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Links roundup—extended edition

January 11, 2012

MTA

  • The Village Voice’s 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers list includes riders who get on the M15 Select Bus without a receipt (#41) and handicapped users of the subways and buses (#76). [Village Voice]
  • The state Senate unanimously confirmed Joe Lhota as the new chairman of the MTA. [Newsday] [Transportation Nation] [NY Daily News]
  • A seismic shift for the subway: closing lines for night repairs. [NYT]
  • Transit advocates have some doubts about the MTA’s capacity to run an express subway from midtown to Gov. Cuomo’s proposed new convention center in Queens. [WNYC]
  • Police handed out more than 6,000 tickets for sitting improperly on a subway seat in 2011. [NYT]

Port Authority

  • The Village Voice’s 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers list includes anyone who wants to see the 9/11 Memorial and wasn’t related to one of the 3,000 killed (#79). [Village Voice]
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s going to “get his arms around” the Port Authority this year. [NorthJersey.com]
  • The Port Authority could start construction of a replacement for La Guardia’s Central Terminal Building in 2014. [WSJ]

Thruway Authority

  • Upstate legislators want more parity in Thruway spending. [Buffalo News]

IDAs

  • Automatic IDA termination. [Public Authorities Blog]
  • At his first meeting as part of the Erie County IDA board, county executive Mark Poloncarz cast the sole no-vote against a proposal to provide more than $130,000 in additional tax breaks to a $5.4 million redevelopment project. “This is a project that’s going to benefit the owners of the building,” he said. ” There’s really no job benefit. This is just providing a benefit for a project that would have been done anyway.” [Buffalo News]
  • Some people think it’s not so far-fetched to have an independent examination of the Green County IDA’s financial analysis for a proposed water park and resort. [Daily Mail]
  • Here’s the RFP seeking buyers for the Oak Mountain ski resort, which is currently owned by the Hamilton County IDA. [TU Capitol Confidential Blog]

Beyond New York

  • Amtrak. Freakonomics Quorum: can Amtrak ever be profitable? [Freakonomics]
  • Boston. The Red Sox have gotten a huge windfall under a leasing agreement with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to use Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street as concession areas. [Boston.com]
  • D.C. The Washington Metro is proposing a 5% increase in bus and rail fares to address a $116 million budget shortfall. [WAMU] [WaPo]
  • Georgia. In his state of the state address, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recognized the need to invest in water infrastructure and noted that “the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority has issued the solicitation and application forms for the Water Supply Program and local governments can now apply for the low-interest loans and state direct investment as detailed in the recently-approved Water Supply Plan.” [Gainesville Times]
  • Maine. The Pine Tree State’s Governor, Paul LePage, thinks the Maine State Housing Authority can help solve funding problems that have threatened to displace thousands of people from residential care centers. [Morning Sentinel]
  • Nevada. “The Southern Nevada Water Authority is considering a rate hike to help cover pricey construction projects that were once paid for with the spoils of growth.” [Las Vegas Review Journal]
  • New Jersey. “NJ Transit took a nearly $300 million loss last year as a result of Governor Christie’s decision to terminate a mass transit tunnel project, according to an audit of the agency’s financial statements for fiscal year 2011.” [NorthJersey.com]
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