nerdy.nel’s new rochelle transportation improvement plan (NROTIP)

Welcome everyone! If you’ve read my blog over the last few years, you know I’m working on a personal project called the New York Transportation Improvement Plan, or NYTIP. While work on that project continues, I’d like to devote a miniseries to my current locale, New Rochelle. Introducing NROTIP (pronounced NEW-ro-TIP) – a collection of ideas for improving transport, walking, and biking in New Rochelle!

[Read on…]

pix: the soon-to-be-a-memorial highway, future home of the linc

Memorial Highway in New Rochelle is an excessively wide road originally designed to connect I-95 to the Cross-County Parkway. However, it only exists as a stub that doesn’t connect to much of anything. Recently, Governor Cuomo awarded New Rochelle a $10 million grant; of this amount, New Rochelle will spend $6 million on The Linc – a project transforming Memorial Highway from a useless car sewer to a useful linear park! Last week, I took many photos of the area. Let’s take a trip, shall we?

[stroll through memory lane!]

nerdy.nel’s new york transportation improvement plan (NYTIP)

UPDATE (06.15.2021): I revised my regional rail post on the Harlem line, and reorganized part of this page for clarity. The New Rochelle Transportation Improvement Plan (NROTIP) and all NYTIP INSIDER posts are now under “NYTIP Specials” to avoid ambiguity with the main NYTIP project.

I. NYC Subway || II. Regional Rail (*) || III. Rethinking Roads || IV. Better Buses || V. Bicycles || VI. Micromobility || VII. Ferries and Freight || VIII. NYTIP Cost Volume || NYTIP SPECIALS

(!) – section contains new posts
(*) – section contains updated posts

Over the years, I’ve given much thought to New York’s transportation infrastructure and how to improve it. While I mainly focused on subways, given my love of trains, I recently began thinking beyond the rails. It’s no secret – NYC’s subway is in crisis. NY is always stuck in traffic. NY’s highways are a chief source of pollution and misery. Politicians blame bikes for car-caused congestion.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presented a golden opportunity to rethink transportation in NY. Stay-at-home orders and the resulting decrease in traffic reduced air pollution in cities worldwide; along the Eastern Seaboard, cities normally inundated with pollution from Interstate 95 enjoyed an unusual respite. However, despite the usual rhetoric, politicians have largely failed to seize the moment – traffic hell is slowly returning, with no meaningful solutions in sight.

So how do we fix all this? How do we get NY moving again post-pandemic, in a way that also achieves environmental justice for all?

Enter the New York Transportation Improvement Plan (NYTIP)!

[learn more about NYTIP]