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TN Moving Stories: Philadelphia Planning Center City Bike Lanes, NYS Passes Budget, and Will Atlantans Vote Together as a Region...For Transit?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Two north-south bike lanes are being planned for Philadelphia's Center City. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

New York State's just-passed budget allots $8.5 billion for transportation spending. (Albany Times-Union)

Members of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) named Montana/Wyoming's Beartooth Highway their top scenic route. (Cody Enterprise)

Motorcycles on the Beartooth Highway (Kate Skegg/Flickr)

The head of the 34th Street Partnership supports the NYC Department of Transportation's plan for revamping the street. (NY1)

A Straphangers survey found that announcements on New York City subways are mostly clear and accurate - except when there's unexpected trouble on the line. (NY Daily News)

Ohio can use private dollars to help pay for public road and other infrastructure projects, thanks to the $6.8 billion transportation bill that Gov. John Kasich signed into law during a public ceremony yesterday. (Columbus Dispatch)

The Atlanta region has put together a wish list of transportation projects that could change the region on a large scale, linking formerly isolated suburbs in Gwinnett and Cobb counties to MARTA with rail lines.  To get there, though, voters in the region’s 10 counties and 68 cities will have to do something they’ve never done before: vote together as a region. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

California wants all of the $2.43 billion in federal high-speed rail funds recently rejected Florida’s governor. (Los Angeles Times)

A Florida air traffic controller supervisor has been suspended after officials said he compromised the safety of passengers by letting two planes fly too close to each other, officials said. (ABC News)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: KALW's Casey Miner talked about her personal car-sharing experience on The Takeaway. President Obama talked about energy security -- and the gas tax.  Tougher DUI bills edge closer to becoming Montana law. And the federal DOT took the Super Luxury Tours bus company out of business.

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Prison Towns Worry Closures Could Upend Communities

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to shutter as many as 10 prisons statewide in order to cut costs, but officials in the primarily upstate New York communities that house correctional facilities are concerned about job loss.

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NYC MTA: Budget Cuts Will NOT Mean Service Cuts or Fare Hikes This Year

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

New York's transit cuts (photo by Azi Paybarah/WNYC)

From the NYC MTA:

"We understand that the State’s fiscal crisis requires sacrifice from every area funded by the State, including the MTA. Because the MTA has already taken unprecedented measures to reduce costs, finding an additional $100 million in 2011 will be very painful, especially with sizable deficits still projected for 2012 and 2014. As we continue cost-cutting, further reductions become harder and harder to achieve.

"But we must fill this gap, and we will fill it without resorting to fare and toll increases or service cuts, because our riders have already been hit with these painful measures over the past year. Instead, we will work to find additional cost-savings through efficiencies and improved productivity throughout our company. We are hopeful that this year we can work with our labor unions to find productivity improvements that protect jobs even as we reduce costs.

"Making these cuts will be painful, but we can only spend as much money as we have. Given the financial pressures facing the State, local governments, and every New Yorker, our only choice is to manage the MTA so that every dollar counts."

And the Straphangers Campaign sends this along:

"Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed state budget has mostly good news for New York City-area transit riders in these tough economic times.

"It's true that the 2011-2012 State budget proposed to diverts a net of $100 million from funds originally passed for and dedicated to the MTA. In the view of the Straphangers Campaign and many other groups, those funds should be used to meet transit needs.

"However, the MTA says it will not have to turn to service cuts or fare increases to make up the shortfall. That's very welcome after an unprecedented three years in a row of higher fares – as well as last year's service cuts, the worst in memory.

"The MTA says that it will have to take "painful" actions. The Straphangers Campaign and other groups will monitor the agency's response closely to see that the transit system has adequate resources to provide safe, reliable, well-maintained, secure and clean service."

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Cuomo Honeymoon in Full Swing, but Budget Proposal Looms Large

Friday, January 21, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo is at the highest point of popularity since he first held political office four years ago. But the governor's standing could decline when he releases his budget plan in less than two weeks.



Cuomo, in First State of State Speech, Vows Break From Tradition

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected use Wednesday's State of the State address to detail how he plans to tackle New York's fiscal crisis. Cuomo said he would use the address as a forum to discuss his specific plans for the state, including an expected call for a freeze in state worker salaries.



Cuomo's Fiscal Challenges

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When Andrew Cuomo becomes governor Saturday, he faces a formidable challenge of closing the multibillion dollar budget gap. And already, he’s upped the ante by promising to freeze spending and taxes.



Legislature Rejects Paterson's Deficit-Closing Bills

Monday, November 29, 2010


The New York State Legislature met in a special session called by Governor David Paterson, but failed to act on the governor's bills to close the latest $315 million budget gap.



New York State Tax Revenue Increases, But Not Enough

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The economy is recovering, but New York state's fiscal condition is not. 

According to the state comptroller's office, New York has collected more taxes compared to year ago, but not enough to meet this year's budget projections.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said state tax collections will have to grow nearly 12 percent in the second half of the fiscal year to meet those expectations. 




Listen to Gov. David Paterson's Budget Speech

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

(Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)

Facing a $7.4 billion budget deficit, Gov. David Paterson today proposed a budget that would slash spending on hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, and boost taxes and fees. The governor's budget cuts about $1 ...



Republicans Release Alternative Budget Plans

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Senate Republicans were the first at the state capitol to release their alternative to Governor Paterson’s state budget, WNYC's Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.

The Senate Republicans, who are in the minority in that house by just one seat, rejected both Governor Paterson's dozens of new taxes and fees to raise revenues and a plan circulating in the legislature to raise taxes on wealthy. 'You can't tax your way out of this situation,' says Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos.