Tri-State Groups Call for New Regional Vision, Fault DOTs Promoting Business As Usual
In January, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign released its "Citizens Action Plan: A 21st Century Transportation System," a 100-page policy paper outlining a comprehensive approach to reorienting transportation trends, planning and investment in the 32-county New York metropolitan area. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is an alliance of 14 New York, New Jersey and Connecticut activist groups, including Transportation Alternatives, attempting to reduce regional auto dependency.
Tri-State's plan calls for transportation and planning authorities at all levels in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area to reverse trends toward more automobile travel. Vehicle miles traveled, a standard measure of total driving, could increase in the NYC region by up to 35% over the next 15 years unless serious changes in transportation planning are made now.
The Campaign believes that current transportation planning shortchanges the region because City, State and regional authorities are not responding to legislative mandates (federal Clean Air and Surface Transportation Acts) to shift emphasis away from roads. Nor are they responding to the dictates of common sense which suggest that further traffic increases will destroy our remaining quality of life and create gridlock throughout the region.
Households without Cars
Six Urban Counties are New York (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), Bronx, Queens, Essex (NJ), and Hudson (NJ). Source: 1990 census data compiled by Regional Plan Association, as calculated by Komanoff Energy Associates.
Tri-State Region: Our Diminishing Open Space
YEAR Open Space As a
Percentage Of All Land
Percentages denote land classified as undeveloped or public open space in the 32 counties. Source: Regional Plan Association, "Where the Pavement Ends," in The Open Space Imperative, 1987, except figures for 1993, which is extrapolation from 1954-85 rate.