Master Transit Plan Urges Action on Climate, Infrastructure

An aggressive plan to repair and improve New York's aging subway system in the next 15 years and a proposal to turn a wide swath of New Jersey's Meadowlands into a national park to help combat sea level rise are among recommendations in a master plan released Thursday by an urban planning think tank.

It is the Regional Plan Association's fourth regional plan. The first was issued in 1929 and the last was in 1996.

The association doesn't have a direct input into policy decisions, but its recommendations often are forward-thinking. For example, the 1996 plan included recommendations for east side access for the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal, a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and congestion pricing for cars entering the city, ideas that "no politician supported" at the time but that since have entered the mainstream, RPA President Tom Wright said this week.

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