ROW Rendering 5
New York City has 32,000 acres of roadway. Our latest report calls for a wholesale transformation of this space to support storm preparedness, economic and community development, and better transportation alternatives and goods movement.
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Our Region

RPA operates in the interconnected 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region.

Map of the Region RPA works in

3

States

31

Counties

782

Municipalities

23 million

Residents

13 thousand

Square Miles

Our Areas of Expertise

  • Energy & Environment

    Energy & Environment

    RPA’s Energy & Environment program helps the region to rise to the challenge of climate change through proactive regional planning, smart policy development, and advocacy for sustainable land use practices.

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  • Housing & Neighborhood Planning

    Housing & Neighborhood Planning

    RPA’s Housing & Neighborhood Planning program explores how to make the region affordable for everyone and builds collaborative local plans focused on healthy, inclusive, and well-designed communities.

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  • Transportation

    Transportation

    RPA’s Transportation program helps shape and strengthen the network of railways, roads, airports and ports that binds the region together and connect us to the rest of the world.

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  • Governance

    Governance

    RPA works to fix the institutions that are failing us by assisting and reforming the governments and agencies responsible for investments and policies that cut across the region’s three states and 782 municipalities.

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Ongoing Campaigns

Ensuring an Equitable COVID-19 Recovery

The New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region was the epicenter of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and RPA is working to ensure it becomes the epicenter of recovery.

Saving Public Transit & Advancing Transit Equity

Public transit is the lifeblood of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region but our transit system is facing an existential crisis. RPA is asking all levels of government to step up and save transit.

Building a Decarbonized Economy

RPA is advocating for policies and investments that can help our region hit ambitious climate targets without triggering other crises of equity, affordability or economic decline.

Reducing Segregation & Inequality

Our region is one of the most segregated parts of the United States and has some of the highest levels of income inequality. RPA analyzes the scope of these structural inequities and works with partners to address them.

Designing Streets for Recovery & Equity

RPA has long advocated for prioritizing people over cars. Amid the pandemic, we are building momentum for large-scale, permanent changes to promote transit, biking, cycling, and walking on streets.

Restoring the Promise of Public Housing

RPA is proposing strategies to increase funding and improve management for NYCHA, and we’re building the political and civic will necessary to implement them.
2020 US Census NYC Growth
Preliminary 2020 US Census data shows New York City and the surrounding region have grown beyond the Census Bureau’s projections.
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Flushing Queens Flooding Stock Photo Wikimedia Commons 3
Approximately 180,000 small residential buildings in New York City remain vulnerable to high-intensity rainfall flooding.
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If we agree that investment in infrastructure is essential, then housing — the hub of the wheel that keeps our country moving forward — cannot be left to rust.”

Fourth regional plan cover
The Fourth Plan seeks to address issues including housing affordability, overburdened transportation infrastructure, and vulnerability to climate change — by addressing the underlying shortcomings in the region’s governance structures.
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Public Service in Older Cities 1969 Paterson NJ
Investment in public services devoted to improving conditions for lower-income people should be more than doubled in order to break the cycle of poverty, RPA wrote in this report of the Second Regional Plan. This report proposed a fiscal strategy by which the nation could meet its responsibilities to lower-income citizens.
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