Summer’s Subway Floods Have Cities Questioning Preparedness

Summer’s Subway Floods Have Cities Questioning Preparedness

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Hurricanes have been posing increasing threats to infrastructure in East Coast cities, hitting subways particularly hard. Last month’s Hurricane Ida flooded New York City’s subway tunnels, shut down Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, and washed out a commuter line in Philadelphia. These extreme weather events and their effects are prompting city […]

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Feds OK Assessment of Congestion Pricing In NYC

Feds OK Assessment of Congestion Pricing In NYC

The Biden administration has greenlit the study of congestion pricing for driving in New York City after years of delays during the Trump administration. A congestion pricing program would charge cars a toll for driving south of midtown Manhattan between 60th Street and Battery Park. 

Why this Matters:  A study conducted by Cornell suggests that a congestion pricing plan could drastically improve both gridlock and air quality in New York City — the study found that traffic congestion could be reduced by up to 40%, while greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 15%.

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Investments in Transit Must Ensure Women’s Safety

Investments in Transit Must Ensure Women’s Safety

As the Biden administration begins to advance its Build Back Better agenda and its infrastructure bill begins to take shape, as a nation we must make a concerted effort to ensure that these investments truly make us better off. Since public transit and passenger rail are expected to be big winners of upcoming public spending, […]

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Transit Taking a Pandemic Hit

Transit Taking a Pandemic Hit

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Across the country, transit officials are proposing cuts in service after months of decreased ridership because of the pandemic. Boston’s MBTA would stop commuter rail service after 9 p.m. and put its ferry service on hiatus, while Washington DC’s Metro is considering less frequent service. These proposed cuts in […]

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LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

Recently the CEO of the  L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a task force to assess how the transit system in America’s second-largest city could become free for its riders. As LAist reported, Metro CEO Phillip Washington told Metro’s board of directors he hopes the system could go fare-free as soon as “the beginning of […]

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Why Equitable, Clean Transportation is Key to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

Why Equitable, Clean Transportation is Key to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

By Julia Pyper, host/producer Political Climate As Congress looks toward the next coronavirus relief package, a growing number of stakeholders from across the political spectrum are calling for a comprehensive clean energy infrastructure plan to address the nation’s economic challenges. Updating America’s transportation system offers a ripe opportunity to create jobs while lowering carbon emissions. […]

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