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Port Authority Approves $7.8 Billion Budget

by Associated Press
Port Authority NY/NJ

Jason Kuffer/Flickr

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has approved a budget for 2015, days after the agency implemented its fourth scheduled toll increases at bridges and tunnels.

   The Port Authority on Wednesday said the proposed $7.8 billion budget holds operating expenses to $2.9 billion, a 1.8 percent increase over 2014 and at or below the rate of inflation. The agency says the increase will be offset by increased occupancy at the redeveloped World Trade Center site.

Two NYC Tunnels Awarded Federal Funding for Sandy Repair

by Associated Press
Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Kris Arnold, Flickr 

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel have been awarded a total of $336 million in federal funding to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy.

   Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the funding is being provided in a lump sum payment through FEMA's Alternative Procedures program.

   About 60 million gallons of water flooded the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel during the October 2012 storm. The Midtown Tunnel was inundated with about 20 million gallons of water.

New Jersey Lawmakers Call for More Local Traffic Funding

by Associated Press
New Jersey Turnpike.

Boston Public Library, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers are calling for local governments to get a bigger share of funding from the state to address transportation issues in cities and counties.

Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski says county and local roads account for 50 to 60 percent of vehicle traffic in the state, but municipalities get only 15 percent of the state's $1.6 billion transportation trust fund.

Forty More NYC Subway Stations Get Wi-Fi

by Associated Press
Subway Station.

Bill Gracey, Flickr 

Forty more subway stations in Manhattan and Queens are getting cellphone and Wi-Fi service.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the service extension Thursday.

It will add service at 29 more subway stations in Queens and 11 in Manhattan.

Wi-Fi and cellphone service are already available at dozens of stations, mainly in Manhattan. Service is scheduled to be available in all underground stations by 2017.

The program is being paid for by technology company Transit Wireless.

Ride Sharing App Launches in NYC

by Associated Press
Lyft car.

Alfredo Mendez, flickr

The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft says it is starting limited service in New York City after reaching agreement with state and city officials to resolve regulatory issues.
 
New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services say the company agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start its city service Friday night with commercial drivers only.
 
Lyft also says it will suspend operations in Buffalo and Rochester Aug.

Governor Cuomo Taking "See How it Goes" Approach to Possible LIRR Strike

by Associated Press
LIRR Train.

ShellyS, Flickr

Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the Long Island Road.

   Unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.

   No talks were scheduled Tuesday between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. That's the agency that operates the LIRR.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the dispute.

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