The billions needed to upgrade New Jersey’s infrastructure will climb even higher in wake of Hurricane Sandy.
During National Walk and Bike to School month, we look at some compelling reasons to make it easier for schoolchildren to walk or bike to school – most notably increased physical activity and reduced traffic. The new federal transportation legislation includes funding for cycling and walking programs and infrastructure, but also enough flexibility that those funds might get diverted for other uses. We urge the New Jersey state DOT to keep bicycle and pedestrian funding, and we encourage the development of more communities where housing and schools are within walking distance of each other.
It is critical to New Jersey’s prosperity to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system, and the state must find stable, sustainable funding for it from sources other than debt.
The cancellation of the ARC Tunnel does not mean the purchase of dual-mode locomotives is now unnecessary. These locomotives can still provide one-seat rides to many commuters.
New data show that more New Jersey commuters are relying on transit to get to work, and that, even with the decentralization of employment, there has been no increase in the percentage of solo drivers.
New Jersey Future’s comments recommend some needed revisions to the draft State Strategic Plan to ensure that it will improve the state’s economy, its environment, and its communities.
NJDOT’s capital program for 2012 proposes to fund the Transit Village program and the Safe Streets to Transit program. It’s important that both proposals make it into the final budget.
The U.S.Senate has passed a better transportation bill than the House did. Now it’s time for the House to pass it too.
Despite all the health benefits of biking, walking or using transit, the House of Representatives’ proposed transportation re-authorization bill falls short on these key transportation needs.
Greg Kelly, transportation president at Parsons Brinckerhoff, hosted a breakfast for Young Professionals in Transportation – NYC, and spoke at length about his professional experiences, the current state of our infrastructure and the future of large projects.