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March 27, 2012

DC Metro

  • The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is asking a District of Columbia federal judge to keep recent filings and proceedings in litigation surrounding a fatal June 2009 Metro rail crash under seal. [Blog of the Legal Times]
  • DC Metro turns 36. [DCist]

Economic development

  • Local governments are creating LDCs at a rapid rate, allowing them to spend tens of millions in tax dollars outside the public view and with minimal state oversight. [Journal News]
  • Editorial: More oversight needed for LDCs. [Journal News]
  • Government watchdog groups also want more oversight for LDCs. [Journal News]
  • Back-taxes force Syracuse IDA board member to resign. [Innovation Trail]
  • The NYC Economic Development Corporation is seeking proposals for wind and solar energy projects at the Fresh Kills landfill. [Energy Matters]


  • Cuomo reaches an MTA deal, as Senate Republicans abandon their threat to trigger crisis. [Capital NY] [Gothamist]
  • MTA wants to buy new subway cars to replace its aging fleet. [AMNY] [WSJ]
  • Subway grand larceny figures up nearly 40 percent. [2nd Ave. Sagas]

Port Authority

  • Port Authority officials ask Obama administration to raise roadbed of Bayonne Bridge. [NJ Star-Ledger]
  • Port Authority: people who delay flights should pay up. [Gothamist]

Tappan Zee Bridge

  • A report on the economics of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. [A Bridge Too Big?]
  • Cuomo administration reportedly reconsiders public funding for the Tappan Zee rebuild, putting contractors on edge. [Capital NY]
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