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Amtrak’s Failures Are Wired Into the System. Bloomberg. July 20024.

Hochul delivers blow to congestion pricing, but it's not knocked out. Bond Buyer. June 2024.

Congestion Pricing Delay in New York Ripples Across the CountryNew York Times. June 2024.

Hochul’s Reversal on Congestion Pricing Draws Blowback. Governing. June 2024. 

Pick Your Own Political Nightmare. American Prospect. June 2024.

Why Study Transit History. Eno Transportation Weekly. May 2024.

Why Some Cities Want to Combine Transit Agencies. Governing. May 2024.

Interview with Manhattan Borough Historian (Robert Snyder). New Books Network. April 2024.

Navigating the Fiscal Crisis in Public Transit. Governing. November 2023.

New Jersey Drivers Deserve a Break on Congestion Pricing. Washington Post and Bloomberg. July 26, 2023

Around The Table With Dr. Philip Plotch. Avid Core. February 2023.

Transit agencies struggle amid commuting patterns still in flux. InTransition. November 2022. 

Opting Out of Mass Transit? The American Prospect. July 2022.

Failure Begets Failure in New York’s Government Subways. Epoch Times.  September 2021.

Costly Lessons from the Second Avenue Subway. New York Review of Books. September 2020.

America’s biggest transit system is in trouble. The Economist.  September 2020. 

Silent trains to masks: U.S. cities fight to revive public transport. Reuters. August 2020.

MTA warns of 40% cuts to services as well as 7,200 job losses. Daily Mail. August 2020.

COVID-19 Has Been 'Apocalyptic' for Public Transit. Time. July 2020.

Podcast with Robert W. Snyder (historian). July 2020.

Late TrainCity Journal. June 2020.

Transportation systems weigh balance during reopening  Bond Buyer. June 2020.

Podcast: Second Avenue Subway DramaBond Buyer. May 2020.

Book review by Zachary Schrag (George Mason University). Journal of Transport Reviews. May 2020. 

NYC Shuts Down Entire Subway System for Coronavirus-Linked Cleaning. CBS This Morning. May 2020.

Overnight Closure of New York Subways May Presage Bigger ChangesNew York Times. May 2020.

NYCT Second Avenue Subway: Past, Present and Future (Maybe). Railway Age.  May 2020.

How disasters have shaped New York City. Bond Buyer.  April 2020.

Last Subway: A Virtual Book Launch with Philip Plotch. TransitCenter and Open House New York. April 2020.

Why Can’t We Build Infrastructure Cheaply, Quickly and Well? Governing. April 2020.

The Page 99 Test. Campaign for the American Reader. March 2020. 

Andy Byford’s Last Day with New York’s Transit System.  New Yorker. February 2020.

New Book Argues Cuomo’s 2nd Avenue Subway Push Exacerbated MTA's 2017 decline. Politico. January 2020.

Rebuilding History: Three Miles Across The Hudson.  Documentary. August 2019.

Canceled WSP Contract Sends Message To NY Construction Industry Engineering News-Record. June 2019

Engineers face demand for fee cut on NY projects. Engineering News-Record. May 2019

Why Can't We Build Anything? TechCrunch. February 19, 2019.

Why Can't We Build Anything? Part 2  TechCrunch. February 28, 2019.

Por que os projetos de infraestrutura demoram tanto? Os Otimistas. June 2018.

An 11th-Hour push to rename the Tappan Zee Bridge after Mario Cuomo. New York Times.  June 2017.

Como acelerar um megaprojeto de infraestrutura. Os Otimistas. May 2018.

Gateway To Nowhere on the Hudson. American Prospect. January 2018.

As Trump looms, Cuomo and Murphy tiptoe toward a perilous relationship. Politico.  December 2017.

Months after Second Avenue Subway opening, safety testing is not finished. New York Times.  September 2017.

The Hyperloop just completed a major test: but the real challenges lie ahead. Fortune. July 2017.

Why does New York State control the subway? That’s the 20-cent question. New York Times.  May 2017.

Search continues for missing tugboat worker.  Wall Street Journal.  March 2016.

Political corruption museum could become Albany tourism draw. New York Times.  November 2015.

Bad banks could mean good news for drivers.  USA Today.  October 2015.

Drone takes tour of Second Avenue SubwayCBS Morning News.  September 2015.

New book explores the politics behind the $4B Tappan Zee. USA Today. July 2015.

What makes megaprojects so darned compelling? Project Manager Today.  May 2015.


Mobilizing The Metropolis: An Interview With Philip Mark Plotch. Gotham Center for NYC History podcast. June 2024.

NJ Transit fare hike: How much more could you pay starting Monday? Fox 5 TV News. June 2024.

Murphy slams latest NJ Transit disruption as ‘unacceptable’. New Jersey Spotlight News. June 2024.

What’s to blame for NJ Transit train delays? It’s complicated. New Jersey Spotlight News. June 2024.

Trolley cars used to crisscross New Jersey. Bergen Record. December 2023.

30 Years After E-ZPass’ Debut, Port Authority Staff Continue Legacy of Innovation and Ingenuity. Now Arriving. December 2023.

Struggling private bus companies are abandoning commuter service. Can NJ Transit step in? Bergen Record. September 2023.

NJ Transit has had many fiscal crises. Here's why the one that's looming will be worse. Bergen Record.  July 2023.

Driver shortages and other factors leaving some Lehigh Valley bus riders stranded and frustrated. Mass Transit. October 2022.    

Stuck in New York. Morning  Call. October 2022.

