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April 2, 2012

The strange graveyard where N.J.’s tollbooths go to die. Click image for source.

Beyond New York

  • The strange graveyard where N.J.’s tollbooths go to die. [NJ Star Ledger]
  • The history and (questionable) future of Pittsburgh’s public transit. [Transportation Nation]
  • $7 billion public-private plan in Chicago aims to fix transit, schools and parks. [NYT]
  • Report finds toll money wasted at the Delaware River Port Authority. [WSJ Metropolis Blog]

Economic development

  • New York City’s living wage bill has an exemption for the Hudson Yards Development Corporation. [Capital NY]
  • Erie County and the cities of Buffalo, Lackawanna and Tonawanda, with the support of the Association of Erie County Governments, filed a joint application seeking to create one of the state’s first land banks. [Buffalo Rising]
  • An update on the IDA/LDC employee pension issue in Jefferson County. [Watertown Daily Times]

Infrastructure, generally

  • The impending urban water crisis. [Salon]
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about bus rapid transit. [Atlantic Cities]


  • Occupy Wall Street activists teamed up with transit workers last week to mount a subway fare strike. [Strike is a Verb] [Gothamist] [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • An informal interview with me on the impacts of the MTA’s budget deal for riders and taxpayers. [NY World]
  • MTA saves $8 million through new procurement method. [Press Release]
  • Map: visualizing subway ridership data. [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • A subway system vulnerable to climate change. [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • “Sanity on the New York City subway, over the long term, requires strict adherence to a personal system of insane transit customs.” [Atlantic Cities]


Port Authority

  • Security shake-up planned for the Port Authority. [Transportation Nation]
  • Construction workers at the World Trade Center reached a milestone in March, turning on the massive power system for the first time. [NY Daily News]
  • Port Authority approves pay cuts for non-union staff. [WSJ Metropolis Blog]
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