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Links roundup—extended edition

December 22, 2011

Battery Park City Authority

  • “The Battery Park City Authority is drafting new rules for compensating fired employees following an outcry from 19 workers who lost their jobs in November.” [DNA Info]

NYC EDC

  • Transit advocates aren’t so excited about the EDC’s plans for a new science campus, which will be run by Cornell and will be located on the mostly car-free Roosevelt Island. “In a lengthy press release on the campus, the word ‘transportation’ appears just once, and it’s unclear at this stage how Cornell will improve accessibility to the southern part of the island.” [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • “Build NYC—a new local development corporation administered through NYCEDC—can now provide access to financing for non-profit organizations across the City after a four-year absence of a city-based tax-exempt bond issuer for non-profits.” [NY Nonprofit Press]

NYCHA

Port Authority

  • Staten Island’s Rep. Michael Grimm and N.J.’s Sen. Lautenberg are fighting to put the Port Authority under federal oversight. [SI Live]
  • Port Authority chief Pat Foye expects a transportation building push once the WTC project is done. [Transportation Nation]

Thruway Authority

  • The SAGE Commission is recommending a merger of the Dept. of Transportation and the Thruway and Bridge Authorities. [Rochester Democrat & Chronicle] [Times Union]
  • “Gov. Cuomo has reportedly been considering the use of public-pension funds to finance the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge and other infrastructure investments in New York. This is a bad idea, harmful both to the state’s government employees and its taxpayers.” [NY Post]
  • Two consultants have been selected to assist the New York State Dept. of Transportation in examining financing options for the Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction project. [Public Authorities Blog] [TU Capitol Confidential Blog]

Infrastructure & transit—beyond NY

  • Finance. “Fitch Ratings says that ad hoc toll increases and the reactions by neighboring states could put downward pressure on revenues and could have ratings implications over time.” [Press Release]
  • PPPs. “In a time of constrained public budgets, leveraging private-sector financial resources and exper- tise to deliver a range of infrastructure projects has growing appeal. However, these public/pri- vate partnerships (PPPs) are often complicated contracts that differ significantly from project to project and from place to place. In the United States, many states lack the technical capacity and expertise to consider such deals and fully protect the public interest.” [Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation]
  • Transit in Baltimore. “The Maryland Transit Administration has told the General Assembly that it would have to raise Baltimore-area transit fares by 65 cents next fiscal year—a 40 percent jump—in order to meet state revenue goals without cutting service.“ [Baltimore Sun]
  • Transit in Cincinnati. The Cincinnate streetcar: triumphing over an anti-transit governor. [Rustwire]
  • Transit in New Jersey. Parkway, Turnpike commuters brace for 50 percent increases. [NJ Star-Ledger]
  • More transit in New Jersey. People in Tenafly don’t want light rail. [NJ.com]
  • Transit in San Francisco. “For more than a year now, BART’s board of directors has been discussing whether—and how—the system could stay open later…. But last month they officially tabled that plan, voting to look at late night bus service instead.” [Transportation Nation]
  • Transit in Washington, D.C. Imagining Washington D.C. without public transportation. [The Atlantic]
  • More transit in Washington, D.C.Why is the Washington Metro’s budget always short? [Greater Greater Washington]
  • Transit in Washington State. “The Washington state ferry service isn’t going to start turning away hefty passengers, but it has had to reduce the capacity of the nation’s largest ferry system because people have been packing on the pounds.” [NY Daily News]
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