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The region’s failure to build enough housing has resulted in overcrowded apartments, increasing homelessness, and rents and home prices that have been rising faster than income and inflation. These conditions have been largely dictated by economic forces and policy choices.
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Join us on October 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street! For 100 years, Regional Plan Association (RPA) has promoted sustainability, equity, prosperity and quality of life for the tri-state metropolitan region by advising cities, communities and public agencies through research-based strategies on transportation, land use, housing, governance and the environment.
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Our Region

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

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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

Transportation in the Region

RPA is researching and advocating for the infrastructure improvements we need to support sustainable and accessible transportation in the region.

Reducing Emissions & Adapting to Climate Change

RPA is researching and advocating for policies that ensure our region is both mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Building an Affordable Region

RPA is working to transform the tri-state area from one of the most segregated and least affordable regions to one of the least segregated and most affordable in order to serve our diverse and growing population.

Interborough Express

Running 24 miles on existing track from Co-op City in the Bronx to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, the Triboro would be an above-ground rail line connecting 17 subway lines and 4 commuter lines.

The Gateway Program

Build Gateway Now is a coalition of civic, labor and business leaders building support for the construction of a new rail tunnel to connect New York, New Jersey, and the entire Northeast Corridor.

Streets as Public Space

RPA has long advocated for prioritizing people over cars. We are now building momentum for large-scale, permanent changes to promote transit, biking, cycling, and walking on streets.
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On behalf of the RPA Board of Directors and entire RPA family, we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Ravitch
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RPA comments on the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for the NY-NJ Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
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The drop in ridership as a result of the COVID pandemic has created a looming budget crisis for the MTA. Who will be impacted by revenue raisers from Governor Hochul and the State Legislature to close the gap?
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If planners are not careful and intentional, equity could become a buzzword instead of an outcome people experience as a result of our work.”

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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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