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Wanted: A More Aggressive MTA, Part 1

Are shopping malls the solution to the MTA’s financial woes? TCF policy associate Jacob Anbinder says that developing the areas around some of the system’s least-used stations could help to offset some of MTA’s operating deficits.

Tags: subway development, new york city, mta, more aggressive mta, infrastructure, grand central station

In Defense of the Cheap Subway Ride

The New York subway costs the MTA about $4.23 per trip. The average fare is just $1.78. And that’s exactly as it should be, according to TCF’s Jake Anbinder.

Tags: subways, subway fare, public transit, new york subway, mta

The FTA: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Policy associate Jacob Anbinder celebrates the birthday of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) by highlighting room for improvement. 

Tags: washington metro, transit, subways, public transportation, public bus, marta, infrastructure, fta, federal transit administration, bart

The Port Authority’s money machine

This week, the Poughkeepsie Journal circulated a story about increased scrutiny on the Port Authority following the Gov. Chris Christie scandal. TCF senior fellow Richard Leone is quoted about existing system abuses by the Authority.


“These guys have been drunk on their own power (and) short-term thinking that has been crippling,” said Richard C. Leone, a former Port Authority chairman who left in 1994. The board simply let the governors of both states walk all over them, he said.

Read the full article here.

Tags: transportation, richard leone, port authority, george washington bridge, chris christie, bridgegate, andrew cuomo

The North Coast’s Hub Problem

Blogger Jacob Anbinder discusses what happens when a city like Cleveland loses an airline hub due to mergers or airline closings. The answer: it's a mixed bag. What isn't mixed, though, is the airline industry's trend toward oligopoly. 

Tags: us airways, united airlines, pittsburgh, eds and meds, delta, cleveland ohio, cleveland hopkins international airport, cleveland airports, cleveland, airline merger

A False Start for the Transit Bowl

NFL fans and casual viewers alike can be forgiven for tuning out Super Bowl XLVIII last night, in which the Seahawks led for all but the opening 12 seconds.

But just outside the stadium, a different drama began to unfold shortly after the game, writes Jacob Anbinder.

Tags: super bowl xlviii, super bowl 2014, super bowl, public transit, nfl, new jersey transit, metlife stadium, meadowlands, mass transit super bowl, mass transit


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