I know I’m not the only one upset about the news that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has killed the New Jersey-to-New York tunnel project, the ARC (Access to the Region’s Core) as it is known. To me, this project represented a huge step forward in the rebuilding of America’s transportation infrastructure. The current tunnel beneath the Hudson was built 100 years ago; do we really need to wait any longer to build another?
The existing 100-year-old tunnel under the Hudson River has only two tracks that are pushed to their functional limits each rush hour with NJ Transit and Amtrak trains. The ARC tunnel would more than double peak capacity from 23 trains per hour to 48 between New Jersey and New York; reduce roadway congestion; and generate 6,000 jobs annually during construction until project completion. The tunnel, once it entered service, would have also ultimately created 44,000 permanent jobs in the region, according to ex-NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles in a 2009 article.
I am frustrated that Gov. Christie is being so shortsighted and apparently using this project’s costs to make a political stance. While he says that New Jersey can’t afford to build this tunnel, I say they can’t afford not to.
I’m just hoping the Republican gubernatorial candidates in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin don’t succeed in pulling a “Christie” if elected, by terminating high-speed rail projects in their respective states.
Usually by early January, I will hopefully have taken down the last of our holiday decorations and eaten or given away the remaining sweets that have become a part of my regular diet during the month of December. Then, of course like most people, I’ll think about ways I want to improve myself for the coming year. Whether it be exercising more (walking from the parking lot to my office doesn’t count), eating less ice cream or managing my email better. The latter practice alone would help improve my efficiency at work immensely. I’m sure you probably feel the same way.
A new National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study solidifies what the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Transit Savings Report has been telling us for years now: riding public transportation can save users money.
June 20 will mark the 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Driving a bus never looked easy. Living in California and being stuck in my car as much as I am, I’ve always had tremendous respect for the men and women who operate buses on a daily basis. So, when the call came that I would get my shot to drive in Sunday’s APTA Bus Roadeo, I was both excited and nervous.
Earlier this week, Metro Atlanta voters in 10 counties shot down the “Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax,” or T-SPLOST, by an overwhelming a majority, 63% to 37%.
If passed, T-SPLOST would have created a 1% sales tax to help pay for an already determined $7.2 billion package of regional transportation projects, including $3.2 billion for transit plus another $1.1 billion in local projects.