing fragmented and ineffective governance. CDTC and other MPOs divide up their work into two broad categories: planning, which involves laying out and analyzing long-range […]

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond. WINNERS Port Authority – Governor Christie signed legislation on Monday which subjects the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to public records laws. NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso — Along with a call for more bus and bike lanes, […]

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Senators James Inhofe and Barbara Boxer introduced the DRIVE Act last week. | Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Senate’s DRIVE Act Signals Hope for a Long-Term Federal Transportation Funding Solution

MAP-21, the current federal highway legislation, is set to expire on July 31, and Congress is feeling the pressure. The federal government has been unable (or unwilling) to find a long-term solution for funding the nation’s transportation infrastructure during the last few months. But then last week, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee introduced a bipartisan piece […]

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Democratic legislative leaders were not able to stop NJ Transit fare hikes. | PolitickerNJ

Lights! Camera! (In)action!

The stage has been set and unfortunately it looks like the show must go on with fare hikes and service cuts for New Jersey Transit riders. The strong opposition and calls to fix New Jersey’s broken transportation funding structure have evidently fallen on deaf ears in Trenton. Last week, the New Jersey Legislature passed, and Governor Christie signed, a […]

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