on transit, I have already predicted that the Port Authority labor negotiations are going to be a painful path until there is a resolution. Here is something from last year I thought I would repeat since it really will be relevant pretty soon:
Philly Inquirer talked about a transit study done out east: http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/147-05172007-1348077.html . The full report is here: http://www.economyleague.org/files/File/The%20Price%20of%20Inaction.pdf
Maybe while debating the drink tax, we should debate the value of doing a study like that here.