Transportation Policy and Politics in New York State

Peter Derrick, Robert Paaswell and Danielle Petretta

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Transportation Policy and Politics in New York State

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This article presents a description on the transportation policy, politics and network in New York State. As the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) plans confirm, the primary challenge facing New York is the maintenance and improvement of the current transportation infrastructure. The key transportation issues facing New York State in 2010 are discussed. It is noted that the new roads, together with the parkways and expressways, continued the transformation of the structure of the state's metropolitan areas. By 1980, the emphasis of transportation policy and politics in New York State shifted from expansion to rehabilitation and upgrading of existing capital assets. Much of the money used for transportation maintenance and improvement has come from the issuance of long-term debt. The state significantly increased its investment in capital renewal and improvement projects for the road and transit systems since the 1980s.

Keywords: transportation policy; politics; New York State; Metropolitan Transit Authority; New York State Department of Transportation; rehabilitation; transportation maintenance

Article.  16581 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Public Policy

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