New York State Transportation Equity Alliance (NYSTEA)


The New York State Transportation Equity Alliance (NYSTEA) is a coalition of over 85 groups across New York State working to reform federal and state transportation policy.

NYSTEA is coordinated by Empire State Future, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and WE ACT combining regional land use planning, environmental justice and transportation policy experience.

What do we want?

Transportation affects us all, but some New Yorkers are disproportionately more burdened by the inadequacies of our transportation system; particularly low-income residents, communities of color, the disabled, the elderly, and children. NYSTEA is working for fair transportation , and all other riders of transportation, across New York State’s urban, suburban, and rural places. 

What is Transportation Equity?

Equitable transportation is people-centered, protects our health and communities, prioritizes sustainability, gives everyone a voice in the planning process and is the underpinning of a vibrant economy.

Why do we need Transportation Equity?

Transportation determines how we get to the places where we live, work and play. Unfortunately, the transportation system in New York is flawed due to imbalanced funding that favors cars over other modes of transportation. As a result, residents across the state are facing transit service cuts, increased travel costs, negative health impacts, environmental degradation, reduced access to jobs and risks linked to climate change.

Who can help transform NY’s transportation system?

We can. Building an equitable transportation system requires a diverse array of voices that represents communities from all corners of NY State. It will take a broad coalition of organizations from upstate and downstate including labor, civic, faith-based, environmental, community based, environmental and social justice, planners, business, public health and elected officials to ensure that all New Yorkers are represented in the upcoming federal transportation legislation.