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From the NYCHA Preservation Trust and the Accessory Homes Enabling Act to offshore wind and the Empire Station Complex, RPA outlines our legislative and budget priorities for New York this year.
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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







23 million


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


    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


    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, RPA is 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.

Event Highlight

Recalibrate Reality with Alice Greenwald

How do we recalibrate reality to create a better, brighter future for New York? 9/11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald joins host Scott Rechler for the another episode of Recalibrate Reality: The Future of New York, a conversation series with leading thinkers and decision-makers to tackle this crucial question.


Alice Greenwald
President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Scott Rechler
Chairman, Regional Plan Association; Chairman & CEO, RXR Realty
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Campaign Healthy Regions Second Symposium
A nationwide urban planning knowledge-sharing network convened by RPA will elevate best practices for addressing racial and health equity.
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Governance Grey
RPA and 92nd Street Y announce the launch of a video series featuring discussions with thought-leaders on how to rebuild New York after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Governance Orange
NYCETC, ANHD, and RPA selected a 20-person steering committee representative of the diversity of New York City to develop a plan for the future of economic development, talent development, and affordable housing.
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I think that the next couple of years are going to be the most transformative in infrastructure and transportation in America since the 1950s.”

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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