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Transportation and planning players from the New York metro area are gathered here in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel this morning, ready to spend a day discussing "innovation and the American metropolis," the theme of this year’s RPA regional assembly. We’ll have some posts up later today. For up-to-the-minute news, follow our Twitter feed, @StreetsblogNYC. See you there. 

  • The tweet about Yaro makes him look completely ignorant.

    Yaro calls for integrating NY/NJ transit: Only two great regions in the world with divided transit system. The other? Berlin.

    He’s wrong on both counts here. First, Berlin does not have a divided transit system. It has multiple agencies running transit, but the schedules and fares are integrated. The NY/NJ equivalent would be making PATH-subway transfers free, and making commuter passes good on all three commuter systems as well as on the subway.

    And second, other cities have divided transit systems. For example, in Japan, each company runs its own schedules and fare system. You can use the same smartcard everywhere in your metro area, but a new fare is deducted each time you transfer from one company’s lines to another company’s. I can understand not calling the Bay Area a great metro region, but ignoring Tokyo is just stupid.

  • Yaro was referring to pre-1989 Berlin. By “divided” he meant cleaved in two.

  • Ah… so that’s a little less stupid. But the second point still stands. Even the first point kind of stands, since the real issue is not which agency is in charge, but how integrated the system is.


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