A Long Wait for the Next Bus. Inside Higher Ed. September 2022

With buses fare-free, SEAT ridership rises. The Day. July 2022

Commentary – Last Subway: The Second Avenue Subway’s Phase 2 Begins. CityLand. June 2022

Will lawsuits over Mario M. Cuomo Bridge project up its cost? Journal News.  April 2021.

On the Right: Christmas books for political buffs. The Island Now. December 14, 2020

St Peter’s panel tackles fake news, conspiracy theories, and ‘the assault on truth’. October 2020.

Bill de Blasio’s replace Rikers plan is falling completely apart. New York Post. September 2020.

Inside the History of The Second Ave. Subway. Podcast with Benjamin Kabak. September 2020.

Coronavirus, and Federal Feud Imperils Second Avenue Subway. NY1. September 2020.

The MTA’s route out of its existential crisis. New York Post. August 2020.

Why New York City will never build another subway station? New York Post, July 2020.

From the right: New York’s sad transit history. The Island Now.  June 2020.

The City Is Remarkably Resilient: A Q&A About the MTA and Covid-19. Urban Matters. May 2020.

St. Peter’s Alumnae Bring Girl Scouts to Greenville.  Catholic Advocate. January 2020.

One on One with Steve Adubato. PBS (NY's Channel 13 and NJTV). July 2019 

How Gov. Thomas Dewey engineered Tappan Zee Bridge toll money to edge out Port Authority. Journal News. February 20, 2019. 

Truck traffic surges on Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, drops at George Washington Bridge. Journal News. February 20, 2019.

The Greatest Showman. City & State. December 2, 2018

All of ItWNYC. November 2018.

Recasting CuomoThe Real Deal. October 2018. 

Quiet and lovely Fair Lawn shaken by two killings. The Record. July 2018.

‘OK’ symbol reportedly used by white supremacists. The Record. June 20, 2018. 

Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City WaterfrontJersey Journal.  April 2018.

State says elections must be held in Fair Lawn's Radburn community. Bergen Record.  March 2018.

Radburn residents say trustees 'rigging' elections. Bergen Record.  January 2018.

Critic: state pushed for Second Avenue subway to meet deadline without complete inspections. CBS New York.  September 2017.

2nd Ave. Subway reportedly opened with thousands of defects. NY1.  September 2017.

The breaking point: what now? CBS New York.  August 2017.

With new bridge, Cuomo declares "Our Mojo Is Back." WNYC. August 2017.

The breaking point: was it inevitable? CBS New York.  July 2017.

New Jersey is about to elect a new governor: why it matters to New York. Gotham Gazette.  June 2017.

Infrastructure Meltdown? The Real Deal.  June 2017.

Clashes over democracy, continuity at historic Radburn. The Record.  January 2017.

Welcomed subway extension still only a fraction of original plan. NY1 News.  December 2016.

A first for Second Avenue: why new subway line took nearly 100 years to buildNY1 News. December 2016.

One year after launch, how is Citi Bike Jersey City faring? Jersey Journal.  September 2016.

Interview on the "In Transit" TV show about the Second Avenue SubwayNY1 News.  August 2016.

Jersey City debuts new app for lodging complaints.  Jersey Journal.  June 2016.

Where is Citi Bike most popular in Jersey City?  Jersey Journal.  March 2016.

Andrew Cuomo really wants to be New York’s next master builder — but can he deliver?  Real Deal.  March 2016.

More than halfway home to a new Tappan Zee Bridge. Nyack News And Views.  December 2015.

Whose name will go on the new Tappan Zee Bridge?  Journal News.  December 2015.

Panel of experts discuss transportation issues across the Hudson River.  November 2015.

Conybeare, public face of Tappan Zee project, to resign. Journal News.  October 2015.

New Tappan Zee: state windfall could limit toll hike. Journal News.  October 2015.

An Interview with Philip Plotch. Urban Review. Fall 2015.

Amid signs of consensus, reform of Port Authority slowly moves ahead.  New Jersey Spotlight.  October 2015.

Interview with Wayne CabotCBS News Radio 880.  October 2015.

Did you know? Politics Across the Hudson. Two articles in Nyack News and Views.  September 2015.

Albany Museum of Political Corruption. Huffington Post.  September 2015.

MTA names interim president of the MTA subways and buses. Metro.   August 2015.

Breaking ground: Q&AInterview in City & State.  August 2015.

New York's attitude on Gateway Tunnel: Let New Jersey pay for it.  New Jersey Spotlight. August 2015. 

Tappan Zee construction continues7 minute video on the Richard French Live show.  August 2015.

One never knows. Kaleidoscope Eyes.  August 2015.

Funding the Tappan Zee megaproject. 9 minute interview on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin. July 2015.

History and politics behind one of the nation's largest infrastructure projects. Interview on "New York Now" PBS show (starts at 11:45 in the video). July 2015.

Saint Peter's Professor: homelessness in Hudson County part of much larger problem. Hudson County View.  July 2015.

Gateway Tunnel, like NJ commuters, is going nowhere fastNJ Spotlight.  July 2015.

Politics and intrigue at the Tappan Zee Bridge. WNYC 3 minutes video.  July 2015.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge isn't as innocent as it looks. WNYC 8 minute audio. July 2015.

Milano grad investigates the politics of Tappan Zee megaprojectNew School Blog.  July 2015.

Gateway Tunnel -- like New Jersey commuters -- is going nowhere fast. New Jersey Spotlight.  July 2015.

Panel says Port Authority needs better leadership, transparency. Jersey Journal.  February 2015.